Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for October 4, 2019

THE WEEKEND COMING UP Saturday MDC DSA Labor WG (see Briefs); Rent Control WG;  Sunday MoCo DSA Branch Meeting, DSA for Bernie Working Group Meeting and midnight deadline for nominations for vacancy on MDC DSA Steering Committee. See also many weekend events in our Allies calendar, below.


 

MDC DSA CHAPTER MATTERS

Report on September GBM Electronic Chapter Vote

Thank you for your patience with the voting date confusion! After the extended election the winners are
IOC Co-Chair: Luke Rebecchi
Resolution to Endorse Rent Control: *Passes*
Resolution to Raise Reimbursement Limits: *Passes*

This spreadsheet breaks the vote down by both ballots for transparency’s sake,
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FItRnmWc-1CtREFyD52FZZMFAcsx53DTVbHX-RFCWQ4

NOTE The previous Steering Election channel has been redubbed #2019-special-election for the ongoing Steering elections; candidate statements and electioneering should go there. — Zach E, secretary

SPECIAL ELECTION FOR STEERING VACANCY

Nominate yourself or another comrade BY SUNDAY to fill the current vacancy on the MDC DSA Steering Committee. The election will be held electronically after the October 13 GBM . Members can follow this special election nomination link , which will be available until 11:59 PM Sunday, Oct. 6. Five nominations are needed for a candidacy.


NATIONAL DSA OCTOBER DISPATCH
Here’s the email roundup, sent Thursday night (Oct. 3) from National Director Maria Svart, and here’s the table of contents, with links:


 

MDC DSA BRIEFS

Metro DC DSA’s rent control working group – a general business meeting on Saturday, October 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Petworth Library.
At this meeting, we’ll continue to talk strategy and also get updates from chapter members working on our rent control campaign. We’ll also game plan for our upcoming town hall and the big coalition rally on 10/26. This is going to be one of our big campaigns over the next year, and working group meetings are a great way to get plugged into all kinds of chapter work. All are welcome; this is coalition work.

 

 Labor Action:

Saturday, October 5th, The MDC DSA Labor Working Group’s next meeting/get together is going to be at 5 PM at Lyman’s Tavern in Columbia Heights. A lot of us are working on different “labor”-y projects for DSA. Figured it’d be a good time for all of us to get together over a drink and share what we’ve been working on. – Luke R

Canvass for Rent Control

Join the Reclaim Rent Control coalition for our very first outreach canvass tomorrow — Saturday — we are going to be at Porchfest in Adams Morgan recruiting folks to come out to our October 26th launch rally. Sign up for this weekend’s canvass here or email nikko@dcjwj.org. Also don’t forget to RSVP to the launch rally or sign up here for updates.

Wage Theft Canvass

This coming Sunday (Oct. 6) from 12 – 2 PM the Just Pay Coalition is doing worker outreach at the Minnesota Avenue Metro to talk to folks about how to protect themselves from wage theft and ensure they receive the new minimum wage as well as overtime pay, paid sick days, and (starting next year) paid family leave. Join us this week by signing up here or join us next week at Dupont Circle by signing up here.  Email nikko@dcjwj.org if you have any questions.

 


 Are you a parent who wants to get more engaged in DSA? Show your solidarity by attending the Red Cubs Child Care orientation on Sunday, November 3, 1:30-3:30 PM, at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW! Learn about our chapter’s approach to child care and increase our capacity to offer care at more events! Plus, there will be child care at the orientation!
https://forms.gle/rr9k7vceL3hYb5fn7


from MoCo DSA: Courageous whistleblower and Montgomery County resident Chelsea Manning is still in jail for refusing to testify at a grand jury about questions she has already answered and served jail time for. She will likely be jailed for another year and has $69,000 in fines already, with more added every day. Please donate to her legal fund so she can continue to fight this abuse of power.


ELECTORAL ACTIVITY: Mckayla Wilkes is a Democratic Socialist running against Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, and she’s seeking the endorsement of our chapter. Please join us for an AMA conference call with the candidate Tuesday October 8th, 7PM-8PM.
Dial – 1-857-232-0158 and enter code 752728  To learn more about Mckayla, check out her candidate questionnaire http://bit.ly/2m8lcZV  To RSVP or for more information, DM Nathan L(last name) in Slack.


