Rescheduled January GBM Jan. 27, we host a regional pre-convention conference, Amazon in the Va. Senate, and more — plus your socialist social calendar for mid- to late January and beyond.
News about this Sunday’s General Body Meeting, AND AN IMPORTANT CANCELLATION plus Action Reports and January schedule for MDC DSA and activist allies.
A monthly roundup of events and actions from DSA National Director Maria Svart
MDC DSA’s newsletter for January, with articles on international issues, local organizing, ecosocialist wins and losses, worker organizing in the tech sector (?) and a book with surprises about white working class sentiment — plus a two-year (2016-2018) article index to this publication AND your socialist dance card for the first month of 2019…
The left must capitalize (no pun intended) on this moment of mass mobilization and offer something different from the neoliberal capitalist globalization that elites like Macron and his friends pursue at the expense of the working class. Economic and political cooperation between countries and governments does not have to entail doing capital’s bidding.
Under various agreements, Japan shares the costs of the bases and relocation (from $6 billion per year in 2012 to $8 billion per year in 2018), not to mention the indirect costs of pollution and congestion that locals are expected to deal with. Worse still, the land reclamation at Henoko will cause extensive ecological devastation…
If DSA members can take an active and public part in organizing for Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, while demonstrating that we can be cooperative participants in broad-based coalitions working to make the concept into a political reality, we may gain new credibility with a wide range of climate activists that will serve us well in future struggles for a post-capitalist, humane, ecologically sustainable and democratic future.
MDC DSA ecosocialists – as socialists – can’t fail to recognize that such a comprehensive government-inclusive approach has huge opportunities for real intervention by climate activists and that the very public nature of the state governments makes the effort open to demands for transparency, public input and informational openness.
Capitalist exploitation is intensified by contemporary ableism, which normalizes an oppressive association between the ability to work and socioeconomic stratification. Under capitalism, disabled individuals are considered expendable resources because “less able” is code for “less deserving” of dignity and justice.
The political problem is highlighted in Prince George’s County where a far too comfortable Democratic Party apparatus — using term limits to jockey positions rather than open up the political process — shuts out dissident voices and relies on low voter turnout and low levels of public political participation to maintain power.