MDC DSA Washington Socialist Article Index for 2019

Washington Socialist articles for January 2017 to December 2018 are archived here.

Here are the articles for January-December 2019. First is the indexed version, by broad topic:

DSA and MDC DSA themselves: convention report, Regional conference, VA-DSA Convention, MDC DSA Faith Caucus, Disability Justice, Organizing PG,

Climate and ecosocialism: adaptation landscape, MoCo’s imperatives, Tidal awareness, GND DC-style, Cherry blossoms, McBurger hegemony, meat catastrophe, GND long game, Regional decarbonization,

Criminal justice reform, including returning citizens; the abolition dilemma, Maryland’s path, criminalizing poverty, PG’s failure,

Radical Journalism: GDR memories, Bill Blum RIP, DuBois for the ages,

International: revisiting Vietnam, GDR memories, Venezuela coup, Venezuela predux, Guaido’s backers, Gilets jaunesImperialism in Okinawa,

Planning, housing and justice issues in the DMV: Planning scramble, VA’s Amazon factor, Mayor’s gambit, MDC DSA v. Amazon,

Socialism and the economy: Pushing cooperativism, Possible world,

Race, identity, politics: White resentment

Labor and economic justice: Strike wave, Fed-bashing shutdown, Google organizing,

Immigration and justice: complicity

Radical history in the DMV: labor in the ‘80s, Dorothy Healey, MayDay history, Alice Leonard,

Sports, racism and justice: unsay the name, Trumpsox, Football/families, rebranding DC football,

Political culture: Dirty money?, Polished Pete, Only connect,

Local politics in the DMV: Mckayla’s challenge, DC Statehood, Statehood prequel, Maryland healthcare, Hogan two-step,, MD incumbent protectionDC tax reform, MD Assembly wraps, DC Statehood history, MD activism, Lexus lanes, MD budget fail, Divided Maryland,

National politics, mostly Bernie: Bernie 1, WFP endorsement, Bernie/Biden, Bernie and MDCDSA Pt 1,
 Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Only connect, Bernie futures,

Books/Arts: LeGuin’s vision, displacement displayed, Deep time, Radical tourism,

NOTE in most months the Washington Socialist has republished the monthly email “Dispatch” from DSA’s national office, often a good way to keep track of the relationship between the national and local chapters like ourselves. Here are the Dispatches from November, October, August, February,  January


ARTICLES BY ISSUE, with summaries

DECEMBER

A New Challenge for Ecosocialists: The Climate Adaptation Moment

by: Andy Feeney
December 5, 2019

As more than a decade of right-wing climate denialism starts to crumble and give way to a more contradictory political landscape, the politics of adaptation could provide left activists with a moment in which we can bring the logic of the Green New Deal to new population sectors.

Organizing for Justice Emerging from Criminal Injustice

by: Kurt Stand
December 5, 2019

Prince George’s County has a too-long history of criminal injustice masquerading as justice.  The quick propensity to lock people up on one side, and to fail to provide adequate service or opportunities when they come home on the other side, has undermined the quality of life.

La ColectiVA Calls on Virginia Politicians to ‘Check Your Complicity’ on Migrant Abuse

by: Kaiser F
November 28, 2019

The Check Your Complicity campaign calls out Virginia elected officials who continue to benefit from violence against migrants, largely thanks to generous contributions from ICE contractors, while making a show of being on our side.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST –1986

by: Suzanne Crowell
November 28, 2019

Washington has a rich history of empowerment for working people that, like most labor history, has been largely forgotten. Its story has many facets – the fight against segregation, against employers, and in the political arena. The current labor movement, however, is best understood through a focus on recent organizational history and the current cast of characters, most of whom entered the scene in the early 1970s. It’s a story, in part, of independent power centers evolving through the coalescing of smaller labor groups into larger ones.

