Open Letter to US Congressional Representatives marking our opposition to the US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA)/ COMPETES Act

January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC: The undersigned chapters and members of the Democratic Socialists of America and other allied organizations and individuals strongly condemn Congress’s use of industrial policy and other elements of the proposed US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) to counter China as part of a new Cold War fueled by US imperialist interests, which further destabilizes geopolitical relations and jeopardizes efforts toward greater global cooperation on issues affecting everyone worldwide.

We call on members of Congress to oppose this aggressive escalation and push back on the narratives that have fueled rising anti-Chinese sentiment in the US, marked by increased anti-Asian racism and violence. We oppose the USICA and other legislation that calls for increased military budgets, further militarization of the Asia Pacific region, and fosters anti-Chinese propaganda efforts, all based on nothing more than perceived threats to US geopolitical interests. Elected members of the US Congress have the duty to prioritize the needs and concerns of their working class constituents instead of those of arms manufacturers and defense contractors who have fueled decades of endless war at the expense of genuine global cooperation and common prosperity for working class people everywhere.

We believe that US industrial policy should not be built upon imperialist ambitions that serve only to drag the world into a new Cold War. We believe that working people in the US and elsewhere deserve policies that invest in public works programs, climate resilience, infrastructure, healthcare, and more. The US Innovation and Competition Act is not created for those purposes, instead it is overwhelmingly focused on preserving US global hegemony by fabricating narratives aimed at painting China as a threat and riling up global conflict in an effort to undermine an increasingly multipolar world. If enacted, the bill would ramp up interference in the sovereignty of nations throughout the world, establish an anti-Chinese federal bureaucracy, intensify the militarization of US global policies, and continue the legacy of US industrial policy being weaponized against socialist movements globally. This legislation will promote confrontation and conflict with China, escalate the potential for military conflict between nuclear powers, and hinder global cooperation needed to address critical issues like climate change.

For these reasons, we strongly condemn the USICA and urge members of Congress to oppose the bill and call for an end to US policies that threaten hundreds of millions of people in the Asia Pacific region and could spiral into worldwide conflict.



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Democratic Socialists of America,
International Committee

Peace Action New York State
New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Committee of Anti-Imperialists in Solidarity with Iran
Rockingham County Education Association

Earth Neighborhood Productions
360 Collective

Peace Action Manhattan

Individual signatories in personal capacity (400+):
Yanis Varoufakis – General Secretary, MeRA25, Greek Parliament
Abby Martin – Journalist, Empire Files
Nick Estes – Co-founder, The Red Nation
Aída Chávez – DC Correspondent, The Nation
Mike Prysner – Iraq War Veteran, Empire Files
Max Ajl – Researcher, Wageningen University
Pawel Wargan – Coordinator, Progressive International
Vijay Prashad – Director, Tricontinental
Gerry Condon – Former President, Veterans For Peace
Branko Marcetic – Journalist, Jacobin Magazine
Doug Henwood – Journalist, Behind the News
Matthew Hoh – Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy
Zhun Xu – Professor, City University of New York
Michael Wong – Activist, Veterans for Peace
Jerry Harris – National Secretary, Global Studies Association
Colleen Moore – Coordinator, Women Cross DMZ
Immanuel Ness – Professor, City University of New York
Gary Potter – Professor Emeritus, EKU
Anthony Gronowicz – Professor, City University of New York
Saurav Sarkar – Assistant Editor, Labor Notes
Danny Shaw – Professor, City University of New York
Hester Eisenstein – Professor, City University of New York, retired
Eugene E Ruyle – Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, CSULB
Jackie DiSalvo – Professor, Baruch College
Howard Pflanzer – Playwright
Jeannette Graulau – Professor, Lehman College
Colby Clark – Peace Corps China 2019-2020
Les Cunningham – TSEU Organizing Committee, retired
Marcia Newfield – Professor, City University of New York
B. Vazquez – Professor, Hunter College
Brian Mitchell – UAW International Representative, retired
Glenn Kissack – Teacher, Hunter College, retired
Laura Kaplan – PhD, Author
Stephen Leberstein – Professor, City University of New York, retired
Michael Novick – Chair 2022, KPFK LSB
Marnie Thompson – Co-founder, Fund for Democratic Communities
Joanne Robinson – Interim Treasurer, Peace Action New York State
Jeff Jacobs – Political Science PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Corinna Mullin – Professor, City University of New York
Maryann Roby – Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace
Ted Swedenburg – Professor, University of Arkansas
John L Hammond – Professor, City University of New York
Renate Bridenthal – Professor Emerita, City University of New York
Jose Dominguez – President, People’s Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade

DSA Chapters (25)
New York City DSA
Metro DC DSA
Los Angeles DSA
Chicago DSA
Portland DSA
Las Vegas DSA
Seattle DSA
South Jersey DSA
Philadelphia DSA
San Francisco DSA
Orlando DSA

Mid-Hudson Valley DSA
Lower Hudson Valley DSA

North Texas DSA
Eugene DSA

Columbia DSA
Nassau County DSA
Madison Area DSA
Salt Lake DSA
Akron DSA
Charlottesville DSA
NW Arkansas DSA

Southwest Louisiana DSA
Georgetown University YDSA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign YDSA

Individual signatories continued:
Ashik Siddique – DSA National Political Committee
Austin Gonzalez – DSA National Political Committee
Fern D. – Steering Committee, DSA Immigrant Rights Working Group
Marge – Steering Committee, DSA National Electoral Committee
Sepehr Makaremi – Secretariat, DSA IC
Lindsey Shaughnessy – Steering Committee, DSA IC
Carrington Morris – Steering Committee, DSA IC
Dylan Awalt-Conley – Anti-War Co-Chair, DSA IC
Ron J. – Asia/ Oceania Co-Chair, DSA IC
Anlin Wang – Asia/ Oceania Co-Chair, DSA IC
Michael Galant – Econ & Trade Co-Chair, DSA IC
Mirah Wood – Middle East & Africa Co-Chair, DSA IC
Tom Wojcik – Americas Co-Chair, DSA IC
Adam Rea – Steering Committee, Athens Area DSA
Andrew Basta – Steering Committee, Lower Hudson Valley DSA
Megan Romer – Co-Chair, Southwest Louisiana DSA
Grayson Lanza – Co-Chair, Orlando DSA
Michael C. – Co-Chair, South New Jersey DSA
Paul John Cook – Steering Committee, Las Vegas DSA
David L. Mandel – Co-Chair, Sacramento DSA International Committee
Christopher Luke – Organizing Committee, Central Brooklyn DSA
Lewis Kuhlman – Secretary, Coulee Region DSA
Alyssa Figueroa – Co-Chair, Akron DSA
Eden Ewing – Co-Chair San Marcos DSA
Christopher Ryan Pitts -Secretary, San Marcos DSA

Michael Schel – PhD
David Paul – Nurse, retired
Kirsten Weismantle – AICP
Rick Schoolcraft – Member, UAW
Mary Lester – member of GVCP
Margaret Matlin – Ph.D.
Arnold Matlin – M.D.
Paul Arenson –
H-KILLA – Musical Artist
Karla Correa – Party for Socialism and Liberation
Allison Chang – Peninsula DSA
Chris Lowe – PhD, Portland DSA
Tim J. – Twin Cities DSA
Mike Y. – Las Vegas DSA
Minnie Wood – Las Vegas DSA
Savannah Kuang – San Francisco DSA
Sean Kirkpatrick – North Texas DSA
Colin Mahns – North Jersey DSA
Gerard Dalbon – DSA IC
Leigh Fullmer – Democratic Socialists of Salt Lake
Ian Fernander – Orlando DSA
Christian A. – DSA IC, Americas
Donald Rhodes – DSA IC, Anti-War
Daeha Ko – DSA IC, Asia/Oceania
Jack Calvin – DSA IC
Tyler Bohinc – Akron DSA
Michelle Chen – NYC DSA
Philip Locker – Seattle DSA
Derek Barthel – DSA IC, Americas
Robin C – YDSA FIU E-Board Member, Miami DSA
Margot Chernyak – DSA
Alice Stevens – DSA
Greg Ziegan – DSA
Robert Carpenter – DSA
Joseph Gumina – DSA
Keaghan Townsend – San Francisco DSA
Paul John Cook– Las Vegas DSA
Adam Schendel – Coulee DSA
Benny Harris – DSA
Cassidy P – Middle TN DSA
Jesse Brown – Central Indiana DSA
Mick Barcas – Western CT DSA
Heather Hillenbrand – Akron DSA
Cliff Connolly – NYC DSA
Noah Palm – Peoria DSA
Katy Slininger – Quiet Corner DSA
Yael-Sophia Spinoza – DSA
Neal – Akron DSA
Anders Lee – MDC-DSA

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