Political Education

Thomas Sankara: Life, Legacy and Lessons for Contemporary Movements

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT / 6 PM MT / 5 PM PT

Join DSA International Committee’s Middle East & Africa Subcommittee in a panel to commemorate the life and work of African revolutionary figure Thomas Sankara. Featuring esteemed Professors Benjamin Talton of Temple University and Ernest Harsch of Columbia University, this webinar explores the role Sankara played in post-colonial revolutionary Africa and the lessons to be drawn for our modern understanding of anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movements.

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Illegal Sanctions Against Venezuela – A Feminist Human Rights Perspective/ Sanciones ilegales contra Venezuela: una perspectiva feminista de derechos humanos

Join us for a discussion featuring Lucrecia Hernandez of the human rights NGO Sures, Maria Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin which is the oldest human rights NGO in Venezuela, and Laura Franco of Quinta Ola, a national feminist organization and co-author of a rebuttal to a New York Times article about contraception in Venezuela that barely mentioned illegal sanctions. That article may be found here.
The moderator will be Leonardo Flores of Code Pink. We will have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.

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DSA Says Let Cuba Live: Ending the US Blockade Today

Thursday, September 30 at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT

Since its genesis in 1960, the US embargo of Cuba has been a criminal disaster.

US sanctions have besieged socialist Cuba for over six decades. While 2018 UN estimates have calculated a direct loss of $130b in trade alone, the toll of the embargo on Cuban life can hardly be quantified. Most recently, US economic interference has stymied Cuba’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in deteriorating conditions on the island. With escalating tensions coming from the Biden administration against the Cuban people, solidarity is more timely than ever.


Race, Politics, and the Democratic Socialist Left: Perspectives from France and the U.S

W/ GUEST PARTICIPANTS–Députée LFI de Paris Danièle Obono, Asad Haider, Philippe Marlière, Nichole Mossalam

Sunday, May 2, 2021, 1-2:30pm EST • Facebook Live

How is the US democratic socialist left doing in matters of race/ethnicity?

Since the Bernie Sanders campaign of 2016, is this emerging left, in different cities and different regions of the country, managing to form broad coalitions and alliances in pursuit of common objectives while also embodying the constitutive diversity of social movements?

How can we understand the contemporary level of disunity within the French left, and to what extent are disagreements and misunderstandings over questions of race/ethnicity, identity, and/or culture a contributing factor to that disunity? Is there a way out of the French impasse? Are there emerging struggles that might serve to build bridges rather than contribute to more fragmentation and polarization (“culture wars”) over these questions?


Love and Sex Behind the Iron Curtain: 20th Century State Socialism in Eastern Europe

Sunday, March 7, 2021, 3–4:30pm EST • Facebook Live

DSA IC-Europe, DSA SocFem WG, and Lux magazine present this fascinating discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2021.

With esteemed speakers Agnieszka Kościańska, Kateřina Lišková, Kristen Ghodsee. Moderated by Dr. Polina Aronson

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IC Report on International Aspects of the First 100 Days

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the time of the Biden administration’s inaugural, DSA’s National Political Education hosted a counter-inaugural, presenting a vision of what a socialist head of state’s “First 100 Days” in office would look like. From the program notes:

“In the transition between Trump and Biden presidencies—the consequences of a global pandemic, deepening economic crisis, the weakness of American liberalism, open displays of violence from the far right, and the absence of a strong, organized Left from the main stage of political life will be on striking display. Many will be looking for analysis and political vision beyond the insufficient Democratic and Republican establishment ‘business as usual’ responses.

DSA provides an alternative vision. Please join us to discuss what the first 100 days of a socialist government might look like, and to hear from leaders from various national DSA committees on their visions for a socialist future. This event will feature speakers from the Democratic Socialist Labor Committee, Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, Ecosocialists WG, Socialist Feminist WG, National Political Education Committee, YDSA, and International Committee.”

In the first 100 days of socialism, American foreign policy will no longer serve the interests of big corporations and banks in their drive to exploit working people and to profit from ravaging the natural environment around the world. Instead, a socialist foreign policy will promote the well-being of working people in the U.S. and throughout the world, a sustainable relation to nature, and a peaceful world. The new American foreign policy will include the following:

  1. We will stop seeking to dominate the world. Toward that end, we will take the following steps:

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Empire in Crisis: a Teach-In and Symposium on U.S. Imperialism Today

Thursday–Friday, October 22–23, 2020, 11am–6pm EDT • Facebook Live

Day 1 recording.
Day 2 recording.

Signs of U.S. imperialism are omnipresent: from trillion-dollar defense budgets to fighter jet flyovers at professional sporting events; from “endless war” abroad to local police, in military kit, beating, gassing, and shooting protestors at home.

