Edited by Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, and Maria Poblet (OR Books)
by Peter Olney
For me, from the moment that Trump launched his campaign announcing his white supremacist, anti-immigrant agenda, it was clear that he presented a danger to democracy and was an avatar for all the evils that have plagued our republic since its founding. 2016 was not a moment for equivocation or support for quixotic candidates like Dr. Jill Stein. History has absolved this viewpoint. The reversal of Roe v. Wade is only the most stunning result of a failure to pivot to support for Clinton in the general election (as candidate Sanders did that year).
Power Concedes Nothing is a consolidated anthem from the unions and immigrant rights, civil rights, and community groups that learned the lessons of 2016 and went all out in 2020 to defeat Trump and his minions up and down the ballot. There are 22 individual chapters written by over 40 organizer-authors. They have grasped that as a serious left, we do not stand on the sidelines and make excuses for our inaction by critiquing the obvious and enduring campaign and policy defects of corporate Democrats. We enter the fray eyes wide open, understanding that we are bound together in common purpose, which requires clarity about our enemy and sobriety about the weaknesses and duplicity of our temporary allies. The Trump years have schooled a lot of folks about the necessity of this united front.
An important review by our ally -Peter Onley. Experienced labor organizer.
Katha Pollitt's obit in The Nation: https://www.thenation.com/article/society/barbara-ehrenreich/
North Star Discussion
The recorded session is here: https://youtu.be/v64q9gu5nEI
Barbara was dynamic and thoughtful at the same time. She brought a feminist perspective to all her work. A few years after that encounter I heard her speak at the 1975 Socialist Feminist Conference. The conference was initiated by the New American Movement (one of DSA’s predecessor organizations) and planned by representatives of the socialist feminist women’s unions around the country.Pacifica Radio has a recording of her talk.
This Labor Day, we’re reflecting on the progress made and the work still to be done in the fight for what Black workers deserve. Then, we’re kickin’ it with the National Black Workers Center for their “Don’t Get Angry, Get Organized” Black Labor Day Event, from 12–7:30 PM ET today! (View the schedule, then register here.)
Less than 20 years after enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, were notified of the Emancipation Proclamation, the first Labor Day was observed on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. Though there was irony in honoring the labor of the 12-hour shifts that white Americans of the time were working while Black people were laboring under even harsher conditions despite the end of slavery, the holiday has come to represent the intersectionality of working-class people across all races. In 1882, the average work day was 12 hours and the week had no weekends; children were obligated to work to support their families instead of focusing on their education or their childhood, and many, especially Black and brown people, faced incredibly unsafe working conditions.
By Chris Riddiough
(Aug 31, 2022) In his response to Gong and French and Abbott and Duhalde, Max Sawicky writes, “The unpleasant truth is that DSA is snow-white, and the U.S. working class is not.” I would add another element to that. Not only is the working class not ‘snow-white,’ the group of DSA elected officials is not snow-white either. Why is this? Why is an organization that is so predominantly white represented in elected office by people who are very diverse? I don’t think it’s because of a conscious effort by the National Electoral Committee or by the chapters.
Max goes on to say, “I happen to think there are many black socialists…” and I would agree with him. And I would agree with another statement he makes – that calling on someone else to do something, as Gong and French do, is a non-starter. So, the question is what do we do?
Commemorate the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice.
North Star caucus members
antiracismdsa (blog of Duane Campbell)
Hatuey's Ashes (blog of José G. Pérez)
Authory and Substack of Max Sawicky
Online University of the Left
In These Times
The American Prospect
Black Agenda Report
Dollars and Sense
Working Families Party
Poor People's Campaign
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Progressive Democrats of America
Democracy for America
Black Lives Matter
Movement for Black Lives
The Women's March
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Abortion Rights Action League
National Organization for Women
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights