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.”
As things are starting to chill down for most of our DSA chapters, we’re going to have to great creative about how to maintain engagement both with our communities and with our fellow members. Resist the urge to hibernate and try to be active as you can this fall and winter!
September 25th: Richmond DSA and YDSA VCU are continuing the struggle to remove Confederate memorials. Whatcom County DSA joined a picket of college administrative workers on strike. Suffolk County DSA trained some new mobilizers.
September 26th: Spokane DSA had a sign making party the night before their protest of Nigel Farage (a great way to get people committed to turning out to a protest!). YDSA Georgetown protested AG Jeff Sessions.
September 27th: Spokane DSA brought out 100+ people to protest the slime known as Nigel Farage. Meanwhile their comrades in Central Indiana DSA were protesting the visit by Farage buddy and, unfortunately, our current president Donald Trump. DSA Santa Cruz has been canvassing for Medicare For All.
September 28th: DSA San Francisco’s anti-taser campaign has taken on new urgency after a person died by the Oakland Police Department’s use of a taser (San Francisco Police Department is one of the last large city police departments without tasers). The DSA Legal WG responded to the punishment of students for kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick with a form letter student athletes and their allies can use to fight back. And undeterred by the previous ejection, Miami DSA returned to the county budget hearings to talk about transit cuts and deportations.
September 29th: Saint Louis DSA continued to support the Black Lives Matter protests against the Stockley verdict. DSA North Texas wound up their DACA fundraiser, reaching a total of $20,372, funding 40 scholarships. And the campaign for unionization by lecturers and administrative staff that BU YDSA has been supporting was victorious!
September 30th: Orlando DSA had a call-in to fight back against the stripping of endangered species protections. SW Michigan DSA protested the abduction 10 farm workers by ICE. DSA Fort Worth and DSA Denton had a direct action training (which hopefully they’ll put to use soon!). Quiet Corner DSA did some canvassing for singlepayer at a farmers’ market. Bronx/Uptown DSA did some work in a community garden. RPI YDSA had a screenprinting workshop. DC DSA, W&M YDSA, and other branches supported the March for Racial Justice and the Black Women’s March. DC DSA also continued canvassing for their anti-eviction campaign. And Central Connecticut DSA canvassed about taxing the rich and fighting against Trump’s tax plan.
And I’d like to end with some words from Iowa City DSA: “Theory is wonderful, and helps us grow. Aesthetics get people to pay attention. Relevant, tangible victories is what gets people to stay. The question regarding socialism for most people is ‘what does this organization actually do for me?’ And that’s a rational position to take.” Hopefully the work of these chapters will inspire answers to that question.