Democratic Left

A Statement for Veterans Day

By the DSA Veterans Working Group

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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent in what writer H.G. Wells had called “the war to end all war.” The day is commemorated as Armistice Day in much of the world, and Veterans Day here in the United States. An end to war it was; an end to war it should be.

Veterans of socialist, communist, and various adjacent ideologies have served throughout American history and their stories are often forgotten or erased. Smedley Butler, Evans Carlson, August Willich, Howard Zinn, Utah Phillips, Wesley Everest, Salaria Kea, and many other notable veterans have rejected America’s imperialist and capitalist orientations and made contributions in the struggle to bring about a better world with the benefit of radical analyses and praxes.

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15 DSA Members Elected!, 2017 election

By Democratic Socialists of America (from a press release)

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) today announced that its membership now includes 15 new elected officials. This is in addition to 20 elected already in offices around the United States. On Tuesday the DSA was represented in 25 elections across 13 different states. Four of those running have national endorsements from the DSA, and many others were supported by our local chapters.

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 Lee Carter

 “We’re excited for all our DSA members who won last night” said David Duhalde, deputy director.  He added “DSA is especially proud of Lee Carter, a DSA member, defeating Virginia Republican House of Delegates Majority Whip Jackson Miller. Miller’s last minute red-baiting was no match for the people power that DC DSA members brought from around the region. This victory demonstrates the rising tide for socialist electoral activism across the country. ” In addition to Carter’s upset over Miller, the other democratic socialists also won for the first time.

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Police are the Problem, Not the Solution

Review: ‘The End of Policing’ by Alex Vitale; Verso Books, 2017.

By Michael Hirsch

Do we need the police?

Brooklyn College sociologist Alex S. Vitale poses that question vividly in his The End of Policing: Are the police guarantors of social peace or its disruptors? Is the force’s mandate to serve the public equally and fairly, or to act as social-control agents, protecting property and its few owners at the expense of the many?

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The US role in forced migration from the Middle East

By Azadeh Shahshahani

Human rights advocates and organizers working on immigrants’ rights in the U.S. must take a broader approach in our advocacy, rather than solely focusing on the rights of people once they get here. As Donald Trump rolls back immigrants’ rights, and debates on the refugee crisis intensify, there is no doubt as to the immense scale of the problem.

 

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Teachers’ Unions Defend Public Education

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By Diane Ravitch

The only things that stand between the privatization movement and its destruction of public education are teachers’ unions.

For the past three decades, a well-organized and wealthy alliance has created a false narrative about the “failure” of public schools and the necessity of turning children over to privately managed schools, private schools, religious schools, and even cyber schools. Their stated goal is “school choice,” but their true goal is to redirect public funding to private hands. As Rupert Murdoch memorably said, the $500 billion public education market is a market ripe for entrepreneurs. 

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Pipeline Issue Divides House of Labor

Pipeline Issue Divides House of Labor

By Paul Garver

 

The ever-fragile “Turtles and Teamsters” coalition of environmentalists and labor unions that emerged almost 20 years ago cracked even further during the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), threatening both the environmental movement and the labor movement. This rift has only been exacerbated by Donald Trump’s election.

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California to Become an (Almost) Sanctuary State

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 54 on Thursday Oct 5, the "California Values Act", which built upon the landmark Trust Act to help protect California immigrant residents from deportations. It is commonly known as the “Sanctuary State” act.

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Closing the Exit for Capital

by Devaka Gunawardena

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Since the financial crisis of 2008, capitalism has faced greater scrutiny. There’s growing consensus, even among mainstream economists, that neoclassical models that ignore the inherent irrationality of the financial system are flawed. In addition, austerity has directly undermined most people’s livelihoods, while making the rich even richer. There is much more space after the financial crisis of 2008 to critique financial speculation and the drastic reduction in public spending. Still, it remains unclear how to work toward socialism. Rhetoric opposing austerity doesn’t necessarily imply overcoming capitalism.

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