FEATURED ARTICLES from the October Washington Socialist first published Tuesday, Oct. 1

>>Our local comrade Kurt Stand addresses a simmering issue — conflict over the endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren by the Working Families Party. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/the-working-families-party-elizabeth-warren-and-bernie-sanders/  First published in last Friday’s Update.

>>Bill Mosley went to the House hearing on statehood for the District, and compares the action and the prospects to previous hearings in previous Congresses. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/dc-statehood-hearing-civil-rights-clashes-with-gop-partisanship/

>>MoCo member Danielle Meitiv brought intensity, not the science of her day job, to her opening remarks at last month’s Climate Emergency Town Hall in Silver Spring. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/leaders-at-all-levels-must-live-up-to-their-climate-promises/

>>Victor Grossman, sole graduate of both Harvard and of the German Democratic Republic’s Karl Marx University, discusses his dual perspective at age 91 on the GDR’s embattled history. Kurt Stand recounts Grossman’s recent talks and book. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/different-worlds-life-in-the-german-democratic-republic-a-review-of-talks-and-writing-by-victor-grossman-stephen-wechsler/


SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL KICKS OFF ITS FALL SEMESTER IN OCTOBER WITH

Tuesday, October 15  6:30-8:30 PM

Introduction to Socialism: Socialist Night School

Cleveland Park Library  3310 Connecticut Ave NW · Washington, DC

For our first session of the new semester of Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism.
• What is capitalism?  • What is socialism? • How does what DSA does help us get there?
• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA? A great introduction for newer members.

Monday, October 28  6:30-8:30 PM

Financial Capitalism: Socialist Night School 

The Festival Center  1640 Columbia Rd NW · Washington, DC

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world.
In the decade since all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.
In this session, Grace Blakely, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, will help us better understand the role of financialization in our current moment and what we can do to change course.  This session of Socialist Night School is jointly sponsored by Metro DC DSA and the Democracy Collaborative.


Coming in November at the Socialist Night School:

Tuesday, November 5  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Introduction to Marxism (Socialist Night School).

Monday, November 18  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The Korean Peace Process and The Legacy of US Imperialism in Asia

See the MDC DSA Calendar below for details.


Curious about Metro DC DSA? MDC DSA’s website has expanded resources on our chapter Campaigns, WGs and Caucuses – check it out here. Is your campaign, caucus or working group properly represented? Contact info@mdcdsa.org, attn: web managers.


MDC DSA Publications Schedule for October:  Updates in October will be published Fridays the 11th, 18th and 25th and the November Washington Socialist will publish Friday, Nov. 1. Article deadline for the November issue is Friday, Oct. 25.

MDC DSA’s regular periodical publications are managed by the Publications Working Group. Indicate interest in writing or other tasks to further socialist ideas and action by messaging thesocialist@mdcdsa.org or visit our Slack channel, #publications, to see what we are up to. Our activism gains support when it is explained in a socialist context and voice, so check our submission guidelines, and add your voice to the mix. What shows up in the Washington Socialist? See the Index for 2016-18 and the supplemental the Washington Socialist Index for January-August 2019.


MDC DSA EVENTS IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Follow links for details—see all MDC DSA events here

 

Saturday, OCT 5  1-2:30 PM

Rent Control Working Group Meeting

Petworth Neighborhood Library  4200 Kansas Ave NW · Washington, DC

 At this general business meeting, we’ll continue to talk strategy and also get updates from chapter members working on our rent control campaign. We’ll also game plan for our upcoming town hall and the big coalition rally on 10/26.

Sunday, OCT 6   3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

DSA for Bernie Working Group Meeting

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library  1630 7th St NW

 We’ll talk about the schedule for canvasses and social events over the next couple of months.

Sunday OCT 6  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Please join us for our October branch meeting! Help us build our vision for equality, democracy, and socialism in Montgomery County. Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to a local bar for a social hour. See you then! Follow link for details.

Tuesday, October 8  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Candidate Conference Call: Mckayla Wilkes

Mckayla Wilkes is a Democratic Socialist running against Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th congressional district, and she’s seeking the endorsement of our chapter. Please join us for an AMA conference call with the candidate. To learn more about Mckayla, check out her candidate questionnaire http://bit.ly/2m8lcZV . Call info is above in the BRIEFS or available on Slack: #electoral

 

Thursday, OCT 10  6-8 PM

Migrant Justice Working Group Happy Hour

sPACYcLOUd Lounge  2309 18th St NW · Washington, DC

Join us for our first Migrant Justice Working Group happy hour! This is a great chance to meet and mingle with fellow comrades. No agenda, no work, and KARAOKE!!!

