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In a watershed moment in our movement for economic, environmental, racial, and social justice, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, joined by fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, are endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

For decades, Bernie has taken on the wealthy and ruling elite with his call for a political revolution. This call has inspired millions. Since his 2016 presidential campaign, we’ve witnessed the skyrocketing growth of DSA, a surge in the popularity of democratic socialism and policies like Medicare for All, a strike wave of teachers and other workers, and the groundbreaking electoral wins of democratic socialist Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib and allies like Rep. Omar.

Wondering where Historians for Peace and Democracy were going, in that essay we posted in June? We’re happy to share part 2, another installment in HPD’s Broadsides for the Trump Era. If you love it, feel free to download the PDF here and spread it around! (Ed.)

PAME that represents the class oriented union movement of Greece, expresses its solidarity with the ongoing strike of the workers in the American automaker industry General Motors (GM).

The company’s profits in recent years have been based on millions of state funding to General Motors, which was also given under the argument of safeguarding its 50,000 workers’ jobs. Profits that were also based on the brutal attack on workers’ rights and salaries. It is again revealed that business groups and governments, in coordination, attack the rights of workers who become the victims, whether in crisis or development.

Editor’s Note:  CPUSA co-chair Rossana Cambron’s presentation was made at the district convention of the Northern California district September 7th.

We had a great 31st convention: there was a new energy that grew stronger throughout the three days. The question now is where do we go from here? It was clear at the convention that we must grow if we are to have the same impact and relevance as we did during our first 100 years.

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Washington D.C.: In celebration of today’s announcement that notorious warmonger, John Bolton, has been fired from his position as National Security Advisor to the president, CODEPINK will be hosting a celebration in front of the White House. 

An interview with CP co-chair Joe Sims was recently published by Agoravox an Italian publication.  The interview was conducted by Maddalena Celano. It has been edited for clarity and length.

Q. In Italy, when talking about Trump, one of the prevailing arguments states that his election victory reflects a right wing of the American working class, especially the white working class. Do you think the analysis is right? And, beyond its veracity, how could the American left respond to the threat of right-wing populism?

This statement was approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC).

This week, Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced that it has been forced out of continuing to receive funding through Title X, a decades-old program for affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare, by the Trump Administration’s new gag rule. This gag rule prohibits groups that provide abortions or abortion referrals from receiving any federal funding under Title X. This means that organizations providing reproductive healthcare services such as Planned Parenthood are now either prohibited from providing or even telling patients about all their healthcare options, or face the loss of millions of dollars that go toward providing other essential healthcare services, such as birth control, breast exams, STD screening and treatment, and PreP. The loss of Title X funds will have an even greater impact on similar independent clinics. Although Planned Parenthood and other providers are continuing to pursue legal options in challenging the rule and legislators have incorporated language into spending packages to prevent its implementation, this rule is a direct attack on the healthcare services available to the working class. It demonstrates yet again how crucial it is for us to demand Medicare for All, including the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the implementation of full funding for abortion services.

This statement was written by DSA Ecosocialists and approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC).

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Ecosocialist Working Group applauds presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ groundbreaking Green New Deal policy plan. The Senator’s Green New Deal is not only an ambitious yet achievable proposal to avoid ecological breakdown and spare the world from its worst effects, but also build a world where we can all thrive.

This statement was approved by DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC).

DSA is committed to the full decolonization of all the occupied lands of the United States: self-determination and full sovereignty for Hawai’i; Puerto Rico; Amerika Sāmoa (American Samoa); Guåhån (Guam); Northern Mariana Islands; Virgin Islands; and to all indigenous nations whose ancestral lands are within current U.S. borders; as well as to the independence to all other overseas territories and dependencies controlled, occupied, or otherwise exploited by the USA.

When bus drivers on Martha’s Vineyard struck at the height of the tourist season, solidarity from longtime residents, including some DSA activists, helped them win. Key issues for the drivers were wages, which after 14 years of service are capped at $23.50 per hour, and health care, which covers only individual workers, not their families.

Founding DSA member and union-side labor attorney Jules Bernstein, along with DSA member Virginia Diamond and other progressive residents, helped lead the solidarity effort among residents.  An op-ed by Bernstein in the July 10 Martha’s Vineyard Times, under the headline “Union-busting lands on Martha’s Vineyard shores” laid out a strong case for supporting the striking drivers. Management, he pointed out, seemed determined to break the strike and the union to reassert total control over working conditions. Massachusetts senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, along with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, supported the union.

NEW YORK CITY – September 2019 marks the centennial anniversary of the birth of the Communist Party, USA. To commemorate this milestone moment in U.S. history the CPUSA will host regional events in Chicago and New York on September 14 and in Los Angeles on September 21.

Well-known political activists, historians, union and community leaders, including guest speaker Bill Fletcher, will attend the various events.

Founded in September 1919, the CPUSA was for many years the largest and most influential Marxist organization in the United States.

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