On this page you can find videos and resources on various international topics from our webinars, panels and events with various experts, organizers and political activists around the world.
Intro to Global Economics, S2–
Cancel the Debt: Breaking the Shackles of Global South Indebtedness
Panelists: Heidi Chow, Mae Buenaventura-Dolleton, Natalia Renta
May 22, 2022
“Debt is neo-colonialism”—these are the words of Marxist revolutionary and President of Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara, proclaimed in his celebrated 1987 call for an African united front against debt. Within a year, he would be dead, in what was likely a Western-backed assassination.
Cancel the Debt is Session 2 of the new Intro to Global Economics series, by the DSA IC Climate and Economics Subcommittee. Watch Session 1: “The World We Have,” with Adom Getachew, Jason Hickel and David Kotz.
US Military in the Pacific: DSA Anti-War Conference
Panelists: Mark Tseng-Putterman, Dae-Han Song, Seishi Hinada, Sarah Raymundo, Lisa Natividad, Keoni DeFranco
May 18, 2022
DSA International Committee has organized this anti-war conference on May 18, 2022 about the history, ongoing contemporary struggles, and local resistance by anti-war organizers, indigenous activists, environmentalists, socialists, and other progressive forces in the Pacific opposed to US militarism, occupation, and imperialism. Join local organizers in the Pacific to hear about campaigns, strategies, and tactics for opposing militarization and growing the left anti-war and anti-imperialist movement.
For more info and resources on the event: dsaic.org/us-military-pacific
Solidarity Message to Russian Left Against the War in Ukraine
Speaker: Noam Chomsky
May 11, 2022
Noam Chomsky gives a solidarity message to people in Russia who are opposing the war in Ukraine even against their own government’s repression. We need to build a global anti-war movement that can oppose militarism and reject wars and instead put working-class interests first.
Intro to Global Economics, S1: The World We Have
Panelists: Adom Getachew, Jason Hickel, David Kotz
April 17, 2022
How does the global economic system work? How do the rules of the capitalist, imperialist system work to benefit the few at the expense of the many? And how do we transform this world for the protection of the planet and the liberation of workers in the Global South and North alike?
Over the coming months, the Climate and Economics Subcommittee of the DSA International Committee will present a new political education series—an Introduction to Global Economics—to answer these questions and more, exploring the key dynamics of, and actors in, the contemporary global economic system.
NO-Kinawa: Stop Construction of New U.S. Military Base in Henoko
Panelists: Fumihiro Mori, Masanori Okuma, Patterson Deppen
March 19, 2022
Join the DSA International Committee and ZHAP (ZENKO Henoko Anti-base Project) for an urgent call to action to prevent the construction of a new US military base in the already heavily militarized islands of Okinawa. Panelists include Fumihiro Mori of ZENKO, Masanori Okuma of Okinawa Drone Project, and Patterson Deppen of DSA IC.
For more resources and information on DSA’s involvement with the ZHAP campaign:
Colombia at A Crossroads: Perspectives on The Upcoming Elections and Peace Process
Panelists: María José Pizarro, Yeisson Cajamarca, Karmen Ramírez Boscán
March 4, 2022
The Democratic Socialists of America International Committee presents Colombia At A Crossroads, a webinar that allows DSA members and the public to hear directly from progressive candidates running in the March 13th Legislative Elections in Colombia about the political situation in Colombia. Featuring: María José Pizarro, a Representative for Bogotá, Activist, Artist, and current Senate candidate with the progressive Pacto Histórico coalition. Yeisson Cajamarca, a union leader and Congressional candidate with the progressive Pacto Histórico coalition in Cundinamarca. Karmen Ramírez Boscán, a Wayuu Community Leader and Congressional candidate with the progressive Pacto Histórico coalition for Colombians abroad.
Philippine Trade Unionists Under Attack
Panelists: Josua Mata, Chrissi Fabro, and Ann Castillo
March 3, 2022
DSA International Committee was honored to host Filipino union leaders to speak about ongoing government repression and how U.S.-based activists can stand in solidarity by holding the U.S. government accountable for its complicity. DSA has been working together with Philippine solidarity and diaspora organizations in the USA – BAYAN USA, the Malaya Movement, Kabataan Alliance and ICHRP-US — to lobby for the legislative passage of the Philippine Human Rights Act [PHRA]. At the time of the event, the KMU and SENTRO had asked DSA to support their campaigns against this savage repression ahead of elections.
