#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

The Four Freedoms

Hello, all who read these lines. I have become what we DSAers in our youth used to call “old socialists.” It wasn’t a derogatory term because we were tipping our hats to those who had hung in there over the decades and not “sold out.” I hope, now that I am closer to 70 than to 65, that I and my cohorts will win a kind appellation such as that.

I am proud of Houston DSA now, especially because my younger comrades, which means at least 90 percent of the local chapter, have been doing some very impressive things, walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Those of you who helped working class and poor folk with the heavy flooding the Houston area experienced in 2017 deserve special commendation.

When thinking about defining democratic socialism, I think of FDR’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship (or non-worship), Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. We strongly agree with liberal democrats on the first two freedoms. I think what particularly distinguishes democratic socialists is our emphasis on the “Freedom froms.” We believe that human beings now have the technology and the capability to make sure that all humans have the necessities to live a decent life, including nutritious food and clean water, decent housing, and good medical care. As we look around, we may note that while there is some attempt to provide these things, it is a pretty spotty and happenstance effort, both in the United States and outside our borders. Just think about all the jobs that would be created if we systematically set out to make sure everyone is free from poverty!

“Freedom from Fear” is related to “Freedom from Want.” Once one has the basic necessities—food, water, clothing, medical care, and the like, every person should not fear that these things are going to be taken away by someone, a dictator or an authoritarian government. It also means being free from the mass shootings that seem to be almost a daily occurrence, and being free from the intimidation of hate groups.

Once we have achieved these freedoms we will have come pretty close to the attainment of democratic socialism.

An Old Socialist,
Paul R.
Houston DSA Member

 

Houston DSA Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements

HOUSTON – Houston DSA, the Houston Local of the Democratic Socialists of America, announces the endorsement of three additional candidates for the March 2018 primary, bringing the total number of endorsed candidates to four in this election cycle. The endorsements took place via a majority vote of the organization’s membership at its January general meeting on Thursday night. Continue reading “Houston DSA Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements”

Hurricane Harvey revealed the chronic problems that challenge the working class

By Bryan LaVergne

As I write this, Houston DSA has raised over $100K and has been contacted by hundreds of people ready to volunteer with our chapter’s relief efforts. This has given me hope and further confirmed my confidence in DSA as a network that can be utilized to help our communities. But, as our work begins, some of the darker realities of the situation in our city are being revealed. Continue reading “Hurricane Harvey revealed the chronic problems that challenge the working class”

Poor Texans are going to suffer the most in Harvey, thanks to state politics

By Tawny Tidwell

Earlier this week, I was holed up on high ground in Houston, riding out what meteorologists are calling an unprecedented flooding disaster brought on by Hurricane Harvey. My place has, so far, stayed relatively dry. But I have had to step out to lend a folding ladder to a friend, who drove a circuitous route to borrow it to fix his gutters, and lessen the chances of water cascading into his home. Other friends of mine are stranded on the second floors of their homes, crossing their fingers that waters don’t rise; many more are on their roofs awaiting rescue or already in shelters. Continue reading “Poor Texans are going to suffer the most in Harvey, thanks to state politics”

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.