These are the meting notes taken at the inaugural Houston DSA Medicare for All Working Group meeting. This group was created to work on advancing Medicare for All in the Houston area as a part of a national campaign that was voted on at the DSA Convention in August 2017.
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”
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”
As Harvey sits over Texas, the destruction of local Southeast Texas communities continues. We in the Houston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America are organizing aid efforts for those affected by the storm. With severe initial damage in the region around Rockport and Corpus Christi, Harvey is stalling over Southeast Texas and will bring flooding rains over the next few days to the whole region. This will extend and exacerbate the disaster.
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 member and resident historian, Matt Drwenski, gives a historical account of the “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue and why it should be torn down now.
We can build a “better history”, one that reflects a vision for liberation and equality for all.
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.
Watch our members, Steve and Nick, talk alongside Socialist Alternative members on the history of May Day and its importance to working class Americans.
Thank you to Brian Harrison, Art Browning, and Socialist Alternative for having us!