Saturday, October 12  12- 2 PM

Queer Socialism Caucus Meeting

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library 1630 7th St NW · Washington, DC

Comrades, the Queer Socialist Caucus (for LGBTQIA+ socialists and our allies, DSA members and non members welcome) is having an organizational meeting on Saturday, Oct 12 at noon at the Shaw library. Our annual election for caucus chair and secretary will be held at this meeting. (Only MetroDC DSA members in good standing may vote). This will most likely be the final monthly physical meeting, probably going to quarterly physical meetings.

 

 Sunday OCT 13  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting. Follow link for details.

 

Tuesday, October 15  6:30-8:30 PM

Introduction to Socialism: Socialist Night School

Cleveland Park Library  3310 Connecticut Ave NW · Washington, DC

For our first session of the new semester of Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism.
• What is capitalism?  • What is socialism? • How does what DSA does help us get there?
• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA?
While everyone is welcome, this session is designed for newer members and those who are relatively new to socialism. The session will be led by Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib.

 

Wednesday OCT 16  7:00 PM

Steering Committee

Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. Please RSVP and message the hosts if you would like to join by videoconference so we can make arrangements to get you the appropriate URL. Follow link for details.

 

Rusty the Red PandaSunday OCT 20  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Please read our reading group Participation Guide and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹 Suggest readings yourself at https://goo.gl/forms/Rn7ktzvYmN2ZvEOT2 Follow link for details

 

Tuesday, October 22  7-8:30 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Dolley Madison Library 1244 Oak Ridge Ave · McLean, VA

Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Please take a minute to read our NOVA DSA Socialist Meeting Participation Guidelines — We will be welcoming new members and continue discussing planning for our current actions and campaigns including support for DSA endorsed candidates, anti-Amazon-HQ2 actions, a future Brake Light Campaign as well as expanded efforts to connect with local groups. As always, we will address any current issues from our communities and allied organizations, including efforts against the alt-right.

 

Thursday, October 24  6:30-8:30 PM

Rent Control Panel

Cleveland Park Library  3310 Connecticut Ave NW

Come learn about the history of rent control in DC and the opportunity we have to strengthen our rent control laws with a panel of tenants organizers and advocates! Rent control is one of the best legal protections tenants have against landlord greed and developer-driven displacement; this panel is a great way to find out how to get involved in the fight for stronger rent control laws!

 

Monday, October 28  6:30-8:30 PM

Financial Capitalism: Socialist Night School 

The Festival Center  1640 Columbia Rd NW · Washington, DC

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

In this session, Grace Blakely, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, will help us better understand the role of financialization in our current moment and what we can do to change course.

This session of Socialist Night School is jointly sponsored by Metro DC DSA and the Democracy Collaborative.

 

Wednesday OCT 30  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote only)

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. You can find the Zoom link in the #steering channel in the chapter’s Slack. Follow link for details.

 

Sunday, November 3  1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Red Cubs Child Care Volunteer Orientation

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library  3160 16th St NW · Washington, DC

Join us for a Red Cubs Child Care orientation!  The child care working group is looking comrades to join our volunteer team. At the orientation, you can learn about our chapter’s approach to child care, engage in discussion about gender division in care work, and make new friends!
Register at the link https://forms.gle/rr9k7vceL3hYb5fn7  Follow link for details.

 

Sunday, November 3  2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Location TBA Montgomery County · MD

Please join us for our November branch meeting! Help us build our vision for equality, democracy, and socialism in Montgomery County. We will work on plans for our rent control campaign! Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to a local bar for a social hour. Follow link for details and location update.

 

Tuesday, November 5  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Introduction to Marxism (Socialist Night School)

Northeast Neighborhood Library  330 7th St NE · Washington, DC

“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” This is how Marx, in one of his more literary moments, described the relation between capital and labor. Marx was predominantly a theorist of how capitalism worked, not what a future socialist society may look like. In this introduction to Marxism, which will strive to be light on jargon, we will focus on how Marxists view capitalism, how capitalist profit is rooted in the exploitation of labor, and how the class struggle is the result of this.
The session will be led by Chip Gibbons, who is co-chair of the Metro DC DSA Political Education Working Group. He is also a journalist whose work has been published in Jacobin and the Nation. Follow link for details

 

Sunday, November 10  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting of Washington  2111 Florida Ave. NW · Washington, DC

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America!
The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting. Follow link for updates.

And mark your calendars for this mid-November Socialist Night School session:

 

Monday, November 18  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The Korean Peace Process and The Legacy of US Imperialism in Asia

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library  3160 16th St NW · Washington, DC

The chaotic current state of a seventy-year standoff is untangled by Tim Shorrock, a Nation correspondent and expert in the region who has been covering the intersection of national security and capitalism since the late 1970s. The bipartisan US goal of maintaining an imperialist foothold in the region conditions the narrative and complicates the efforts of a national coalition of US and Korean activists in solidarity with Korean people’s movements.  Presented by the MDC DSA Socialist Night School. Follow link for full details.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Follow links for details

FRI, Oct. 4  Labor 2019 Book Symposium  Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights — A discussion with author Steve Striffler and a Distinguished Panel – 1- 3:30 PM RSVP  at the Intercultural Center (ICC) 450 | Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets N.W., Washington, DC 20057 || How and why has solidarity with Latin America changed over time? What are the political strengths and weaknesses of the solidarity impulse? And how has solidarity shaped the US left? Discuss with the author and a panel of specialists from local universities.  Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

 SAT Oct 5  Street Law 101: Know Your Rights Training 1-3 PM – Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC 20019, Hosted by Black Lives Matter DC and Keep DC 4 Me: https://www.facebook.com/events/705926619821385/
The people most targeted by police MUST have critical information about their rights during police interactions. Follow link for more information.

SAT, Oct  5 — Coffee and Conversations – Achieving Racial Equity in Prince George’s County9 AM to 1 PM at Reid Temple AME Church 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. RSVP at link.

SAT Oct 5 Right to Housing Freedom School  12-3 PM, Thurgood Marshall Academy Pcs, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020 — Hosted by ONE DC — building tenant power for community control of land and housing — highlight national and international examples of community resistance and community controlled models of land stewardship and housing. RSVP: https://www.onedconline.org/right_to_housing_freedom_school

SUN Oct. 6 Chapter Meeting: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Teach-in  7 PM UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124  Hosted by SURJ Northern Virginia and International Mayan League/USA: guests from the International Mayan League’s local community council. We’ll be learning about the root causes of forced migration and the ways in which indigenous people are being harmed and excluded.

  SUN Oct 6Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit, 1- 4 PM (Doors open at noon) hosted at Washington College – 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620
Explore the issues that face the Shore (and the state), what steps have been taken, and what obstacles we must overcome to defeat the existential crisis of Climate Change and other pressing environmental issues. https://www.facebook.com/events/361641874764169/

SUN Oct 6 Police Accountability Workshop 6:30-9 PM Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Hosted by Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church and SURJ MoCo:
Together Diversity Team and Silver Spring Justice Coalition are co-sponsoring. Get updates about police accountability in Montgomery County; information about how state legislation impacts county law; and how you can have a voice about police accountability.  RSVP

MON Oct 7 October DC Climate Coalition Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 PM; 50 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 hosted by DC Climate Coalition and 5 others at the Sierra Club office (8th floor). Agenda will include the climate strike, bylaws, and CEDC implementation, and public comment. Meetings are open to the public!

THURS Oct 10 Shut Down DC/Climate Strike meeting, debrief and planning. St. Stephens Church, 1625 Newton St., 7-8:30 PM. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/2538742392886843/

 THUR Oct 10 AROS Forum On New Funding Formula For Prince George’s Public Schools at LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL, 8000 Cherry Lane Laurel 20707 at 6:30 PM Parents, students  and engaged community members are invited to hear about the Kirwan commission proposals and possibilities of well-funded schools — and make their voices heard. Also WED October 23 at Bowie Performing Arts Center, 15200 Annapolis Rd. Bowie 20715, 6:30 PM: WED November 12 at Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd. Largo 20774, 6:30 PM and MON November 18 at OXON HILL HIGH SCHOOL 6701 Leyte Drive Oxon Hill 20745 6:30 PM. Follow link for details.  Marylanders – A coalition of advocates is presenting informational sessions on school improvement through the Kirwan commission proposals. You can see all the sessions listed in this article: https://www.progressivemaryland.org/democrats_urge_full_funding_for_kirwan_education_proposals_as_advocacy_coalition_hosts_forums_around_state

