23 | 08 | 2019

A group of 41 Democratic members of Congress have just returned from a trip to Israel with the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF)the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—and Republican members are currently in Israel on the same trip. In light of these trips, the peace group CODEPINK has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, insisting that the intertwined relationship between the lobby group AIPAC and the educational group AIEF is in violation of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA). 

Is community self-defense the answer to fighting racist terror?Trump’s hate speech and actions have resulted in horrific casualties in recent days and weeks. Violent words have begotten violent acts. Time and again, domestic terrorists have been encouraged and set loose upon the land.

Grief, fear and intimidation have followed, but so have outrage, determination, and indignation at the deliberate incitement of white supremacist hatred from the highest office in the land.

This statement was written by Dayton/Miami Valley DSA, Ohio. We are posting it in solidarity.

We, the Dayton/Miami Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, mourn for our Dayton sisters and brothers. We are horrified, angered, and devastated by the unacceptable violence that happened in our city yesterday and has happened across our country too many times in too many places.

This statement was written by members of El Chuco del Norte DSA. We are posting it in solidarity.

Our hearts hurt, our souls hurt, everything hurts. We are mad, we can’t stop crying… as the horrors of white supremacy have hit our beloved El Chuco. Yesterday, in El Paso, we experienced the consequences of a manufactured “national security crisis,” of a fake “invasion” by a president that perpetuates hate against our Latinx community and has made it his mission to “other” us. Just know it wasn’t an El Pasoan that did this. El Paso wouldn’t do this. El Paso is kind. El Paso is love. El Paso is a city where, in the wake of this tragedy, so many people showed up to donate blood that the donations centers couldn’t even accommodate all of us and had to ask us to come back tomorrow or make an appointment. El Paso is a city where funeral homes are saying they won’t charge families for the funeral costs of the victims. El Paso is text messages and phone calls all day long from family and friends checking in on each other. El Paso IS family. El Paso IS home. This was done by an outsider who does not represent El Paso.

Call to Action

If ever there was a time for working-class people of all backgrounds to come together in common defense of basic human needs, dignity and rights that time is now.

The vicious attacks from the White House on Congresspersons of color, many women, hearken back 140 years ago to the attacks on African American elected officials during Reconstruction.  The result was a devastating setback to democracy and perpetuation of institutionalized racism in our country.

Trump’s recent Twitter rants against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the women of the Squad represent an intensification of his regime’s appeal to white supremacy.  The president has made it clear that he does not consider Black legislators as having the right, or the power, to govern.

Trump tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings’  Baltimore district was “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” He encouraged Cummings to “spend more time in Baltimore” rather than carrying out the duties of oversight that his constituents and peers entrusted to him. 

Communist Knesset member Aida Touma-Sliman sent official letters of solidarity to two Democratic Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, “to express my appreciation for your tireless work on behalf of the Palestinian people” and “in light of President Trump’s racist recent attacks” upon them as the members of the US House of Representatives.

The National Convention is the highest authority of the Communist Party USA and is authorized to make political and organizational decisions binding upon the entire Party and its membership.  The Party must strive for unity in the National Convention which in turn requires membership participation with an open and free discussion of ideas.

We relied upon several steps to implement this membership participation and open discussion.  First, time was allotted for pre-convention discussion of several months where all Party members and organizations had the right to express and propose changes, including changes in the Party program, and to submit resolutions on all questions of policy, tactics, and organization.

The following is a special resolution adopted by the National Convention to address imperialist maneuvers against the people of Iran and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

We gather here in Chicago for our Convention–the highest expression of our revolutionary, working-class democracy—and to celebrate 100 years of struggle for world of peace, democracy, and equality: a socialist world.

We do so in the shadow of a dangerous, criminal regime, with a very different vision for the world.  They may talk of peace and democracy, but they do so over the din of bombs, the poisoned chorus of propaganda, and the howls of refugee children in their concentration camps.

Washington, DC-This 4th of July, CODEPINK will host a festival on the National Mall from 2-6pm to protest the Trump administration’s politicization of our national holiday. The anti-war organization will be featuring the Trump Baby Blimp, made famous in the UK, and a 16-foot Trump Robot sitting on a golden toilet, as well as lots of small Baby Trump balloons. The festival will also include stand-up comedy, a dance party, and an open mic for participants to bring attention to issues that are important to them.

“The president is shifting the 4th of July festivities to celebrate his administration and to glorify war. We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from concentration camps at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children. We want to celebrate the power we have as Americans to work toward peace,” says Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. 

Published in l’Humanité on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

At a moment when Bernie Sanders is the only Democrat primary candidate to declare himself a socialist, we have this interview with Cathy Schneider, professor at the American University of Washington D.C.

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