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Les P
June 2022
Gains the Mayor has made in improving DC’s public education system have been undermined by a callous approach to workers, funding mismanagement, and a disregard for transparency and open communication.
Alex Mell-Taylor
June 2022
It's simple to wave your hand and say you will hire an unrealistic number of police officers. But reality is more complicated than that.
Dieter L-M
June 2022
By laying a foundation of civic and political education in local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the DSA can equip and prepare socialists to vie for power in the District.
Alex Mell-Taylor
June 2022
The vehicle Mayor Bowser is using to build more affordable units is not well managed, and her administration has a history of using it to reward developers that do not perform the best.
After The Storm
June 2022
On DC's DIY scene, explorations of beauty, and deploying novel artist feedback mechanisms.
Bill Mosley
June 2022
On April 7, the DMV lost an important figure in the history of DC's left-wing currents.
Alice Mayne-Ashworth
May 2022
Arrestable protests in Washington are not the only way to get a response from the President. It is time for mainstream media to give creatives greater news coverage.
Metro DC DSA's Defund MPD working group
April 2022
The District has made strides to replace police with non-law enforcement public servants and non-carceral programming. Our message to DC Council is simple: keep going.
Bill Mosley
March 2022
What opponents of CRT are really afraid of is white students embracing solidarity with students of color in favor of social change.
After The Storm
February 2022
“…portraying the struggle ahead of us, but with hope and motivation”
Gary zZz
January 2022
In DC, the Defund MPD effort has found quiet success in changing policy and opinions on policing shared by the broader public.
Editorial Crew
December 2021
On election night 2021, nationally endorsed DSA candidates won over 25 local victories at the hyperlocal level.
Les P
December 2021
How to take on power and win.
The Washington Revolutionary
October 2021
'The Washington Revolutionary' reports on the grotesque intersection of police brutality, gentrification and the thin blue line of silence that produces false narratives.
Dylan Craig
October 2021
District educators should consider abandoning pay-systems that reproduce competition and inequity in the workplace.
Woody Woodruff
September 2021
Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s HR4442 is designed to return schools to their place as centers of community. If socialists act fast, we can make it a reality.
Bill Mosley
September 2021
A two-decade recounting of local perspectives on the labor movement.
Amanda Liaw
September 2021
As community members and creative subjects ourselves, the activist-artist must help forge a shared dream for the future.
Gary zZz
August 2021
What would it take to reduce gun violence as we emerge from the pandemic? (Hint — more cops are not the solution.)
Patrick Dalton
July 2021
Socialists of all stripes should reckon that we may need to rebuild at the local level the very thing we’ve been fighting for years.
Bill Mosley
July 2021
In a post-carbon future, will urban expressways wither away and revert to urban space?
Gary zZz
July 2021
On Thursday, June 10th, the Defund MPD coalition brought its case for reimagining public safety to the District Council.
Marie M.
June 2021
Photos from the Saturday, May 15 Nakba 73 protests in DC.
Kaiser F.
June 2021
Israel's propaganda tactics have not changed in over a decade - but their success is fading in the face of activist resolve.
Cesar Ruiz
June 2021
Community groups, political organizations, and mutual aid networks rallied to confront the District government's bumbling vaccine rollout.
Pleasant Mann
May 2021
A slice of history covering DC's oft-forgotten far-left.
Abel Amene
April 2021
Medicare for All is not a fix-all solution. But it is the foundation from which an equitable and just health care system can be built.
Paul Garver
April 2021
The passing of the former labor leader's passing provides an occasion to look back on the role he played in guiding the progress of the labor movement out of the hysteria of the Cold War.
Kurt Stand
April 2021
A labor contingent in PG County reviewed organizing efforts at Amazon and eco-socialist organizing around the PRO Act.
Rich Bruning
March 2021
DC statehood is back on the nation’s agenda. With Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, only a likely Senate filibuster stands in the way of adding a 51st star to the US flag.
Bill Mosley
March 2021
In 2021, Virginia is a much-changed state absorbed by a blue wave that foretells an opening for progressive politics from Virginia to Florida.
