Socialism and Electoral Politics – July 15th, 2021
From Bernie Sanders to AOC and dozens of local elected officials, socialism is popular at the polls. Since 2017, over 100 DSA members have been elected, and chapters have used their campaigns to build power and organize the working class. This call features members of the National Electoral Committee who will present on DSA’s successes and challenges in the last few years as well as our official electoral strategy. Multiple resolutions about electoral politics were submitted to be debated at this summer’s convention. This call will give an overview of DSA’s electoral work — why elections matter and how to use them.
Panelists: Fainan Lakha (NEC) Robin Peterson (Chicago DSA Co-Chair) Richie Floyd (St. Pete, FL City Council District 8 Candidate)
DSA’s Labor Strategy: Organizing Worker Power for a Socialist Future – June 27th, 2021
As we assess the current state of class struggle post-Covid, organized labor is still weak after decades of capitalist suppression. Yet, support for the PRO Act is slowly growing, militant workplace actions are becoming more common, and a large majority of Americans favor unions. What should socialists make of this daunting but hopeful moment? Please join your comrades for a deep dive into our labor strategy, focused on strategic, multiracial workplace organizing and rebuilding the labor movement in every red, blue and purple corner of the country. We’ll be talking with labor militants and union organizers on the importance of building rank-and-file power among Black and Latino workers and in the South, fostering solidarity across industries, and strengthening democratic unions that can fight—and win.
Panelists: Chris Maisano (Jacobin) Ashley Payne (DSLC) Cody Eaton (Amazonians United) Lisa Xu (UAWD)
DSA, BDS, and Palestine Solidarity: A Panel Discussion – February 6th, 2021
Palestine is not only a humanitarian issue, nor is it only a Palestinian issue. Palestine is a political issue with serious consequences at stake for both Palestinians and average US residents. As socialists, we recognize the interconnectedness of our struggles under capitalism. In solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s nonviolent struggle for equality, human rights, and self-determination, DSA adopted a resolution at our national convention in 2017 in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In 2019, DSA reaffirmed its commitment to the BDS movement by voting to establish a BDS and Palestine Solidarity national working group.
Join us on Saturday, 2/6 at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12pm PT for a discussion and Q&A with special guests, including Omar Barghouti, Marc Lamont Hill, Sumaya Awad, and Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt, to discuss the growing and vibrant global BDS Movement, Palestine solidarity, censorship, and how socialists can join the fight! Co-sponsored by the BDS and Palestine Solidarity National Working Group, the National Political Education Committee, DSA Muslim Caucus, and the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus (AFROSOC).
Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award.
Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is currently the host of BET News and a former political contributor for CNN.
An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. He is the owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Bookstore in Philadelphia. His new book Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics will be available on February 16th.
Sumaya Awad is a Palestinian socialist writer and organizer based in New York City. Her writings focus on Palestinian liberation, anti-imperialism, Islamophobia, and immigration. Sumaya is the co-editor of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction (2020) published by Haymarket Books. She is currently Director of Strategy at the Adalah Justice Project and is a member of the New York City chapter of the DSA.
Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Michigan State University. He is a member of Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ) and a board member with the Interreligious Foundation of Community Organizations (IFCO). He is also a former intern with the SNCC Digital Gateway Project at Duke University. In May of 2019, Ajamu graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science. Ajamu also participated in the historic Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine Coalition.