SUN Oct 13 Cop Watch DC – October Training! 1-4 PM Mount Pleasant Branch DC Public Library Washington, District of Columbia — get trained to watch the cops with Cop Watch DC! Together we’ll talk about how we stay safe while we document interactions between cops and our neighbors/community members in order to reduce harm and build community power together. Hosted by The Future is Feminist and SURJ – DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126985220840604/
Register http://bit.ly/copwatchsignin

THUR October 17 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers! 1– 5 PM, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC): RSVP HERE: calendly.com/roc-dc/legal-clinic – get answers to your questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace – breaks, paid sick days, tips, harassment and more

FRI Oct 18 Book Talk with Author David Kirp,  Noon1:30 PM, Economic Policy Institute. 1225 I Street NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005 View Map David Kirp will discuss The College Dropout Scandal. Stunning numbers: 40% of undergraduates at public universities don’t earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, and 70% of students at two-year community colleges haven’t graduated after three years. Light lunch, so please RSVP

SAT Oct. 19 Town Hall — Community Oversight of Surveillance in D.C. 2 – 4 PM, Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St NW, Washington DC 20008 – Hosted by ACLU of the District of Columbia and 8 others: The unchecked use of surveillance tech by MPD and District agencies treats residents all over the city like a prospective criminal. Experts from tech & law, with community leaders will discuss how we can bring more transparency and oversight to DC government acquisition of surveillance technologies.
SUN Oct. 20 Discussion of “The War on Science” with Tim Whitehouse. 2:30 – 4 PM, Greenbelt Community Church,  1 Hillside Road, Greenbelt, Maryland. 20770 – Whitehouse is  Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former EPA employee. Sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice.

SUN October 20 Deep Canvass with SURJ  11 AM – 5 PM Sponsored by SURJ Northern Virginia and Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC: at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, in Maryland. The registration form is coming soon. Follow link for more information.

 MON Oct 21, ROC DC Monthly Meeting  1- 3 PM — Restaurant Opportunity Center DC, Second Floor, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 Come together and meet other restaurant and tipped workers in DC who want to build worker power in order to improve wages and working conditions in the DC restaurant industry. Future monthly meetings Nov 18 and Dec 16.

MON Oct. 21 PACK the Hearing: A Roundtable on MPD’s Body Worn Camera Program 10:30 AM, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004 Hosted by Black Lives Matter DC and 3 others: very crucial public roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s use of body worn cameras– push the Council to demonstrate real accountability and transparency from MPD! To testify at this roundtable, you can email judiciary@dccouncil.us.

TUES Dec 17 End Violence Ki Ki Ball  6- 10 PM, Eastern Market North Hall located at 225 7th Street S.E. Washington DC, 20003– info and tickets at link — “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” is not just about ending violence against people engaging in sex work—it’s also about ending violence against Trans people, against people of color, against people who use drugs, against people living with HIV, against people experiencing homelessness, and the communities who love and support sex workers. Ki Ki Ball (as seen on T. V. hit series Pose) will raise awareness about the violence our communities face and continue funding the expansion of our support services. To SUPPORT:
endviolencekikiball.com


GOOD READS

>>The veteran proponent and interpreter of post-Marxism qua Gramsci, Chantal Mouffe, takes on today’s visibly polarized Brit political environment: “We must not be tempted to counter [Boris] Johnson’s populism with a return to centrist politics. It is precisely such a centrist politics that is at the origin of the current democratic crisis in western Europe.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/01/centrist-politics-boris-johnson-rightwing-populism

>>Memories at street level from Chicago organizers about Fred Hampton and his legacy – Hampton was one of the most self-aware and widely focused black radicals of his day, and his rainbow organizing principles, before the upper-case “R,” continue to underpin much activism in the city and elsewhere. From South Side Weekly via Portside, https://portside.org/2019-10-03/fifty-years-fred-hamptons-rainbow-coalition

>>One of a series of blogs from the UK Youth Climate Coalition on what next systems to mitigate climate change might look like (the previous ones are linked here). This one deals with “degrowth” to subdue the growth mantra in First World capitalist economics – “Supporters of the degrowth movement believe that GDP growth as a positive phenomenon is a western myth, and encourage the western world to accept that our current levels of GDP are linked not only to climate breakdown but also to social inequalities.” From the UKYCC’s pub The Ecologist, passed along locally by the Popular Resistance aggregator. https://theecologist.org/2019/sep/17/what-might-systems-change-look

 

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