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Report Back: Nebraska’s Red State Conference

The hot August air was stifling as the sun beat down on Lincoln, Nebraska. The oppressive atmosphere was befitting. Like the rest of the country, Nebraska’s marginalized and working class communities are under assault by reactionary forces—attacks on healthcare, education, and women; ICE raids terrorizing communities and tearing apart families; and just last month, for […]

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Chapter Update: St. Louis

St. Louis rechartered its local DSA chapter in early 2017, and in the year since we’ve been actively engaged in a number of different statewide and St. Louis-specific campaigns. In all of these, we strive to uphold the goals and values of our local chapter and the DSA organization: delivering meaningful material improvements that help […]

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Debs Dinner 2018: A Speech by Alderman Dylan Parker

The following is a transcript of a speech given by Rock Island alderman and DSA member Dylan Parker at Chicago DSA’s Debs-Parsons-Randolph Dinner fundraiser on May 18, 2018. This speech has been edited for length and clarity. My name is Dylan Parker and I am honored to stand before you today. In April of last […]

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Chicago DSA Rallies Against ICE Deportations

On July 6, in front of a crowd of about 100 people protesting the continued use of the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Indiana, to deport thousands of immigrants, one speaker—Ryan Farrar, a Democratic candidate for Indiana’s state senate—briefly mentioned what he saw as a mischaracterization of Democratic policies by Republicans. They say Democrats want […]

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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 […]