The Belmarsh Tribunal
DSA Panelists: Austin Gonzales, Chip Gibbons
February 25, 2022
Inspired by the Russell-Sartre Tribunals of the late 1960s, which put the US government on trial for its war crimes in Vietnam, the Belmarsh Tribunal will expose the crimes of the so-called War on Terror 20 years after the first prisoners were brought to Guantánamo Bay — and call for Assange’s freedom. The event is convened in partnership with DiEM25, the Courage Foundation, The People’s Forum, DSA International Committee, The Intercept, People’s Dispatch and the International People’s Assembly.
Revolutionary Grounds: Starbucks Workers United
Panelists: Andrés Giordano, Jaz Brisack, RJ Red, Yvette Seep, Joe Carolan
February 23, 2022
The Democratic Socialists of America International Committee – led by its Americas and Labor Subcommittees – hosted a global exchange between unionized and organizing Starbucks workers. Speakers included:
– Andrés Giordano, incoming leftist Chilean congressman and a founding leader of Sindicato Starbucks Chile
– Jaz Brisack and RJ Red, organizers in the US-based Starbucks Workers United
– Yvette Seep and Joe Carolan, fast food worker organizers in the New Zealand-based UNITE union
The War on Yemen and the Ongoing Role of the US a Year Into the Biden Presidency
Panelists: Shireen Al-Adeimi, Aisha Jumaan, and Erik Sperling
February 20, 2022
Saudi Arabia launched its offensive on Yemen with U.S. backing nearly seven years ago. Since then hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have died, causing what is widely considered one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. A year ago, President Biden announced that the U.S. would end all “offensive” support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, effectively promising the U.S. would provide less material support for the war. Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to provide logistical support for airstrikes and sells billions of dollars in weapons to the Saudis. Join Shireen Al-Adeimi, Aisha Jumaan, and Erik Sperling for a discussion on the history of the US-backed Saudi offensive on Yemen, the current humanitarian crisis in the country, U.S. involvement under the Biden administration, and the steps we need to take to help bring this devastating war to an end.
For additional and related resources: dsaic.org/yemen
Chile Awakens: The Mass Movement to Defeat Neoliberalism
Panelists: Carlos Fuentealba, Diego Vela, Eric Campos
December 13, 2021
Join the DSA International Committee, Apruebo Dignidad, and the Gabriel Boric campaign on December 13th at 7PM ET to learn about how left activists in Chile are turning the energy from protests against neoliberalism in 2019 to movements for lasting change today, joined by three guests from Chile: Carlos Fuentealba from the Boric campaign, Diego Vela, the executive director of Rumbo Colectivo, a grassroots social movement org in Chile, and Eric Campos, the general secretary of CUT Chile, the largest trade union federation in Chile.
Virtual Movie Night – Korea: Until Daybreak, with Nodutdol and ISC
Panelists: Dae-Han Song, Juyeon Rhee, Haruki Eda
November 18, 2021
Join the DSA International Committee for our first Virtual Movie Night for a streaming of the documentary “Korea: Until Daybreak”, which details footage of decades of mass struggles and popular uprisings across the Korean peninsula, followed by a post-screening discussion and audience Q&A with special guests from Nodutdol and the International Strategy Center in Korea talking on contemporary Korean leftist movements and current struggles.
To watch the film: vimeo.com/178262707
For additional and related resources: bit.ly/korea-resources
Thomas Sankara: Life, Legacy and Lessons for Contemporary Movements
Panelists: Ernest Harsch, Benjamin Talton, Brian Peterson
November 10, 2021
From DSA International Committee’s Middle East & Africa Subcommittee: A panel to commemorate the life and work of African revolutionary figure Thomas Sankara. Featuring esteemed Professors Benjamin Talton of Temple University, Brian Peterson of Union College, 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.
