From Twin Cities DSA <[email protected]>
Subject TCDSA Little Red Letter #67
Date February 8, 2021 6:01 PM
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** Little Red Letter No. 67
Calls to Action / Events
Upcoming Events

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Health Justice OC Meeting
Saturday, February 13, 11:00am-12:30pm

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Steering Committee
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Socialist Reading Group
Sunday, February 21, 3:00-4:30pm
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Socialist Feminist Branch Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30-8:00pm
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Left Social Democrats
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TCDSA Health Justice General Meeting
Sunday, February 28, 11:00am-12:30pm
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Ops/Tech Committee Meeting
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Contribute to TCDSA's electoral endorsement questionnaire

The TCDSA Electoral Working Group has drafted a questionnaire for electoral candidates seeking endorsement. We're seeking specific feedback on the questionnaire from chapter members. Once you've read the draft linked below, please follow the link in the intro to the feedback form and send us your input!
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"The philosophy of our union was that management had no right to exist."

--Milt Burns, United Farm Equipment Workers of America
Chapter News / Views of News
(Authors' opinions may not reflect those of the TCDSA)
Solidarity with Teamsters Local 120

Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America stands in full solidarity with Teamsters 120 union members striking and actively picketing at the Marathon Oil Refinery in St Paul Park. Read more... ([link removed])
TCDSA Teamsters Strike Support Committee
Marathon Refinery Strike Report
At 5 PM on Thursday, January 21, 200 workers represented by Teamsters Local 120 at the Marathon refinery in St Paul Park walked off the job in Minnesota’s first strike of 2021. Read more... ([link removed])
Paul KD
Minnesota’s Vaccine Rollout Strategy: A Socialist Perspective
From the Twin Cities DSA Health Justice Working Group

The Health Justice Working Group interviewed TCDSA member Pat for a socialist perspective on Minnesota’s vaccine rollout strategy. Pat is a PhD student studying occupational and environmental epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, as well as a graduate research assistant. Pat also works in local public health, mostly on “the data side” of the COVID-19 response. We asked Pat about Minnesota’s current vaccine strategy and how we as socialists might work to pressure for a more just rollout. Read more... ([link removed])
Ash C
Reaching Consensus: Democracy and Rules of Order
Robert’s Rules of Order probably seem to many of us, especially the younger of us, to be ancient and nearly irrelevant. But these rules are comparatively recent, and far more modern and adaptable than you may realize. Read more... ([link removed])
Deb KR
Book Review: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
This is an insightful and dangerous book. Read more... ([link removed])
Dave T.
Do you have opinions? Hot takes? Cool things you've been doing with DSA? Or do you enjoy writing, editing, or creating? To get involved, pitch something here ([link removed]) , join the #newsletter channel on Slack or come to a Comms Committee meeting.
In Case You Missed It

With so many great podcasts, articles, books and videos coming out, it's easy to miss something. Here are a few things members have found and loved recently.
Seven months after Floyd unrest, Lake Street business owners optimistic, anxious about rebuilding ([link removed])
TCDSA member Henry Pan's piece in MinnPost about Lake Street progress in rebuilding focuses on BIPOC-owned businesses and gentrification fears. -DKR

America Through Nazi Eyes ([link removed])
Here's a great history piece from Dissent. Shows tons of original document evidence that the first iteration of Nazi "race laws" were inspired and even based on US laws and historical precedents. Hitler really admired the Native American reservation system, the Jim Crow system, the different immigration laws for different skin color folks. I learned new horrifying facts - that a US-born white woman who married an Asian man would be stripped of her citizenship, for instance. -DKR

'Colonialism had never really ended': my life in the shadow of Cecil Rhodes ([link removed])
Simukai Chigudu of Zimbabwe, leader of the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University, weaves his own personal history into the history of colonialism in Africa and the beginnings of the 21st Century decolonization movement. -DKR

The Ad-Based Internet Is About to Collapse. What Comes Next? ([link removed])
Apparently, the market for internet ads, which thanks to monopolies and removing the public funding infrastructure back in the early 1990s pretty much IS the internet, is a big fragile bubble that will burst at any moment. This piece offers three scenarios for what could take its place, which you could call the evil, the neutral, and the good. -DKR

Know Your Enemy: Did It Happen Here? ([link removed])
Really deep, illuminating discussion into the quest of whether Donald Trump is a fascist or not. The hosts go deep into the study of fascism, the theories behind it, and what the word means in our contemporary, American setting. I personally came away with a changed perspective- I think Trump is a fascist, but also that signifier isn't nearly as important as we make it out to be. -NR

How Reddit Is Tanking Wall Street Hedge Funds ([link removed])
I couldn’t find a good analysis in print from a progressive perspective, but there are plenty of videos about the GameStop story. This video by Kyle Kulinski is really good at explaining it. -ST

Who’s Afraid of the Lower Birth Rate? ([link removed])
Jenny Brown draws in the lines connecting population growth to profit, and explaining all the contradictory moves of the power structure from the end of the "baby boom" in the mid-1960s to now. -DKR

Stop the game – I want to get off! ([link removed])
Found this latest analysis on the gamestop stock situation by Michael Roberts. Fairly decent, concise overview on the situation from a Marxist perspective. -P

The Man Who Realigned Labor ([link removed])
Great obituary of former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, who was a DSA member (!) -NR

On Organized Democratic Conflict ([link removed])
A Columbus DSA member reminds us that conflict in a democratic organization is good, actually.-TMW
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