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DC's defund effort - one year out
In DC, the Defund MPD effort has found quiet success in changing policy and the broader public.
Howard University Students win demands through #BlackburnTakeover
How to take on power and win.
Election Roundup 2021
On election night 2021, nationally endorsed DSA candidates won over 25 local victories at the hyperlocal level.
To Leave the IMPACT Behind, District Educators Should Let Go of Merit Pay
District educators should consider abandoning pay-systems that reproduce competition and inequity in the workplace.
Police Brutality, Gentrification and the Thin Blue Line: Rest in Power An’Twan Gilmore
The Washington Revolutionary
'The Washington Revolutionary' reports on the grotesque intersection of police brutality, gentrification and the thin blue line of silence that produces false narratives.
DSA Members on Labor: Two Decades of Engagement
A two-decade recounting of local perspectives on the labor movement.
Winning a Green New Deal for Public Schools
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.
The Role of Art and Communal Imagination in Our Movement Work
As community members and creative subjects ourselves, the activist-artist must help forge a shared dream for the future.
What's up with the District's crime scare?
What would it take to reduce gun violence as we emerge from the pandemic? (Hint — more cops are not the solution.)
Tearing down the highways
In a post-carbon future, will urban expressways wither away and revert to urban space?
Learning to Love the Machine: Some Assembly Required
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.
June 10th MPD Police Budget Hearing Roundup
On Thursday, June 10th, the Defund MPD coalition brought its case for reimagining public safety to the District Council.
DC Protests in Solidarity with Palestine
Photos from the Saturday, May 15 Nakba 73 protests in DC.
Reflections on Organizing for Palestine in the US
Israel's propaganda tactics have not changed in over a decade - but their success is fading in the face of activist resolve.
DC's Community Response to COVID-19: A Lesson in Solidarity
Community groups, political organizations, and mutual aid networks rallied to confront the District government's bumbling vaccine rollout.
Reflections from 2000: The Communists of Shaw
A slice of history covering DC's oft-forgotten far-left.
No Better Time Than Now for Medicare for All
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.
John Sweeney: A Remembrance
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.
Recap of PG County DSA Labor Meeting: Focus on Amazon
A labor contingent in PG County reviewed organizing efforts at Amazon and eco-socialist organizing around the PRO Act.
Carry Me Back to New Virginny: From Jim Crow to Progressive Stronghold?
In 2021, Virginia is a much-changed state absorbed by a blue wave that foretells an opening for progressive politics from Virginia to Florida.
Reflections from 1985: Number 51
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.
Building Dual Power: The Spreadsheets of Revolution
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.
State of the District Left
A decade of neoliberal retrenchment is finally starting to crack. Can DC's left recognize the moment?
DC Police Union Negotiations Are Another Front in the Fight for Abolition
The Police Union is a critical barrier to defunding the Metropolitan Police Department and investing in the community - here's what needs to happen.
District Educators Cannot Be Pitted Against Families and Other Workers
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.
Reflections from 1984: Interview with Josphine Butler
A republished interview from 1984 with DC statehood and environmental activist Josphine Butler.
Can Co-ops Endure To Prefigure A Socialist World Together?
An investigation of how co-ops in DC are navigating the post-covid world reveals their resilience in the face of systemic turmoil.
Reflections from 1997: Croft for City Council
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.
Images from Occupy DC
Unearthed images of Occupy protests in Washington, DC.
A History of Metro DC DSA (1982-2016)
Days of Revolt: Notes on DC's Summer Uprising
The latest eyewitness reporting on protesters, hostile and often brutal police conduct, and Mayor Bowser’s duplicitous and self-serving maneuvers.
Class Struggle in Dupont/Kalorama: A Self-Guided Walking Tour
A guide for exploring the clash of ideologies in a compact enclave in Northwest Washington.
Reflections from 1991: A Tale of Two Cities
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.
Union Building for the Long Haul
A review of Michael Raysson's book on security guard unizonization efforts in Boston.
Workers Blast Hogan for Disastrous Reponse to MD Unemployment Crisis
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has failed to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 virus in a state battered by skyrocketing unemployment.
Remembering Dr. Howard Croft
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.
A wide network of activists and organizers, fueled by popular uprising in DC, provides a legitimate political opening for local change.
Enforcing the First Amendment
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.
Black Radicalism on the Eastern Shore: Gloria Richardson
A history of Black radicalism on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Reflections from 1983: Hilda Mason
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.
The Battle for Rent Control
Following pandemic hardship and fears of displacement due to impending recession, stronger tenant protections have never been more urgent.
An Interview with McKayla Wilkes: "Socialism, and Socialists, are Saving us"
An interview with candidate McKayla Wilkes, who is running against House Majority leader Steny Hoyer.
ስራ የለም? የቤት ኪራይ የለም!; Or, No Jobs? No Rent! Organizing Dispatch from Alexandria, VA
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.
Hogan’s public-private highway scam riddled with loopholes and lies
Will Gov. Larry Hogan, like Trump, make Maryland taxpayers hostages to a foreign (global capitalist) power?
And Then There Were Two: McKayla Wilkes, Steny Hoyer, and the Race for Maryland District 5
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.
Jobs with meaning and hope are subtext of 2020 MD Assembly mandate
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.
Reflections from 1985: The Obligations of Conscience
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.
Socialist Heritage Caucus Examines Past of DSA and the Left
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.”
“Change the Name” Advocates to Drop Petitions on Football Team
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.
La ColectiVA Calls on Virginia Politicians to 'Check Your Complicity' on Migrant Abuse
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.
