December 1, 2022

Why did Chileans reject a leftist constitution?

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister towards riot police during a protest against Chile's government (source)

“Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism, it will also be its grave.” — Chilean president Gabriel Boric On September 4, 2022, Chilean voters rejected a constitution that had been hailed as a “‘new global standard’ on climate and inequality.” The new draft was written to replace the 1980 constitution imposed by the military dictator Augusto…

November 28, 2022

Say It Loud, But Say It Clear: The Importance of Language Justice in DSA Organizing

Posters en Espanol via Miami DSA Socialist Feminist WG

Our goal as U.S. socialists is to build a multiracial, multigenerational, internationalist working-class coalition, one capable of uniting the different ethnic and racial groups that compose the U.S. working class.  One of the basic principles of organizing, to build such a coalition, is meeting people where they are

November 23, 2022

Employment and Unemployment: October Figures Bring Troubling Signs

October Employment Situation. Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why no serious proposals from officials in the president’s cabinet for more constant regulation and anti-trust action? It is flabbergasting that federal officials act as though there is little they can do about a huge rip-off of consumers in a key area of high inflation. 

November 14, 2022

New York’s Socialist “Red Wave”

A poster for these candidates, from supporter David Jenkins' Facebook: Vanessa Agudelo (Assembly, District 95) David Alexis (State Senate, District 21) Keron Alleyne (Assembly, District 60) Jabari Brisport (State Senate, District 25) Emily Gallagher (Assembly, District 50) Kristen Gonzalez (State Senate, District 17) Zohran Mamdani (Assembly, District 36) Samy Nemir Olivares (Assembly, District 54) Julia Salazar (State Senate, District 18) Illapa Sairitupac (Assembly, District 65) Sarahana Shrestha (Assembly, District 103) Phara Souffrant Forrest (Assembly, District 57) Marcela Mitaynes (Assembly, District 51)

The typical response to Democrats’ failures is to punch left or blame the electorate for not turning out, but – make no mistake – last night’s result is a failure of the New York Democratic Party’s leadership. New York Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs in particular has shown a complete lack of interest in enacting policies that will improve the lives of New York’s working class voters, focusing on fighting DSA rather than the rising right.

November 11, 2022

Atlanta DSA Sharpens Focus on Electoral and Labor Organizing

Atlanta DSA members at their Convention.

On Saturday, September 24th, DSA members from across the Metro Atlanta area gathered for our chapter’s 2022 Local Convention. Over four hours, members strategized together in organizing workshops, debated political perspectives, and collectively decided on priorities for the next year. Going into 2023, Atlanta DSA is more ready than ever to fight for a democratic…

November 9, 2022

You’re Welcome. Signed, DSA

We Act Radio celebrates the passage of Initiative 82, guaranteeing fairer wages for tipped workers.

A red wave did materialize Tuesday night, just not the one pundits expected. DSA-endorsed campaigns saw huge victories across the country – the protection of abortion rights in Kentucky, the increase of the tipped minimum wage in DC, a sweep of DSA candidates in the Twin Cities, and more.   While we wait for final results,…

November 3, 2022

Why the U. S. Needs Migrants

2010 photo of Steve Max, by Daniel Millstone. (Facebook)

We thank DL regular Steve Max for sharing his missive to Three Parks Independent Democrats, a bastion of NYC’s Upper West Side. With the dialogue on immigration hijacked by the other side, we welcome this calm reminder that immigration is core to any decent United States identity. To see the graphics and notes Max included,…

October 31, 2022

40 Years Later, Socialism Feels Even More Essential

At Socialism 2022, three DSAers shared the glory and challenge of 40 years.

All year, we at DL have been hearkening back to 40 years ago, when a new organization was born out of a risky merger. We asked DL regular Steve Early to reflect on his prescient piece in the issue below (PDF link here). It also included Barbara Ehrenreich’s thoughts on the recent defeat of the…

October 21, 2022

Review: From Ivy League to Assembly Line: An Organizer’s Story

Poster for a bookstore appearance by Jonathan Melrod. (PM Press Facebook)

Review: Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War By Jon Melrod (PM Press, 2022) This year, young militants have sent shock waves through the labor landscape by unionizing under the nose of corporate America, at brand-name juggernauts from Starbucks to Amazon to Chipotle and beyond. If you’ve been reading Democratic Left,…