“Change the Name” Advocates to Drop Petitions on Football Team Dec. 7

by: Bill Mosley
November 28, 2019

“[Owner Daniel] Snyder continues to cling to a racial slur and a stereotype for a mascot and a name,” said RWF co-founder Josh Silver. “We will be giving him a white paper that summarizes psychological studies showing the damage done by this insidious name. He still has a chance to lead and repent by changing the name. We hope he does so soon!” 

NOVEMBER

Endorsed Maryland candidate Mckayla Wilkes statement to MDC DSA members

by: Mckayla Wilkes
November 7, 2019

NOTE: Mckayla Wilkes has been endorsed by MDC DSA membership in her run for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. The primary is April 28, 2020; the incumbent is Steny Hoyer. She has provided this statement for MDC DSA members. The Washington Socialist <> November 8 Update  By Mckayla Wilkes I was born […]

Bernie Must Win or the Democrats Will Lose

by: Kam W
November 7, 2019

To win, Bernie should continue and enhance his strategy. Putting aside my not-insignificant disagreements with the other Democratic candidates, their electability versus Trump is highly questionable.

Why justice for Botham Jean is impossible

by: Larry Stafford
October 31, 2019

I think I’ve learned that punishment and justice are not the same. The carceral system is not something I could ever find myself celebrating or expecting to bring me peace.

Maryland still has work to do on criminal justice reform

by: Sonja Neve
October 31, 2019

What Maryland needs is a system that treats addiction and substance abuse as a health care issue instead of a criminal issue and creates community-based care services to support individuals upon release. A comprehensive plan that enrolls all inmates in health care upon release and provides a network of care services would benefit the state at large and ensure the most vulnerable do not get left behind.

Dorothy Healey’s Reflections On a Period of Transition for DSA– 1984

by: Dorothy Healey interviewed by Stuart Comstock-Gay
October 31, 2019

“I don’t know of any other place [than DSA] to do it [organize]. It’s a tough period for radical organizations to find answers of how you participate in the movements of whatever there is today and yet maintain an identity for a socialist alternative, when to advance even mildly democratic demands becomes a radical thing.”

The myths that masked an imperialist war in Vietnam — and how they were shaped

by: Woody Woodruff
October 31, 2019

Chomsky’s contributions trace the post -WW2 policy, driven by corporate goals of commercial dominance and resource control in South and East Asia.  Then …”our goal was reformulated. It was our noble task to protect Indochina from ‘aggression.’ “ The fact that these myths, these narratives are still surfacing and keeping their traction in instances of mass mis-recollection like Ken Burns’s recent PBS series is a credit to the propaganda model from which we still suffer.

OCTOBER

The Working Families Party, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders

by: Kurt Stand
September 30, 2019

How do we continue to build support for Sanders, the movement, politics, and values his campaign has come to represent without attacking or alienating those who have come to a different decision?

DC Statehood Hearing:  Civil Rights Clashes with GOP Partisanship

by: Bill Mosley
September 30, 2019

While being a socialist isn’t required to support statehood for the District, the cause does demand the support and involvement of all true socialists.  For the United States cannot be called a democratic nation when its government exercises colonial domination over 702,000 American citizens, without voting representation in Congress or control over their own laws, outside its front door.

LEADERS AT ALL LEVELS MUST LIVE UP TO THEIR CLIMATE PROMISES

by: Danielle Meitiv
September 30, 2019

…while you have invited me to speak as a scientist, I’m going to take off that hat and instead speak as a human being on a planet that is dying. On a planet that is burning. As a mother who looks at her children and fears for their future. For the frightening world my grandchildren will be living in. Because make no mistake – we are talking about a terrible future if we don’t act.

Different Worlds:  Life in the German Democratic Republic — A Review of Talks and Writing by Victor Grossman/Stephen Wechsler  

by: Kurt Stand
September 30, 2019

[Grossman] writes of how when his wife visited the US (her first time in the West) after the Wall came down, she was shocked at the sight of beggars, for she had never before seen people so desperate for a meal.  Quoting FDR that “necessitous men are not free men,” Victor argued that this fundamental right is all too often forgotten and that in this the contrast between capitalism and the socialism they were trying to build in the GDR are most clearly to be found.

