Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DSA Supports Occupy Wall Street

DSA has created a "DSA Occupy Wall Street" Webpage to highlight the work of DSA members in Occupy protests across the country..

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

'Modern Capitalism Has Reached the End of Its Rope’ | Common Dreams

'Modern Capitalism Has Reached the End of Its Rope’ | Common Dreams

How Unequal We Are: The Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The Wealthiest One Percent Of Americans

How Unequal We Are: The Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The Wealthiest One Percent Of Americans: pAs the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by hundreds of protesters enters its third week — and as protests spread to other cities such as Boston and Los Angeles — demonstrators have endorsed a new slogan: “We are the 99 percent.” This slogan refers an economic struggle between 99 percent of Americans and the richest [...]/p

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Since 2009, 88 Percent Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, Just One Percent Went To Wages

Since 2009, 88 Percent Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, Just One Percent Went To Wages: pAfter the longest recession since WWII, many Americans are still struggling while S&P 500 corporations are sitting on $800 billion in cash and making massive profits. Now, economists from Northeastern University have released a study that finds our sluggish economic recovery has almost solely benefited corporations. According to the study: “Between the second quarter of [...]/p

Monday, August 29, 2011

U of Memphis YDS Chapter Forming

We are forming a Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) Chapter at the University of Memphis.  If you are a student at U of M, join fellow democratic socialists at the U of M YDS!

For more information

Young Democratic Socialists  is the Youth Section of DSA

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Poverty: A Call To Conscience

On Friday, Aug. 12, DSA Honorary Chair and Tavis Smiley brought their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience" to St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis. Beginning at a Native American reservation in Wisconsin, the two have been traveling across the country to bring attention to the growing poverty afflicting the unemployed and the underemployed during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Tavis Smiley spoke about the failures of politicians, of both parties, to address the causes and consequences of poverty. He singled out President Obama for failing to use the mandate he was given to address the growing poverty among all races, particularly African-Americans. Smily noted that the President has failed to even mention poverty in any of his State of the Union speeches, and that it was the President, not the Republicans, who offered to make Social Security cuts party of the negotiations over raising the national debt ceiling.

Cornel West emphasized that Obama needs to be encouraged to stand up the the corporate elites and to push a more progressive agenda to redistribute wealth to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Noting the criticism that some in the African-American community have leveled against he and Smiley for attacking President Obama, West sought to encourage the black community to help Obama become a great president by pushing him to make the welfare of the working class and the working poor his priority, not Wall Street and the corporate rich.

Both emphasized that their intention was to help Obama get reelected by reminding him of his campaign promises and pushing him to be bolder and to take the moral high ground to focus on poverty and the struggles of the working class of all races.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cornel West Poverty Tour Coming to Memphis Aug. 12!

DSA Honory Chair Cornel West and Tavis Smiley bring their Poverty Tour to Memphis Friday Aug. 12th, 7-9 PM at Saint Andrew AME Church
867 South Parkway East
Memphis TN.

Dr. Cornel West Website

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Justice For All" Rally Seeks to Unify Progressive Causes - WREG

"Justice For All" Rally Seeks to Unify Progressive Causes - WREG

A coalition of progressives groups representative women, labor, immigrants, and the LGBT community, organized a rally Saturday in Memphis to protest recent actions by the conservative Republican Tennessee legislature to restrict the collective bargaining rights of public employees, cut funding for Planned Parenthood, and to rollback and prohibit local laws to prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians and LGBT people.

In addition to anti-gay and anti-labor legislation at the state level, the Memphis City government is considering proposals to privatize sanitation services and destroy the local AFSCME labor union that Dr. MLK came to Memphis to march with to protest low wages prior to his assassination.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NYT: Socialists Still Going (DSA, SPUSA, CPUSA)

The New York Times published this article Monday on the growing interest in socialism and the three main socialist groups in NY:  DSA, SPUSA & CPUSA

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And don't forget to visit the DSA website, and  join DSA!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Real Class War

The Real “Class War” 

The super-rich are treating small businesses and working people like fish in a barrel.

The current debates surrounding cutting the deficit and the mounting national debt underscore class struggle and class conflict at the heart of capitalism. Addressing the mounting deficit will require reversing over 30 years of supply-side economics, which has slashed taxes on the corporate rich and, along with unpaid wars and out-of-control military spending, has left the U.S. $14 trillion in debt, three-fourths of it from Republican presidents.
But instead of addressing the real causes of the deficit and national debt, the corporate elite — and their allies in both political parties — are targeting Medicaid, Medicare, and even Social Security, which has nothing to do with the deficit or debt and has a $3 trillion surplus!
Why is Congress making severe budget cuts when hundreds of profitable corporations are paying extremely low taxes or none at all? Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Boeing, Verizon, Bank of America, and Citigroup pay no federal taxes. If you paid as much as $10 in taxes this year, you paid more than these pampered behemoths.
These and hundreds of other American companies use overseas and offshore tax havens to shelter their profits while claiming losses here in the U.S. These companies shift the responsibility to pay for our shared defense, roads, bridges, education, and public services onto small businesses and individuals. According to a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, over the past 50 years there has been a decided transfer of the tax burden away from the wealthy and multinational corporations onto the rest of us small fry.
The wealthy are paying the lowest tax rates in 50 years. A report by Wealth for the Common Good shows that the 400 richest people in America control more wealth than 150 million of their fellow citizens. And they are effectively taxed at just a 16 percent tax rate, while the working class pays up to 35 percent. These oligarchs' effective tax rate has dropped by two-thirds since the Eisenhower administration.
Income and wealth have become extremely concentrated in the hands of the super-rich. The richest 1 percent own nearly 40 percent of all wealth and get 25 percent of all income. The top 10 percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent, and they are taxed a lower rate for wealth than workers pay on wages. While CEO pay has skyrocketed, wages have declined, and the number of unemployed and working poor continues to grow. Just who is it that is waging class warfare?
If we are serious about addressing the deficit and paying down the debt, we have to repeal the Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and cut corporate welfare and military spending — not, as the Republicans keep demanding, Medicare and social programs.
The Republicans want to cut gaping holes in the safety net to allow for more tax cuts for the corporate rich. The current GOP budget proposal includes $4.3 trillion in program cuts but offsets those cuts with $4.2 trillion in tax cuts, leaving only $155 billion in real budget cuts over the next decade.
Contrary to the propaganda of the Tea Party and its corporate sponsors, we are not broke. If corporations and households with $1 million of income paid the same tax rates they did in 1961, we would collect $716 billion more a year — $7 trillion over a decade. That is more than all the budget cuts proposed by the Republicans.
The American people seem to be ahead of their representatives in Congress. Vast majorities, even of Republicans and Tea Party supporters, oppose cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid and support cutting military spending and raising taxes on the corporate rich. The Progressive Caucus — the largest in Congress, believe it or not — has proposed a "People's Budget," which takes a top-down approach to cutting spending and raising taxes, but it is being ignored by the corporate media. I wonder why.
There is indeed a class war, but it is being waged by the oligarchs and corporate rich against the working class. Let's stop all the talk of budget cuts until corporate tax dodgers and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
Jim Maynard, a well-known local activist, is the organizer of the Memphis Coffee Party Progressives & Democratic Socialists of America.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Progressive Budget: Tax the Rich, End the Wars, Cut Oil Subsidies, Invest in Jobs

House progressives offer budget plan: Tax the rich, end the wars, slash oil subsidies, invest in jobs

Liberal Dems claim the plan eliminates deficit by 2021
WASHINGTON – As the focus on Capitol Hill shifts [1] to America's long-run fiscal woes, Congressional progressives are one step ahead of the White House and Democratic leaders in offering a counter-proposal to the House GOP approach.
The broad sketch proposes to end the Bush-era tax cuts on high income earners, enact a surtax on millionaires and billionaires, increase the the estate tax and eliminate corporate tax loopholes and subsidies for oil and coal companies. It also aims to create a public health insurance option, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and invest $1.45 trillion in "job creation," energy, housing and education programs.
The revenue-heavy proposal [2] (PDF) stands in stark contrast to the spending cuts-oriented plan put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- and championed by GOP leaders [3] -- that slashes $6 trillion in federal programs (including Medicare and Medicaid) while significantly reducing taxes for wealthy Americans and corporations.
"This budget is transparent, straightforward and realistic about where we are in America right now," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the progressive caucus, told Raw Story. "The Ryan plan, for all the credit it gets for thinking big, doesn’t reflect the reality of the American economy. It destroys the successful programs that made this country strong, especially Medicare and education, and doesn't even try to explain how it creates jobs. It reflects a faith that making government disappear will somehow create prosperity."
The plan is a nonstarter in the GOP-led House and would have a hard time winning over more than a handful of Democrats in the Senate. But Grijalva and his progressive caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) wrote a letter urging Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the top Democrat on the budget committee, to consider their ideas in the Democratic counter-offer this week.
In contrast to the Ryan plan, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says will eliminate the deficit by 2040 [4], the progressive proposal -- which its authors have dubbed the "People's Budget" -- promises to yield surpluses by 2021, though it doesn't provide numbers to back the claim.
"We need an alternative that actually creates jobs, closes corporate tax loopholes, ends wasteful subsidies, protects Medicare and education, and puts this country back on the right track," Grijalva said. "We believe the American people deserve a choice, and that’s what we intend to give them."
While the Ryan proposal is likely to pass the GOP-led House when it's taken up this week, the progressive blueprint is highly unlikely to reflect the official Democratic opening bid. President Barack Obama is poised to unveil his fiscal 2012 budget [5] Wednesday, and it's believed to seek spending cuts while returning high-income tax rates to Clinton-era levels.
Both parties agree on the need to reduce the nation's massive long-term deficits. And the progressive leaders framed their proposal in terms of who will pick up the tab: the wealthy, or struggling Americans. The GOP proposal, they argue, would "tak[e] trillions of dollars from the pockets of the middle class and giv[e] ever more generous windfalls to millionaires and large corporations."
Republicans vociferously oppose increasing taxes -- including on the wealthiest earners and corporations -- warning that doing so would hamper the economic recovery. America's budget problems, they argue, are caused by excessive spending as opposed to a revenue shortage.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

From Memphis to Madison-The Struggle Continues

From Memphis to Madison, The Struggle Continues

Forty-three years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had traveled to support AFSCME sanitation workers striking for the right to collective bargaining. The struggle for workers' rights continues today in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan and other states throughout the country.

Join the Movement!

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Say Stand Strong, Stand Together | AFL-CIO NOW BLOG

1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Say Stand Strong, Stand Together | AFL-CIO NOW BLOG

43rd Annual March Honoring MLK in Memphis April 4 2011

About 500 people representing several unions join the Memphis AFSCME Local to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on the 43rd Anniversary of his murder in Memphis Tennessee April 4, 1968.

MLK came to Memphis to stand WITH public workers and unions representing sanitation workers in Memphis.  It was his last stand for justice and equality.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DSA Fights Right's Austerity Agenda

March 23, 2011


Fighting The Right
National Teach-In
We are One

  DSA Fights Republican Austerity Agenda
Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West to lead National Teach-in on April 5th
We are One Events on April 4th 
Republicans across the country from the new leadership of the House of Representatives to Republican governors and state legislators have generated a wave of “buyer’s remorse” as their extreme agenda became clears to voters. DSA members across the country have participated in the wave of protests in response to the efforts in state legislatures to curtail worker’s rights, and the campaign by Republicans at every level of government to cut critical programs across the board—except those that exclusively benefit the big corporations and the elites who manage their business. The Republicans continue to pursue an agenda of rolling back all of the social and economic gains of the last century. Nineteen states are mulling legislation to curtail workers’ rights.  Austerity is the Republican’s new one- word program, and of course the budget cuts focus on programs that benefit poor, working and middle-class Americans.
In two years the Republicans have convinced large segments of the political class that arecession that was caused by speculative excess on Wall St. can only be cured by eliminating worker rights, slashing public pensions and cutting Social Security, Medicare and other safetynet programs.  And the Republicans in Congress have yet to introduce any jobs bill, despite making it the center piece of their campaign.
We must continue to protest these efforts that tear up the social contract and continue the downward spiral that continues to impact jobs, wages and living standards. And we must educate Americans about the root causes of the economic crisis.
DSA has created new materials to help our members, local organizations and YDS chapters respond to the crisis.  These new materials can be found on our web site: 
  • petition in support of  HR 870, The Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act, introduced into the House of Representatives by John Conyers, U.S. Representative from Detroit, and friend of DSA. This bill introduces several strategies to generate jobs, including the establishment of a National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities for the unemployed and a tax on securities transactions.
  • budget cuts “questions and answers” leaflet, a sample letter to the editor on budget cuts, and a model op-ed articles on state budget cuts.  All of these are in an editable format and easily adaptable for you to include pertinent material on the budget fight in your state or community.
  • A questions and answers flyer on the attacks on public employeesalong with a sample letter to the editor and model op-ed articles. These, too, can be edited to include material specific to your state or community.
  • talking points memo on budget cuts and the attacks on public employees.
More materials will be posted as they are developed.
As part of the fight back, DSA Honorary Chairs Cornel West and Frances Fox Piven are organizing a National Teach-In on Debt, Austerity and Corporate Greed  (and what YOU can do about it.Scheduled for April 5th at 2 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), the event seeks to counter the drumbeat of right-wing propaganda.  Content will be streamed live to teach-ins organized in local communities from the national teach-in at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. The local teach-ins will use the streamed material and add their own speakers that focus on their community. DSA has endorsed this program and is encouraging local groups and YDS chapters to organize local events that connect to the national teach-in.
Because the national teach-in is in just two weeks, tie-in events need to be organized and publicized now. Check out the fight-back website for information on linking to the national teach-in and other resources to help you’re in your local fight back effort.
On April 4th, the day before the National Teach-Ins, We are One” events are being organized in many states in communities and at workplaces.  On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis while standing up for the rights of sanitation workers to form a union. The same rights that conservatives are trying to take away from workers now—the freedom to bargain, to vote, to afford a college education and justice for all workers, immigrant and native-born.  The We are One website also has useful resources that will help fight back campaigns. We encourage DSA members and friends to participate in We are One events. They are sponsored by the AFL-CIO and are not in competition with the National Teach-In.  We are One events will provide promising audiences to distribute material about the Teach-Ins and DSA or YDS.
The response of the people of Wisconsin and the other states where similar legislation is being pushed demonstrate just how far the Republicans have overreached.  April 4th and 5th are the beginnings of what promises to be a wave of new actions to mobilize against the austerity agenda.  I know that I can count on DSA members and friends to participate in these critical events.
In solidarity,
Frank Llewellyn
National Director

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nashville Tennessee Rally March 15

Stand at the Capitol for Good Jobs, Living Wages and Health Care! Stop the Attacks on Public Workers and Our Public Services!
Join community, faith and labor organizations from across Tennessee to demand that Governor Haslam and the General Assembly get their priorities straight.  The attacks on teachers, firefighters and all public workers have to end! Tennesseans need jobs, good jobs that pay living wages and Stand at the Capitol for Good Jobs, Living Wages and Health Care! Stop the Attacks on Public Workers and Our Public Services!
Join community, faith and labor organizations from across Tennessee to demand that Governor Haslam and the General Assembly get their priorities straight. The attacks on teachers, firefighters and all public workers have to end! Tennesseans need jobs, good jobs that pay living wages and have health care. We need green jobs and jobs that don't discriminate against workers. And now more than ever we need our invaluable public services.
On Monday, March 14, 2011, Governor Haslam will deliver his first State of the State Address. Join us on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, as we lay out a message of our own. From Madison, Wisconsin, to Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville, Tennessee, working people are standing up for our rights and demanding that government respect our right to organize, deliver on our needs and not bend to corporate greed.
For more information, including logistics of parking, drop off locations, et cetera, contact the Tennessee AFL-CIO at 615-269-7111.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

Police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out in Madison, WI yesterday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) assault on unions, making it bigger than any protests the city has witnessed, even those during the Vietnam War. The Madison rally is part of a much larger Main Street Movement of average Americans demanding fairness in labor laws, social spending, and taxation that has emerged in OhioNew JerseyFlorida,Michigan, and elsewhere. But yesterday’s rally in Madison is noteworthy because at 85,000-100,000, it was bigger than the biggest tea party protest, the September 12, 2009 rally in Washington, D.C., which turned out only an estimated 60,000-70,000. A photo of the Madison rally yesterday:
For two years, tea party activists and their allies in the GOP have claimed that the hard-right movement represents the true beliefs of the American people. But the crowd in Madison and numerous polls tell a different story.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

Why Isn't Wall Street In Jail?

Financial crooks brought down the world's economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them...

Another great article by Matt Taibbi exposing the crooks on Wall Street

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Myth of Ronald Reagan

It's the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, and the right-wing Reagan revisionists are hard at work distorting the real history and record of Reagan.  It is odd that the Tea Party would celebrate the President who brought historical deficit spending and raised taxes 11 times, not to mention his support of "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and his palling around with the Communist leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, with whom he pledged to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Reagan campaigned against "big government" and the national debt, and in eight years he more than tripled it from $700 billion to $3 trillion! In fact, he ran up more debt than all preceding U.S. presidents combined!

 His version of "supply-side" economics ("Reaganomics") was a disaster that failed to increase enough revenue to overcome his doubling of the military budget and other expansions of government.  And it was Ronald Reagan who supported the doubling of the payroll tax to save the "socialist" Social Security system which is still a target of the right-wing corporate elite. 

His administration was plagued by scandals and crimes, including the Iran-Contra scandal, which uncovered an illegal secret government operation in the basement of the White House to support the contra terrorists in Nicaragua by selling military arms to the Iranian government, all in violation of U.S. and international law.. in fact the Reagan administration was found guilty of supporting terrorism against the Nicaraguan government by the World Court!  And somehow he was saved from impeachment by an inept Democratic congress which could not impeach him for illegal actions they largely supported.

So here's to the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan!