Black History Month is as much a time to reflect on past injustice as a time to dismantle the systems that allow that injustice to persist. The chapter’s Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty priority is doing that work, examining the ways we can break down systems of marginalization within the chapter while identifying external allies and building collective power to overcome the white supremacy that has always been at the heart of this country. And collective power needs the people – if you haven’t yet, get in touch with the priority leaders to see how you can get involved.
That work does not allow for compromise with the racial capitalism that we struggle against, and it holds that an injustice to one is an injustice to all. Last year, we saw New York congressman and DSA member Jamaal Bowman vote to fund the apartheid state of Israel’s defense systems and meet with Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett – a DSA-endorsed elected politician taking pictures with the leader of a state that actively denies the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination. This weekend, there will be a DSA forum on how we can hold our leaders accountable when they use their power in ways fundamentally incompatible with the international socialist project. You can find more information about that forum below.
Antiracism and international solidarity are essential to the socialist project, and we need to fight for them year-round. This Black History Month, let’s work together as a chapter to recommit to those ideals for long after February ends.
Solidarity, DSA SF Comms Committee
🌹 Wednesday, 2/2 (5:00 p.m.): Phone bank for tenants’ rights with Daybreak PAC (Zoom)
🌹 Wednesday, 2/2 (6:30 p.m.): Intro to DSA (Zoom)
🌹 Saturday, 2/5 (12:00 p.m.): Bigger Than Bowman: DSA BDS & Electoral Accountability Forum (Zoom)
🌹 Sunday/Domingo, 2/6 (9:00 a.m.): El ABC del Capitalismo: Entendiendo al Capitalismo (Zoom)
🌹 Wednesday, 2/9 (6:45 p.m.): DSA SF February Chapter Meeting (Zoom)
🌹 Saturday, 3/19 (2:00 p.m.): Ecosocialist Book Club: Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future (in-person, at the Panhandle in Golden Gate Park)
Hear about how to hold our DSA politicians accountable – Palestinian humanity is non-negotiable!
Late last year, New York Representative and DSA member Jamaal Bowman voted to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system and met with Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett, providing material support and cover for the apartheid state of Israel. DSA is an organization committed to the humanity of the Palestinian people – so what do we do when our endorsed and elected representatives fail to stand up for the core values of the movement? This Saturday, February 5 at 12:00 p.m. PT on Zoom, make time for Bigger than Bowman, a forum discussing how we can hold our DSA-endorsed elected officials accountable and push them towards BDS and away from negotiating away the rights and humanity of the Palestinian people.
The next Intro to DSA is tomorrow evening
Come learn how Democratic Socialists of America is building the socialist movement in San Francisco. There will be an introduction to the mission of DSA, the socialist project, and what our organizers are doing locally. Bring your questions and a friend! Registration link here.
Join us for the February chapter meeting next week
Mark your calendars – our February chapter meeting is on Wednesday, February 9 at 6:45 p.m. on Zoom. Join your comrades as we discuss chapter business and get updates from our chapter priorities, committees and working groups!
El ABC del Capitalismo: Entendiendo al Capitalismo
En DSA Latinos Socialistas estamos leyendo los ABCs del Capitalismo. Únase a nosotros para discutir el primer folleto ‘Entendiendo al capitalismo’. Este folleto explica cómo, en palabras de Chibber, el capitalismo “genera injusticia sistemáticamente”. Pensaremos en preguntas como: ¿Qué es el capitalismo y cómo funciona? ¿Qué es el capital?¿En qué consiste el ‘poder’ bajo el capitalismo?¿Por qué los socialistas se enfocan en los trabajadores? Habrán tres discusiones, una por cada folleto: Domingo, 20 de febrero : Folleto B – El capitalismo y el estado Domingo, 6 de marzo: Folleto C – El capitalismo y la lucha de clases. DSALatSoc@gmail.com
Note: The entire event will be in Spanish.
Ecosocialist Book Club: Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future
Join the DSA SF Ecosocialist Committee’s book club for a special one-shot discussion in March. We’re reading and discussing Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future – you can get the book here. The Ministry for the Future is a novel about the near future of climate change – the environmental cost, the human cost, and how we might work collectively for a different future. Open to all – register now!