Thursday, October 5, 2017

DSA Endorses Medicare for All Act of 2017

DSA Endorses Medicare for All Act of 2017

Bernie Sanders — a democratic socialist and long-time universal health care advocate — filed the Medicare for All Act of 2017. DSA enthusiastically endorses this landmark bill, and will fight tirelessly for its passage.
The newfound support for Medicare for All among some Democrats represents a decisive shift in the national political landscape. Just four years ago, Sen. Sanders was alone when he introduced a previous version of the bill. Today, it has 16 co-sponsors. This happened only because of sustained, grassroots organizing and pressure by DSA members and many other organizations across the country.
People are fed up with a system where workers’ wages and benefits shrivel while health insurance costs continue to soar. Our enormously wasteful insurance system sustains an obscene health insurance oligarchy — the top executives of private health insurance companies pull in tens of millions of dollars in compensation annually  — while our health outcomes remain among the worst when compared to similar countries.
 We demand a system that works for everyone. Medicare for All is the solution.
A growing number of people are seeking socialist answers to our health care crisis. Medicare for All is a demand that can catalyze an emergent working-class base. It attracts broad support within and beyond the labor movement, finally establishes health care as a universal right, and eliminates the multi-billion dollar parasite known as the private health insurance industry.
However, the bill is still a long way from passage. Because it directly threatens some of the most powerful capitalist interests in the country, its passage will require an unprecedented level of mobilization and organization. Democratic socialists must set ourselves to the task of building the mass constituency for Medicare for All into an active, organized, and powerful political bloc.
Our organizing efforts will also be shaped by DSA’s 2017 national priorities resolution, which mandates us to engage disabled comrades; build coalitions with organizations representing nurses, health care workers, women, and people of color; and support state-level fights to protect the existing progressive aspects of our healthcare system, such as Medicaid.
What’s in the Bill?
The bill secures universal and comprehensive coverage for all U.S. residents regardless of immigration status. It includes coverage for primary and preventive care, mental health care, reproductive care, vision and dental care, and prescription drugs. It removes economic barriers to abortion services by eliminating the Hyde Amendment. It would create a single insurance system that is free at the point of service: no premiums, no co-pays, and no deductibles for all medical services, with the exception of some prescription drugs. It would be partially funded through an annual wealth tax on the richest 0.1%. Any new taxes levied on ordinary people would be much lower than what the average private health insurance plan now requires in co-pays, deductibles, and premiums. Finally, the bill has provisions for a transitional jobs initiative for those workers affected by the shift toward government-run insurance.
Sen. Sanders’ bill succeeds where every market-driven health plan fails.
Nonetheless, there are still ways the bill can be improved. Our job as socialists is to keep pushing the envelope and raise expectations of what’s possible under a Medicare for All system. Namely, we should to fight to eliminate co-payments on all medications, outlaw misleading pharmaceutical advertising, and drive out the profit motive in health care by banning all for-profit health facilities.
Socialists and progressives have been fighting for universal health coverage for decades. Thanks to their efforts and the political leadership of Bernie Sanders, that goal no longer feels like an impossible dream. It’s time to turn the dream into reality.

Bernie Sanders: Time for Medicare for All

The Case for Single-Payer

Medicare for All: The Next Step in the New Deal

Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Healthcare Bill: What you Need to Know

Understanding the Medicare for All Act of 2017 (PNHP)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

DSA Endorses the #PeoplesPlatform

Democratic Socialists of America endorses the #PeoplesPlatform

Tell House Democrats-- resistance isn’t enough, we must move our country forward with a bold, progressive agenda. Co-sponsor our #PeoplesPlatform when Congress returns to session in September.
Join us as we urge House Democrats to support:
  1. Medicare for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act
  2. Free College Tuition: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017
  3. Worker Rights: H.R.15 - Raise the Wage Act
  4. Women’s Rights: H.R.771 - Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
  5. Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 - Automatic Voter Registration Act
  6. Environmental Justice: Climate Change Bill - Renewable Energy (More details soon!)
  7. Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R. 3227 - Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017
  8. Taxing Wall Street: H.R. 1144 - Inclusive Prosperity Act
The status quo isn’t working. This summer, let’s work together to get House Democrats to back our #PeoplesPlatform.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LGBT Pride Month

Memphis DSA Presents a public screening of the fantastic movie PRIDE!

