DSA-LA Bernie 2020 Campaign

  • DSA-LA for Bernie Primary Party!

    • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • TBD

    We made it! It's finally March 3rd and we're going to celebrate all of the hard work of our Chapter no matter what the results (although Bernie winning will be sweet!)

    Check back for more info soon!

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  • Night School: The Nature of the Two-Party System and a Vision of a Labor Party

    • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA

    New and long-time comrades are invited to join a Night School series that engages with Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy within the broader history of socialist strategies and perspectives on electoral politics. Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates. Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked below, aligned with the session topic detailed here. 

    Though Bernie Sanders won his Senate seat as an Independent, he’s vying for the Democratic Party nomination for President. This session interrogates why United States politics is dominated by a two-party system, and how exactly this system functions. Within this framework, we discuss the relationship between organized labor and the Democratic Party, why the Democratic Party is not a Labor Party, and what a truly mass Labor Party would look like. 

    Recommended readings:

    The Crises of Labor and the Left in the United States, by Mark Dudzic & Adolf Reed (Socialist Register,  2015)

    A Left Strategy for 2020 and Beyond, Carl Davidson & Bill Fletcher Jr, (TRUTHOUT, 2019)

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  • Night School: Socialist Strategy & the Democratic Party

    • Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA

    New and long-time comrades are invited to join a Night School series that engages with Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy within the broader history of socialist strategies and perspectives on electoral politics. Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates. Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked below, aligned with the session topic detailed here. 

    Given the structural limitations of the American electoral system, organized socialists’ orientations toward the Democratic Party have long been an important and contested topic. This session situates DSA’s support for the Bernie campaign within the broader landscape of socialist perspectives towards the Democratic Party—ranging from those who seek to ‘take over’ the party, to those who abstain from Democratic Party politics entirely, to those to seek a strategic engagement with the Democratic Party. Recommended readings offer distinct perspectives on whether or not strategic engagement with the Democtratic Party is possible, and what forms it may take. 

    Recommended readings:

    The Democratic Party Cul-de-sac (Chapter Nine from On New Terrain: How Capital is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War), by Kim Moody (Haymarket Books, 2017)

    It’s Party Time: DSA and Post-Realignment Electoral Strategy by David Duhalde (DSA Socialist Forum, 2019)

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