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  • 2021 TCDSA Convention election results

    2021 TCDSA Convention election results

    Election results are in! Thanks to everyone who voted in the election following our chapter convention. Our election results are as follows: Co-chair Ian R. Treasurer Tim H. Recording Secretary Javier M. Tech Coordinator Eugene B. Political Education Coordinators Sneha N. Kip H. Deb R. Members at Large Mara K. Aurin C. Nica C. Bylaw…

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  • Book Review: The Love Songs of W. E. B. Dubois

    Book Review: The Love Songs of W. E. B. Dubois

    The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers We all have family, some of us know our family and its history to some degree.  To contemplate what role our ancestors played in history’s major events is to face our morality, our purpose.  This book is, on its surface, a family history. From the…

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  • Electoral Committee Update on Minneapolis Campaigns

    Electoral Committee Update on Minneapolis Campaigns

    With only a few weeks until November 2nd, the mailers have been flying fast, door knockers are everywhere, and with everything from public safety to rent control on the ballot, let’s take a brief look at the candidates and ballot questions Twin Cities DSA has endorsed. (All of them happen to be in Minneapolis this…

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  • Cut off! Canvassing as an Independent

    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…

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  • Minneapolis neighborhood says “Urban Farm Not Toxic Harm”

    Minneapolis neighborhood says “Urban Farm Not Toxic Harm”

    City: Wants to relocate the city’s water yard to East Phillips, which would add at least 220 additional vehicles every day to the neighborhood—an area already incredibly burdened by traffic pollution. Additionally, the city would have to demolish the existing Roof Depot building, which sits on an arsenic plume. The demolition risks exposing residents to…

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  • Lessons in Individual Psychology for Socialists

    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.…

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

    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…

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  • The New and Improved DSA International Committee

    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…

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  • 2021 Position Descriptions

    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…

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Our 2021 Endorsements

    Everything You Need To Know About Our 2021 Endorsements

    With massive support from membership, Twin Cities DSA has endorsed four candidates in the 2021 Minneapolis Elections. All candidates are committed to the chapter backed measures for a meaningful rent control policy and department of public safety, and understand that change will require a broad, multiracial working-class coalition to create a Minneapolis for all of…

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

    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…

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  • 2021 Convention Delegates Questionnaire

    2021 Convention Delegates Questionnaire

    Are you a member of any caucuses within DSA, either locally or nationally, and/or a member of a non-DSA leftist organization? What do you believe the relationship between local chapters should be? Are there specific structural or operational changes you think are necessary to achieve this relationship? What is your highest priority in terms of…

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