by Alec Shea
ed. note: in the original published version of the article, Ian Schlakman's name was misspelled.
It is rare for third party candidates, even those that end up winning, to outdo their opponents in terms of fundraising. In Baltimore’s 12th City Council District, Green Party candidate and DSA member Ian Schlakman has achieved that rare milestone; he raised almost $10,000 more than his Democratic opponent, Robert Stokes. Schlakman is an IT worker who runs a small company that manages software systems in Baltimore schools. A fixture in Baltimore’s organizing community, he has succeeded in uniting a number of the groups on Baltimore’s left in support of a campaign based on issues of housing, anti-racism, and workers’ rights.
by Zane Dundon
One of the most notable differences between socialists and liberals in the United States is that socialists emphasize the extreme sense of urgency they feel about the problems facing people today, while liberals generally appear content advocating gradual changes. The reason for this divide is evident when one examines the rhetoric of the liberal elite: simply put, they don’t think things are that bad. They advocate for a few tweaks here and there, but scoff at the notion of radical systemic change.
Next month, on September 9th, the United States could witness the largest wave of prison strikes in its history. Strike actions across the country are being organized by the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. The strikes aim to mark the anniversary of 1971’s Attica prison revolt. I spoke to Azzura Crispin, an activist in Austin Texas who is the media co-chair of the IWOC as well as the founder of PAPS (Prison Abolition Prisoner Solidarity) about the plan for the strike and the opportunities for radical activism it presents for YDS and DSA members. In "Toward an Anti-racist Socialism," YDS recognized the intersections between capitalism and racist systems like mass incarceration. Organizing around prison strikes and the labor rights of prisoners helps to further highlight the degree to which capitalism and racism work together in society.
by Leo Thuman
Denmark? The Netherlands? Maybe it's time for democratic socialists to look at turn of the century Vienna as inspiration. In the second,third, and beginning of the fourth decades of the twentieth century, Austria’s capital was known as “Red Vienna” and by most leftist accounts run ably by the Social Democratic Party. The legacy of this period is one that socialists should emulate and look upon as a standard upon which to measure progressive and social reforms in housing and social services.
by Steven Spires
On Sunday June 16th, six protesters died after conflicts between civilians, members of National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and police took a violent turn in Oaxaca, Mexico following the arrest of union leaders on charges of corruption by the federal government. Protesters and union members took to the streets throwing molotov cocktails and burning down vehicles in protest of the arrests seen as covers for dismembering labor and the new education reform program being introduced by the government. The reform, turning the focus of national education onto standardized testing, efficiency, and accountability, immediately faced resistance by the teachers, seeing it as working towards the dismembering of unions and teacher’s rights as workers . This clash brings back memories of the 2006 teachers strike in Oaxaca. The 2006 strike, similarly against education reform, prompted the launch of the “Oaxaca Commune”, which ended up mobilizing not only teachers but also large swathes of the working class to take on the education system and open their governor carrying out the will of Mexico’s ruling class. This re-emergence of violent class struggle in the classroom brings up the vital and often underutilized role of teachers in our struggle against capitalism.