As we enter a new era of economic crisis, the Washington Socialist draws parallel between working-class struggles of the past and today…

On International Workers Day, May 1, we have the whole sweep of history around this date on the calendar. Current efforts of working-class uprising are recounted in “No Jobs? No Rent!”, which covers an active rent-strike ongoing in Alexandria, VA. National currents in charting the response of the far-right to economic and public health crisis are charted in “COVID-19 and the Assault on Democracy”, as MDC endorsed, insurgent candidate Mckayla Wilkes comments on the state of her race in an “Interview with Mckayla Wilkes”.

Understanding how workers, organizers, and socialists mobilized to confront economic hardship and exploitation are essential for any proper celebration of May Day. From the past: offerings ranging from Kurt Stand’s recounting of socialist roots in Maryland, to an archival article from the Fall 1987 issue of this newsletter exploring the common factors of all economic-crash recessions (keying on Reagan’s second-term slump).

As reflections continue to grow on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, a recounting of MDC’s efforts to assist in political change are provided in “How did DSA Build Out of Bernie?” In thinking about how the political left will rebuild itself, “Navigating the Left-wing Rift” examines how the once friendly interactions between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren dissolved into hostility. And MDC members solicit ways they stay informed in “Podcasts on the Left”.

No Jobs? No Rent! Dispatch from Alexandria

Crisis has kicked off a wave of rent-strikes across the country. Adam Stromme covers an ongoing strike in Alexandria, VA.


COVID-19 and the Assault on Democracy

An investigation into the right-wing mobilizations to exploit and attack democracy following the outbreak of COVID-19


How did DSA Build Out of Bernie?

John G offers his view of how DSA4Bernie looked at the chapter level, and how it grew our capacity to wage future struggles.


The Radical Tradition in Maryland

In Part One of this series on the radical tradition in Maryland, the efforts of socialist Elisabeth Gilman are recounted.


Interview with Mckayla Wilkes

An update from the MDC DSA endorsed Wilkes campaign, which continues to barrel on in the Maryland Fifth.


Reflections from the Past: 1987

In this edition of Reflections from the Past, a historical article is resurfaced to draw parallel between the crash of Black Monday and the economic uncertainty of today.


Navigating the Left-wing Rift

An exploration of the deleterious relationship between the Bernie and Warren campaigns.


Members Respond: Podcasts on the Left

MDC DSA members solicit their favorite economic and policy minded podcasts.


May 22, 2020 Update

Campaigners across the DMV prepare for upcoming elections as the struggle against pandemic hardship rages on.


May 15, 2020 Update

Activists rally for worker concerns to be properly recognized in local and national relief efforts.


May 8, 2020 Update

Online activity continues as DMV activists organize action and relief in response to COVID-19.


May 1, 2020 Update

This May Day, MDC rallies to ensure the interests of the working-class are paramount as the nature of economic relief and public health is negotiated but public officials.