Enjoy your August National Political Committee newsletter! Our NPC is an elected 18-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) which functions as the board of directors of DSA. Read on for more!
- National Political Committee — Mass Change Requires Mass Action
- Wednesday 9/1 — Support St. Vincent Nurses on Strike
- Thursday 9/9 — Join the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group for Migrant Representation: Soy de aquí y de allá (From Here and From There)
- Apply to the International Committee! Deadline Wednesday 9/15
- DSA International Committee Presents Reportback on Venezuela Delegation
NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE — MASS CHANGE REQUIRES MASS ACTION
Greetings from your new NPC!
It’s been a heavy two weeks since our National Convention. An earthquake in Haiti killed and injured thousands of people, a situation made harder by lack of resources and infrastructure resulting from decades of exploitation and the ongoing military-fueled climate crisis. The collapse of the government in Afghanistan and capture of Kabul by the Taliban showcased the destruction caused by US interventionism and how protracted war serves only to line the pockets of the capitalist class. At home, the Delta variant and continued inaction by the Biden administration is filling hospital beds and sending us into another deathly wave of the pandemic.
The reality of what’s at stake is overwhelming. Many may feel at a loss for what we can do while living in the heart of empire. But while the scale of the work we have before us can sometimes feel immobilizing, it has never been more clear who our enemies are and the lengths they will go to maintain power. As socialists, we know the work we can do must be rooted in collective action and global solidarity. Mass change requires mass action: that means doing the everyday work of carrying out the campaigns to confront and win power.
As the NPC, we face the task of strategically implementing the resolutions passed at the Convention in coordination with chapters and national bodies. While we orient ourselves to the work ahead of us, we look to our 95,000 members as inspiration and for the solidarity necessary to carry us through. All across the country we have chapters running socialists for office, waging campaigns to extend housing relief and prevent evictions, tackling austerity budgets, training and developing socialist organizers, and seizing on countless opportunities for working-class people to support and empower each other. Chapters in Richmond, Portland, Atlanta, and Chicago are showing up to support Nabisco workers who are striking in pursuit of a fair contract after years of cruel working conditions.Our Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign has 56 chapters tabling, canvassing, and phonebanking to win a $1.4 trillion investment in order to support green union jobs to fix up thousands of crumbling school buildings and refund our communities with the resources needed to thrive.
Our members across the country are not only doing what they can, they are doing what we must. We can only look to each other, to build the trust and relationships necessary in service of the vision that unites us as comrades and strengthen the culture of care necessary to weather the times. We take seriously the charge to lead, and with it, challenge each of you to do the same. Courage, comrades, as we face the fight of our lives, never alone, and with the light of a better world guiding our way.
Your National Political Committee
WEDNESDAY 9/1 — SUPPORT ST. VINCENT NURSES ON STRIKE
Over 700 St. Vincent Hospital nurses have been waging an open-ended strike against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare since March 8th, making it the longest nurses’ strike in the nation in over a decade. They are fighting to implement desperately needed staffing increases to improve the patient care conditions at the facility, poor conditions that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Since the strike began, Tenet has spent more than $100 million to prolong the nurses’ strike, much greater than the cost of meeting the nurses’ strike demands.
The DSA Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) and Worcester DSA — in collaboration with DSA chapters around the state of Massachusetts — are hosting a virtual solidarity event on Wednesday 9/1 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. RSVP to stand in solidarity with the nurses’ strike and the fight for safer conditions for patients and healthcare workers!
THURSDAY 9/9 — JOIN THE IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS WORKING GROUP FOR MIGRANT REPRESENTATION: SOY DE AQUÍ Y DE ALLÁ (FROM HERE AND FROM THERE)
El pasado 6 de junio México el gobierno izquierdista de MORENA de Andrés Manuel López Obrador aumentó su mayoría. En la Ciudad de México, por primera vez en la historia, se eligieron diputados migrantes al Congreso mexicano. Con esto, los de la Ciudad de México que residen en el exterior están representados en el Congreso Mexicano.
Durante esta elección, nuestro propio copresidente del Grupo de Trabajo de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de DSA, Jorge Mújica, fue elegido Diputado Federal Suplente.
Únase al Grupo de Trabajo sobre Derechos de los Inmigrantes de DSA para un seminario web, Representación de migrantes: soy de aquí y de allá (De aquí y de allá) el Jueves, 9/9 a las 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Escucharemos a Jorge sobre la importancia de la representación y participación política.
This past June 6th Mexico held its congressional election and the left wing MORENA government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador increased its majority. In Mexico City, for the first time in history, migrant deputies were elected to the Mexican Congress. With this, those from Mexico City who reside abroad are represented in the Mexican Congress.
During this election, our very own Immigrants’ Rights Working Group co-chair Jorge Mújica was elected as an Alternate Federal Deputy (Diputado Federal Suplente).
Join the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group Thursday, 9/9 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for a webinar, Migrant Representation: soy de aquí y de allá (From Here and From There). We will hear from Jorge about the importance of political representation and participation.
APPLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE! DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 9/15
We welcome all DSA members in good standing who are interested in global solidarity to please apply to join DSA’s International Committee (IC). You can find the application here. The deadline for our next round of applications is Wednesday 9/15.
DSA INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE PRESENTS REPORTBACK ON VENEZUELA DELEGATION
Our delegation to Venezuela, representing DSA at the Congreso Bicentenario de los Pueblos, has put together a virtual reportback for membership. You can watch the video here. This delegation traveled the country, engaging with various political formations and communes, speaking to political leadership at every level, and witnessing firsthand the construction of Venezuelan socialism as it struggled against crippling US sanctions in the time of COVID. Delegation members shared thoughtful and frank reflection on US sanctions, socialist solidarity, and the many contradictions and triumphs they experienced during their time in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.