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Socialist Summit in the Heartland

In a crowded community church room in Ames, Iowa, Dr. Tony Smith of Iowa State University spoke to a crowd proclaiming, “There’s a consensus that something is really wrong.” The day of Karl Marx’s 200th birthday—and just a day after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law—socialists from all over the […]

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#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 […]

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Socialists March Against Gun Violence

On March 24, an estimated 85,000 people voiced their support for gun reform at Chicago’s March For Our Lives in Union Park. A vocal minority were self-identified socialists or communists. “My 11-year-old brother shouldn’t have to live in fear,” says Ashley, 17. “And neither should I.” Ashley is a socialist, a high school student, and […]

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Building Solidarity at the Iowa Socialist Feminist Convergence

Iowa has seen an explosion of socialist organizing in the last year, including the formation of several chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America, an Iowa-wide socialism conference, and thirty socialists marching in the Iowa State Fair parade in August. In many ways, today’s Iowa socialists are simply reclaiming their roots—Iowa’s long history of populism […]

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How Should Socialists Organize? Reflections on the Lift the Ban Campaign

Ever since I attended my first DSA meeting more than a year ago, it’s been the question: What should DSA do? Not that members of Chicago DSA are short on things to do. There’s an array of working groups to choose from, many doing creative and exciting projects; there are educational events, parties, actions, and […]

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Chicago DSA’s Health Care Working Group: 2017 in Review

The past year has seen major growth in Chicago DSA and a boom in the formation of the working groups that carry out our campaigns. The Health Care Working Group was formed in 2017 by CDSA members excited to organize for healthcare reform. After a discussion at Chicago DSA’s first Northside branch meeting, a loose […]

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Join DSA Medics for a Midwest Medic Training

DSA Medics is a national medic collective formed by street medics and socialist organizers looking to support the various political projects of rank and file DSA members. As recent events have unfolded, and with increasing political violence directed at leftist organizers, members of the national street medic community have begun to join DSA. As a […]

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A Mighty River: A Speech by Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

The following is a transcript of a speech given by Chicago alderman and DSA member Carlos Ramirez-Rosa at a Chicago DSA event on October 14, 2017. This speech has been edited for length and clarity. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and I’m the alderman of the 35th […]

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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 […]

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DSA Leaders Meet in Chicago to Plan Medicare-for-All Campaign and Dues Strategy

DSA’s highest-elected members convened in Chicago for their quarterly meeting, the first since their election at August’s national convention. Over three rain-drenched days at Chicago’s United Electrical Workers Hall, the 17 members of the National Political Committee (NPC) passed resolutions approving a national Medicare for All campaign, political mentoring for new DSA members and chapters, […]