Michael Marmol
February 2021
Local socialists have been quietly building out an anti-capitalist technical operation for use by the DC-area left. Its impetus and activities are outlined here.
Gary zZz
February 2021
A decade of neoliberal retrenchment is finally starting to crack. Can DC's left recognize the moment?
Nell Geiser
December 2020
The Police Union is a critical barrier to defunding the Metropolitan Police Department and investing in the community - here's what needs to happen.
Stu Comstock-Gay
November 2020
A republished interview from 1984 with DC statehood and environmental activist Josphine Butler.
Dylan Craig
November 2020
As the Washington Teachers Union battles against reopening plans set forth by Mayor Bowser, the need for working-class solidarity is more apparent than ever.
Bill Mosley
October 2020
Introduction
Morgan Fecto
October 2020
An investigation of how co-ops in DC are navigating the post-covid world reveals their resilience in the face of systemic turmoil.
Pleasant Mann
October 2020
Longtime DSA member Howard Croft, who died of COVID-19 in June, ran for DC Council in 1997. This article provides a concise overview of Croft’s accomplishments to that point and the vision he brought to the race for the Ward 6 seat.
Ronan M.
October 2020
Unearthed images of Occupy protests in Washington, DC.
Gary zZz
September 2020
The latest eyewitness reporting on protesters, hostile and often brutal police conduct, and Mayor Bowser’s duplicitous and self-serving maneuvers.
Bill Mosley
August 2020
A guide for exploring the clash of ideologies in a compact enclave in Northwest Washington.
Daniel Adkins
July 2020
The National Guard and police have illegally assaulted protesters in Lafayette Square (D.C.) by violating the First Amendment of the Constitution, which allows peaceful demonstrations. The demo did not violate curfew and the attack was without warning.
Kurt Stand
July 2020
A review of Michael Raysson's book on security guard unizonization efforts in Boston.
Kurt Stand
July 2020
A history of Black radicalism on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Woody Woodruff
July 2020
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has failed to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 virus in a state battered by skyrocketing unemployment.
Gary zZz
July 2020
A wide network of activists and organizers, fueled by popular uprising in DC, provides a legitimate political opening for local change.
Multiple Authors
July 2020
Dr. Howard Croft, DC Statehood advocate, professor and chair of urban studies at UDC and longtime member of Metro DC DSA from its earliest days, has died. Members and activists who have long memories of his tireless work for empowerment of all residents of the District of Columbia contribute their recollections.
Bill Mosley
July 2020
This article, published in the June 1992 issue of the Washington Socialist, looks at two uprisings from that time triggered by police violence: in DC’s Mount Pleasant Neighborhood in 1992 and in Los Angeles the previous year.
Gary zZz
June 2020
Following pandemic hardship and fears of displacement due to impending recession, stronger tenant protections have never been more urgent.
Stu Gay
June 2020
Hilda Mason was not only a longtime DC councilmember but also an open socialist, making her one of the few DSA members in elected office prior to 2017.
Adam Stromme
May 2020
The special impact of the COVID-19 health/economic crisis on working-class tenants around the DMV has generated mass protests, notably in Alexandria, to defy rent collection.
Adam Stromme
May 2020
An interview with candidate McKayla Wilkes, who is running against House Majority leader Steny Hoyer.
Ben Ross
March 2020
Will Gov. Larry Hogan, like Trump, make Maryland taxpayers hostages to a foreign (global capitalist) power?
Adam Stromme
Febrary 2020
Arguably, only Nancy Pelosi is as powerfully connected and invested in the status quo of the DCCC as MD Rep. Steny Hoyer. Unseating him would send a powerful message that the politics-as-usual approach of the DCCC will no longer stand.
Bill Mosley
Febrary 2020
If civil disobedience is needed to prick the consciences of a number of us sufficient to avert a new global tragedy, then we are obliged to practice it.
Woody Woodruff
Febrary 2020
We look at the list of issues that many analysts say will top the agenda of this 2020 General Assembly session, and we get the itchy feeling that one sentence could clear away some of the confusion.