Endorsed Maryland candidate Mckayla Wilkes statement to MDC DSA members
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.
Maryland still has work to do on criminal justice reform
Maryland needs a system that treats addiction and substance abuse as a health care, instead of criminal issue.
Panel to fight high drug prices in Maryland stalled by Hogan
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.
Hogan Stonewalling on Spending Riles Critics Across the Spectrum in MD
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.
Single-Member Assembly Districts Will Help End MD's Incumbent Protection System
Richard DeShay Elliott
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.
Anti-Gentrification Activists Scramble On Proposed Rewrite of Land Use Provision
Members of a DC anti-gentrification alliance are scrambling at press time to read through Mendelson’s proposed rewrite of the Comp Plan preamble.
Grassroots vs. Segregation: The Ongoing Fight against Amazon HQ2 in Arlington
After Arlington County's vote, “For Us, Not Amazon” coalition will refocus around the issues we learned were the foremost concerns in the community.
DC Mayor Bowser Orders New Push To Weaken Land Use Controls
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.
The Tidal Basin Diaries
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.
A Small Victory for Science in “Deep Time”
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.
A Green New Deal for DC
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.
Meeting the Needs of Returning Citizens: A Prince George’s County Update
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.
Maryland Assembly Session limps to close, faces big leadership decision
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.
For DC Ecosocialists, Threats to Cherry Trees Could Support ‘Crossover’ Climate Activism
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.
Football or families? Fight over RFK site reaches critical stage
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.
By offsetting federal tax cuts, we can improve the quality of life for DC residents
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.
Gov. Hogan's Maryland Budget Doesn't Stand Up to Analysis for Social Needs
The ostensibly sunny-day Hogan budget puts a heavy load on the General Assembly to adapt it to what Marylanders actually need.
Hogan Administration Drops Transit Options from Scheme for Privatized Toll Lanes on Beltway, I-270
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.
Reflections on the First Year of the Socialists of Faith Caucus and Plans for 2019
The Socialists of Faith Caucus formed in 2018, has operated in the tradition of radical social movements of the past.
Richmond DSA Hosts Virginia Statewide DSA Convention
Virginia's DSA Statewide convention, recounted here.
Yes, Maryland Is Changing Politically -- It's Due to Activists
Larry Stafford Jr.
The changing ideological disposition of the Maryland General Assembly is the result of wide range of actions organized by visionaries in the state.
NOVA DSA building power in "For us not Amazon" coalition
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.
Change the Name!
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.
Political Events Around Assembly Session Sketch a Divided Debate
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.
Organizing for Democracy and Social Justice in PG County
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.
Multistate decarbonization compact offers window for ecosocialist activism
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.
Outgoing MD Lawmaker, DSA Member, Launching Pro Bono Lobbying Shop
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.
Activists Demand Change to Football Team's Headquarters
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.
Amazon HQ: The 800-Pound Gorilla in NoVa
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.
Bowser Exploits DC Racial Divide to Boost her Power
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.
Larry Hogan's Racist Transportation Scheme - playing to his base
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’).
DC just saved the country millions of dollars - now, a favor
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.
The Occupation Free DC campaign aims to end MPD program with Israeli forces
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.
Hogan's Stealth "Centrism" Cloaks an Easily Exposed Pro-Corporate Agenda
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.
It’s Time for a Public Bank in DC
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.
MDC DSA Amazon Critic assails local government tax breaks at Town Hall
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.
Democracy, Block by Block: The ANC Elections Working Group
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.
DSA Activists Pressure Council to Save Land Use Planning in DC
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.
The War Against Displacement: A Tale of Six Neighborhoods
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.
Failure to fix Metrorail could hammer local economy, report finds
A dedicated-tax source for the funds is still necessary, despite the artful dodging of tax-shy local governments.
Progressive pushback coalesces against local giveaways to Amazon HQ2
Our local leaders have shown time and again that they are unable and unwilling to fight for what's best for the marginalized in our region
Summer's here - and the time is right for radical tourism
Radical tourism is not merely about passing a day while visiting another city, but rather looking at the world from the viewpoint of those who challenged the status quo of profit, patriarchy, white privilege and homophobia.
Metro jurisdictions, finally heeding DSA, agree to dedicated funding
The idea of establishing a dedicated source of funds for WMATA dates back at least three-and-a-half decades — and one of its early proponents was the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America.
MD general assembly enters final two weeks in a hyper-political year
The Democratic-controlled Assembly and Gov. Larry Hogan are squaring off in a political year, with payback on everyone's mind.
Playing Indian: The Use and (Mostly) Misuse of Native American History and Imagery
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which recently opened an exhibition on how Native imagery and history have been used and abused for entertainment, profit-making, and painting a pretty face on the policy of Manifest Destiny.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment process zigzags to developers' advantage
Last week, the DC Office of Planning (OP) released their first update in months, and unfortunately, it goes completely off-script from the process they laid out, putting those of us who care about housing, economic, and environmental justice in a tough spot.
Update Special Report: Big Developer Money and the DC Comprehensive Plan Revision Process
A Discrete Socialist
A two-century tour through the World of Work in the US
The artists we now call modern increasingly adopted the world around them as their subject matter, a world being reshaped by industrialization and revolution.
A History of DC through the lens of race
Every significant development in the history of the district has had a racial component. This is a city whose very existence is steeped in racial geography.
Maglev? Hyperloop? Maryland should fix what it's got
A useful intercity rail system is in reach for Maryland if it defers the maglev and hyperloop dreams in favor of the needs of today's travelers.