Sex work has been a topic of discussion on the left for decades, but with the recent legislation of SESTA/FOSTA many see a need for a renewed militancy towards sex workers rights. At the most recent bi-annual DSA convention, DSA endorsed the decriminalization of sex work. But what is decriminalization, and why should we advocate for it over legalization? Why should socialists advocate for sex workers rights? We will discuss these questions and more through a discussion of the following articles.
- The Problem With (Sex) Work by Peter Frase
- Trafficking in Lies by Juno Mac and Molly Smith
- Sex Workers’ Rights Are Workers’ Rights by Natalie Shure
- Socialists Should Support Sex Workers’ Rights by Liza Featherstone
War and Imperialism
War and imperialism are an ever-present part of life in the 21st century. But why must our movement be anti-imperialist? This month Olympia DSA will be discussing the reasons why socialists stand against war and imperialism, why we must imagine a future without war, and what has happened when socialists have reneged on that shared value.
Bernie Sanders 2020 And Beyond
Bernie Sanders is running for president in 2020, and DSA is running a campaign to get him elected. But why is it that no matter what, Bernie will be the only endorsed democrat running for president? What makes Bernie different from progressive politicians such as Elizabeth Warren? This week we'll be discussing what makes the Bernie campaign unique, we'll discuss the similarities of the Bernie campaign to the presidency of Chilean democratic socialist Salvador Allende, we'll look into how many members of the democratic party see the Bernie vs Warren difference, and we'll imagine where a Bernie presidency can take us if we fight for it. If you'd like to get involved in getting Bernie Sanders elected to President, join Olympia DSA's Electoral working group.
- Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Two Paths for the American Left by Osita Nwanevu
- Bernie Sanders Has a Plan — But He’s Also Building a Movement by Luke Savage
- What Bernie Sanders and His Supporters Can Learn from Salvador Allende by Ben Beckett
- A Plan to Win Socialism In America by Peter Gowan
With the rise of far right leaders over the past few years, fascists have felt more empowered than they have in decades in waging a public war of racial hatred. The left has a long history of antifascist resistance. How can the history of antifascist resistance in the face of fascism inform our understanding of how to resist the modern far right? What is fascism, and is it a useful concept for classifying and understanding the new far right? We will discuss these questions along with many others this month through our discussion centering the following articles:
- Ur-Fascism by Umberto Eco
- Who Are the Antifa? by Mark Bray
- Young Patriots at the United Front Against Fascism Conference by William "Preacherman" Fesperman
- Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties by Bertolt Brecht
As socialists we understand that housing is a human right. But how do we get there? This month we will discuss some recent victories, some successful social housing models, critiques of capitalist modes of housing, and a Green New Deal for housing as a vehicle for change.