MADSA and friends at School of the Americas Watch Nov. 22

(L to R) Carl Davidson, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; Jim Skillman, MADSA and CCDS; Sarah Gollwitzer, Cleveland DSA; MADSA members Steve Gill, Megan Harrison, Daniel Hanley and Travis Reid, at the Nov. 22 vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning remembering victims of School of the Americas/WHINSEC graduates and demanding the school be shut down. Also in the crowd: Adrian Bernal, Barbara Joye, Reid Jenkins, Ed Loring, Minnie Ruffin.  

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MADSA at National DSA Convention

Nine MADSA members joined over 100 DSA members from across the country to help set the organization’s course for the coming years, share skills and insights in workshops and join in song during a three-day convention Nov. 13-15 at a retreat center in rural Pennsylvania.  Participants agreed that the “Bernie moment,” which has enabled DSA’s accelerated growth in recent months – reflected in increased attendance compared to previous conventions – justifies optimism about the future of democratic socialism in the U.S. and of DSA in particular.

MADSA members helped lead workshops on writing, recruiting new members, sharing experiences across generations, strengthening local chapters, and working on the Bernie Sanders campaign, as well as caucus sessions for identity groups and their allies. Brandon Payton-Carrillo and Reid Jenkins contributed their talents as singer-song writers. MADSA attendees were Hope Adair, Adam Cardo, Steve Gill, Daniel Hanley, Reid Jenkins, Barbara Joye, Brandon Payton-Carrillo, Travis Reid, and Milt Tambor.

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Clinton rallies in ATL? Shut It Down! Deploy the Berniesignal!

Clinton faced grassroots resistance from multiple organizations, including Metro Atlanta DSA, during her visit to Atlanta this past Friday. Earlier in the day, her appearance at Clark Atlanta University, intended to launch "African Americans for Hillary," was interrupted as Black Lives Matter protesters with the #AUCShutItDown collective raised their voices, chanted, and started singing. This new generation of black liberation activists, in sharp contrast to the defensive Democratic Party elites and old guard civil rights leaders in attendance, sought to hold Clinton accountable for her dismal record on racist state violence and economic exploitation of people of color.

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DSA and YDS Mobilize Workers for Fight for $15 Day of Action

Metro Atlanta DSA strongly endorses the upcoming Fight for $15 national day of action, which falls on Tuesday, November 10. At 5:00pm on 11/10, outraged and abused fast food workers, home care workers, and other low-wage workers will confront Atlanta City Hall, demanding that the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Reed do everything in their power to achieve a $15 minimum wage in our city. This is the latest in a series of growing actions to demand that exploitative employers pay their workers a living wage and respect the right to democratic representation in the workplace.

Beyond participation in the November 10 mobilization, our DSA local has expressed a deeper commitment toward organizing and mobilizing low-wage workers and allies.

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Celebrating Gay Pride

October 10th and 11th, 2015: Atlanta's Gay Pride Festival and Parade enlivened downtown and Piedmont Park for two days. From its brave, but inauspicious beginnings over 20 years ago, the festival has grown to one of the largest, and certainly the most colorful, happenings in Atlanta.

MADSA, together with Georgia for Bernie and Latinos for Bernie contingents, marched proudly in the Atlanta Pride parade, to the frequent applause of huge crowds of spectators, whose energy matched that of the paraders. The weather was great, and the parade marched along for the better part of three hours.



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September Membership Meeting Hears History of Black Panthers

On Sept. 26, at the Open Door Community, MADSA held its general membership meeting. Over 40 people attended, including many first-timers who met us at Georgia for Bernie events.

The program featured Gary Washington, originator of WRFG's Labor Forum program and former member of the  Black Panthers. MADSA's own Minnie Ruffin added her recollections of the Panthers' community nutrition programs, in which she participated while a graduate student at UC-Berkeley.

Washington distributed copies of the Panthers' "Ten-Point Program," a document that seems a pertinent, socialist manifesto even today.

Many expressed great admiration for the personal risks Gary Washington had endured, asking how he mustered the courage that so many lack. He humbly replied that everyone is able to contribute to the movement for justice to some degree, observing that there is only a single degree of difference between a tub of water and a force capable of driving a steam engine. Will you be the 212th degree?


Sept. 13 Democratic Socialist Dialogue: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Great turnout and discussion at the Sept. 13 Democratic Socialist Dialogue: the Climate Crisis and Alternatives to Capitalism. Thanks to (L to R) Sr. Liz Sully, Daniel Blackman, Bobbie Paul (moderator), and Jeff Bragg, each of whom made many insightful observations based on Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si; to Ray Miklethun for organizing the event; and to all of the approx. 50 people who joined the dialogue, including many new faces.


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