#AbolishICE & #AbolishDHS

Houston DSA is firmly committed to organizing to #AbolishICE and #AbolishDHS. We encourage our members and allies to participate in the following actions. Please follow us here on our website, HoustonDSA.org, and on Facebook and Twitter, @HoustonDSA, to be kept up to date as future actions are announced.

Community Action No Baby Jails – FIEL Houston
Friday, June 22 @ 6pm
419 Emancipation Ave
More information

Sign Making Event For June 30th – Houston DSA
Thursday, June 28 @ 6pm
708 Main St. (WeWork Coworking Space)
More info to come

National Day of Action – Indivisible, PSR, others
Saturday, June 30 @ 10am
Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St
More information

March for Human Rights – BLM: HOU, others
Saturday, June 30 @ 5pm
Discovery Green
More information

ONGOING

Standing Vigil at 419 Emancipation – Dominican Sisters, TEJAS, others
Volunteers needed to sign up for shifts!
Sign up here

Comrades of Comedy 8/26 CANCELED

Hello y’all! With the risk of flooding on Saturday night, Rec Room has decided to close their venue. So our fundraising show, “Comrades of Comedy” will not be taking place tomorrow night. Please don’t take it out on them though! They were gracious enough to open their space to us and they’re working on finding us alternative dates. We will keep you posted as soon as we know when the event will be held. If you bought tickets through Eventbrite, we will refund you the full value of your purchase.

If you need assistance during the storm, please reach out to us at Houston DSA. You have access to a national and statewide network of democratic socialists ready and willing to help people in need.

Houston DSA Delegation Statement

Our delegation at the national convention voted overwhelmingly to support the resolution calling for prison abolition. We also endorsed and voted for Danny Fetonte, whom many of us know as an outstanding labor organizer who has worked hard to build DSA chapters in Texas. We were not aware that his past organizing work included work for CLEAT. We strongly oppose the work of CLEAT and regret that Danny’s work for them was not disclosed to us all before voting.  Moving forward, we defer to the NPC to reach a resolution. We in Houston are particularly aware of the harm caused by police and prisons, and call for the solidarity and support of our comrades as we move forward together.

Press Release for Sunday’s Culberson Protest

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Contact: Nick Bunce

Phone: (832) 930-6583

Email: houstontxdsa@gmail.org

 

HOUSTON DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA AND ALLIED GROUPS ORGANIZE PROTEST OF REP. CULBERSON’S DISASTEROUS VOTE TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

 

MAY 5, 2017

 

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (Houston DSA) is allying with local groups, such as Indivisible Houston, to organize a protest against Representative John Culberson’s vote in favor of the American Health Care Act (HR 1628; aka, AHCA). The protest will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00pm in front of the office of Rep. Culberson (R) at 10000 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024.

Houston DSA and Indivisible Houston aim to bring attention to the millions of Americans that will lose health insurance coverage under this act and to denounce the elimination of rules prohibiting insurance companies discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions such as, asthma, cancer, pregnancy and even sexual assault. While communities in Houston will suffer under this new law, it cuts $350 billion in taxes for the wealthiest 1%.

Furthermore, Houston DSA and allied groups firmly call for both parties to take up HR 676, which would enact Medicare for All. Medicare for all (or single payer) is broadly popular with a 58% approval rating according to Gallup polling. Just as Obamacare will reduce the rolls of the uninsured by 24 million at the last estimate compared to the AHCA, Single Payer will reduce that number by a further 28 million people. So, the moral imperative for single payer is clear. Now more than ever, we need a health care system that leaves no one behind and doesn’t bankrupt our families.

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ABOUT HOUSTON DSA – Houston DSA is the Houston local of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country. We fight for more democracy — in our politics, workplaces, and communities. Our members are building and supporting progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in U.S. communities and politics through activism, political education, and community organization.

ABOUT INDIVISIBLE HOUSTON – Indivisible Houston is a chapter of the grassroots movement based on the principles outlined in the Indivisible Guide. We are dedicated to uniting Houston’s eight congressional districts to oppose the agenda of the Trump White House. We do this by pressuring members of Congress to represent their constituents and obstruct authoritarianism.

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