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 »

Antifascist Organizing in Minneapolis/St. Paul

The struggle against fascism has not been a pristine contest between it and antifascism. During the past decade, it has become intertwined with issues that many people on the left (and apart from the left) would not have anticipated. But all of these issues are clearly based on political forces that we have been dealing… 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 »

Boring means success: poll defense on Election Day

November 3rd, 2020. Election Day. You could not ask for a better day to take part in election defense. It started out chilly, but swiftly warmed to an unseasonably warm 75°. We were some of 150 people recruited by DSA to protect vulnerable voting locations, in anticipation of voter intimidation and disruption at the polls.… Read more »

Could mindfulness be the “cure” for fascism? Exploring the world of Terror Management Theory

On October 31st, the Mental Health Working Group presented a teach-in on an interesting death-themed topic. Presented by acting facilitator Jordan, the teach-in centered on a theory of social and evolutionary psychology called Terror Management Theory, or TMT.  TMT is based on the idea that human animals are uniquely knowledgeable about their own inevitable death,… Read more »