Bill Mosley
January 2020
The Caucus mission statement cited its purpose as the exploration of “the history of DSA both locally and nationally, as well as the history of left politics and culture locally, nationally and internationally, in order to provide a historic perspective that can contribute to the present-day thinking and practices of Metro-DC DSA.”
Kaiser F.
December 2019
The Check Your Complicity campaign calls out Virginia elected officials who continue to benefit from violence against migrants, largely thanks to generous contributions from ICE contractors, while making a show of being on our side.
Bill Mosley
December 2019
RWF will present to representatives of team owner Daniel Snyder a sort of holiday gift: the petitions collected during the year with signatures of members of the public demanding a name change.
McKayla Wilkes
November 2019
Mckayla Wilkes has been endorsed by MDC DSA membership in her run for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. The primary is April 28, 2020. The incumbent: Steny Hoyer.
Sonja Neve
November 2019
Maryland needs a system that treats addiction and substance abuse as a health care, instead of criminal issue.
Woody Woodruff
September 2019
The Assembly passed a bill creating a panel to examine and if necessarily lower prescription drug prices in Maryland. The GOP governor, whose veto of the bill was overriden, has refused to release the funds appropriated, kicking off a nasty fight.
Woody Woodruff
August 2019
Hogan, as Treasurer Nancy Kopp acutely suggests, is becoming rapidly more Trump-like as he wallows in second-term freedom, acting out the Maryland equivalent of the Obama-obsessed Trump’s attempt to erase the work of his predecessor, in Hogan’s case Democrat Martin O’Malley.
Richard DeShay Elliott
August 2019
With Maryland’s multi-member districts, the costs of running a race and the time needed to cover the 125,000-plus population districts are too much for all but the most well-funded insurgent candidates. In many parts of the state, particularly Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, the only way to win is by joining the incumbent slate.
Bill Mosley
July 2019
The administration's brain-dead war against science is a reason why “Deep Time,” the new permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is so refreshing.
Kaiser F.
July 2019
After Arlington County's vote, “For Us, Not Amazon” coalition will refocus around the issues we learned were the foremost concerns in the community.
Andy Feeney
July 2019
The DC Office of Planning, proposed in early 2018 to amend the Comprehensive Plan’s all-important preamble section in such a way as to make it virtually impossible for residents to use the provisions of the plan as the basis for challenging bad land-use decisions in court.
David Schwartzman
July 2019
All of these Green New Deal goals will need a broad bottom-up mobilization of the residents most impacted, DC’s working class along with their allies, and must be planned and implemented by the same.
Andy Feeney
July 2019
For ecosocialists and mainstream environmentalists anxious to rally support for a Green New Deal, we'll have to take the task of educating voters into our own hands.
Andy Feeney
July 2019
Members of a DC anti-gentrification alliance are scrambling at press time to read through Mendelson’s proposed rewrite of the Comp Plan preamble.
Kurt Stand
June 2019
Intrinsically valuable in and of themselves, a reentry council, an office of returning citizens, and community-based halfway houses can also open up a pathway for changing a system that is too willing to throw away the lives of too many.
David Schwartzman
May 2019
The Fair Budget Coalition — which advocates for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs — included “offset federal tax cuts locally” in its platform for fiscal year 2020.
Bill Mosley
May 2019
In 2015, the Arlington County Board also adopted a resolution condemning the Washington football team’s name as racist. But two jurisdictions that have shown interest in luring the team have remained mum on the issue.
Andy Feeney
May 2019
DSA climate activists might conceivably play an important role in saving the Tidal Basin that could win grudging support from a host of different local and national organizations.
Woody Woodruff
May 2019
Sine Die was, to say the least, complicated by the death of House of Delegates Chair Mike Busch the weekend before, followed by a dismal and unseemly contest to succeed him.
Woody Woodruff
March 2019
The ostensibly sunny-day Hogan budget puts a heavy load on the General Assembly to adapt it to what Marylanders actually need.