SEPTEMBER/LABOR DAY

DSA National Convention 2019 Report Back

by: Kaiser F
August 29, 2019

Throughout the 2019 Convention, there were many chances outside of debating resolutions and bylaws to connect with comrades across the organization, at hosted events and informal meetups. This was both a chance to learn from one another, and organize independently of the specific agenda of the convention.

DC Statehood Gets Hearing in House September 19

by: Bill Mosley
August 29, 2019

While proposals for DC statehood have been submitted in each Congress for decades, the current bill is the first to have been declared a priority by the Democratic leadership of both houses.

Books: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Vision of a Socialist Society in “The Dispossessed”

by: Jason S-F
August 29, 2019

Ursula Le Guin’s anarcho-socialist planet Anarres provides the social backdrop for her landmark novel, “The Dispossessed.” How would a society like that live, every day, on this planet? An extrapolation.

How Dirty is Money? A Thought Experiment

by: Woody Woodruff
August 29, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein made some contributions to the MIT Media Lab’s work. Discovery! Shock! Horror! But was his money particularly dirty?

Panel to fight high drug prices in Maryland stalled by Hogan while activists nationwide call for #PeopleOverPharma.

by: Woody Woodruff
August 29, 2019

The Assembly passed a bill creating a panel to examine and if necessarily lower prescription drug prices in Maryland. The GOP governor, whose veto of the bill was overriden, has refused to release the funds appropriated, kicking off a nasty fight.

AUGUST

A GAP IN THE ARMOR: TIME TO TAKE DOWN BIDEN

by: Kam W
August 1, 2019

In the coming debates, this tactic should be enhanced to deepen and sustain Biden’s diminished public perception. In fact, it should be expanded to emphasize that Biden will not fight for the working class people of all colors — not because of his racial animus, but because of his utter inability to articulate independent, complex thoughts on the subject. T

PRISON ABOLITION AND THE WAR ON THE POOR

by: Daniel Adkins
August 1, 2019

A program to abolish prisons and police needs more than a slogan identifying DSA as the most left.  We need a program with the understanding that the struggle is to win control for all the people to create a more just society.

HOGAN STONEWALLING ON SPENDING RILES CRITICS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM IN MD

by: Woody Woodruff
August 1, 2019

Hogan, as Treasurer Nancy Kopp acutely suggests, is becoming rapidly more Trump-like as he wallows in second-term freedom, acting out the Maryland equivalent of the Obama-obsessed Trump’s attempt to erase the work of his predecessor, in Hogan’s case Democrat Martin O’Malley.

SINGLE-MEMBER ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS WILL HELP END MARYLAND’S INCUMBENT PROTECTION SYSTEM

by: Richard DeShay Elliott
August 1, 2019

With Maryland’s multi-member districts, the costs of running a race and the time needed to cover the 125,000-plus population districts are too much for all but the most well-funded insurgent candidates. In many parts of the state, particularly Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, the only way to win is by joining the incumbent slate.

“Warmth of Other Suns” Exhibit Looks at Displacement from Many Angles

by: Bill Mosley
August 1, 2019

“The Warmth of Other Suns” reminds us that displacement and migration have been with us since humans first populated the globe.  People moving to improve their lot in life has been a constant and sometimes this movement takes place across the arbitrary lines known as borders.

JULY

DC Anti-Gentrification Activists Scramble to Prepare for July 9 Hearing On Newly Proposed Rewrite of Key Land Use Planning Provision

by: Andy Feeney
July 4, 2019

Members of the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition, an anti-gentrification alliance in which several local DSA members have been active, are scrambling at press time to read through Mendelson’s proposed rewrite of the Comp Plan preamble, which includes several new passages that could be interpreted as favoring the interests of powerful DC real estate developers. 

