Over the weekend at our chapter convention, we officially ratified three chapter priorities for the coming year:
- A DSA SF Chapter Commitment to Black Liberation, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Fighting Global White Supremacy
- Worker Organizing to Advance Shared Political Goals
- DSA SF Ballot Measure Campaign
You can learn more about each of the priority resolutions here.
As nominations for elected leadership of these three campaigns are underway, we also recognize some important commemorations happening this month. This month is Pride Month. Additionally, this Saturday is Juneteenth, which celebrates the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to slaves in Texas, who had no knowledge for three years that they were legally free.
The call for liberation is ongoing. In order to dismantle capitalism and fight against white supremacy, we must recognize that policing and the carceral state are integral to maintaining the capitalist status quo. Rather than protecting the communities they claim to serve, the police brutalize Black and Brown people and serve as the protectors of capital.
Queer folks have also long been pathologized and faced tremendous harm through the prison industrial complex, and they have been constantly targeted and criminalized through anti-queer laws, anti-trans bills, and policing. That is why this year, the NYC Pride Parade explicitly refused to welcome cops at their events. Historically, Stonewall started as an anti-police riot, which was then followed by other uprisings and rebellions, including the riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, now known as the 111 Taylor St. facility in the Tenderloin.
To put it simply, there is no liberation under racial and rainbow capitalism. As we celebrate Juneteenth and Pride, we must also remember the radical and revolutionary actions of abolitionists and queer activists throughout history. These commemorations also mean liberating all of us and each other from the oppressors.
Fighting for Black and queer liberation is more than just standing in solidarity. It also means centering abolition as one step closer to that goal.
? DSA SF Communications Committee
? Thursday, 6/17 (6:00 p.m.): Join Ecosocialists at Our Transit Working Meeting! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the password!
? Sunday, 6/20 (11:30 a.m.): Neighbors United Lit Drop in Jefferson Square Park | Email email@example.com to RSVP!
? Wednesday, 6/23 (6:00-7:30 p.m.): Loud and Proud: San Francisco’s Queer History in Context
? Tuesday, 6/22 (1:30 p.m.): 21st Century Socialism Reading Group: Jackson Rising
For more events, click here.