March 23, 2011
NEWS FROM DSA
A REPORT FROM DSA'S NATIONAL OFFICE.
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:
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.
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