MDC DSA Notes and Actions
YDSA Convention looms — the MDCDSA chapter will be hosting YDSA comrades for their YDSA Conference February 16-18. Hundreds of YDSA members will explore thought and action for the current crisis and opportunities. We’re organizing a phonebank to call MDCDSA members and ask them to volunteer housing, if they’re able. Let us know what time works for you by filling out this poll: https://doodle.com/poll/srxvt6fvsn62u54n
If you want to volunteer housing yourself, here’s the form.
Developers are trying to steamroll the revision of the DC Comprehensive Plan. The gentrification machine in this city is hoping to sneak this by us – we’re asking every MDC DSA member who lives in the District to read this message from the Coalition and take action. Working group meeting tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 3); full coalition Feb. 10 – see listings here or at the message link.
— David Poms
The DCReInvest coalition and Metro DC DSA’s ANC Initiative has been on the ground encouraging our local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) all over the District to take the lead in urging the D.C. City Council to sever its ties with Wells Fargo. Volunteers all over the District have been attending their ANC meetings, making short presentations, and asking their local commissioners to pass a resolution demanding divestment from Wells Fargo. So far, 7 ANCs in the District have passed a resolution. It’s important that we keep this momentum going and add more ANCs to the list. Please join us at our next organizing and training meeting and learn how you can get involved in the campaign! Organizing & Training Meeting Saturday, February 10, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 . RSVP
From the Labor Caucus
“Metro DC DSA is conducting a survey among its membership for the newly formed Labor Caucus. Membership in the Labor Caucus is open to union members, members of worker organizations, and those who wish to agitate in their workplace. This survey seeks to determine what kinds of relationships MDC DSA members may have with unions and worker organizations, and to see which groups are represented in the MDC DSA membership, as we develop the Caucus and plan actions.
(Words making the rounds in MDC DSA Circles that may not be 100% clear to everyone)
What does entryism mean? — Unpicking the latest resurgence in political name-calling on the British left.
By New Statesman (10 August 2016)
Entryism re-entered Labour’s lexicon in the summer of 2015 as thousands of members and supporters of other parties (among them Greens, Trotskyists and Tories) sought to vote in the leadership election. But the term historically refers to a far greater degree of strategy and organisation.
The founding example of entryism was provided by Leon Trotsky and the “French turn”. In 1934, the Russian revolutionary persuaded his supporters to dissolve the Communist League into the Socialist Party in order to maximise their influence. The term has since been applied to any group that enters a larger organisation with the intention of subverting its policies and objectives.
Labour’s most notable experience of entryism came with the Trotskyist Militant, which won control of the party’s youth wing (Labour Party Young Socialists) and a number of constituency parties. After its proscription by the National Executive Committee in 1982, hundreds of the group’s members were expelled during Neil Kinnock’s leadership, including two MPs (Terry Fields and Dave Nellist). Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary, was a Militant supporter though never formally joined.
“Operation Ice Pick” was the name given to Labour’s efforts to prevent entryists from voting in the 2015 leadership election, after the means of assassination used against Trotsky. Those barred included members of the Socialist Party, the successor group to Militant. The pro-Corbyn organisation Momentum has similarly banned outsiders from joining after MPs warned that it could become a vehicle for entryism.
Responding to charges of infiltration, Jeremy Corbyn said: “The entryism I see is lots of young people who were hitherto not very excited by politics, coming in for the first time.”