Sara Nelson, fellow labor activists discuss the labor movement’s future at Labor Strikes Back!

by: Morgan Fecto
June 30, 2019

With recent labor victories fresh in our collective memories, three panelists shared their experiences and offered advice for furthering the movement in our own communities and in solidarity with workers everywhere. Their words were more than a call to act — but a call to get organized.

Grassroots vs. Segregation: The Ongoing Fight against Amazon HQ2 in Arlington

by: Kaiser F
June 30, 2019

After Arlington County’s vote, “For Us, Not Amazon” coalition will refocus around the issues we learned were the foremost concerns in the community: rising rents and home prices, general lack of affordability, inadequate transportation and other infrastructure, and Amazon’s role in deportation, detention, and mass surveillance.

The Tidal Basin Diaries:  More Adventures in Using Coastal Flooding To Start Conversations with D.C. Tourists About the Green New Deal

by: Andy Feeney
June 30, 2019

But how can the climate issue be raised with Midwestern voters, when many Midwestern mayors are ducking it? How can it continue to command attention nationally, when the national media is rightly obsessed with other public issues – issues ranging from the future of Roe v. Wade and the Democratic Party’s internal debates about impeachment to the foreign policy risks of Trump’s increasingly aggressive moves against China, Mexico, Iran and Venezuela? A sign at the Tidal Basin may be one strategy.

DC Statehood Gets Hearing in House July 24

by: Bill Mosley
June 30, 2019

The struggle for full democratic rights for the District of Columbia will take another step forward on July 24 when the House Committee on Oversight and Reform holds a hearing on H.R. 51, a bill to make the DC the 51st state.

A Green New Deal for DC

by: David Schwartzman
June 30, 2019

All of these Green New Deal goals will need a broad bottom-up mobilization of the residents most impacted, DC’s working class along with their allies, and must be planned and implemented by the same.

A Small Victory for Science in “Deep Time”

by: Bill Mosley
June 30, 2019

The administration’s brain-dead war against science is a reason why “Deep Time,” the new permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is so refreshing.

Capitalist Gentrification as Usual, as DC Mayor Bowser Orders New Push To Weaken Land Use Controls in the Name of Increased Housing Construction

by: Andy Feeney
June 20, 2019

The DC Office of Planning, which is essentially under the Mayor’s control, proposed in early 2018 to amend the Comprehensive Plan’s all-important preamble section in such a way as to make it virtually impossible for residents to use the provisions of the plan as the basis for challenging bad land-use decisions in court.

JUNE

Meeting the Needs of Returning Citizens and All Who Are at Risk and in Need: A Prince George’s County Update

by: Kurt Stand
May 30, 2019

Intrinsically valuable in and of themselves, a reentry council, an office of returning citizens, and community-based halfway houses can also open up a pathway for changing a system that is too willing to throw away the lives of too many, rather than give scope to each and all to live life to its fullest potential.

Venezuela coup, the “Final Phase” — US machinations stall but media revel in the myth

by: Adam Strømme
May 30, 2019

Far from it being a matter for the “Venezuelan citizens and political officials” to decide, much of the wrangling has focused on cinching the noose around the Venezuelan people first and the assets of the Venezuelan state second — rather than a mere exercise in public opinion.

TRUMP SOWED THE RACIAL HATRED THAT DIVIDED THE RED SOX AND AMERICA

by: Bill Mosley
May 30, 2019

The country can live without athletes hobnobbing in the Rose Garden. What will be harder, though, is repairing the damage that Trump’s toxic racism unleashed on the nation.

MAY

Polished Pete and the 2020 Race

by: Kam B
April 30, 2019

Pete Buttigieg and Howard Shultz are part of a larger phenomenon in U.S. cultural discourse that privileges a set of experiences and traits that are interpreted as merit, beyond any real policy value that a candidate brings to public debate.

