Political Education

Chile Awakens: The Mass Movement to Defeat Neoliberalism

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

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

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

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; Maria Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, which is the oldest human rights NGO in Venezuela; 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

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

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

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

September 19, 2021

Join us as we learn about the rising left wing of Ireland’s political horizon. Guests Joan Collins and Paul Murphy will discuss the climate crisis, housing, international solidarity, and more.


Organizing call on Afghanistan

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

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.

Panelists:

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.

Dilma Rousseff, Former President of Brazil, Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT)

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.

Karina Sosa, Adjunct Secretary General FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), El Salvador left political party 

Mônica Valente, Executive Secretary of Foro de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo Forum)

Omar Barghouti, Palestine, Co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement 


DSA Venezuela Delegation Report Back

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

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

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?

PANELISTS:

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

March 7, 2021

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

Speakers:

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

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

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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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.