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A Statement of the Executive Board of the Boston Democratic Socialists of America

April 21, 2017

As the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, we are committed to building a strong and vibrant socialist movement that fights for the liberation of all oppressed peoples. To do this we must create an environment that allows for all our members to be comfortable organizing together and to have a strong trust in their elected leadership.

It came to our attention on April 13 that a series of tweets were made by one of the recently elected co-chairs. These tweets were offensive, sexist, and unbecoming of an elected leader of Boston DSA. On the following day we questioned the accused about this incident. They admitted to the mistake and offered to resign if the Steering Committee deemed the resignation to be necessary. We decided to ask for their resignation. We also requested that they step back from other leadership roles until they have participated in an education process led by DSA members. On April 18 they accepted our requests. The accused posted a public apology on Twitter expressing regret for their actions. The text of this apology can be viewed here.

In the coming weeks, we will release a code of conduct for how we expect our members and elected leaders to behave. There will also be a clearly outlined grievance process to deal with any future incidents. To fill the vacant co-chair position there will be a special election in accordance with our local bylaws.

We feel it is vital to set a strong precedent demonstrating that we will not tolerate harassment, assault, and discrimination based on gender. We know there is a history of organizations on the Left failing to deal with accusations of sexism and sexual harassment appropriately. Given our organization’s recent growth, it is crucial that we set a high standard for ourselves in how we respond when incidents like this are brought to our attention. We want to make it clear that we are committed to a socialist future, which means not recreating the oppressive patriarchal structures and habits that we experience under capitalism.

If you have any questions or concerns about this statement please contact us at organize@dsaboston.org.

In solidarity,
Executive Board of Boston DSA
www.dsaboston.org/about

 

Socialism 101

SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2-4 p.m.

ENCUENTRO 5,  9A HAMILTON PLACE, BOSTON, MA

At this event, we will introduce new DSA members and those looking to learn more about the theory and practice of democratic socialism through a workshop on what democratic socialism is and how it’s different from other political perspectives on the left. We’ll also have a practical organizing workshop to help new DSAers learn the ropes of effective day-to-day organizing.

In the second hour, we will have a special training in de-escalating harassment.

Questions?  Call Liz at (617) 702-2186, or email ehenderson@dsaboston.org

The Political Revolution Begins Now!

Download a PDF flyer HERE.

FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE: STRUGGLES FOR DEMOCRACY & HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL

SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 4-6 p.m.
MIT ROOM 35-225
127 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, MA

As the inspiring fight around Question 2 in Massachusetts, the Chicago teachers strike of 2012 and the recent wave of adjunct and graduate student organizing around the country have shown, education is an increasingly important site of struggle against privatization and corporatization, and for democracy and equality. Teachers, students and the communities that support them are ramping up efforts to create an educational system that serves the needs of all rather than those of corporate education “reformers” and the business elite they represent.

In this panel, we will discuss the current state of organizing to put the brakes on capitalism run amok in our education system, as well as visions of what an alternative, genuinely democratic system of education would look like. Panelists will talk about struggles in Massachusetts, across the country and abroad in Mexico.

PANELISTS:

Barbara Madeloni is president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Megan Erickson is an editor at Jacobin and is the author of Class War: The Privatization of Childhood.

Ellen David Friedman is an organizer with the United Caucuses of Rank and File Educators.

Dan La Botz teaches labor history at the City University of New York and has written extensively on teachers’ struggles in Mexico.

Open a PDF flyer at THIS LINK.

Report from the “People’s Summit” and upcoming meeting with Sanders’ Democratic Convention delegates!

By Rand Wilson

The People’s Summit

About 3,000 Bernie Sanders supporters met in Chicago from June 17 to 19 searching for the way forward to continue the Political Revolution and fight against the takeover of government by the “billionaire class.” Despite Hillary Clinton’s apparent victory in the primaries and likely nomination, the mood at the People’s Summit was very upbeat. Most of the people at the conference clearly felt that through the Sanders Campaign we have achieved something very important.