For Dems, intraparty fracas over primary challenges obscures a critical component

by: Woody Woodruff
April 30, 2019

Getting lost in the excitement over the progressive-establishment spat in the Democratic Party is a political imperative – mutual, educational exchange of information from politicians to electorate – and vice versa. Stay current with your community. Or go home.

For DC Ecosocialists, Threats to Cherry Trees Could Support ‘Crossover’ Climate Activism

by: Andy Feeney
April 30, 2019

DSA climate activists might conceivably play an important role in saving the Tidal Basin that could win us at least grudging support from a host of different local and national organizations that hopes to keep alive the legacy of DC’s cherry blossom season.  To the extent we can help to save the Tidal Basin from higher waters, we’ll be tackling an issue that has elicited sympathetic and emotional comment from a variety of local commentators.

By offsetting federal tax cuts locally, we can improve the quality of life for all DC residents

by: David Schwartzman
April 30, 2019

The Fair Budget Coalition — which advocates for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs — included “offset federal tax cuts locally” in its platform for fiscal year 2020.

FOOTBALL OR FAMILIES? Fight over RFK site reaches critical stage

by: Bill Mosley
April 30, 2019

In addition to the DC Council, in 2015 the Arlington County Board also adopted a resolution condemning the Washington football team’s name as racist.  But remaining mum on the name controversy are two jurisdictions that have shown interest in luring the team – Prince George’s County, for a stadium connected to National Harbor, and Loudon County, Va. 

Maryland Assembly Session limps to close, faces big leadership decision

by: Woody Woodruff
April 30, 2019

Sine Die was to say the least complicated by the death of House of Delegates Chair Mike Busch the weekend before, followed by a dismal and unseemly contest to succeed him.

May Day and Vietnam Resistance — History’s Trail from 1965 to 2015

by: Kurt Stand, Lucy Duff
April 30, 2019

A May Day reprise of a Washington Socialist historical account, with a coda about origins, from the May 2015 issue.

APRIL

MDC DSA Chapter Delegates report on the Regional Conference

by: Delegates
March 31, 2019

The MDC DSA Steering Committee and the Washington Socialist jointly invited delegates to the Regional Conference held March 16-17 to contribute reportbacks from the conference for the wider membership that could not attend. These responses were received.

“Standard Oil Awakens Them”: The Second Phase of the US Regime Change Operation in Venezuela

by: Adam Stromme
March 31, 2019

…the United States is the single largest source of the economic crisis within [Venezuela]. As the UN Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas noted in his report on the country back in September: “[N]on-conventional economic wars have been waged… in order to make [US target’s] economies fail, facilitate regime change and impose a neo-liberal socioeconomic model.”

DC STATEHOOD: MOVING FORWARD IN 2019 – JUST NOT ALL THE WAY

by: Bill Mosley
March 31, 2019

So unlike in 1993, the odds appear good that a bill for DC statehood will pass the House of Representatives, a new first in the fight for equality for the District. And unfortunately, that’s where it will stop.

Cooperativism: The Need for a Proletarian Socialism

by: Kam W
March 31, 2019

Only through the combination of labor in the cooperative, the proletarian enterprise, can humanity walk the path to liberation of mind, body, and spirit. Begging at the hand of the wealthy can no sooner revolutionize the mode of production and social relations than a peasant kissing the feet of a king. It is time for the working class to take their fate into their own hands.

Imagining an MDC DSA Bernie 2020 Campaign: It’s Not Just About Bernie

by: Brian
March 31, 2019

…not a lot has been published yet on what a DSA for Bernie 2020 campaign would actually look like. And while many have written about the transformative power a Bernie presidency would have on the US political landscape, less discussed is the transformative potential such a campaign might have on our organization. The Sanders campaign revived DSA in 2016, and if we are prepared to seize the opportunity, it may again.

