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January 2020

State & Local Working Group

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd
Houston, Texas 77023

The State & Local Working Group works to put DSA's values into practice through policy, message, and electoral work. This meeting is open to members and non-members alike. If you're interested in policy work, learning about how things get done in our city, county, and state, and want to be part of envisioning how we can build a better world, come out!

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Queer & Trans Discussion Social: At-Risk LGBTQ+

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St, Room 114
Houston, Texas 77006
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Above all others, LGBTQ+ people are among the higher groups to be at risk of losing it all. From a young age, many have to deal with a society that is cruel to their identity and/or orientation, leading to a loss of housing, of a job, and, most importantly, of their safety. Our Working Group condemns all attacks made to our people and will discuss a radical proposal to do our part in building a better tomorrow for all who…

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February 2020

Night School: The Economics of Capitalism

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

Capitalism is the economic system that guides our society in the production of goods and services to be bought and sold on the market. It divides society into two classes where one class owns the means of production and the other class has no choice but to sell their labor to this first class to survive. But while capitalism has arguably raised our aggregate standard of living, it has also created immense instability, inequality, exploitation and suffering where the few…

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Night School: Labor

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

Due to its role in capitalism, the labor movement has long been the centerpiece of Leftist politics. Labor struggles in previous years, both successes and failures, provide valuable lessons for future struggles.  For more than a century, unions were at the core of the socialist movement, a fact confirmed by the many ways capitalists attacked worker-based movements and persecuted organizers. In this session, we will discuss the history and role of labor in socialist organizing and what we can learn…

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March 2020

Night School: Internationalism & Imperialism

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

From the first moment Columbus set sail in the direction of the “New World,” to the ongoing Syrian Civil War, the entire history of the capitalist epoch has been defined by imperialist activity. Though associated with Europe’s industrial revolution, some have argued that capitalism would never have developed without imperialism. Marx himself wrote that capitalism “compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production…. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.” …

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Night School: Ecosocialism

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

The capitalist system, driven at its core by the maximization of profit regardless of social and ecological costs, is incompatible with a just and sustainable future. Ecosocialism offers a radical alternative that puts social and ecological well-being first. Attuned to the links between the exploitation of labor and the exploitation of the environment, ecosocialism stands against both reformist “market ecology” and “productivist socialism.” By embracing a new model of robustly democratic planning, such as the Green New Deal (GND), most…

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April 2020

Night School: The Right to the City

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

We live in an era when ideals of human rights have moved centre stage both politically and ethically. A great deal of energy is expended in promoting their significance for the construction of a better world. But for the most part the concepts circulating do not fundamentally challenge hegemonic liberal and neoliberal market logics, or the dominant modes of legality and state action. We live, after all, in a world in which the rights of private property and the profit…

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Night School: Socialist Feminism

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

Socialists have fought for decades to create a more equal society and uplift the poor and the powerless. Like Marxism, socialist feminism recognized the oppressive structure of a capitalist society. Like radical feminism, socialist feminism recognized the fundamental oppression of women, particularly in a patriarchal society. However, socialist feminists did not recognize gender and only gender as the exclusive basis of all oppression. Rather, they held and continue to hold that class and gender are symbiotic, at least to some…

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May 2020

Night School: Racial Justice

May 4 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

What is the relationship between the struggle against racism and socialist theory and practice in the United States? Why should people of color active in antiracist movements take democratic socialism seriously? And how can American socialists today learn from inadequate attempts by socialists in the past to understand the complexity of racism? Readings: Theory: The Political Economy of Racism History: Letter from a Birmingham Jail Practice: Reparations and Self-Determination: Loosening the Black-Belt

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Night School: Our Socialist Future (or What Is to Be Done?)

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harris County AFL-CIO Council, 2506 Sutherland St
Houston, Texas 77023

In the United States, the future of democratic socialism appears bright. From the top of politics with the Bernie Sanders candidacy and the Green New Deal to the bottom-up organizing of teacher strikes and the growth of DSA, the momentum feels like it is on our side. But what happens when some or all of those gains vanish? The United States is entrenched in systems of capital, imperialism, racism, and patriarchy, not to mention the media consolidation and continuously monopolistic…

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