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  • The Problem With PACs and Non-Profits

    The Problem With PACs and Non-Profits

    In a discussion with a former Executive Director of Take Action MN, he explained some of the problems they run into as a liberal non-profit. Take Action will submit a funding request to a foundation or rich person outlining what the project is and what the budget is. Quite often the entity will respond by…

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  • What Meaning Will We Give the New State Flag?

    What Meaning Will We Give the New State Flag?

    Flags, like any symbol, do not really have meaning crafted into them by default. They are imbued with meaning from the actions and narratives that are made to associate with them. Sure the current Minnesota flag has pretty un-abstract designs of colonialism imprinted directly on it but its significance and meaning comes from it flying…

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  • Toward a Twin Cities DSA Ready to Govern

    Toward a Twin Cities DSA Ready to Govern

    2024 is going to be another pivotal election year. During a federal presidential election, the discourse on electoralism at all levels will be in full swing across the wider left and across our own organization. With this discourse we must ask ourselves, what does it mean for Twin Cities DSA to take electoral power? Is…

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  • We Are Essential Workers

    We Are Essential Workers

    Over the past year, one of the largest organizing campaigns in the country has been the effort to organize Delta Airlines. Members of Twin Cities DSA will be familiar with this campaign, as many have joined rallies in solidarity with these workers as they seek to organize over 45,000 workers at the only U.S.-based mainline…

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  • Reading an Old Anti-War Book for Our New Anti-War Moment

    Reading an Old Anti-War Book for Our New Anti-War Moment

    Much has been made of how our current political moment feels like the Iraq War era. When leftists mention this, they usually are referring to the vibe of centrist and neoliberal media discourse, which since October 2023 has veered sharply between an apoplectic, war-mongering “anti-terrorism” tone when reporting Hamas’s offenses and a confused, “still looking…

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  • We Can All Be Housed

    We Can All Be Housed

    Originally published online with the Sahan Journal, December 7, 2023 By restoring rent stabilization and putting the right to housing above the right to profit, we can transform our cities. If you live in Saint Paul like me, you may be familiar with the powerful rent stabilization law we passed in November 2021. Minneapolis and…

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  • Update from Brainerd Lakes Area DSA on UFCW Strike in Crow Wing County

    Update from Brainerd Lakes Area DSA on UFCW Strike in Crow Wing County

    The following short piece is taken with permission from the email newsletter of BLA/DSA:  Brainerd Area Grocery Updates This past weekend, workers at the five unionized grocery stores in Crow Wing County went on a three-day ULP strike in order to push for a fair contract. It was an incredible showcase of labor militancy, with…

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  • A Turning Point for Workers

    A Turning Point for Workers

    In 1934, Minneapolis truckers and warehouse workers went on strike. They took the boss class to the mat and pinned them, scoring a massive victory for workers in a city that, up until then, had been known as a bastion for anti-union employers. In Toledo, Ohio workers at the Auto-Lite factory won a strike after…

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  • Elite Capture and Corporate Antiracism

    Elite Capture and Corporate Antiracism

    (Inspired by “Elite Capture in the Real World of Class Struggle” by Kip H, TCDSA Blog 10/20/23) Kip’s well-written blog post answered a question I’ve had for four years: What is wrong with corporate antiracism? As often happens with someone who has ADHD, the answer was in plain sight. Cooptation (now called elite capture.) And…

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  • Camp Nenookaasi Ikwe Healing Camp: A Local Site of Resistance

    Camp Nenookaasi Ikwe Healing Camp: A Local Site of Resistance

    Palestine has been in the news lately, and this has had me thinking a lot about the connection between Indigenous peoples around the world and the local violence that happens when encampments get swept by the city of Minneapolis and the Israeli trained MPD. For those passionate about anti-colonial struggle we have the opportunity to…

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  • Revolutionary Optimism: Building Hope through Art

    Revolutionary Optimism: Building Hope through Art

    I know I’m not the only one who finds things hopeless sometimes. Most of the people I know are much worse off economically than we were three years ago, even if the stock market just keeps soaring. Unionization is skyrocketing but getting a job that pays decently seems harder than ever. Mass extinction and natural…

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  • Elite Capture in the Real World of Class Struggle

    Elite Capture in the Real World of Class Struggle

    On October 6 Stellantis began asking its white collar workers to volunteer to cross UAW picket lines to work in distribution centers shipping parts to dealerships, with the call coming from the automaker’s top executives as well as its diversity and inclusion groups.  Stellantis is relying heavily on its business resource groups (BRGs) to spearhead…

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