It's Filibusterin' Time!

As I write this, the Democrats in the Senate are settling in for a long night, as the Republicans use the filibuster to prevent the passage of the Levin-Reed amendment to the 2008 defense authorization bill. The amendment calls for troops to start redeploying from Iraq within 120 days.

It’s unlikely that the amendment will pass, and even if it does Bush will veto it. But this fight is still important: for the first time, the Democrats are putting Republicans on the spot about their intransigent support of Bush and the war. The majority of Americans want to end the war, so escalating the political confrontations over the war in congress are to the anti-war movement’s benefit.

United for Peace and Justice is asking people to call their Senators to demand withdrawal. You can see their callhere.

The UFPJ call makes an important point: passing Levin-Reed would be nice, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. It’s not a total withdrawal, which is the only thing that makes any sense at this point. As long U.S. soldiers are in Iraq, they are just exacerbating a civil war, whipping up anti-American rage, and provoking terrorism. The best thing for Americans and Iraqis is to bring all the troops home, now. And not just the troops, but also the military contractors, who now make up half the total U.S. presence in Iraq.
For a summary of the case for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, check out the website for the excellent anti-war organizers at War Times.

And if you want catch Filibuster Fever, the excitement is all live on c-span.


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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

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