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all..

Celebrate LGBT Pride with Memphis DSA!

Tuesday June 13th (6:30 –8:00 PM)
Out Memphis (FKA MGLCC)
892 S. Cooper

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Monday, April 24, 2017

May Day

Join Memphis DSA at the Memphis Day Without Immigrants March and Rally, Monday May 1 5-7 pM

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Monday, April 3, 2017

April 8th Medicare for All Rally

Rally for (Improved) Medicare for All

Sat. April 8th 2 PM
UT Healthcare Sciences Center
Pavillon on Union

We believe health care is a human right and we demand

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fight for $15 March on Memphis (April 4)

Memphis: It’s time to fight.

We are still fighting for The Dream.
This year marks 49 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, but white supremacy and corporate greed continue to work together against families forced to struggle to make ends meet.
On April 4, thousands of activists with the Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives will take to the streets in two-dozen cities across the country to continue the fight for racial and economic justice. 
RSVP to join us in Memphis on April 4. 
What: Fight for $15 National Protest
Where: Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St, Memphis, TN
When: April 4, 2017 at 5 pm CT

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 18: Beyond Obamacare: From the Affordable Care Act to (Improved Medicare for All)

From the Affordable Care Act to (Improved) Medicare For All

Memphis DSA will be showing THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE and have guest speaker Dr. Roger LaBonte with Physicians for a National Health Program discuss how an Improved Medicare for All should replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Sat. March 18, 2 PM
First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper)
(Conference Auditorium upstairs)

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

March on Mississippi

Join Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialists of America at the March on Mississippi to support Nissan workers and the right of workers to form a union on Sat. March 4th.

We're bringing our folks from DSA groups across the South together for weekend of marching, training, and connecting on March 4th & 5th in Jackson, MS and Canton, MS. Join fellow DSA members and our National Organizer to build your skills and support workers. We’ll attend the "March on Mississippi" with Bernie Sanders, Rev. William Barber and other movement leaders and then come together for a DSA organizing training the following day.

The workers at the Nissan Canton plant have been fighting for workers' and civil rights for over a decade, but the company has been extremely hostile to their efforts. A win for these workers would be a gamechanger for labor in Mississippi, the South, the US, and internationally--and our support of the workers' "March on Mississippi" could be decisive! Let's organize the South!

DSA "Organize the South!" Weekend
Saturday, March 4th
Sunday, March 5th
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - DSA organizing training at the Lumumba Center in Jackson, MS 
*Some housing available on Saturday night in Jackson, please indicate if you need housing on the RSVP form. 

Please RSVP here as soon as possible. This event is free to attend but food is not provided, and we’ll plan to pass the hat for donations to our comrades at the Lumumba Center who graciously offered space to us. Excited to see y'all on March 4th! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Americans Flocking to Democratic Socialism

With Donald Trump as President, Americans are Flocking to Socialism-In These Times

Thanks in part to the primary presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders and the election of Donald Trump, Americans are checking into the Democratic Socialists of America.  DSA's membership has doubled from about 6500 to over 14000 since May 2016.

Join DSA, and join Memphis DSA!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In memory of MLK, we continue the struggle for Democratic Socialism....

Martin Luther King Was a Democratic Socialist

Restoring King (Jacobin)

Activist Angela Davis spoke at the annual Mid-South Peace & Justice Center's 35th anniversary Living the Legacy of Non-violence on  Jan. 14, here's a great article on the event from Highground News

Activist Angela Davis on Memphis' Legacy and Why Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Monday, January 9, 2017


Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is not a political party, we are a multi-issue democratic socialist organization working to build a movement for economic and political democracy, social justice, equality and freedom. We share a broad democratic socialist vision and welcome different points of view on issues like electoral politics. We welcome democratic socialists who work in the Democratic Party, Green Party or any other party who share that vision. Many of our members are also members of other socialist groups and parties.. all are welcome to join us to build a larger movement!