Bernie Campaign 2: An Independent Campaign Strategy to Build Our Organization

by: Brian
March 31, 2019

At 60,000 members, with infrastructure and serious organizing experience across the country, DSA is in a unique position to step into this political space, and channel this organizing energy behind an explicitly socialist program. …to build an organizing community for volunteers excited by the Sanders campaign that includes socialist political education, builds local electoral campaigns, and keeps this energy in the socialist movement past Election Day.

Bernie Campaign 3: Bernie, Labor, and DSA

by: Brian
March 31, 2019

…what matters is that we’re engaging with workers in the labor movement and naming their enemy as capitalism.

Bernie Campaign 4: Building DSA Community and Leadership Development

by: Brian
March 31, 2019

We must use the Bernie campaign as another opportunity to build links between chapters and organizers.

Bernie Campaign 5: Practically and Structurally

by: Brian
March 31, 2019

The Sanders campaign presents great risks. DSA refusing to engage with the campaign would result in isolation from the broader progressive community.

convention, the Socialists of Faith Caucus and more.

Journalist Bill Blum spent a career exposing the nuts and bolts of US imperialist foreign policy practices

by: Kurt Stand
March 31, 2019

A Tribute to Bill Blum (1933 – 2019) The Washington Socialist <> April 2019 By Kurt Stand           Mainstream media consistently and repeatedly fail to connect the dots between trade, corporate investment, military interventions, and domestic economic instability.  As a result, violence around the world, economic precariousness at home appear without cause and treated – […]

MARCH

Richmond DSA Hosts Virginia Statewide DSA Convention

by: Craig T
February 28, 2019

For the closing plenary, Richmond DSA Treasurer Joseph Rogers reminded us where we are, both geographically and historically, 400 years after the first African slaves were brought to Virginia and even longer after white settlers began murdering the Powhatan people. Joseph reminded us that the injustice we struggle against in the United States has deep roots, but he left us feeling empowered to change it.

NOVA DSA BUILDING POWER IN “FOR US NOT AMAZON” COALITION

by: Hunter T
February 28, 2019

With only two weeks to go before the Arlington County Board is set to vote on its $23 million incentive package for Amazon, the fight is more important than ever, and there are plenty of opportunities for comrades to get involved.

DSA Members to Explore Images of Social Struggle at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

by: Bill Mosley
February 28, 2019

Only a small percentage of artworks in the two museums are relevant to social struggles and left movements, but those that are should be on every socialist’s must-see list.

Reflections on the First Year of the Socialists of Faith Caucus and Plans for 2019

by: Kaiser F
February 28, 2019

The Socialists of Faith caucus has transitioned into growing and building coalitions with other groups. DSA is a partner, with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), in the Occupation Free DC campaign, which aims to end DC Metropolitan Police participation in US-Israeli counter-terrorism police exchanges; and the Resist Islamophobia Coalition with the Justice for Muslims Collective (JMC). We’ve also been supporting other MDC DSA groups such as Mutual Aid and Migrant Justice.

Longtime Alexandria DSA Member Alice Leonard Dies at 101

by: Bill Mosley
February 28, 2019

The Washington Socialist <> March 2019 By Bill Mosley Metro-DC DSA notes with sadness the passing of longtime local member Alice M. Leonard on February 24 at the age of 101. Leonard, a native of Rahway, N.J. who lived in Alexandria for nearly three-quarters of a century, was a charter member of DSA from its […]

Yes, Maryland Is Changing Politically — It’s Due to Activists

by: Larry Stafford Jr.
February 28, 2019

The Washington Socialist <> March 2019 By Larry Stafford Jr. “We are witnessing, in real time, the transformation of the Maryland General Assembly.” So said Josh Kurtz in an interesting post on Maryland Matters. Of course, I maintain a healthy skepticism over the exact amount of progress we’ve made here, but I also see clear […]

Hogan Administration Drops Transit Options from Scheme for Privatized Toll Lanes on Beltway, I-270

by: Woody Woodruff
February 28, 2019

On February 14 an advocacy transportation group denounced a quiet move by Hogan’s ethically compromised transportation agency (MDOT) to formally drop all mass transit options from his big plan to add toll lanes to the I-495 Beltway and to I-270. It was a tacit admission by the Hogan administration that the vaunted public-private partnership scheme would be all about revenue for the private sector.

Gov. Hogan’s Maryland Budget Doesn’t Stand Up to Analysis for Social Needs

by: Woody Woodruff
February 28, 2019

The ostensibly sunny-day Hogan budget puts a heavy load on the General Assembly to adapt it to what Marylanders actually need, according to the analysis of this respected, independent budget and policy center.

The Labor, Health and Cultural Costs Of ‘McWorld’ Hamburger Hegemony

by: Andy Feeney
February 28, 2019

In Marxist terms, McDonald’s and its fast-food rivals have made their industry into a corporate “hegemon” – economically, culturally and politically. The fast-food business now influences how millions of people eat, how Congress does and does not regulate the food business, how chicken, beef, pork and potatoes are grown in the U.S., and what particular chemically-derived tastes most Americans have come to associate with french fries.

W.E.B. DuBois: ” [T]oday in America we can abolish poverty by reason and the intelligent use of the ballot” (1940)

compiled by Lucy Duff
February 22, 2019

This week of his birthday anniversary is a fitting moment to remember Dr. W.E. Burghardt Du Bois (23 Feb. 1868 – 27 Aug. 1963).  Published from the 1890s through 1960s, his writings shed light on crucial issues of those years- and our own time.   Du Bois is most widely known as organizer or founder of […]

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

by: Adam Strømme
February 14, 2019

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.

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

by: Andy Feeney
February 7, 2019

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

by: Kurt Stand
February 7, 2019

“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.”

FEBRUARY

THE TRUMP SHUTDOWN: FED-BASHING WITH A PURPOSE

by: Bill Mosley
January 31, 2019

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

by: Josh Silver
January 31, 2019

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

by: Woody Woodruff
January 31, 2019

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.

DSA’s Decision Path If Bernie Announces A Candidacy

by: The Washington Socialist
January 31, 2019

A message from the National Director outlines what DSA’s response(s) can be and the path currently planned if Sen Sanders announces another run for the presidency.

JANUARY

Solidarité Avec Les Gilets Jaunes

by: Caroline Debnam
January 3, 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.

How Nationalism Feeds US Imperialism in Okinawa

by: Kaiser F
January 3, 2019

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…

Green New Deal Fight: A Short-Term Political Loss But Huge Publicity Gains for Ocasio-Cortez & Allies

by: Andy Feeney
January 3, 2019

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.

Multistate decarbonization compact offers window for ecosocialist activism

by: Woody Woodruff
January 3, 2019

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.

Statement Introducing the Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group

by: Matthew A
January 3, 2019

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.

Organizing for Democracy and Social Justice in Prince George’s County

by: Kurt Stand
January 3, 2019

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.

A New Vision of Work Possible at Google?

by: Dan Adkins
January 3, 2019

Having a union would matter, but even tech workers need to remember that traditional bargaining for wages and working conditions didn’t keep the United Mine Workers – so important in labor history – from being marginalized by automation in the mineshafts. The tech company workers, in the fast-changing world of automation trending toward AI, could find themselves in the same boat sooner than they think.

It’s Not the Economy, Stupid: Race, Identity and the White Working-Class Voter

by: Bill Mosley
January 3, 2019

And where did that white resentment come from, if economic reasons are not sufficient? The election of an African-American president explains much of it. “The ‘racialization’ of partisanship was under way before Obama became a national figure,” the authors write, but the eight years of Obama “accelerated and intensified racialization.”

 

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