Opinion

The Next Step For Police Accountability in Chicago: Civilian Oversight

In the wake of Jason Van Dyke’s conviction of second-degree murder for the killing of Laquan McDonald, many Chicagoans are wondering what comes next in the fight for police accountability. While the verdict was certainly a victory, it doesn’t bring back Laquan or the many, many others who have been and are systematically murdered by […]

DSA in the News

#NoCopAcademy vs. City Hall

By the time I arrived at City Hall the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day, the second floor was already packed with some 200 supporters of the #NoCopAcademy campaign. It was obscenely hot (especially for an air-conditioned building), and the whole long hallway was packed to the brim. The noise echoing loud, the organizers cycled through […]

Opinion

The Bipartisan War on Sex Workers

There’s no shortage of partisan posturing in congress, but on certain issues, there’s more of a bipartisan consensus than soundbites suggest. As ever, both parties are more than happy to unite behind bills that expand state power. Take, for instance, the approval of a $700 billion defense budget, FISA reauthorization, or the bill recently put […]

Opinion

Rent Control is Not Just an Economic Issue; It’s a Moral Necessity

Brian Bernardoni, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Chicago Association of Realtors, recently appeared on a segment of Chicago Tonight about rent control, arguing against the repeal of the 1997 act that preemptively outlawed the practice entirely in Illinois. Bernardoni said that the stories of displaced tenants are “compelling” but that “rent […]

DSA in the News

Necessary Disruptions (and the Illusion of Order)

ST. LOUIS — In September before the Stockley verdict had even been passed down, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was preparing for the fallout. Greitens readied the state’s National Guard the day before the trial concluded, stating that he was “committed to protecting everyone’s constitutional right to protest peacefully while also protecting people’s lives, homes and […]

Opinion

Building Media to Build Power: A Mass Media Strategy for DSA

At the height of their power during the first decades of the 20th century, the Industrial Workers of the World, commonly referred to as the IWW or the Wobblies, had upwards of 90 affiliated newspapers and other periodicals in print, 30 of which were published right here in Chicago. The papers spanned 19 different languages, […]