On this day in 2009, thousands of people in Iceland responded to the global financial crisis. Armed with pots, pans, snowballs, & fermented milk (skyr) they braved the batons, tear gas, & pepper spray of riot police and descended on parliament, forcing the right-wing government from power. Analysis available here bit.ly/2F01Jhw from Jacobin Magazine
Towards Abolition: Building a Future of Freedom
“As the movement against capitalism grows, we will confront state repression in new ways. Prisons, the police, and semi-private security contractors are all repressive. They are clear existential threats to any movement for socialism and justice. Therefore, the abolition of incarceration is an explicit goal for DSA.” Download the PDF Flyer
People’s History: General Strike, Syria ‘36
On this day in 1936, after heavy political repression, Syrian students & workers launched a general strike against French occupation. It would spread across the country, lasting weeks & forcing the colonial rulers to the negotiating table. More here: bit.ly/syria36
The Battle of Hayes Pond
Today marks the anniversary of the 1958 Battle of Hayes Pond near #Maxton, North Carolina. After being targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, hundreds of armed members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and their anti-racist allies shut down a KKK rally and drove the organization out of the area. More here: http://unc.live/2Dodqm9 Get involved with the Democratic Socialists of America #Anti-Racism Working… Read more »
People’s History: The Enduring Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses” – MLK Today, we celebrate the birth of civil rights leader, organized labor activist, democratic socialist, minister, and anti-imperialist Martin Luther King Jr. More here: dsausa.org/the_new_poor_people_s_campaign
The Great Bombay Textile Strike
On 18 January 1982 more than a quarter of a million workers from over 50 different textile mills went on strike in Mumbai, #India to demand decent wages and benefits. Find more information, here. To find out about current worker issues, visit the Democratic Socialists of America Labor Working Group.
People’s History: Wagner Act is Passed
On this day in 1962, after a protracted campaign, workers employed by U.S. Government, who had been excluded from the Wagner Act, won the right to organize and collectively bargain. More here: http://wapo.st/2Dj6SVP Join the Democratic Socialists of America Labor Working Group to find out about current labor issues: dsausa.org/labor_working_group
Miami DSA Builds Foundation
By Ron Cox, Chair of Miami DSA, on behalf of Steering Committee The socialist movement in South Florida has built membership and organizational capacity with the growth of DSA organizations in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in 2017. The first local DSA chapter was formed as the South Florida DSA, which then divided into… Read more »
#PeoplesHistory: The Casas Viejas #Uprising
On 11 January 1933 agricultural #workers affiliated with CNT who called for an egalitarian society & common ownership of the land were burned alive or shot by Civil & Assault Guards of the Second #Spanish Republic in the culmination of the #CasasViejas uprising in #Andalusia, #Spain. More here:ow.ly/7va130hHFlF
Miami DSA is officially a chapter!
At long last, #Miami (the 8th largest metro area in the US) is now officially home to a Democratic Socialists of America chapter. Thank you first & foremost to the chapter members & Steering Committee who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Thank you also to the #DSA staff & NPC. Special thanks to Delé Balogun & Peg Strobel. Let’s do great… Read more »