The main conference organizers — National Nurses United and National People’s Action — had a highly structured agenda which somewhat limited discussion and participation. The conference reflected the Sanders’ movement, but it didn’t provide a direction for the future.  It was about vision, not organization or strategy.

Many of the speakers implied their support for Clinton — but did not state it outright. More explicit was the need to keep building the movement for “down ballot” candidates who embrace the Sanders’ platform.  There were no resolutions. It was not the founding convention of anything, but rather an opportunity to share perspectives and ideas for the future. 

The conference showed how all of the social movements could come together to create a larger political movement with a comprehensive program for social change.  The thorny question of whether and how to do that, within or outside of the Democratic Party remained the key unanswered question.  DSA leaders and members were highly visible throughout the weekend. For more on the conference from a DSA member click here.  

Rand Wilson & Comrades at the People's Summit

Rand Wilson & Comrades at the People’s Summit

June 28 meeting with Sanders’ Democratic Convention delegates

In April and May of this year, 45 Congressional District and At-Large pledged delegates were elected to support Bernie Sanders at the 2016 National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28.

The state Democratic Party has provided us with something usually lacking on the left: Instead of self-appointed leaders, we now have a diverse, statewide group of 45 elected representatives committed to the Sanders’ platform. It would be a very exciting prospect if after the election these delegates could serve as leaders of a network in Massachusetts dedicated to continuing the “political revolution” with the support of the Sanders campaign and access to its large list of donors.

All Bernie Sanders’ supporters are urged to attend a meeting on June 28 at the Ironworkers Local 7 with the many of these elected convention delegates. This meeting will also be an opportunity to strategize about plans for activities both inside and outside the national convention as well as deepen our collective discussion about the future.

Rand Wilson is an elected delegate from the 7th Congressional District.  He works for SEIU Local 888 and has volunteered with the Labor for Bernie network.  

Download a PDF flyer for the June 28 meeting HERE.

CALL FOR THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT: BUILDING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION

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Fri June 17 – June 19
10:00 am Fri special  DSA program; conf. ends shortly after lunch Sunday

McCormick Place, 2301 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Register:  http://www.dsausa.org/peoplessummit  or http://www.thepeoplessummit.org/
Note: If you are a DSA person, it is better to register through DSA. Thanks.

In a time of turmoil and opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice.  On June 17-19, in Chicago, after the party primary season and before the party conventions, we seek to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People’s Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom.

The Summit will further deepen the relationship between participating organizations, develop  community leaders, and begin strategic organizing to build power.  It will include plenary and workshop sessions devoted to key issues such as the Fight for 15, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, voting rights and expanding democratic participation, a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs, climate justice toward a sustainable economy, improved Medicare for All, the fight for free and debt-free higher education, secure retirement through expanding social security, ending HIV/AIDS, achieving Constitutional pay equity for women, and ending deportations and support for DREAMers, among others.

We will take action in Chicago against the big money system of politics that expands the power of the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the people. We will also celebrate with music and a “festival of joyous rebellion.” And we will plan how to move our People’s Agenda nationally and locally to help build the broad movement for people and the planet.

We hope to see you in Chicago, June 17-19, at McCormick Place.

Partner organizations include:

National Nurses United; Reclaim Chicago; National People’s Action; The People For Bernie Sanders 2016; Progressive Democrats of America;  People Demanding Action;  United Students Against Sweatshops; Food & Water Watch;  Democratic Socialists of America

If you are from New England, going to the Summit, and interested in doing some networking before hand, email webmaster@dsaboston.org

Political Revolution Tour 2016 – Somerville

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where:
Crossfit Somerville
35 Prospect Street, Somerville MA 02143
(btwn. Webster & Somerville Aves.)

when:
Saturday, February 20th
1-3pm (followed by canvass)

