Events Catalogue – 2020

Indigenous Resistance in a World On Fire w/ Nick Estes and more – December 17th, 2020

Indigenous communities are fighting for their survival and for self-determination. But what is the relationship between their struggle to the broader class struggle and the fight for a socialist future? The DSA National Political Education Committee, International Committee, and Ecosocialist Working Group are co-hosting an international panel featuring Indigenous leaders from the U.S, Brazil, and Bolivia. Drawing on the long legacy of Indigenous movements, and with an emphasis on environmental justice and class struggle the speakers will discuss indigenous protection of the environment in the Americas and the role their resistance plays within the struggle against capitalism and the extractivist state.

Building a Left that Can Fight and Win – December 4th, 2020

What lessons can we draw from the election? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead for working class and socialist organizing? How do we fight the rise of the right? Join us for a panel of DSA labor organizers and leaders from our National Political Committee, Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, and the AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus to discuss their assessment of the election, the political terrain ahead of us, and what DSA needs to do to build a durable and winning Left that can defeat the Right and create a better world.

Featuring: Keon Liberato, Rebecca Garelli, Robert Cuffy and Kevin Prosen in conversation with Marianela D’Aprile.

The End of Policing w/ Alex Vitale – September 14th, 2020

Join the DSA National Political Education Committee for a talk featuring Alex Vitale, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and author of The End of Policing. We will center the discussion around origin, but specifically tailor the conversation to focus on class analysis and the direction of the defunding movement while exploring the lessons we’ve learned in the months of protests and demands following the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

This mass call is a unique opportunity to hear about police defunding work that DSA chapters across the nation are doing, along with their specific demands and wins. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas and discuss critical questions about the police abolition movement and our role in it as socialists.

Covid-19 and the Working Class w/ Gregg Gonsalves & Marty Bennett – August 18th, 2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s extremely important for socialists to have a firm understanding and analysis of past crises and how the working class has united in order to push for reform and advocacy.

Gregg Gonsalves, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health, will join us for historical context rooted in the AIDS crisis and ACT UP’s community organizing and response. Marty Bennett, a long time labor organizer and activist, is also joining us to provide history from a labor organizing standpoint.

Join us for this event hosted by the DSA National Political Education Committee for a bit of history that can give us great insight into what tools the working class has at their disposal to organize in the time of COVID-19.

When We Take Power w/ Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin – August 13th 2020

Socialism is growing as a force in the U.S., but as the history of European social democracy shows, electoral wins are not enough. Socialists must not only win power but fundamentally transform how power works in the state and society if we want our efforts to go beyond reform and transcend capitalism.

Join us for a talk with Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, authors of The Socialist Challenge Today. In their book, they analyze the recent history of SYRIZA, Corbyn, and Sanders to examine how the socialist left can resolve the dilemma of the immediate need for action and the importance of building long-term transformative potential that can carry us to a world beyond capitalism.