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UE and the ILWU - The Possibilities of Class-Conscious Unionism
The rich histories of the United Electrical Workers and the International Longshore Workers’ Union, two radical worker formations who were at the forefront of resistance when many other unions were taking a compliant route for short-term gains.
Union Building for the Long Haul
A review of Michael Raysson's book on security guard unizonization efforts in Boston.
Black Radicalism on the Eastern Shore: Gloria Richardson
A history of Black radicalism on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Communists on the Waterfront: Pat Whelan
The story of Pat Wheelan and his maritime organizing in Charm City.
May Day Musings on Maryland’s Radical Traditions: Elizabeth Gilman
This is the first entry in a larger series recounting radical labor history in Maryland.
Fear at Work
As the coronavirus emergency overtook Maryland, day by day and with new restrictions piling up, thousands have watched their jobs evaporate under their feet.
International Women’s Day – 1934
Considering the role of women in the expansion of labor politics and power in the United States.
Planting Seeds: to Defeat Trump, to Transform Society
The majority of the country is opposed to Trumpism, but this opposition is much more heterogeneous than the right-wing alliance. This poses big challenges to a Left that wants to build broad unity in defeating the Trump and the GOP in the 2020 elections.
Organizing for Justice
The quick propensity to lock people up on one side, while failing to provide adequate service or opportunities on the other, has undermined the quality of life in Maryland.
The Working Families Party, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders
How do we continue to build support for Sanders, the movement, politics, and values his campaign has come to represent without attacking or alienating those who have come to a different decision?
Different Worlds: Life in the German Democratic Republic
[Grossman] writes of how when his wife visited the US (her first time in the West) after the Wall came down, she was shocked at the sight of beggars, for she had never before seen people so desperate for a meal.
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.
Journalist Bill Blum spent a career exposing the nuts and bolts of US imperialism
Remembering legendary journalist Bill Blum.
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.
The election within the election
Only by firmly linking democracy and civil liberties to concrete programs of social and economic justice can working-class unity be built.
Patience, Passion and Principle
To bring about that change means not only endurance and a deep-rooted humanism.
Forebears of Today’s Labor Movement: Progress, Dilemmas and Setbacks
Labor militance and organization in the post-Civil War era enabled workers to make meaningful gains against corporate power. But the failure to organically connect those strands of struggle together prevented the working-class from unifying.
The Spectre Haunting Capitalism Returns: A Celebration of Marx
In our days, everything seems pregnant with its contraries. Machinery, gifted with the wonderful power of shortening and fructifying human labor, we behold starving and overworking it.
Revolution Then and Now -- Lessons from the Past for Today's Radicals
Much was accomplished in the 1960s, but its larger goals were not – a reality painfully evident when we look around this day and time.
The choices presented by the March for Our Lives
Kurt Stand explores the breakthrough qualities of the March for Our Lives and of the young people who fueled its passion.
DSA National Convention 25,000 and Counting
Working through DSA's inevitable growing pains will require balancing the optimism of a mass movement with the realism of achieving "the left-wing of the possible."
Social Justice and Peace in the Mid-East: Meeting with Rep Anthony Brown
A meeting with Rep. Anthony Brown reassured a leery left-wing delegation, but left some room for improvement.
Transit as a core of community success
Transportation advocacy is key for introducing localities to the need for strong climate policy.
Goings on: Talk, Theater, Music and More
Local exhibitions serve a reminder that history is all around us -- and it is up to us to take the time to open our eyes, ears and hearts to learn from those who came before.
Groundbreaking "We Were There" honors women in radical history
Profiles in radical resistance of the multi-ethnic working-class.
Assessing Russia's threat without demonizing it
To avoid the trap of allowing misleading rhetoric to dictate our policies, we need to continue to articulate and organize around an alternative world view.
Our Future: Confronting the Past in the Present
James Baldwin was an astute cultural critic, observing the nature of how legacies of oppression fan out through all manner of life.
From Texas to Occupy to Rikers Island: Cecily McMillan's Bread & Roses Talk
A talk by Cecily McMillan recounts the history of mass-movement activism.
How municipal socialism arrived in Milwaukee
In 1948, a socialist program was able to take hold in Wisconsin -- until the ascendance of neoliberalism began to peel back left-wing municipal planning.
The Salons of 2016 -- MDC DSA's Developing Role
Metro DC DSA's monthly Socialist Salon has sought to strike that middle ground by providing a pathway between gut responses and theoretical constructs.