Cut off! Canvassing as an Independent

Whether you love it or hate it, if you’ve canvassed for a liberal, progressive, or DFL candidate for office in the last few years, you’re probably aware of the Voter Activation Network (VAN). Grassroots campaigns can “make or break” on their ability to reach out to communities and connect with voters on the issues, and… Read more »

Lessons in Individual Psychology for Socialists

Political Education Snippet #8 “Only in socialism did the feeling of community remain as the ultimate goal and end as demanded by unhampered human fellowship.” -Alfred Adler, creator of Individual Psychology People are drawn to socialism and DSA for many reasons. Our different backgrounds and motivations lead to political conflict, and at times interpersonal conflict.… Read more »

Love (of Profits) in the Time of COVID-19

No one should be surprised at Big Pharma’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I can’t help feeling nauseated as the bodies continue to pile up (nearly 4.5 million as of August 20, and it’s estimated that the true number is two to three times that). At first glance, the way the pharmaceutical industry is… Read more »

The New and Improved DSA International Committee

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has various national-level committees, working groups, and other structures, in addition to the more widely known National Political Committee, or NPC, its overall governing body. One of these which is coming more and more into prominence is the International Committee (IC). Unlike working groups which are open to anyone willing… Read more »

2021 Position Descriptions

The following positions will be up for election in September at the 2021 TCDSA Convention: Co-chair Recording Secretary Technology Coordinator Treasurer Political Education Coordinators (three seats, one of which is a Steering Committee seat) Members At Large (three seats) Grievance Committee (six seats) For more info about the powers and duties of the Steering Committee… Read more »

Twin Cities Area New Party (TCANP) and The Tyranny of the Two-party System

Political Education Snippet #7 Lisa Disch’s book, The Tyranny of the Two-Party System, after both a preface and Introduction, opens Chapter 1 – “The Politics of Electoral Fusion 1994-1997,” with the following paragraph:  At a sparsely attended press conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 18, 1994, a third party and an incumbent state legislator… Read more »