For additional and related resources: bit.ly/sankara-resources
Illegal Sanctions Against Venezuela: A Feminist Human Rights Perspective
Panelists: Leonardo Flores, Laura Franco, Lucrecia Hernandez
October 23, 2021
In October 2021, DSA’s International Committee hosted a discussion “Illegal Sanctions Against Venezuela: A Feminist Human Rights Perspective” featuring Lucrecia Hernandez of the human rights NGO Sures; and Laura Franco of La Quinta Ola (La 5ta 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. The moderator was Leonardo Flores of Code Pink.
DSA Says Let Cuba Live: Ending the US Blockade Today
Panelists: Brendan James, Gail Walker, Manolo De Los Santos, Daniel Montero
September 30, 2021
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.
The time has come for DSA to demand an end to the economic sanctions against the Republic of Cuba. In this panel, DSA International Committee joins the world community as we reaffirm our commitment to ending the immoral, illegal economic blockade, and calls upon our membership to mobilize against the outrageous injustice of the US embargo of Cuba.
Panelists: Gail Walker (Executive Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, and co-chair of National Network on Cuba), Manolo De Los Santos (Founder/Co-Director, The People’s Forum, and researcher at Tricontinental), and Daniel Montero (Havana journalist, and producer of Belly of the Beast). Moderated by Brendan James, co-host of Blowback.
For additional and related resources: bit.ly/cuba-resources
For A Just Global Recovery: Debt, Solidarity, and the Left Case for Special Drawing Rights
Panelists: Jayati Ghosh, Alex Main
September 28, 2021
The people of the Global South are struggling to survive Covid’s economic storm, and the neocolonial world order is pulling them down. The shackles of debt, dollar supremacy, the specter of a new round of IMF-imposed austerity — join leading development economist Jayati Ghosh and Director of International Policy at CEPR Alex Main as we discuss how the inequities of the global economic order have hindered the Global South’s recovery, our vision for a just alternative, and how DSA members are organizing to support the “Robust International Response to Pandemic Act” to help the Global South in the here and now.
No Cold War: Opposing the USICA and US Escalations Against China
Panelists: Vijay Prashad, Tings Chak, Richard Wolff
September 20, 2021
The US escalation of tensions with China is well-documented, but the looming passage of most anti-China bill since the Chinese Exclusion Act has received little attention in the US. Join the IC, Richard Wolff, Vijay Prashad, and Tings Chak for a discussion on the US Innovation & Competition Act (USICA), which was originally recorded on Monday, September 20, 2021.
The Rising Tide of Ecosocialist Left in Ireland
Panelists: Paul Murphy
September 19, 2021
Join us as we learn about the rising left wing of Ireland’s political horizon. Paul Murphy will discuss the climate crisis, housing, international solidarity, and more.
Organizing call on Afghanistan
Panelists: Zaher Wahab, Taimur Rahman, May Jeong
August 21, 2021
DSA’s International Committee hosted an urgent organizing call on Afghanistan on August 21, 2021. Watch the video to learn more about the decades-long imperialist interventions + unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. We also share ways to organize in solidarity with Afghans and against U.S. war and imperialism.
We were honored to welcome:
• Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus at Lewis & Clark College
• Taimur Rahman, General Secretary of Mazdoor Kisan Party and Associate Professor at Lahore University of Management Science
• May Jeong, investigative journalist at Vanity Fair with pieces in the New York Times, The Intercept, and more
DSA Convention: Socialist Internationalism in the 21st Century
Panelists: Jeremy Corbyn, Dilma Rousseff, Kara Taggaoa, Karina Sosa, Monica Valente, Omar Barghouti
August 7, 2021
The workers struggle knows no borders, thus socialism has always been internationalist in nature. However, with worsening global economic disparities, climate catastrophe that demands an international response, militarism, imperialism, and neocolonialism, and a global pandemic exacerbated by the profit system, socialist internationalism is imperative to our collective survival. In order to help forge ties between DSA and socialists the world over, DSA’s International Committee is sponsoring a plenary featuring socialist leaders from across the globe, including former heads of state, leaders of international fora, trade union activists, and social movement leaders. Through these diverse voices, we take on the urgent task of building a world based on solidarity, not domination and competition. Another world is possible, but only when we stand together.
