One of the most serious and divisive issues facing DSA since its membership explosion is how socialists should approach the issue of race and racism. Numerous pages of online left-wing periodicals, Medium posts, and Facebook threads have poured over the issue, with political positions varying widely from accepting the liberal framework of class and race as separate issues or the old “class struggle first” tendency of leftists to sideline anti-racist struggles. What most of the articles fail to articulate, however, is that DSA did not form after Trump was elected. In fact, this debate has raged within the organization since its founding in 1982.
As the spring blossoms appear, including the Kwanzan cherry trees, gifts of the Japanese government, planted along the Tidal Basin in front of the Jefferson Memorial (and on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle!), this article is a in important reminder that politics has always had an ecological context.
David M. Buerge’s new biography is the result of 20 years of research about the man who gave our city its name.
Thanks to Madison for sharing this great comic!
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Build the Vote is a voting experience in Minecraft for the 2020 U.S. election. Visit the server to learn about the electoral process, vote on issues being debated across the country, and let your voice be heard.
My comment: Hopefully in the next election cycle we can put some of the energy that has collectively gone into “getting out the vote” this year into structural reforms that will actually bring our country’s voting process into the 21st century technologically and ethically.
Zinn’s decision to not report his male students’ grades to the Selective Service System is one eloquent moment in the history of educators who defied the grading policies of those allegedly in charge (Thanks to Rethinking Schools for republishing this gem, which scholar Robert Cohen found in the archives at NYU, where Zinn’s papers are kept!)