Democratic Left

The Spark that Lights the Fire: Tenants' Rights Victory, DSA San Francisco Style

JUNE 5, 2018: The Democratic Socialists of America, San Francisco Chapter is proud to announce that San Francisco has passed the first ballot measure in the nation to establish a universal right to counsel to any tenant facing eviction.

Proposition F, backed by DSA SF, passed in the June 5, 2018 election 56% to 44%. Facing down corporate landlord associations, realtors, and the S.F. GOP, the new, young branch of DSA powered the bold measure with mass mobilizations and volunteerism. The proponent, staff, volunteer core, and primary funders of the Yes on F campaign are all DSA members, and the chapter made winning right to counsel its major priority.

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OP-ED: DSA, Economy, and Election: A ‘Right to Jobs’ in the Air?

CIO poster 1944. (Wikimedia Commons).

Both the free healthcare policy and the free education policy would lead to an immediate reduction of inequality in the United States. It would mean vastly more people possessing both good health and a good education. Therefore, these are very clear and popular programs.

DSA could also push for an even stronger third point: a guaranteed right to jobs for all workers at a living wage.

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OP-ED: How Philly DSA’s LILAC Fights for Democratic Socialism in America’s Poorest Big City

By Brittany Griebling, Dave Backer, and Greg Laynor

Philly DSA, Local Initiative/Local Action Committee (LILAC)

Philly DSA at the Poor People's Campaign Healthcare Day in Harrisburg, PA

Philly DSA at the Poor People's Campaign Healthcare Day in Harrisburg, PA

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America. Like so many places, Philly is a tale of two cities, written in blood. In Philadelphia life expectancy can vary from zip code to zip code by as much as twenty years. In Old City, 76% white, median income $100,653, life expectancy is 88. In North Philly, 97% non-white, median income $22,487, life expectancy is 68.  

The city is not working for everyone, and it’s the difference between life and death for so many people. At the December 2017 general meeting of Philly DSA, the membership passed a resolution creating a Local Initiative/Local Action Committee (LILAC). We at LILAC believe that socialism can actually solve the problems we face as a city, and that’s why we fight.

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OP-ED: Why Machiavelli Would Hate Donald Trump

By Antonia Alksnis

Donald Trump claims that The Prince, Machiavelli’s infamously pragmatic handbook for tyrants, is one of his favorite books. The thing is, the historical Niccolò Machiavelli was quite a bit more complex than the exaggerated portrayal of his views in the popular conceptionand he would have hated Donald Trump.

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OP-ED: Pittsburgh DSA’s Field Operation Secures Two Major Electoral Victories

Voter turnout ballooned to 30 percent, demonstrating what we’ve always known—Turnout and participation are the results of active campaigning.

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OP-ED: The U.S. Turn to Assad

by John Reimann, East Bay DSA

Editor’s note: this piece serves as a response to R.L. Stephens’ piece in DSA Weekly regarding his thoughts on U.S. intervention in Syria following a chemical gas attack attributed to Syrian authoritarian regime leader, Bashar al-Assad.

The Arab Spring arose as a revolt against dictators like Bashar al-Assad throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It had nothing to do with a United States-inspired attempt at regime change.

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Interview: Organizing in an Age of Deportability and Fear, An Interview with IDEPSCA Day Laborer Organizer Daniel Chavez

By Magally Miranda Alcázar, DSA Los Angeles

Anyone who works with immigrant populations today will note that one thing has not been missing since Trump's inauguration last November: fear. Trump’s xenophobic campaign rhetoric and his promises to amp up deportations, unfortunately, have not been an empty threat, with estimates showing upwards of 30% increases in deportations to that of Obama (who already held the record for most deportations under any president).

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OP-ED: "Avengers: Infinity War" And The Politics of Growth

By Chris Geary

Watching the new Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, I couldn’t help feeling that the villain, Thanos, was really on to something. With 149 minutes of plodding plot, inane crossovers, and a crowd of protagonists all feebly jostling to be the funny one, the movie is so bloated that when half of the characters are finally vaporised, it honestly comes as a relief. Thanos is right: the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is overpopulated, and it has long been in need of a cull.

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New Member Call, June 24

June 24, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

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You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

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**Note: this page originally had the wrong date listed. The Correct date is Sunday the 24th**

M4A Chapter Activist Training Call: How to Pass a Medicare for All City Council Resolution

June 30, 2018

Saturday June 30th at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

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In March, Philadelphia DSA members showed up in droves with healthcare workers, community members, and elected leaders to pass a Philadelphia city-wide resolution supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2017 and affirming universal access to healthcare as a human right. This victory showed that in a city where the poverty rate is over 26%, city council leaders learned where to stand when it comes to universal healthcare. To move a national campaign to win Medicare for All, we need to build support from a broad range of cities and municipalities across the country. With some research, planning, and lobbying, you could work with city council members to pass a resolution of support in your city too!

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