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July Dispatch — The climate crisis is a political crisis

Enjoy your July Dispatch! This month we have Green New Deal and anti-racist calls, labor solidarity work, and Convention updates. Read on for more!

FROM MARIA: FIGHTING TO WIN, NOT CAPITULATING TO DESPAIR

It’s difficult not to feel déjà vu and dread. Last summer I worried about my family in the Pacific Northwest breathing toxic air from catastrophic forest fires, and a few days ago a record breaking heat wave killed hundreds of people in the region. It was the inverse of this spring, when Ted Cruz left hundreds of Texans to freeze to death. Meanwhile there’s flooding in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, a heat wave in the Northeast, and climate scientists say we may soon lose summer ice in the Arctic.

The climate crisis is rooted in a political crisis. ExxonMobil meets weekly with Senator Joe Manchin, who helped remove critical climate change measures from the Joe Biden infrastructure bill. The Supreme Court recently dealt major blows to both workers and voters, ruling that it’s trespassing to speak with farmworkers about a union and that it’s legal to deliberately block people of color from voting. The boss class has rigged the system, including Wall Street Democrats who just launched a new PAC to fend off challengers like AOC from within their own party.

Democratic Party insiders are collaborating with those seeking permanent, undemocratic minority rule.

But socialists know to balance pessimism of the intellect with optimism of the will. We must be honest with ourselves about what we face, but then seek out comrades and organize so we don’t face it alone. There’s a reason that proud socialist India Walton beat a neoliberal Democrat in the Buffalo mayoral primary — because we bring hope. Socialism is about fighting to win, not capitulating to despair. This September, pandemic-related social supports will end for millions of people, so let’s get ready. If you’re not already active in your local DSA or YDSA chapter, now more than ever is the time to reach out and join the struggle.

TUESDAY 7/13 — JOIN OUR GREEN NEW DEAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH!

Join DSA’s Green New Deal Campaign Committee Tuesday, 7/13 at at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for our Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign launch! The climate crisis is wreaking havoc around the country, with record-breaking droughts, extreme temperatures, and mounting risks of wildfires. We need a Green New Deal now. Winning it will require accelerated working class militancy demanding a radical and transformative expansion of public goods in the United States.

That’s why we’re excited to announce a new phase of DSA’s Green New Deal campaign. The first phase of our campaign focused exclusively on the PRO Act. We have made strides, and that fight continues. We are now adding a new demand: a Green New Deal for Public Schools. Our campaign will organize key groups around public schools with the aim of politicizing a public institution that exists in every community and from which we can make broad-based demands for aggressive green investment. This is a campaign for dignified, unionized green jobs. It is a campaign for climate resilient and zero-carbon, public buildings. It is a campaign for high levels of public, green investment in multiracial working class communities across the country.

This campaign, like all DSA work, is based on the foundation of chapter-level leadership and organizing. Join us on Tuesday 7/13 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT to learn how your chapter can get involved!

HOW CAN WE MAKE DSA ANTI-RACIST AND MULTIRACIAL? RSVP TODAY FOR SUNDAY 7/18 CALL

Join us Sunday 7/18 at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT for a conversation connecting issues faced by people of color during DSA’s origins and today. Speakers will include the authors of “A people of color’s history of DSA” (2019), Alyssa de la Rosa and David Roddy of Sacramento DSA, and authors of two convention resolutions, #27 (Beyond 100K) and #31 (Making DSA a Multiracial and Anti-racist Organization).

De La Rosa and Roddy conducted archival research and talked with founders of the people of color caucuses in the original DSA/NAM. They will present a short summary of their findings, followed by a moderated conversation with authors of resolutions #27 and #31. All DSA members welcome for DSA to become a self-consciously multiracial and anti-racist organization, we need everyone’s efforts.

NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMITTEE: WE WON BIG IN NY, HELP US WIN AROUND THE COUNTRY IN NOVEMBER!

In New York state, we saw at least 15 candidates across 9 DSA chapters win their primary elections. But India Walton, who won Buffalo’s mayoral primary, is already facing a write-in challenge from the incumbent mayor that she defeated, and we have campaigns from Florida to Massachusetts that could use your support. Donate to our socialist slate to help all our campaigns win resounding victories this November!

CONVENTION ROUNDUP: 7/15 PLATFORM DEADLINE, MEET THE NPC CANDIDATES, UPDATED PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS/CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS CHANGES PAGE

As a reminder, all members can give feedback on the second draft of the platform by next Thursday, 7/15. Amendments require signatures from 250 members in good standing. You can find the platform draft, amendment submission form and guidelines, and more here.

You can also find the secondary amendments to this year’s proposals here. This includes both proposed political resolutions and Constitution/bylaws changes.

DSA members in good standing can also register as online Convention observers! The registration deadline is Thursday, 7/15. Observers will receive viewer access to deliberative sessions only.

And meet the 2021-2023 NPC candidates! The National Political Committee (NPC), DSA’s primary political leadership, is a sixteen-person body which functions as the board of directors of DSA. NPC members are elected every two years by the National Convention delegates in August.

