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  • David Graeber, 1961-2020

    David Graeber, 1961-2020

    How, exactly, do you memorialize someone who would be deeply uncomfortable about being memorialized? Should you? Can you? How do we use the past tense with someone who was so irrepressibly hopeful for the future, despite all his sharp frustrations with the present? I’ve never met David Graeber, or interacted with him. Many people have,…

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  • COVID-19 Choices for K12 Across the Metro Area and How Education Workers are Organizing in Response

    COVID-19 Choices for K12 Across the Metro Area and How Education Workers are Organizing in Response

    What’s it like being a district superintendent or school board member, a charter school principal or private school administrator, or the parent or guardian of a student in these fraught times? The schooling options under consideration are in-person or distant. Or this halfway in between thing called “hybrid.”  It feels like the expression “moving target”…

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  • Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 2 of 2)

    Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 2 of 2)

    Read part 1 of this political education “snippet” here. We were going to resume this story in 1918, one year after Alexandra Kollontai married Pavel Dybenko in the heat of the early days of the new Bolshevik Revolutionary government in St. Petersburg. But instead, I first need to fill in a few details left out…

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  • TCDSA Health Justice Working Group Reboots in the Time of COVID

    TCDSA Health Justice Working Group Reboots in the Time of COVID

    This spring, the Health Justice Working Group of TCDSA underwent a change. Past efforts ranged from fighting for single-payer to broader Health Justice projects, and fall through winter culminated with Medicare for All canvassing alongside DSA for Bernie. With the end of Sanders’ campaign and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Justice restarted in…

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  • On the George Floyd Uprisings

    On the George Floyd Uprisings

    Spring 2020. The economy is in the ugly process of reopening in a pandemic. Donald Trump feels victorious.  His armed and angry supporters denounce measures of public health as government overreach and tyranny. They come out to public and government areas with guns and confederate flags, and walk away free.  MN Governor Tim Walz responds…

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  • #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd at Seward Co-op

    #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd at Seward Co-op

    On June 16th nearly the entire staff on shift at Seward Co-op’s Franklin Ave. store walked out for a 9 minute work stoppage to mourn the murder of George Floyd and to stand in solidarity with the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protests erupting around the world. Nine minutes is the length of time George Floyd suffocated under MPD…

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  • Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 1 of 2)

    Who Was Alexandra Kollontai? (Part 1 of 2)

    Few in the US today have even heard of Kollontai, let alone know anything about what made her so important to the world history of socialism. Have you ever wondered why all the “schools” of political theory — the “isms” — are named after men? There is not one -ism that commemorates the wisdom, actions,…

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  • How to roll your own Solidarity Fund

    How to roll your own Solidarity Fund

    Despite what Breitbart News would have you believe, socialists aren’t getting paid to transform America into a fully automated luxury gay space communist paradise. We do this work for free because we know just how high the stakes are. At the same time, many of us work jobs that pay so little we can barely make…

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  • WE’RE NOT DONE YET

    WE’RE NOT DONE YET

    tips from the Twin Cities DSA medical working group to reduce the risk of COVID-19 As we seek justice for George Floyd, COVID-19 is still a threat, especially to BIPOC, who have been disproportionately impacted. We keep us safe – so here’s some tips for comrades at protests and volunteer sites: Wear a mask that…

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  • Navigating Political Strategy in the George Floyd Uprising

    Navigating Political Strategy in the George Floyd Uprising

    It’s been tricky to navigate our political strategy work in response to what feels like an unprecedented, constantly shifting, and very intense historic moment. In the Political Strategy Working Group we try to parse out the dynamics at work and how to best situate ourselves within the movement.  Some questions we have discussed in Political…

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  • We are the grace we’re looking for

    We are the grace we’re looking for

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 Like my comrade Anne, I’m an indoor kid. George Floyd’s memorial service was today at North Central University, a Pentecostal college, in a building I pass every day on my quarantine sanity walks. The most time I’ve spent outside in three months was this afternoon, when I sat on the curb…

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  • Indoor kids fight for #Justice4GeorgeFloyd too

    Indoor kids fight for #Justice4GeorgeFloyd too

    Until we are all free, we are none of us free. Emma Lazarus I am, at heart, an indoor kid. If you know me from the chapter, it’s because I signed you in to a general meeting or responded to an operations question via email; you might know me because the chapter chose me to…

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