DSA Weekly

Eurocrisis: Exposing Myths to Find Solutions

By  John D. Stephens 

Beginning in 2008 and deepening in 2011 and 2012, five countries in the European periphery—Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain (unflatteringly known as the PIGS)—and, to a lesser extent, Italy, experienced deep economic crisis. All five countries are members of the Euro area, known as the Eurozone. That they share a common currency is both one source of their crises and a block to one solution. The crisis was (and is) deepest in Greece, as government budget deficits reached 16% of gross domestic product in 2009 and total government debt climbed to 134% of GDP the same year, well beyond the limits prescribed by the European Union Stability and Growth Pact (SGP).

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On Mother’s Day, In Recognition of the Everyday Violence Mothers Face

By Rachel Elfenbein 

Since I came to socialist feminism, I have harbored ambivalent and at times critical thoughts toward Mother’s Day. I have tended to think this day represents a token appreciation of the work mothers do to produce and sustain human life, because it is everyday work that is essential but most often goes unrecognized and unvalued. This lack of social recognition in effect renders many mothers vulnerable to violence, exploitation and disease. One day alone in the calendar year cannot begin to meet the need for recognition of this most mundane and absolutely necessary work and the mothers who do it.

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Reading the Employment Numbers: The Reshaping of the US Labor Force

By Bill Barclay, Chicago Political Economy Group

OK, the April employment report continued the string of now 50 straight months of job growth in the private sector – almost unprecedented – and we’re roughly back to where we were in late 2007, just before the official beginning of the “Great Recession.”  The top-line number for the report on April job creation was 288,000 new jobs and a decline in the unemployment rate to 6.3%.  In many economic recoveries in the post-WWII years, this would be good news and worth celebrating.  But the Long Depression that began in 2007 is far from over, and I don’t mean just that the number of long-term unemployed remains higher than in any other post-recession period or that the labor force participation rate is lower than at any time since the early 1980s, both of which are true.  I mean the underlying problem, that the US economy is a failure in achieving the core goal of any modern economy: generating living wage jobs for all willing and able to work.

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Justice Denied for Cecily McMillan

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) joins the Cecily McMillan Support Team in condemning the unjust conviction on a felony assault charge on May 5, 2014, of Cecily McMillan, a long-standing and valued member of DSA. (See the Cecily McMillan Support Team statement below).

Despite clear evidence that the police initiated the altercation that led to Cecily’s arrest and used excessive and unrestrained force against both Cecily and other Occupy protestors, Cecily now faces a possible two-to-seven year prison term.  DSA condemns the biased behavior of Judge Ronald Zweibel, who refused to admit evidence that the officer in question had been charged with excessive use of force in other police matters. This irresponsible action, combined with the extraordinarily harsh charges brought against Cecily by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., reveals the extent to which government authorities desired to secure their first conviction against a peaceful Occupy protestor and justify the millions of dollars of public funds spent on this case and on policing Occupy.  This was clearly a political trial. 

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Rally For Fair Trade, Against Fast Track

By Paul Garver

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DSA members in the Washington, DC area are joining a massive rally for fair trade called by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the numerous other national organizations that comprise the Citizens Trade Campaign, including DSA.  The rally is taking place on Wednesday May 7 at 1:30 PM at the Upper Senate Park on Constitution Ave.

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Remembering Tim Carpenter

Tim_Carpenter.jpegIn his piece below, John Nichols pays eloquent tribute to Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Executive Director Tim Carpenter, whose untimely death this week leaves us bereft of a tireless champion of social and economic justice. We in DSA mourn the loss of a brother whose politics of radical inclusion made us part of his extended family and of his “team.” As Nichols points out, Tim and his colleagues saw the strategic value of DSA Founding Chair Michael Harrington’s Democratic Agenda project and passionately pursued it. Tim committed his life to advancing the vision of a transformed Democratic Party by integrating progressive electoral campaigns with social movement politics. His unflagging efforts strengthened the Congressional Progressive Caucus in Washington and built a national PDA organization that will carry on his vital work.

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May Day - Then and Now

By Peter Dreier

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Photo by David Bacon.  Over 1,000,000 march in May Day protests in 2006.

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May Day 2014 : Born in the U.S.A.

The Fight for Economic and Social Justice 

By Michael Hirsch

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