In the Update: Takes on UNITE-HERE’s DCA solidarity action for striking catering workers July 23; Labor WG meeting and For Us Not Amazon actions; more details on DSA National Convention proposals and how MDC DSA members can amend, support or boo them, and more. Plus MDC DSA calendar for July/August, events from our allies in the DMV and some Good Reads.
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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.
The articles featured in this July issue of the Washington Socialist include one on resurgent labor; two on solving the climate nationally and locally; three takes on gentrification – in Virginia (Amazon-fueled), DC (corrupt planning) and Maryland (MoCo struggles)—plus DC Statehood and a truth-telling museum reopening. Find quick links to all articles toplined in this issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.