Empire in Crisis: a Teach-In and Symposium on U.S Imperialism Today will take place Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23. Participants will include BISR faculty, Nikhil Pal Singh, Jeanne Morefield, Laleh Khalili, Catherine Lutz, Jodi Byrd, Sara Salem, Tobita Chow, Benjamin Schrader, and Vijay Prashad—with more to be announced. During the learning sessions, BISR faculty will teach from specific texts, which viewers can access and read in advance by RSVPing at the link below. Read more…

Hosted by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, DSA International Committee, National Lawyers Guild, and Justice Is Global.

This event is free to attend.

Labor Rights and Struggle in Mexico

Sunday, October 18, 2020
DSA Labor, DSA IC – Labor

October 18, 2020—Watch DSA Labor and DSA International Committee Labor panel, including author and journalist David Bacon, Suzanna Miller of the IndustriALL International Union Federation, and Héctor de la Cueva of the CILAS Labor Center of Mexico City on the conditions of struggle for workers’ rights and politics in Mexico.

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Watch zoom video (with audio transcript).
Watch Facebook video.

Popular Uprising & Counter-Revolution in Iraq: A Teach-In

Saturday, October 17, 2020
DSA IC – Middle East + Africa

October 17, 2020—An IC Middle East + Africa subcommittee teach-in on the current situation in Iraq, marking the one-year anniversary of the Iraqi popular uprising.

Since October 2019, Iraq has seen massive demonstrations against the political corruption and economic malfeasance of the country’s governing class. The protesters in cities across the country’s south and in the capital of Baghdad have sustained this movement for a year now. “Even if the current movement fails to achieve a political revolution,” the Iraq scholar Fanar Haddad has observed, “it is undoubtedly a revolutionary movement that has already achieved a cultural revolution.”

Watch teach-in below:

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Covid-19, Crisis, and Conflict in Europe

Saturday, September 26, at 2pm ET
DSA IC – Europe

COVID-19 Map of Europe

September 26, 2020—More than 170,000 people have died in Europe from Covid-19 and the economy has pitched into a crippling recession. Healthcare and political systems across the continent have been pushed to the breaking point, raising critical questions about the role of governments, trade unions, social movements and political parties on both the left and the right.

The IC – Europe brought together a panel of European activists and experts to discuss the depth of the crisis and how the left and social movements are responding. Watch here.

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Forum: Labor & Popular Struggles in the Middle East & North Africa

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
DSA IC – Middle East + Africa

June 2, 2020—DSA’s International Committee and the Global African Worker in critical dialogue about the role of labor movements in current popular struggles in the Middle East and North Africa.

Participants include Joel Beinin, Bill Fletcher, Brahim Rouabah, and Rabab Elnaiem. Moderated by Ella Wind. Read more…

How Should Socialists Understand the Israeli Election?

Tuesday, June 2, 2019
DSA IC – Middle East + Africa

October 6, 2019—The Middle East + Africa subcommittee host an online event for understanding the recent Israeli elections and what their implications are in Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Basma Fahoum, Haggai Matar and Osamah Khalil presented, and the event was moderated by Joel Beinin.

Speaker Bios:

–Basma Fahoum–
Basma has a master’s degree in culture research from Tel Aviv University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University, working on the history of commercial tobacco cultivation in Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandatory periods, as well as in Israel. She serves as a co-editor of the Social History Workshop which is published on Haaretz’s website. Basma is a member of Academia for Equality, an organization promoting an equal, accessible, and demilitarized education in Israel and the OPTs. She was for several years an activist with the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, one of the components of the Joint List.

–Haggai Matar–
Haggai Matar is an Israeli journalist and political activist. Haggai is the Executive Director of 972 – Advancement of Citizen Journalism, an Israeli nonprofit committed to democracy, social justice, freedom of information and ending the Israeli occupation. The nonprofit publishes two independent media outlets: +972 Magazine, operating in English since 2010, and Local Call, operating in Hebrew since 2014, and co-published with Just Vision.

Haggai is an award-winning journalist and political activist. Before his current position he was a co-founding editor of Local Call, a blogger on +972 Magazine, and had written for Ha’aretz, The Forward and other outlets. Haggai is also a board member of the Journalists’ Union in Israel, and was head of the Ma’ariv Journalists’ Committee.

In 2002, Haggai was imprisoned for two years for refusing Israeli military conscription. Since then, he has been active in various anti-occupation organizations, labor unions, educational activities and initiatives for peace, equality and social justice in Israel-Palestine.

–Osamah Khalil–
Osamah Khalil is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Khalil is the author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State (Harvard University Press, 2016) and editor of United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century (Bloomsbury, 2019). He has been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The National, Al Akhbar, and Al Jazeera.

–Joel Beinin–
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo. In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. Beinin is a member of the Portland, OR, DSA chapter.