Jeremy Corbyn, member of the British Parliament since 1983, has been an anti-racist activist throughout his life and has always fought for social justice in UK and around the World. He was leader of the Labor Party from 2015 to 2019, the party became the largest party in Europe and very popular for its socialist policies of the Manifestos in 2017 and 2019. He is the founder of the Peace & Justice Project in 2021 which will continue to campaign for peace, social justice and human rights around the world.
Kara Taggaoa is a trade union leader who serves as the Secretary for International Affairs of Philippine labor center
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). She studied Sociology at the University of the Philippines. She was first organized in an anti-imperialist youth organization that strongly integrated with and campaigned for workers’ rights. Since her teenage years, she was active in workers and peoples issues, and in the collective crafting of alternatives and solutions.
Omar Barghouti, Palestine, Co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement
DSA Venezuela Delegation Report Back
DSA Panelists: Marvin Gonzalez, Jen M, Tom Wojcik, Kristian Hernandez, Austin Gonzalez, Luisa M., Carrington Morris
July 21, 2021
This June, DSA sent a historic delegation to Venezuela in order to represent the organization in the Congreso Bicentenario de los Pueblos in Caracas. For two weeks this delegation traveled the country, engaging with various political formations and communes, speaking to political leadership at every level, and witnessing firsthand the construction of Venezuelan socialism as it struggled against crippling US sanctions in the time of COVID.
For this special report back, join us for a thoughtful and frank reflection as our delegates discuss US sanctions, socialist solidarity, and the many contradictions and triumphs they experienced during their time in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Organizing call on Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza
Panelists: Asaf Calderon, Samy, Arpi, Khury Petersen-Smith, Dylan Awalt-Conley, Sepehr Makaremi
May 22, 2021
Please join the International Committee and the Palestine & BDS Working Group for a special organizing call on Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza. The call will cover historical background, what’s happening now, practical organizing tips, and more.
Race, Politics, and the Democratic Socialist Left: Perspectives from France and the U.S
Panelists: Danièle Obono, Asad Haider, Philippe Marlière, Nichole Mossalam
May 2, 2021
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?
Députée Danièle Obono – Deputy in the French National Assembly for La France Insoumise
Asad Haider – founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine and the author of Mistaken Identity. His writing can be found in The Baffler, n+1, The Point, Salon, and elsewhere.
Philippe Marlière – professor of political science at the University of London
Nichole Mossalam – Boston DSA member, Massachusetts Democratic Party State Committee (DSC) member, founding director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Medford
Love and Sex Behind the Iron Curtain: 20th Century State Socialism in Eastern Europe
Panelists: Kristen Ghodsee, Kateřina Lišková, Agnieszka Kościańska, Polina Aronson
March 7, 2021
DSA IC-Europe, DSA SocFem WG, and Lux magazine present this fascinating discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Prof. Agnieszka Kościańska, author of Gender, Pleasure, and Violence: The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland (Indiana University Press 2021). Visiting Professor at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw.
Prof. Kateřina Lišková, Masaryk University, Czechia, and author of Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style: Communist Czechoslovakia and the Science of Desire, 1945–1989
Prof. Kristen Ghodsee, University of Pennsylvania, author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence.
Moderated by Dr. Polina Aronson (Germany/Russia), freelance Journalist is a sociologist and the debate editor of openDemocracy Russia. She was born in St Petersburg and lives in Berlin. She is working on a book about perceptions of love in Russia and in the West.
IC Report on International Aspects of the First 100 Days
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:
- We will stop seeking to dominate the world. Toward that end, we will take the following steps:
Empire in Crisis: a Teach-In and Symposium on U.S. Imperialism Today
October 22-23, 2020
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.
Labor Rights and Struggle in Mexico
October 18, 2020
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.
Popular Uprising & Counter-Revolution in Iraq: A Teach-In
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.”
Covid-19, Crisis, and Conflict in 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.
Forum: Labor & Popular Struggles in the Middle East & North Africa
June 2, 2020
Participants include Joel Beinin, Bill Fletcher, Brahim Rouabah, and Rabab Elnaiem. Moderated by Ella Wind.
How Should Socialists Understand the Israeli Election?
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.
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 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 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 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.