As the rise in popularity of Bernie Sanders over the last six months has confirmed , American Voters are excited about the possibility of a Sanders presidency. Despite the stigma once attached to his identification with Democratic Socialism, he continues to surge in the polls, raise record-breaking amounts of grassroots donations and draw tens of thousands to volunteer and attend events. Sanders is calling, explicitly, for a “political revolution.” But what does that mean? Join us as we bring activists together to discuss the nature and limits of the U.S. political system, the power of democratic socialist ideas and how we can build a long lasting political movement to fight for radical change. Somerville for Bernie will lead a canvass in Somerville directly following the training.

more info:
703-919-6379
jaredscreename@aol.com
Download PDF Flyer HERE.

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Re-Organizing Boston DSA

WHEN:   Saturday, January 23, 2016
PLACE: 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, Apt. #200, 20th Floor*
TIME: 1-3 pm

Thanks to the Sanders campaign, thousands of Americans are becoming interested in Democratic Socialism—and Greater Boston is no exception. Throughout the country, DSA members old and new have been taking advantage of this upsurge to build new DSA locals, and rejuvenate old ones.

Would you like to see a more active and effective Boston local of Democratic Socialists of America? Most importantly, ARE YOU WILLING TO HELP?

Join us to help figure out What Is To Be Done… and how we can do it.

All DSA members or potential members are welcome.

*111 Perkins Street is also known as the Jamaicaway Tower apartment building, located near the intersection of Perkins St. and Jamaica Way. Park in the Tower parking lot or adjacent streets; mass transit access not far away (S. Huntington)

DSA Debate Watch Party!

WHEN:Saturday, December 19
PLACE:111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, Apt. #200, 20th Floor
TIME:7 pm Undercard—drink, eat, socialize (BYOB)
 8 pm Main Event—Clinton vs. Sanders vs. O’Malley
CORRECTED TIMES!

Join Boston Democratic Socialists of America for this next Democratic Presidential debate; then remain afterwards to practice some of your pundit skills, or just keep socializing. Although we have endorsed Bernie Sanders, supporters of other candidates are more than welcome—especially since this is also a mini-DSA fundraiser. We’re asking for a $20 donation for those who can afford it, but no one will be turned away.

RSVP Nancy Goldner: nan.goldner@gmail.com. 111 Perkins St. is also known as the Jamaicaway Tower apartment building, located at the intersection of Perkins St. & Jamaica Way. There is ample parking in the Tower parking lot or adjacent streets, plus mass transit access not far away.

Bernie vs. Hillary photo

Bernie vs. Hillary

Join DSA at the 12-12 Climate Rally!

When:   between 12:30 and 12:45, Saturday 12/12/15
Where: on the Public Garden side of Tremont St across from Avery St (between Park and Boylston Green Line Stations)

Climate Rally

Climate Rally

From November 29 to December 12, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate treaty.  On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. 

Meet up with other DSAers before the rally so we can get to know one another, and attend as a group.

For more information on the rally, see:
http://www.jobsjusticeclimate.org/

DSA will meet between 12:30 and 12:45 on the Public Garden side of Tremont St across from Avery St (between Park and Boylston Green Line Stations).  The rally begins at the Bandstand at 1:00 pm and is scheduled to run to 3:00.

Taking Back What We Already Own

 A Forum On Social Ownership

Featuring:
Marjorie Kelly
Senior Fellow,
The Democracy Collaborative

Author of Owning our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution and The Divine Right of Capital

with Nancy Goldner
Co-Chair, Hub Public Bank

and Julie Matthaei
Co-Coordinator of Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN)

September 25
6:30-9 PM (doors open at 6)

Encuentro 5
9A Hamilton Place (near Park Street Station T Stop)

Break Out groups and time for discussion

Sponsored by:

Hub Public Banking, BASEN, Boston Chapter, Democratic Socialists of America, the Democracy Collaborative, Massachusetts Global Action, Alliance for Democracy

Download PDF Flyer HERE.