TEAMSTERS FOR A DEMOCRATIC UNION AND LABOR NOTES OFFICE FLOOD — YOU CAN HELP!

Alert from DSA’s Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC): the Detroit office of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Labor Notes has been hit with a massive flood. The water rose to almost five feet in their basement storage area, doing extensive damage to the building and destroying thousands of books and educational materials.

Volunteers are already hard at work on flood recovery work. They lost tens of thousands of dollars in books and educational materials. They need to rehab and rebuild the basement storage rooms.

You can donate here to help with this emergency recovery! Funds raised through this effort will be split evenly between Labor Notes and TDU.

DSA IS HIRING — APPLICATION DEADLINES 7/14 AND 7/19

The National Office is hiring an Organizing Manager (remote), People Services Coordinator (NYC), and Database Coordinator (remote)! We are also seeking an intern for our 501(c)(3) sister organization, the DSA Fund. Details are on our website here.

“JUMPSTART SOCIALISM FOR A NEW TOMORROW” — NATIONAL CONVENTION TELETHON FRIDAY 7/30!

Help us kick off DSA’s National Convention by getting your ticket to “Jumpstart Socialism for a New Tomorrow!” Join our national telethon Friday 7/30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT to celebrate our growing movement with DSA chapters, electeds, and comedians and pitch in to support the work we still have ahead of us. We’re organizing to win and that’s worth celebrating!

MAKE OUR CONVENTION ACCESSIBLE — GIVE TO THE SOLIDARITY FUND

Help working class delegates attend DSA’s National Convention! To win the world we want, we need all of our comrades at the table, including DSA members who are parents, who are struggling to make ends meet, or who live in places with limited internet access — and that’s what the Solidarity Fund is all about.

Your gift to the Solidarity Fund directly supports:

  • Registration waivers for attending conferences, conventions and trainings
  • Childcare subsidies for parents who need to find childcare for kids at home in order to attend conferences and trainings
  • Accessibility needs such as captioning for the virtual convention 
  • Reimbursement for data hotspots and data overages for people living in rural areas or places with limited internet access

Every gift helps bring us together!

WORKER POWER COALITION IS HIRING TO HELP PASS THE PRO ACT

The Worker Power Coalition is a newly formed 501(c)(4) organization formed to unite the power of unions and the broad progressive movement to win transformational change in the rules of our economy. And DSA is a member of its Steering Committee! With more than 40 organizational members from across the progressive movement, the Worker Power Coalition was formed around, and remains focused on, passage of the PRO Act, a sweeping overhaul of labor law that puts power back in the hands of workers rather than billionaire CEOs and giant corporations. In addition, the coalition will seek opportunities to support other federal policies, as well as state and local efforts, that meaningfully shift the balance of power in our economy and in our workplaces.

The Worker Power Coalition is seeking a Campaign Manager to grow and lead this coalition, to maximize coordination and impact of member organization’s PRO Act advocacy efforts, and to identify other strategic opportunities to win worker power beyond the PRO Act. 

The ideal candidate has:

  • A minimum of 10-12 years of related experience in organizing, policy and/or electoral campaigns, communications, or other comparable work history
  • A strong and demonstrated passion for progressive values broadly, and issues of workplace justice and democracy specifically
  • Familiarity with the labor movement including experience with union organizing or mobilizing rank-and-file union members on electoral or policy campaigns
  • Experience with federal legislative campaigns, and knowledge of the federal legislative process
  • Experience building and coordinating diverse coalitions and a demonstrated ability to engage and support partner organizations with a wide range of competing priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A high energy, self-starter work ethic

More info and how to apply here.

MEET YOUR STAFF

Briahna, Field Organizer

Hi y’all! It’s me, Briahna (she/they)! I am the newest Field Organizer and thrilled to be on the DSA team! I have lived all over the country but currently live in Chicago, IL where I moved three years ago to attend comedy film school. I have been organizing in professional and volunteer capacities at the grassroots level since 2008. My background is primarily in electoral organizing, but I have also been active in racial justice, prison abolition, labor, and environmental organizing (primarily around the BP oil spill and the exploitation of poor and marginalized communities by oil industries in Louisiana and Texas).

As a Black, queer, femme my passions and priorities have always lied in the uplifting, inclusion, safety, and empowerment of marginalized communities. I deeply believe that Black and Brown people are at the core of all revolutionary work throughout the history of our world. And as such, I am intensely committed to building a true multi-racial working class movement to build power and eradicate the deeply racist systems that infect our lives on a daily basis.

Kalil, Full-Stack Developer

Hi! I’m Kalil, the new Full-Stack Developer on staff. I live in Chicago now, I grew up in NYC, and I was born in California. I’ve been building software for over ten years, but I’m brand new to DSA! I’m excited to build our digital infrastructure as we grow and create a better world. Outside of work, I love to bake, bike, and play drums.

WELCOME NEW CHAPTER AND OC

We’re proud to introduce our latest chapter, San Luis Obispo, CA, and our newest Organizing Committee, Mahoning Valley, OH! Welcome!