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  • Behind the Scenes: “The Co-op Wars” Movie Missed the Real Story

    Behind the Scenes: “The Co-op Wars” Movie Missed the Real Story

    “The Co-op Wars” premiered at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival in mid-May. It shows how one man known as Smitty organized a closed group (the Co-op Organization or “CO”) that aimed to transform the coops into a mass base for anti-capitalist organizing. The movie captures the flowering of the counterculture and the explosive growth…

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  • Let Us Vote! Day of Action for Rent Control

    Let Us Vote! Day of Action for Rent Control

    Save the Date! June 12th, Day of Action with Minneapolis United for Rent Control. The Minneapolis City Council has proposed two charter amendments that lay out two possible paths to pass rent control. One puts the decision into the hands of City Hall. One makes possible a renter-led petition. We want to keep the decision…

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  • The TCDSA Grievance Committee: Who we are and what we do

    The TCDSA Grievance Committee: Who we are and what we do

    Greetings from your chapter Grievance Committee. Since our founding in the fall of 2019 we’ve been hard at work trying to figure out our place in the chapter and how to best embody the values the committee was founded upon. We’d like to share what we’ve come up with so far to open a dialogue…

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  • The Second Spanish Republic and Civil War

    The Second Spanish Republic and Civil War

    Part 3 of Between the World Wars A Political Education snippet The Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939) was a short-lived democracy born out of a military dictatorship and which gave birth to yet another, the vengeful regime of General Francisco Franco. The Second Republic tells a familiar story of the interwar period in Europe. The fall…

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  • A No Cages update

    A No Cages update

    What’s been going on? Most recently, No Cages, in partnership with TCDSA and the Women’s Prison Book Project, sent over 750 mailers with hand-written notes and a document with frequently asked questions* about the COVID-19 vaccine to help folks make the best decision for themselves related to the vaccine. Right before this, we were pushing…

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  • Student, Worker Solidarity Leads to Victory at the U of M

    Student, Worker Solidarity Leads to Victory at the U of M

    The MN Higher Ed Worker Center (HEWC) and a coalition of faculty, student groups, frontline unions and community organizations (including TCDSA) experienced a big victory during Monday night’s UMN Board of Regents election. Following weeks of intensive lobbying and outside pressure and organizing, right-wing populist Michael Hsu and union-busting attorney Karen Schanfield were both defeated during an hours-long joint convention of the MN…

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  • The Weimar Republic

    The Weimar Republic

    Part 2 of Between the World Wars A Political Education Snippet Introduction The Weimar Republic was an experiment with democracy that ultimately ended in one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes known to world history. Nicknamed after the German city wherein its first constitutional assembly was held, the Weimar Republic emerged in 1918 from the…

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  • We Have a New Electoral Committee

    We Have a New Electoral Committee

    At the request of the former Electoral Working Group, the active WG was transformed by the Steering Committee into the Electoral Committee. Tim H. and Anna were appointed interim Co-chairs. All members are welcome to join the committee! Just to be clear, the Committee does NOT make decisions about electoral strategy or endorsements. The Committee…

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  • TCDSA endorses Minneapolis United for Rent Control (MURC)

    TCDSA endorses Minneapolis United for Rent Control (MURC)

    Here’s what you can do: Sign MURC’s petition to help hit the goal of 20,000 signatures by the summer, when the City Council decides to put these amendments on the ballot. Take a few minutes to fill out how you would like to be involved. When you’re done, share it with your friends! Follow MURC…

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  • TCDSA statement on the Derek Chauvin trial

    TCDSA statement on the Derek Chauvin trial

    Twin Cities DSA stands in solidarity with George Floyd’s family as the trial of the man who murdered him begins. We recognize that the state rarely holds police who harm people accountable because the intertwining of capital, the state, and police violence defines fascism. We hope that Derek Chauvin’s trial is the exception. We also…

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  • The Page amendment; Educators’ solidarity; COVID-19 and safe reopening of schools

    The Page amendment; Educators’ solidarity; COVID-19 and safe reopening of schools

    A big subject in local educational news has been the struggle between teachers’ unions and school districts over when and how it is safe to return to in-person classes. As we explained in the October 2020 Education Section, it’s a complex issue. For some teachers, in-person learning is what they want most, and for some…

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  • Between the World Wars – A Three Part Series

    Between the World Wars – A Three Part Series

    For Political Education Snippets Red Vienna – Between the Wars Part I The Political Education Committee is presenting three three-part series of Political Education Snippets over the next nine months. The first series is called Between the Wars, and will examine three manifestations of attempts at social change in different parts of Europe between 1919…

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