MDC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Action for the shutdown, House divided, Amazon tanks in Gotham, amplifying the NoVa struggle, regional pre-convention meetings and much more — the MDC DSA Weekly Update is pretty much indispensable.

“Warlike, and capable of anything” — the US-backed coup in Venezuela

Guaido represents the latest in a long, well, caravan of American-backed puppets seeking to smash the independence movements of Latin America in general, and the social democratic reforms of the Chavez era in particular.

MDC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

The usual calendar items, action reports and Good Reads — plus two advance articles from the March Washington Socialist and the national DSA February Dispatch if you missed it.

Eating the Future: How Capitalist Agribusiness And Too Much Meat Help Cause Climate Crisis

Don’t look now, but what we all buy and consume in the way of food – combined with how corporate agribusiness shapes how most people eat – is helping to create climate catastrophe. That’s a key message conveyed by both of the authors featured in this book review. It’s also a warning that’s been echoed in recent months by various scientific experts and other climate commentators.

Another World is Still Possible

“Socialist or Marxist political economy is necessary but not sufficient in itself to advance a vision of 21st Century socialism. This vision must fully engage the natural, physical and informational sciences – in particular, climatology, ecology, biogeochemistry, and thermodynamics – as well as take full account of the wisdom derived from the experience of thousands of years of indigenous peoples’ agriculture and culture.”

DSA USA NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S FEBRUARY DISPATCH

Dear Comrade, In his State of the Union speech this week Trump demonized people who seek abortions. He demonized immigrants. And he demonized socialists. Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren were quick to clap at that. But you and I, we know that they attack us because they fear us. DSAers are knocking on doors and […]

MDC DSA Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for February 2019

The February, 2019 issue of the Washington Socialist — upcoming regional conference, what to do about the local NFL team’s racist name/mascot, shutdown’s real motives and Maryland political head-butting, plus all of February’s meetings (so far).

THE TRUMP SHUTDOWN: FED-BASHING WITH A PURPOSE

Bill Mosley examines the right wing’s longstanding rationale behind the late, great and once and future (?) Shutdown – further eroding public confidence and trust in government.

Change the Name! — Rebrand Washington Football Asks Montgomery Residents to Get Their Councilmembers on Board

The next big battle to persuade the local NFL owner to Change the Name – the racist name of the football team – will be fought in Montgomery County, and it may represent a tipping point. MDC DSA members, one activist says, can help in that project.

POLITICAL EVENTS AROUND ASSEMBLY SESSION SKETCH A DIVIDED STATE

As political Maryland swings into another General Assembly session where Democrats face a second-term GOP governor, the shape of things political in a divided state is sketched by a variety of examples.