Beth Blacksin
The Illinois Resistance added to the 2018 blue wave by flipping two House seats.  IL 6 and IL 14 were won by first-time Democratic candidates with 53% and 52% of the vote respectively. IL 6, covering parts of the west and northern suburbs of Chicago, is overwhelmingly white, urban and educated. Though it has since been […]
Al Nichols
Soon-to-be former Governor Scott Walker was never the kind of dominating political actor that assembled a broad coalition of diverse political interests around a durable vision for their common benefit.  He was much more a creature of the right-wing Koch-funded Tea Party ascendancy that developed in the vacuum of leadership that was the Obama administration’s […]
Adam Gold
During the lead-up to the midterms, there was a common refrain among liberals, progressives, and leftists alike: the country was in danger of descending into fascism. Some said that the 2018 midterm elections were “Do or die.’ If Democrats, and particularly progressive Democrats, couldn’t grab some of the reins of power in the House of […]
Organizing Upgrade
Last Tuesday’s election changed the terrain and set the stage for the intense political warfare that lies ahead. The resistance to the Trump/GOP racist hate crusade didn’t win everything we wanted to, but we did win what we absolutely had to. Denying the GOP control of both Houses of Congress for the next two years […]
Will Tanzman
For more than 15 years, Jerry Davis-El went back and forth between Cook County Jail, where he would be locked up while waiting for trail because he could not afford to post bail, and prison, where he would serve time after being pressured into plea deals. Davis-El was one of many Chicagoans with similar stories. […]
Christine Riddiough
The following notes are from Christine Riddiough’s presentation for a webinar on the role of socialists in the 2018 elections, hosted by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. I want to cover three points related to DSA, our electoral strategy, and our recent growth: The background on DSA’s entry into the electoral arena […]
Organizing Upgrade
Fighting Trump and building the Left, from the Left Inside/Outside Project We’re still less than halfway through this thing. Twenty-one months in, we can survey the damage done by the Trump administration. The GOP congress has been plagued by internal division, giving the resistance some breathing room. But the White House has worked efficiently to […]
Stephanie Luce
Donald Trump voiced the real concerns of many Americans when he spoke of the need to bring jobs to communities and to end unfair trade deals. By blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership, pushing a re-negotiation of NAFTA, and increasing tariffs on a range of imports, Trump has appeared to finally take seriously the needs of unemployed […]
Ellen David Friedman
The flowering of progressive electoral challenges – sparked by Sanders ebullience, by Trump aversion, by intolerable inequalities, by collapse of functional democratic institutions, by exhaustion of consumer distractions – invites a sense of momentum and possibility. The throng of enraged and insurgent teachers flowing into primary races in red states, young DSA newcomers pushing hard […]
Luke Elliott-Negri
Millennials who enthusiastically engaged in Bernie Sanders’ 2016 run to be the Democratic nominee for President had a one-of-a-kind experience. But for those radicalized in the 1970s and 1980s, Bernie was round two. In 1984 and then 1988, leftists and progressives of all stripes joined the Reverend Jessie Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition as he, like Sanders […]
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