Woody Woodruff
March 2019
On February 14 an advocacy transportation group denounced a quiet move by Hogan’s ethically compromised transportation agency (MDOT) to formally drop all mass transit options from his big plan to add toll lanes to the I-495 Beltway and to I-270.
Larry Stafford Jr.
March 2019
The changing ideological disposition of the Maryland General Assembly is the result of wide range of actions organized by visionaries in the state.
Hunter T.
March 2019
With only two weeks to go before the Arlington County Board is set to vote on its $23 million incentive package for Amazon, the fight is more important than ever, and there are plenty of opportunities for comrades to get involved.
Craig T.
March 2019
Virginia's DSA Statewide convention, recounted here.
Kaiser F.
March 2019
The Socialists of Faith Caucus formed in 2018, has operated in the tradition of radical social movements of the past.
Josh Silver
February 2019
The next big battle to persuade the local NFL owner to Change the Name – the racist name of the football team – will be fought in Montgomery County, and it may represent a tipping point.
Woody Woodruff
February 2019
As political Maryland swings into another General Assembly session where Democrats face a second-term GOP governor, the shape of things political in a divided state is sketched by a variety of examples.
Woody Woodruff
January 2019
Environmental activism has been hampered by political boundaries in the DMV. A singular, multi-state public initiative could allow DMV socialists to engage in cross-jurisdictional ecosocialist work.
Kurt Stand
January 2019
In Prince George’s County, a far too comfortable Democratic Party apparatus shuts out dissident voices and relies on low voter turnout to maintain power.
Bill Mosley
December 2018
On December 8, activists pressing for a change to the Washington football team’s racist name take their campaign to the club’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA.
Bill Mosley
December 2018
The People’s Lobbying Group is lining up clients that work on tax issues, economic justice, labor, consumer rights and local Prince George’s County matters.
Bob Guldin
December 2018
A community forum held in Crystal City/Arlington showed that many NoVA residents are worried about the impact that Amazon will have on their home towns.
Bill Mosley
November 2018
The progressive faction on the council has largely pursued policies to benefit the majority of DC residents, but Reeder’s rise shows they have not made necessary connections with the District’s lower-income minority communities.
Chip Gibbons
September 2018
Occupation Free DC is part of a nationwide campaign led by Jewish Voice for Peace that seeks to get US law enforcement to end its “deadly exchange” with Israeli police and military.
Bill Mosley
September 2018
DC has been playing an increasingly assertive role in facing down the hostile occupier sitting in the White House. Now we need to ask for a favor from those outside the District.
Woody Woodruff
September 2018
In Places Journal, Alex MacGillis writes about the legacy of highway-fueled white flight in Baltimore, and the sheer resentment suburban residents feel toward transit serving the city (‘loot train’).
Kim Lehmkuhl
August 2018
Kim Lehmkuhl explains the many ways that a public bank for public funds would benefit all of DC’s residents, rather than just the wealthy who benefit from the city’s funds being kept in the scandal-encrusted Wells Fargo bank.
Woody Woodruff
August 2018
Woody Woodruff analyzes the duplicitous stealth-centrist posture of GOP Gov. Larry Hogan as he seeks a second term in November – and the conservative and pro-corporate administration he leads.
Bill Mosley
July 2018
Today’s galloping gentrification is only the latest chapter in a decades-long saga in which the powers that be have sought to remake Washington, DC at the expense of the people who have made it a living, breathing city.
Andy Feeney
July 2018
Local DSA members have been involved for more than a year now in the Grassroots Planning Coalition's monthly organizing meetings around protecting the DC Comp Plan and making it better able to protect low-income housing in the District.
Zach Eldredge
July 2018
Some of [what happens in ANCs] is minutiae that you may not be interested in, but it is the real nuts-and-bolts of self-governance at work.
Elizabeth Stafford
July 2018
As a corporation, Amazon’s interests begin and end with their own wealth and influence. Any promises of corporate responsibility or community benefit not nailed down in ironclad legal contracts should be considered empty.
Woody Woodruff
June 2018
A dedicated-tax source for the funds is still necessary, despite the artful dodging of tax-shy local governments.