Welcome to the July 2017 issue of the Washington Socialist, the free monthly email newsletter of the Metro DC chapter of Democratic Socialists of America.
It’s some measure of where we are in 2017 that for the first time in years we are publishing a July issue. Our practice in previous summers – when the level of political activity, even in here the Metro DC area, ebbed considerably – was to publish a Midsummer issue on Bastille Day, the only one between June and Labor Day.
Not in the era of Trump. Not with a quadrupled DSA membership.
We’ll have an August issue following this one. More to the point, we’ll publish our Weekly Update every Friday throughout the summer, and there will be plenty of thought and action to report, and report on. We won’t have a customary lazy, hazy Midsummer issue on Bastille Day, July 14, but as it happens that iconic anniversary falls on a Friday this year so you can expect socialism in your inbox on that jour de revolution anyway.
Metro DC DSA’s brand-new, restyled and enhanced website itself will be a much more dynamic source for socialist activists and socialist analysis – and for our increasing work with our allies on the broad left. You’ll find yourself going there often as the Washington Socialist Weekly Update links you with the latest on the mdcdsa.org site, on our Meetup site (now continuously present and staying current right on the site’s main page) and on our social media outlets.
There will be a lot to do and a lot to find out about, all summer long and into an active post-Labor Day fall. Metro DC DSA will be a focus and you’ll be in touch with it.
And as the “you” – the individual recipient/reader of the Washington Socialist in all its iterations – is connected with other members and organizations, we’ll in that way remind you – all of you – why it’s so important to be organized, to experience solidarity, to be strong in the face of illegitimate class power.
And wear it down. Together, the way it must be done. Stay tuned.
ACTION FOCUS: HEALTH CARE BILL ON HOLD… BUT NOT FOR LONG
GOP Senators are engaged in a high-stakes bribefest to get to 51 votes on the Senate’s equally squalid and heartless version of the House substitute for the Affordable Care Act. Though a vote was delayed until after legislators return from the Fourth of July version of their endless series of work breaks, slimy backroom discussions continue.
Metro DC DSA, as a socialist component of the broad progressive resistance to this savage attempt to transfer wealth upward, is developing plans to counter the GOP push and stiffen the spine of the conventional political opposition in concert with our national organization.
See our roundup of the plans here and in the article table of contents below.
AND RIDING THE RAILS…
While we were fussing at max level about the health care bill, we may have noticed that Metro raised fares and cut service. Activists met at Columbia Heights rail station Thursday afternoon to make sure people didn’t forget this, demanding a flat two-dollar rail fare, increased bus service and a return of late night rail, and most of all that local officials bite the bullet and create a dedicated revenue stream for the system, including extracting payback from those developers and retailers who have profited most from the system when it is at its best. Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union continues to fight against scapegoating Metro workers for the lapses of Metro executives.
Activists rally to make Metro respect workers and serve riders, not bureaucratic needs, at Columbia Heights metrorail station Thursday, June 29.