MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, December 14, 2018

Events and action reports from MDC DSA’s week, past and to come.

MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, December 7, 2018

  UP FRONT THIS WEEKEND: TODAY (12/7) MoCo Happy Hour with Baltimore comrades 7 PM; TOMORROW (12/8) NoVa Electoral Questionnaire workshop, 3 PM; SUNDAY (12/9) MDC DSA General Body Meeting 3 PM. A big thing Sunday is our GBM. Here is the agenda. AMAZON HQ2 UPDATE – On the GBM agenda, we’ll have a presentation […]

Amazon HQ: The 800-Pound Gorilla in NoVa

Even if local government decides to play hardball with Amazon (which seems unlikely), do they have the economic power and political clout to make demands stick? Katie Cristol, the Arlington County Board chair, said repeatedly that local governments are very limited in what they can demand of Amazon because of pro-business laws passed by Republicans in the Virginia legislature.

MDC DSA’S WASHINGTON SOCIALIST MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2018

One-stop but not for shopping — DSA events and activities for December (busy!) and post-holidays.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, CENTRISM, AND 2018

It’s clear, then, that the divide between how the liberal commentariat has chosen to conceive of this election and how the public does is traceable to the limitations of the Democratic Party. No serious analysis of public opinion ought to start with how the public expresses their preferences among the major parties or their candidates(?). They should begin with polling of what the public actually wants.

THE ELECTION WITHIN THE ELECTION: LINKING DEMOCRACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES TO SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Trump’s response to the Midterm election has been repression and lies. In a country in which poverty and insecurity are growing, that can only be countered by maintaining the connection between democratic rights and economic justice

ACTIVISTS TO TAKE “CHANGE THE NAME” DEMAND TO FOOTBALL TEAM’S HEADQUARTERS

“Mascots take a human toll on Native peoples,” said Rebrand Washington Football co-founder Ian Washburn. “RWF will continue to educate and inform a public that is growing increasingly aware.”

NORTHERN VIRGINIA DSA: WHAT’S AHEAD IN 2019?

The first clear organizing priority for 2019 is building up a coalition to counter the ridiculous proposal that was offered up to Amazon on our behalf. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that HQ2 (even just half of HQ2) will have on Crystal City, NoVA, and the Commonwealth overall.

OUTGOING MD LAWMAKER, DSA MEMBER LAUNCHING PRO BONO LOBBYING SHOP

“Only people with lots of money have the ties and the means to hire lobbyists,” Tarlau said. “There’s no one speaking for common people.”

Just Some of the Facts, Ma’am: Law Enforcement Museum Touts Heroism, Buries the Darker Side

The pro-police message of NLEM demands a countervailing narrative, one that makes more than a brief pass at the abuses of law-enforcement officers. This narrative would highlight the role of police in harassing and incarcerating blacks in the Jim Crow South to legally re-enslave them in chain gangs; the sordid history of police as strikebreakers; the willful failure of police not only to stop lynchings but even participate in them. And there is the role many police departments play today: as armed forces occupying mostly low-income and minority neighborhoods.