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A historically Republican state, massive population growth in Northern Virginia has revived a populist, working-class, and socialist character that had been long dormant in VA's Democratic Party.
Bill Mosley
August 2021
When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.
Taylor Elddred
August 2021
...and what his victory means for the socialists of Portsmouth.
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.
Adam Stromme
August 2020
In a housing market based on private pursuit of profit, the denial of the basic right to housing is a rule of business.
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.
Eric S
March 2020
An eye-witness recounting of the energy surrounding Bernie Sanders' rally in Northern Virginia.
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.
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.
Craig T.
March 2019
Virginia's DSA Statewide convention, recounted here.
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.
Elizabeth Stafford
December 2018
Where do Northern VA socialists go in 2019?
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.
Kaiser F.
September 2018
We in the DSA recognize that no one is free or safe while this system of detention, deportation, fear, and intimidation, continues.
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.
Alex Howe
June 2018
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
Bill Mosley
May 2018
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.
Woody Woodruff
January 2018
Historian Nancy MacLean brings to the AFL-CIO book talk her account of the way the Koch Bros. anti-democratic project got its intellectual underpinning.
Bill Mosley
December 2017
For the past three years, the grassroots group Rebrand Washington Football (RWF) has been circulating petitions calling on the team to adopt a new name.
David Shen
November 2017
A roundup of headlines and news clips commenting on election night, 2017.
Bill Mosley
September 2017
Emboldened hate groups followed Trump's example in a march on Charlottesville. Thousands, including dozens of members of Democratic Socialists of America, marched in a counter-demonstration to show with their presence that hatred and intolerance cannot go unanswered.
Daniel Adkins
August 2017
Dan Adkins updates the development of micro-grids, independent energy sources that can deal big corporate power companies out of their dominion over power and prices.
Bill Mosley
August 2017
The 100th birthday celebration of a founding member of DSOC/DSA in our local and a Northern Virginia activist for over 70 years.
Sam Knight
August 2017
Sam Knight, one of the Metro DC DSA members to go to Charlottesville for the antifascist protest last weekend, provides an on-the-ground account of the events.
Lucy Duff
August 2017
Lucy Duff explores the devastation to the environment, communities and workers of mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia.
Wm. Hunter Tammaro
July 2017
The local branches, while still under the umbrella of the Metro DC chapter, give current members opportunities bring the socialist vision to bear on a wider range of issues.
Michael Payne
July 2017
A report on DSA's activism in the Virginia primary election, from a Charlottesville DSA comrade.
Bill Mosley
April 2017
The fate of RFK Stadium and the land on which it sits were put in play earlier this year when DC and Maryland political leaders, wary of a giveaway, went on the offensive.
John Reeder
March 2017
How gentrifying municipalities like Arlington lose their affordable housing -- and how to stop it.