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Democratic Socialists of America

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To organize, give people work they want to do

Zyad Hammad of DSA’s NYC Labor Branch argues that what’s missing in DSA organizing is a “scaffolding” of different tiers of engagement that provides opportunities for members take on labor work with low barriers to entry and then advance to deeper involvement as they learn and grow in commitment.

The necessity of organizing DSA members as workers

Aaron Hall, a labor activist and member of the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America (“DSA”), discusses the organization’s labor strategy and how it fits into a broader strategy for the U.S. Left.

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Through DSA’s looking glass

Jen Bolen from Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) National Political Committee (NPC)  describes the story behind the controversial grievance report by the NPC regarding violations of the grievance policy during and beyond the 2021 DSA Convention.  

What happened to Red Chicago?

Joe Allen analyzes the recent “yes” votes for Mayor Lightfoot’s Bally casino proposal as part of the narrowing horizons for the socialist alderpeople.

Zionists fear the picket

Joel Reinstein unpacks Liza Featherstone’s recent defense of DSA’s ostensible solidarity with Palestine, and finds logical fallacies and factual mistakes.

The left wing of the possible?

Bill Keach reviews A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism by Doug Greene.

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To rule an empty palace

Andy Sernatinger follows up on his earlier piece with new reporting about the ongoing dispute between the DSA’s NPC and the BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group.

DSA’s Palestine problem

The Tempest Collective Steering Committee lays the recent actions of the leadership of the DSA at the feet of the organization’s pro-Democratic Party right-wing, which seeks to drive out of the organization all critical voices. That the central issue is Palestine and anti-imperialism is no accident, and strengthening those movements, as well as the socialist movement as a whole, requires that we wholly oppose the NPC’s machinations.

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NPC disbands BDS Working Group

Andy Sernatinger reports on the crisis inside DSA following the de-chartering of the BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group.

DSLC: Isn’t democracy power?

Paul KD and Natalia Tylim provide the Tempest perspective on recent developments with the DSA’s Democratic Socialist Labor Commission.

Building a mass movement with no apologism

Within and outside DSA, many on the Left have aligned themselves with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Guest author Travis S. submitted this piece to Tempest in the interest of furthering debate on the question of how the left should relate to the CPC. He explores the contradictions and implications of tying the Left to the ruling party of China.

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