Marathon Refinery Strike Report

At 5 PM on Thursday, January 21, 200 workers represented by Teamsters Local 120 at the Marathon refinery in St Paul Park walked off the job in Minnesota’s first strike of 2021. They offered to return after 24 hours, but the company has decided to lock them out instead, content to continue working with scabs… Read more »

Solidarity with Teamsters Local 120

Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America stands in full solidarity with Teamsters 120 union members striking and actively picketing at the Marathon Oil Refinery in St Paul Park.  Their willingness to stand up for safe working conditions and to protect union jobs in the middle of bone-chilling winter conditions is a shining example of earnest commitment… Read more »

Internal Organizing: Being Ready for the Next Crisis

Three political threads swept the Twin Cities this year. Presidential campaigns. Coronavirus. The police murder of George Floyd on May 25. Each of these threads intensified each other and manifested all the symptoms of the capitalist exploitation and racist oppression that characterizes the United States. Every crisis brought out millions of people with demands on… Read more »

The Dems: An Election Analysis

Yes, they won the White House, but down ballot, the Democratic Party did not see the kinds of successes they were counting on. They lost ground in the House, may yet fail to take back the Senate, and left the Republicans in control of most state legislatures. They fell far short of expectations, and they… Read more »

Holidays are Holy

Previously published in Southside Pride, Dec. 7, 2020. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” Joni Mitchell famously sang. I have been thinking about the many local delights that are gone, or may be soon.  In 2016 I was still working for Heart of the Best Theater. We put on La Natividad that… Read more »