What is DSA Doing? 09/17–09/23/2017

Hello friends and welcome to another weekly rundown of what the Democratic Socialists of America are doing to make this country a better place. I am doing this series because, in the words of Lenin: “The art of any propagandist and agitator consists in his ability to find the best means of influencing any given audience, by presenting a definite truth, in such a way as to make it most convincing, most easy to digest, most graphic, and most strongly impressive.”

It is important for us to not only do work that directly engages with the material conditions of the working class but to then create representations that are “most easy to digest, most graphic, and most strongly impressive.” That is one of the major reasons why DSA is quickly outpacing the rest of the US Left: like successful revolutionary movements before us, we understand the use of propaganda very well.

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It was also the tenth year anniversary of Gossip Girl, which was very important

September 17: DSA Houston continued their great work throughout the week on gutting houses and other relief work after the hurricane. As did the Florida DSA chapters like Orlando DSA who went out to Lake Lorna Doone and distributed food to people who still don’t have power.

September 18: And in my favorite, and admittedly more individualistic, action of the day DC DSA seems to have recruited a Lyft driver. Tampa DSA brought relief supplies to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. St. Louis DSA was out all week participating in the #STLVerdict protests

September 19: DSA San Francisco continued their campaign against tasers being adopted by the SFPD. And that night Miami DSA’s vice chair was thrown out of a county government budget hearing for speaking the truth.

September 20: Proving that socialism is a 24/7 endeavor, DSA Long Beach was out all night to keep the pressure on city council to make a sanctuary city policy and at 1:15 AM, it passed by the impressive margin of 7:1. DSA LA participated in Food Not Bombs. DSA Houston co-chair Amy Zachmeyer did an interview about their relief work and “ reaching communities that probably don’t subscribe to Jacobin” with Sarah Jaffe at Truthout.

The Houston crew

September 21: Pittsburgh DSA participated in a local volunteer fair. Eugene DSA has found a real cute way to bring the chapters closer together.

September 22: Buffalo DSA continued campaigning against the racist Sheriff Howard. DSA Cincy & NKY continued their protests against the privatization of their library, which resulted in one member being arrested.

September 23: Mobile DSA has been doing relief work after Hurricane Harvey and they got interviewed by Teen Vogue about it. And here’s another video of Houston DSA because I can’t get enough of it tbh (dear every other chapter: document your work like Houston does!). Philly DSA, Portland DSA, and North NJ DSA canvassed for Medicare For All (and DSA Phoenix voted on having one!). DSA Phoenix also protested the transphobic policies of charter school management company Great Hearts Academies. A member of St. Louis DSA was arrested in the protests following the Stockley verdict. Montgomery County DSA made food for homeless folks. Quad Cities DSA came up with probably the most creative way to engage the masses this week. And lastly Kanawha Valley DSA confronted Congressman Alex Mooney about his support for the barbaric Graham-Cassidy bill.

This is my kind of swag: clipboards and doorhangers.

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