DSA Weekly

Shut Out and Turned Off

By Beth Cozzolino

Coming Up Short: Working-class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty, by Jennifer M. Silva 
(Oxford University Press, 192 pp., 2013)

What does it mean to come of age in the neoliberal era? For working-class young adults, the traditional markers of adulthood—understood in this book to be “leaving home, completing school, establishing financial independence, marrying, and having children”— seem increasingly out of reach. Through interviews with 100 working-class men and women (50% male and 50% female), Jennifer Silva asserts that they construct privatized narratives of adulthood that reflect the privatized culture around them. Silva’s interviewees, aged 24-34, were defined as working class if their father had not gone to college. Some 60% were white and 40% were black.

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U.S. Debates as Syria Suffers

By Dave Anderson

In 2011, the Arab Spring came to Syria. It was non-violent for the first six to eight months and involved people of diverse political, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Like the other uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the protesters’ ideals were political freedom, social justice and dignity. From the beginning, the response of the Assad regime was uniquely horrific. By the first anniversary of the revolution, the leading human rights organizations — Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Syria Commission of Inquiry — unanimously and unambiguously charged the Syrian regime with a state sanctioned policy of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”

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Memorial Day 2014 - Remembrance and Resolve

"As we approach Memorial Day, we need to think not only of remembering our fallen sons and daughters, but also to resolve to protect future generations from such occasions."    Vietnam-memorial-soldier.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Twitter Feminism and the Next Wave: An Interview with Mikki Kendall

By Amber Frost

Any attempt to map the contemporary landscape of popular feminism would be difficult, but these days, much of the action of the feminist zeitgeist is on Twitter, a social media website that limits users’ posts to 140 characters a Tweet. Two Twitter conversations last year—Mikki Kendall’s “Solidarity is for white women” and Suey Park’s “Not your Asian sidekick”—involved thousands of participants who questioned the dominant discourse of feminism.

Twitter can be disorganized, chaotic, and sometimes volatile, but it’s reached an audience that might never have considered feminism as a larger concept. Kendall, who was a keynote speaker at the winter 2014 YDS conference, is one of the most high-profile “Twitter feminists.” She is also a writer who has contributed to such publications as the Guardian and Salon, where she analyzes topics ranging from police brutality to austerity to abortion.

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Response to Cecily's Sentence- Organize

Statement from  Justice for Cecily McMillan support team.  

Today, May 19,  Cecily McMillan was sentenced to 90 days in prison for being sexually assaulted by a police officer at a protest, and then responding to that violence by defending herself. We all know that Cecily did not receive a fair trial and this case will be fought in the Court of Appeals.Cecily.jpg

Photo by Martyna Stratosa

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East Bay Fights the Creditor Class

By Keith Spencer

There is an old one-liner that goes, “Buy this car to drive to work; drive to work to pay for this car.” Nowadays, a similar reasoning could be applied to college: “Take out loans to pay for college; go to college to get a job to pay off loans.”

Mountains of student debt change the purpose of college—from a time of intellectual exploration and cultivation of critical and humanistic thinking to career training. Student-loan debt—which doubled from $55.7 billion (in 2011 dollars) in 2001–2 to $113.4 billion in 2011–12—discourages students from studying any field that is not applied and encourages the perception of college as a private good rather than a social one. This attitude erodes democracy, which is predicated on having an educated citizenry capable of making informed voting decisions.

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Justice for Cecily McMillan- Next Steps

Yesterday ( May 14) we had an awesome press conference at City Hall! A number of City Council members have written letters and made statements in support of Cecily. We have a few very exciting things going on between now and the rest of the week in our efforts to get Cecily leniency in sentencing! First of all, she gave us a statement last night to send out today:


“Today was the first day I really sobbed. For more than 15 minutes I gushed with overwhelming joy and gratitude. Today was the first day I got mail. A few weeks worth, certainly over 100 letters. My dorm-mates and I spent all evening reading, and we still got through only about half. The literature, the poems, the photos, the drawings now litter the whole of 5 South B. Occupy Love is literally spreading through Rikers. It has been an incredible day, I have never felt so loved or so human.”

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Challenging Conservative Neoliberalism in Turkey: The Socialist Feminist Collective

By Selin Çağatay


 Ankara, May Day 2014

The politics of gender in Turkey have undergone significant changes under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule. Since it came to power in 2002, the AKP carried the decades-long neoliberal socio-economic restructuring to its final stage while imposing a conservative and increasingly Islamist worldview upon social, cultural and political spheres of life. At the heart of this conservative neoliberalism lies the reorganization of gender relations towards a more profound exploitation of women’s paid and unpaid labor. On the one hand, women’s increasing employment in flexible, insecure, low-paid jobs is celebrated as "women’s inclusion in the labor market." On the other hand, conservative discourses that sanctify motherhood and pro-family policies make sure that women remain the main if not the only providers of housework and care work. This dual process reinforces women’s double burden, as a gendered division of labor persists at home while a gender-segregated labor market becomes the economic norm. 

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