22 | 11 | 2019

From September 7-9, dozens of chapters of the DSA in over 25 states will take to the streetstorally support for Senator Bernie Sanders for president in 2020.

“Senator Sanders knows what it will take to win our country back from the capitalist class,” said National Director Maria Svart. “It will take all of us. When working people come together across our differences, whether in a workplace strike or at the ballot box, we have real power. This weekend, our members across the country are launching an effort to build long lasting grassroots infrastructure to leverage our collective power, in the Democratic primaries, in the general election, and beyond.”

CODEPINK strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of journalist Max Blumenthal on charges of simple assault. Blumenthal was subjected to a and arrest at his home on October 25, then held for two days, denied access to a phone call and a lawyer. The spurious charges against Blumenthal stem from the delivery of food to activists who were lawfully staying in the Venezuelan Embassy in April and May of this year in an effort to and handing the building over to the Venezuelan opposition.

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) stands in solidarity with 110,000 UK postal workers, represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), who have voted to strike at the Royal Mail Group, which was recently privatized by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

CWU’s previous “Four Pillars” contract with the Royal Mail Group, agreed upon less than two years ago, provided for pay increases, pension reforms, and a path to a 35-hour standard workweek for all full-time employees with no loss of pay by 2022. This contract was signed following a resounding strike ballot vote that pushed the previous management to make significant concessions.

Originally written and posted by the Direct Action, De-escalation, and Security Committee of Boston DSA (DADS) September 30, 2019. Endorsed by the DSA National Political Committee.

On Saturday, August 31st, around 100 far-right activists marched through downtown Boston, flanked by hundreds of police, carrying a message of hatred and division. 

Their “Straight Pride Parade,” a clear act of intimidation against the LGBTQ+ community, was organized by activists with well-documented involvement in violent “alt-right” and white power organizations like the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, and the American Guard. Predictably, despite the organizers’ claims that the event would not be anti-gay, the event’s speakers and attendees revealed the true meaning of “Straight Pride” by spewing noxious homophobic, transphobic, racist, and anti-Semitic bile.

Change sometimes occurs so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. What once was is no longer; life is stood on its head, and what seemed impossible is suddenly within grasp. Is the country now in such a moment? And if so, how is such progress gauged?

The Communist Party of Canada (CPC) released a preliminary comment, highlighting the more complex situation which raised by the results of the 2019 federal elections in Canada

The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) released a preliminary comment on the results of the federal elections of 21st October. The CPC, expressed that they welcomed "the defeat of Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, who represented the worst danger to working people and the environment, and the failure of the far-right People’s Party to elect a single candidate". The commentary of the CEC of CPC, stated that although the results demonstrated a strong rejection of the policies of the Conservatives and PPC, it also shows that "Canada is not immune from the racist, fascist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and anti-LGBTQ+ ideologies which have made gains in many other capitalist countries."

In a former career, a coworker of mine worked as a commercial fisherman in Northern California. He spoke how as certain fish populations were being driven to extinction, state and federal agencies came in to begin to limit how many pounds that could be caught, and in what times of the year they could work. He said this had the predictable effect of causing him and some of his colleagues to lose their jobs.

I begin my contribution with that story to set up what I think are the problems in drawing these connections between fighting for socialism, stopping the destruction of the environment, and the working class. In those moments when government agencies forced fishing restrictions on them, all they could think of were their jobs, their families, their housing.

In a watershed moment in our movement for economic, environmental, racial, and social justice, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, joined by fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, are endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

For decades, Bernie has taken on the wealthy and ruling elite with his call for a political revolution. This call has inspired millions. Since his 2016 presidential campaign, we’ve witnessed the skyrocketing growth of DSA, a surge in the popularity of democratic socialism and policies like Medicare for All, a strike wave of teachers and other workers, and the groundbreaking electoral wins of democratic socialist Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib and allies like Rep. Omar.

Wondering where Historians for Peace and Democracy were going, in that essay we posted in June? We’re happy to share part 2, another installment in HPD’s Broadsides for the Trump Era. If you love it, feel free to download the PDF here and spread it around! (Ed.)

PAME that represents the class oriented union movement of Greece, expresses its solidarity with the ongoing strike of the workers in the American automaker industry General Motors (GM).

The company’s profits in recent years have been based on millions of state funding to General Motors, which was also given under the argument of safeguarding its 50,000 workers’ jobs. Profits that were also based on the brutal attack on workers’ rights and salaries. It is again revealed that business groups and governments, in coordination, attack the rights of workers who become the victims, whether in crisis or development.

Editor’s Note:  CPUSA co-chair Rossana Cambron’s presentation was made at the district convention of the Northern California district September 7th.

We had a great 31st convention: there was a new energy that grew stronger throughout the three days. The question now is where do we go from here? It was clear at the convention that we must grow if we are to have the same impact and relevance as we did during our first 100 years.

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