It’s summer in the swamp - although it may not seem like it. The qualities of typical DC summers - sweaty interns, lost tourists, emboldened protests, and raucous nights - have been subsumed by the fear of coronavirus and haunted by the spectre of economic turmoil. If contagion seemed to freeze the national dialogue, current events have reminded us that the problems of the pre-covid world are hardly solved. Bernie’s two-year movement has forced the left to scramble to find a new path forward. Conspiracy runs rampant, no longer veiled in dog whistles but promoted to the Republican’s primary campaign strategy. And an eggregious demonstration of state violence has sparked riots across the country.
But there is hope. The left is organizing, utilizing the momentum from the Bernie campaign to fuel local action. “The Battle for Rent Control” surveys the fault-lines that define the fight for tenant relief in DC. And “Reflections -1983” recalls a time when a socialist and DSA member was once present and prominent in District leadership - a reminder that socialism is hardly novel, but revived. “Communists at the Waterfront” explores the actions of past socialists – particularly, union workers’ early fights against racism and division promoted by merchant-marine fleet owners – and of our (often overlooked) comrades in Baltimore.
But really, all history is today. While we and the local left continue its all-hands electoral effort in Maryland and DC, the DSA’s response to national electoral politics are investigated in “Bernie or Bust?”. “Soft Landing for the System Formerly Known as Capitalism” considers the role of automation on the means of production in a post-covid world. “Pixel Riot” explores the premier video game launched by a cooperatively owned media enterprise, and “Counter to the Planet of the Humans” pinpoints the shortcomings of Michael Moore’s newest climate documentary.
The Battle for Rent Control
Following pandemic hardship and fears of displacement, stronger tenant protections have never been more urgent.
Commentary: Bernie or Bust?
The DSA is not endorsing Joe Biden. But members should do what they can to assist in his victory.
Reflections: An Interview with Hilda Mason
Hilda Mason was not only a longtime DC councilmember but also an open socialist, making her one of the few DSA members in elected office prior to 2017.
The System Formerly Known as Capitalism
Automation gives the left an opportunity to mobilize socialism.
Communists on the Waterfront
The story of Pat Wheelan and his maritime organizing in Charm City.
Counter to Planet of the Humans
Planet of the Humans falls victim to misinformation, limited vision, and capitalist intrusion.
June 26, 2020 Update
Weeks of unrest have created an opening for activists to pursue long-overdue changes in policing.
June 19, 2020 Update
The DMV prepares to execute mass protest in demand of reform to US policing methods.
June 12, 2020 Update
Prior unrest has given way to an organized front where activists demand the government fund care, not cops.
June 5, 2020 Update
Progressive victory in DC comes as military occupation attempts to quell local uprising against police brutality.