Are Ya Winning Comrade: Organizing for Power

  • DSA has a platform. Public Power, Housing For All, a New York Health Act. I find the WFP to be an admirable organization but despite being a literal political party its non controversial to say one would find it hard to argue it exercises its party line in the way that DSA does via its elected representatives and endorsements.
  • Those same people who got so good at knocking doors, textbanking, mobilizing act in concert — via a number of NYC-DSA Working Groups such as Immigration Justice, Racial Justice, Ecosocialist — on not just holding the party line on these key issue based fights but organizing outside of the state apparatus to ensure they are enacted.
  • Good people getting elected doesn’t scare other electeds, organizations or Capital. An occasional primary upset may scare some other electeds in their immediate proximity or those who represent similar demographic constituencies but ultimately as these members become part of the state and Democratic Party apparatus — and considering their policy platforms exist as web pages not living campaigns of thousand of people working towards say a New York Health Act — they are not seen as a significant carrot or stick to other electeds.
  • Twitter isn’t real life they say to us, so we should say it to them too. Many folks — even those quite committed to NY Politics, City and State readers, progressives etc. still fail to grasp that there is an almost infinite gap between politicians who support (tweet about, town halls about, perhaps even sponsor) a bill like the New York Health Act (Sponsored by nearly all! Still in the legislative dustbin!) and those that will fight endlessly to see it passed, like Jabari Brisport. Much support for legislation helping working people is kayfabe, many friends in Albany are fake friends.
  • To these ends if you want to see a New York with dignity for all, universal benefits, great vibes and happy families you should join the Democratic Socialists of America (dsausa.org/join). Once you join you should work to enact our democratically decided priorities and in a great many cases this means giving real material support to our candidates and not equivocating by supporting those running against them.

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