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Your National Political Committee newsletter — Fighting Back

Enjoy your June 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. This month, what you can do to defend abortion, join our workers’ rights call, and more!

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FROM THE NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE — FIGHTING BACK

Another day, another erosion of our rights by the Supreme Court.

This morning, the Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and overturned abortion rights for millions of people. Over half the states are “certain or likely to ban abortion” — 22 states have bans that go into effect now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, and another 4 are likely to ban abortion.

But, our Protect Abortion Committee is ready to fight back. Approved by the NPC Steering Committee at their May 6 meeting, this committee is hard at work developing strategy, providing resources, and preparing trainings for you and your chapters to use as you take to the streets and help your communities. Join us in the streets tonight. And RSVP for our Protect Abortion Training Monday 7/11 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT! We also want to recognize the monumental success of the Abortion Fund-a-Thon: DSA chapters have raised over $100,000 to provide abortions to those in need. But, because of today’s decision, the National Network of Abortion Funds has asked for all fundraising to be halted as they consider the legal implications of raising funds, particularly in states with a ban. Join us in the fight.

And yesterday’s first decision by the Court, Berger v. North Carolina NAACP, will allow North Carolina Republican legislators to defend the state’s Voter ID law, which was challenged by the State Conference of the NAACP and struck down by North Carolina state judges as unconstitutional. The Court’s ruling effectively means that “when a state law is challenged in federal court, and that state has a divided government, the (GOP) legislature can give itself the power to intervene and defend the law even if the (Democratic) attorney general is already doing so.” Proponents of the ruling say that this will cut both ways — but when was the last time that Democrats weren’t feckless cowards, refusing to effectively wield their power in favor of the working class?

But, our Voting Rights Committee is getting off the ground and will work to fight against the erosion of voting rights. We voted unanimously this month to approve appointments to the committee and we support them in their important work.

Earlier this week, the Court struck a huge blow to the healthcare of end stage renal disease patients in Marietta Memorial Hospital Employee Health Benefit Plan v. DaVita Inc. This case revolved around a statute that obligates private insurers to cover the costs of dialysis for the first 30 months after a patient is diagnosed with end stage renal disease. The Court’s ruling effectively means that health plans can discriminate against those with end stage renal disease.

But, our Medicare for All Committee continues to fight. Earlier this year we approved the committee’s work plan, and last month they hosted their campaign update call, “M4A 20K: A Pledge to Win.” Check out their 2022 Organizing Guide — it’s got great resources that you and your chapter can use to bring health justice for all.

Soon, the Court is expected to rule on West Virginia v. EPA, which would chop the federal government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions — putting a livable climate for all of us even more at risk.

But, our GND campaign is going strong this summer, working to elect a slate of nationally endorsed state and local candidates whose wins can set them up to organize closely with DSA chapters to challenge the capitalist class and win real gains for workers, toward a Green New Deal from coast to coast.

We recognize that we are in a dark timeline, and that there are surely more dark times to come, given the makeup of the Court. But, we feel confident in knowing that DSA is uniquely positioned to meet the conditions. We have thriving working groups and committees that are fighting back on multiple fronts, forming a strong web of socialism that’s hard to break — and these groups will continue to support you in your chapter’s efforts on the ground.

Through it all, we are committed to revitalizing worker power from the bottom up. Many DSA members, including over half the members of our committee, were among the 4,000 labor militants gathered near Chicago for the Labor Notes conference this past weekend, and we are very excited to see what they bring back to their chapters and workplace organizing in this moment of labor upsurge.

Together, we will win Socialism and a better world for the working class.

Yours in struggle,

DSA National Political Committee

PHONEBANK FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL SLATE! SHIFTS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH TUESDAY 6/28

Come phonebank for the Green New Deal Slate candidates! The primaries are THIS TUESDAY, 6/27, for New York, Colorado, and Illinois. So this is our last chance to help get our candidates across the line. Sign up for a shift here!

WEDNESDAY 6/29 — JOIN US FOR HOW WE WIN: LOCAL WORKER RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS

Join us Wednesday, 6/29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for How We Win: Local Worker Rights Campaigns! On this How We Win call, you’ll get an inside look at worker rights campaigns in Portland, Maine; New York City; and Austin, Texas. In a time of growing labor solidarity and union recognition campaigns, what else can democratic socialists do to achieve worker justice victories?

The How We Win series shares lessons and how-to experiences from successful campaigns around the country, showing how democratic socialist organizers and coalitions can move forward, and achieve tangible wins in support of economic and social justice goals. Join us to discuss what worker justice campaign strategies have worked, what’s been won, and the path forward. This virtual event is co-sponsored by DSA Labor, the NYC-DSA Debt and Finance Working Group, Convergence, Dissent, and In These Times.

WHAT DO RELIGIONS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE? RSVP FOR TUESDAY 7/5 CALL

As access to abortion is under threat in our nation, religious language is frequently used to justify rightwing crackdowns on reproductive justice.

But what do religions actually have to say on the topic? Join DSA’s Religion and Socialism Working Group Tuesday 7/5 at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT for “What do Religions Have to Say About Reproductive Justice?” In this panel, speakers from several religions will discuss how their faith and politics intersect on the topic of reproductive rights, and will address how a religious left might construct counternarratives to the cultural dominance of the American religious right. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and open discussion.

DSA IN BRAZIL: JOIN OUR REPORT BACK CALL FROM SÃO PAULO MONDAY 6/27

One of the most important elections in the world this year is in Brazil! From April 29 – May 4, Kristian Hernandez, Ashik Siddique, and Sofia Cutler Guimaraes (NPC), Jana Silverman (International Committee), James E-T (NCC-YDSA), and Gabriel Acevero, (Maryland State Delegate) went to Brazil as part of an exchange hosted by the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT), and Foro de Sao Paulo.

During the week they spent in São Paulo, they heard first-hand about the attacks against workers spearheaded by Jair Bolsonaro’s neo-fascist government, and the tragic consequences of the 1964-1985 US-sponsored military dictatorship. But they also learned how unions, social movements and socialist activists are resisting neo-fascism and neoliberalism, and building the campaign to elect Lula in this October’s Presidential elections.

Join us Monday 6/27 at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT/5:30pm MT/4:30pm PT for our report back call! You’ll hear from members of the DSA in Brazil delegation about what DSA can learn from the struggles of Brazilian popular movements, and discuss how DSA can play a role in defending democracy in Brazil during this crucial election year. The call will also feature Alexandre Pupo, International Affairs Secretary of the PT youth wing, and other representatives of the PT and CUT that DSA met with during the trip.

DSA FOR MEDICARE FOR ALL UPDATE — CHECK OUT OUR NEW ORGANIZING GUIDE!

Welcome to the Summer of M4A! The DSA Medicare for All Campaign Committee recently launched our campaign to get 20K pledges from M4A supporters by the end of the Summer. Our goal is to organize people in support of a universal health care program for the long-term fight, not just mobilize people in the short-term. Are you ready to join the fight for M4A? Organize your chapter to join this badass pledge campaign. We’ll gather pledges from constituents who are willing to publicly state they want: “Medicare for All, or else!” We will build a base of M4A supporters ready to withhold donations, business, and votes from politicians who do not support M4A. If this sounds militant, it is, and that’s okay: there is massive, widespread dissatisfaction at the American healthcare system right now, and we need nothing short of militant, transformative change.

Interested in getting involved? Check out our 2022 Organizing Guide here and sign up here to stay involved in M4A organizing!