Book talk with Jamala Rogers
518 Valencia St, San Francisco Sunday 7 February 2016, organized by Michelle Foy "Book talk with Jamala Rogers, founder of the St. Louis based Organization for Black Struggle & author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebel".
- Jamala will explore the roots of the Ferguson Rebellion and the practical lessons for organizing.
- "There is no algorithm, no theory that can predict when human rage reaches its boiling point. I wanted to expose to some and to remind others that there is another side of Ferguson, St. Louis County, USA that exists...if we work together in a respectful & disciplined way, a new Ferguson, St. Louis, & USA, is possible." —Jamala Rogers
Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included Georgia Faye Hirsty, Melanie McCrea, Joe Navarro, Michelle Foy, Cynthia Fong, Gerald Lenoir, Fernando Marti, Lucia Aguilar-Navarro, Joyce Nakamura, Jeremy Gong, Jason Wallach, Andrew Rogge, Lucy Clarke, Colleen FitzSimons, Saima Hashimi, Rachel Rye Butler, Pam Tau Lee, Afomeia Tesfai, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Kari Riesgo Banuelos, Eva Martinez, Justin Tombolesi, Josh Warren-White, Kate Sorensen, Malkia Cyril, Lelia Gomez, Mark Prudowsky, N’Tanya Lee, Marcy Rein, Finley Coyl, Shina Riane, Ken Yamada, Dyan Ruiz, Nancy Wan, Sarah Jarmon, Mark McBeth, Leon Sun, Sabrina Cascos Peterson, Mary Sweeters, Eric See, Dani Gonzalez, Mashael Majid, Susan Weiss, Juan Gamboa, Jr., Amy Sonnie, Felicia Gustin, Mickey Ellinger, Betty Pazmino, Charlie Fredrick, Aimee Molina Cuellar, Becki Ming-Yoke Hom.
East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, February 14, 2017; · ·
Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, the California Nurses Association (CNA) jump-started a campaign to win single-payer healthcare in California. This February, East Bay Democratic Socialists of America decided to join the nurses and make the Healthy California campaign our organization’s central fight.
- Within a month, our chapter held a preliminary canvassing event to train a dozen canvassing captains. Then we multiplied our capacity and held a second event three weeks later with more than 160 volunteers. These volunteers — mostly first-time canvassers — spread throughout the East Bay to educate the community about the single-payer system and mobilize supporters in favor of SB 562.
- My name is Jeremy Gong. I grew up in Berkeley, California, where I also have lived now for the last two years since leaving the East Coast. I’m 26, and for the last two and a half years, have been disabled by chronic illness and chronic pain, while in and out of work at nonprofits.
- Before working most recently as an organizer, I studied political theory and comparative literature at NYU as an undergrad. I came to the Left primarily because of a parent who worked in the labor movement. But reading Marxist theory and studying the history of the American labor movement and other social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries helped me develop specifically socialist politics. Meanwhile, disappointment with Occupy Wall St., the nonprofit industrial complex, and various liberal, single-issue, and non-ideological political work taught me the lesson that led me to DSA: we can’t win on any of the liberal or progressive fronts unless we organize a mass working class political movement, and do so as socialists with a clear anti-capitalist analysis.
- I am the former co-chair of the East Bay Local, and now I sit on the Local board as an at-large member. I joined DSA in November after the Trump election, and have been extremely active since then.
- Before joining DSA, I worked as a staff organizer at the Sierra Club, working on local environmental justice campaigns in labor and community coalitions, lobbying local elected officials, and doing local electoral work for progressive politicians. Before that, I’ve had various political and activist experiences around labor and community organizations.
- In East Bay DSA, I have been a leader building the chapter since it went from a dozen active members to a couple hundred. It has been a huge challenge, often overwhelming, but always very rewarding. The camaraderie here has been incredible, and the growth of each and every member, politically and as organizers, is truly inspiring.
- I’ve also helped our chapter to pilot several different political education programs, the latest of which has been a highly successful Socialist Summer School. These have proven to me that accessible Marxist political education is not only possible with all kinds of new members, but is something that DSA members at all levels of experience want more of. We have also had many productive debates about internal democracy and organizational structure, and revamped our own structures while redoing our bylaws.
- These experiences have encouraged me to run for the NPC, help with national activities including the Convention Resolution Committee, and co-author the Spring Platform (dsaspringplatform.org/the-platform/). Included in the Spring Platform are proposals I co-wrote with Natalie Midiri and Dustin Guastella, among others: a proposal for a national single payer campaign (dsaspringplatform.org/2017/07/25/statement-on-march-on-washington/), amendments for national grievance processes, new chapter bylaws, national debate systems, and more.
- In two years, then, I think we can have a solid core of thousands of DSA members who can organize actions and canvasses, recruit new members, organize workplaces, lead political education activities, and more. And with these increased capacities, and the power we can demonstrate in leading a national campaign for Medicare-for-All, DSA can prove to working people across the country that this is an organization that fights for them. I believe that in the following two years and beyond, DSA will be able to expand its base into diverse working class communities in cities, suburbs and towns, red states and blue states. And by the time we hold our 2019 convention, we will be well positioned to fight for and win concrete reforms and workplace victories – all while building mass working class power – from coast to coast.<ref></ref>
2017-2017 DSA NPC members
Members elected to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, August 2017;
- Catherine Hoffman
- Chris Maisano
- Christian Bowe
- Christine Riddiough
- Danny Fetonte
- Dele Balogun
- Ella Mahony
- Jeremy Gong
- Joseph Schwartz
- Theresa Alt
- Allie Cohn
- Leslie Driskill
- Natalie Midiri
- R.L. Stephens
- Ravi Ahmad
- Zac Echola
- Wherevent Book talk with Jamala Rogers, founder of the St. Louis based Organization for Black Struggle & author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebel
- [http://www.dsausa.org/east_bay_dsa_and_the_california_single_payer_campaign_dl DL. East Bay DSA and the California Single-Payer Campaign Posted by Dsa 🌹 on 03.31.17]