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Trump is wrong on DACA. We will not retreat.


DSA Immigrants’ Rights Committee Statement on DACA

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, under pressure from a nine-state coalition led by the Texas Attorney General, represents another racist attack by his administration on immigrants, in this case on young people who were brought into the United States as children.  The undersigned members of the Democratic Socialists of America denounce the repeal of DACA and maintain solidarity with the nearly one million DACA recipients who will become targets for harassment and deportation by ICE.

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How We Fight


By Maria Svart

What is a union? Put simply, it’s a collection of workers who decide they have a common interest, an interest that is in conflict with their boss.

More precisely, it is the organization those workers form so that they can negotiate with their boss collectively, instead of individually, over the terms of their employment. They do so by threatening to disrupt their boss’s accumulation of profit, by withholding their labor. But their power goes beyond just one workplace and one employer. Unions are the only enduring institutions in the United States that are dedicated to being run by and for the working class—through pooling of dues money—to advance their class interests in the economy and in the formal political arena. 

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In the Fields of the North/ En Los Campos del Norte


by David Bacon  University of California Press, 2017

Reviewed by Duane Campbell

 “We are not animals. We are human beings.”

In an impressive and important new book, David Bacon effectively counters the racism and xenophobia advanced by our current president and promoted in right-wing media by providing hundreds of photos and clear descriptions of the real life and work of the immigrants harvesting the food we eat. 

Bacon does so by interviewing farmworkers and photographing farmworkers in their “housing” and in their work. He reports and records the humanity of the thousands of people who come north to harvest our crops and to feed their families as best they can.


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The Potential Impact of Energy Micro Grids


By Daniel Adkins

The energy sector is changing as renewables enter the picture.  The traditional model of a utility, buying from distant producers and delivering service across states, is being challenged by local production.  Micro grids facilitate these changes by balancing renewable power.  These grids can operate independently and thus offer redundancy and potentially local control.  This change offers a breakthrough for democracy, as some utilities like Dominion Energy run their operation by choosing their political bosses.  Sometimes this slows down the transition to renewables by buying leases and not using them and other techniques.  As long as there is a robust education system, there is little reason why a state cannot power itself using networks of micro grids (public and private) and using the utility as a coordinator.  Utilities need not be the states’ unofficial energy department.  Networks of local control are opposed to the reality of our corporations having so much influence that they run our government and continue to invest in fossil fuels.

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Everything to Lose: Reflections on the Baker/Parsons Training Weekend

(Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC)

By Jhari Derr-Hill

Over the last weekend in June, I joined upwards of 35 women, trans, and gender-nonconforming members of the DSA in Manhattan for an intensive two-day organizing workshop. To go, to be of that cohort, to know we represented a greater network, felt like an act of power-taking, -building, and -sharing. We came from around the country, from urban, suburban, exurban, and rural places—from chapters of only a few members and chapters with hundreds. The training was coordinated and funded through a collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation. They named the weekend after Ella Baker and Lucy Parsons, also socialist activists and organizers like Luxemburg, whose lives and work continue to inform socialist feminist praxis.

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Organizing for Socialism

Hannah Allison talks with Maxine Phillips


If you’re in a DSA chapter you may have already heard from DSA’s new full-time organizer. We caught up with her in between trips and asked about her enthusiasm for DSA.—Ed.

   MP: Why did you join DSA?

   HA: Friends I trusted were joining DSA. One in particular— a social worker like me, who is a leader in his union — had a one-on-one conversation with me and asked me to join. I pay monthly dues because I believe that we’ll win by organizing people and organizing money. No one but us is going to pay to overthrow capitalism. 

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Memories of Charlottesville: Another Member's Account

By Palmer Foley

Four years ago, I was a groom’s maid in my dear friends’ wedding in a little chapel in Charlottesville. I’d spent many happy, moon-shining nights talking and walking the streets of the college town, 45 minutes from my home in Richmond, VA. When I learned armed fascists, confederates, white nationalists, and sundry other scum, emboldened by the pandering faux-Bonapartist businessman in the White House, were descending en masse on the community, I was no longer thinking about long-game Left strategy. I only knew we all had a duty.

The morning of Saturday, August 12th was drizzling and miserable when our crew from the Richmond DSA chapter set out. By the time we met up with other DSA chapters in Charlottesville, the storm clouds had cleared. After precautions, plans, and red armbands were shared, we set out for Emancipation Park. A comrade handed me a button that read, “No Race But Human.” 


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DSA Veterans Working Group Statement on Afghanistan

The Democratic Socialists of America Veterans Working Group harshly condemns President Trump’s plan to continue the sixteen-year occupation of Afghanistan.

August 22, 2017

The history of Afghanistan since 1973 has been one of foreign intervention, subversion of popular will, and the devastation of the Afghan populace — a trend willfully continued by American political elites. Trump and his administration delude themselves in believing that a U.S. military solution can stabilize Afghanistan and South Asia. All it will bring is continued violence and radicalized young people in all countries involved. There is no military force that will achieve victory as this current administration defines it.

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