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Announcement :: Politics
27 Jul 2004
"The Fightback" will focus on the immediate tasks of the Dump Bush movement, mobilizing for the protests against the Republican National Convention, and developing effective strategies for long-term social change. "The Fightback" will feature speakers and workshops of interest to all progressives, and offer resources and activist training for students who want to organize campaigns and engage with young people on their campuses around the 2004 elections.

Students, Youth & the Dump Bush Movement
August 13-15, New York City

"The Fightback" will focus on the immediate tasks of the Dump Bush movement, mobilizing for the protests against the Republican National Convention, and developing effective strategies for long-term social change. "The Fightback" will feature speakers and workshops of interest to all progressives, and offer resources and activist training for students who want to organize campaigns and engage with young people on their campuses around the 2004 elections.

The timing is perfect, as the conference takes place shortly before many students start the fall semester. It's time for youth and students to fight back against the Bush regime and the elite it represents! We need to beat back the corporate attack on working class and poor people -- and create a movement to radically improve America in the interests of democracy, peace and social justice.


-Hear from student movement leaders from other countries, including members of the International Union of Socialist Youth - the largest youth political coalition in the world.

-Learn how to conduct get-out-the-vote election campaigns, do issue education work related to the 2004 elections and build the movement that will hold the next administration accountable.

-Hear speakers such as Ian Williams (author of the new book, "Deserter: George W. Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past"), Frances Fox Piven (author of "Poor People's Movements" and "Why Americans Don't Vote") and Bill Fletcher (President of TransAfrica Forum).

-Discuss the history, theory and everyday practice of democratic socialism. Work to strengthen the democratic left in America.

-Have fun with like minded-activists. Party on Saturday night (August 14).


-Everyone who attends "The Fightback" will be given a comprehensive resource packet full of information, how-to guides, talking points and articles to help you conduct successful campaigns, organize teach-ins and build coalitions.

-There will be an opening plenary Friday night entitled "Towards a Progressive Governing Majority" with notable speakers and a forum on Saturday, "Confronting the RNC: Strategy, Messaging and Movement Building," with key protest organizers.

-In addition to several panel discussions and trainings, there will be a series of workshops on: workers' rights/labor movement * civil liberties/security * the Iraq war/US. military interventions * civil rights/fighting racism * the environment/energy policy * feminism/reproductive rights * Israel/Palestine * LGBTQ rights/gay marriage * the U.S. economy/global capitalism. These workshops will inform you about the Bush administration's record on the issues, how John Kerry's positions compare, progressive alternatives to pro-corporate policies and how we can organize to win our demands.

-There will be books, t-shirts, stickers, videos, magazine subscription discounts and free give-aways for conference attendants.

Please check the website for updates:



"THE FIGHTBACK" is organized by the Young Democratic Socialists.
On Sunday, the last day of the conference, we will develop our activist agenda for the year and elect YDS national leadership. We encourage you to join us!

TO GET INVOLVED or for MORE INFO check out: or contact us at: yds (at) / 212-727-8610 ext. 24

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27 Jul 2004
Who have sold out and endorsed Kerry.
27 Jul 2004
Yep. Truth in Advertising is right. Read on.

Boston, Ma.
July 23, 2004

Socialists Urge Support for Kerry

The Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee (DSAPAC) released a statement today urging its members to work for the election of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

"Kerry was hardly the first choice of our members. Most supported Dennis Kucinich or Howard Dean in the Democratic primary elections and would be very critical of Senator Kerry's voting record on trade issues, as well as his support for the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq; but the most important concern of our members now is to defeat Bush," said Frank Llewellyn, the National Director of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

The DSAPAC statement was very critical of the current direction of the Democratic Party, lamenting the strength of the Democratic Leadership Council as compared to the Congressional Progressive Caucus in Party circles. But the statement condemned the much greater threat to the interests of the average American posed by Republican control of all three branches of government.

The statement urged DSA members to participate in get-out-the-vote and voter education projects with other progressive organizations. "It is very important that progressive movements keep organizing and mobilizing so that we will be in a position to make demands on a new administration," Llewellyn continued.

The Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the United States, with 5500 members and local organizations in most large cities. It is affiliated to the Socialist International, a federation of the world's socialist, social democratic and labor parties.

The complete text of the statement follows.

The 2004 Election

The Republican monopoly over all three branches of government has enabled an unprecedented rightist attack and rollback of the economic, legislative and policy gains won by the social movements of the twentieth century.

The Bush administration has steadily gutted the democratic regulatory state begun by the New Deal and Great Society. This dogmatic commitment to rapacious corporate domination, combined with the administration's hostility to civil rights, has led to outright attacks on environmental protection, labor rights, public education, and the living standards of low-wage workers. In addition, the right's cultural war in favor of the misnamed "traditional family values" threatens to turn back the crucial gains of the movements for women's and gay and lesbian equality. The Bush administration's continued hold on power for another four years would be a devastating blow to the economic security and cultural freedoms of most Americans, as well as to the prospects for peace and stability in much of the world.

At home, Bush's tax giveaway to the rich has created a massive budget deficit, one conservatives will use to justify siphoning public funds away from desperately needed health care, housing, and education. While both major parties have a sorry history of catering to the needs of corporate America, the present Republican Party leadership is directing and facilitating a brutal assault on a wide number of fronts.

Internationally, the administration's neo-conservative ideologues are implementing a unilateral, militaristic, and imperial foreign policy that has not only sparked the war in Iraq, but also endangers both civil liberties and domestic security. While the Bush administration's threat to the United States' domestic well-being is enough to justify militant political and social resistance at home, its foreign policy has also created a mass democratic opposition internationally - one that we proudly join.

In reaction to the administration's record of war at home and war abroad, massive voter education and mobilization efforts by the feminist, trade union, environmental, peace, and civil rights movements are building for the 2004 elections. Their goal is our goal: to kick the Bush regime out of office. Given that only the Democratic presidential candidate can defeat the Bush administration, these movements - and the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee - will work to elect John F. Kerry the next president of the United States. DSA members are encouraged to join with other progressive forces in get-out-the-vote and voter education projects.

DSA activists strongly disagree with Kerry on many issues, including his past support of pro-corporate "free trade" policies, as well as with his failure to make universal health care a central issue of his presidential candidacy. But DSA and other movement activists also recognize that if a Kerry administration and a Democratic Congress were to be elected, they would face pressure from below by the very social movements whose activism put them into office. Thus, on a host of issues of crucial import for ordinary Americans, the terrain of struggle will be more favorable after the defeat of a hard-right Republican administration. With such issues as raising the minimum wage, appointing pro-choice and pro-civil rights Supreme Court justices, restoring basic environmental protections, and appointing National Labor Relations Board members who support the right to organize at stake, almost all significant mass community, trade union, and Black and Latino organizations are mobilizing to defeat the Bush regime.

The 2004 election is not just about the presidency, although that is clearly the most important race. The elections also will offer many opportunities to strengthen progressive and independent forces. DSA members are encouraged to participate in appropriate Democratic and independent campaigns wherever they find them.

But DSAPAC has no illusions about the mainstream national leadership of the Democratic Party nor about its presumptive presidential candidate. Many Party leaders oppose the restoration of progressive taxation and expansion of the democratic public sector necessary to redress massive social inequality. The corporate-backed Democratic Leadership Council has far too much influence, while the Progressive Caucus and social
movements have far too little within the Party. At the highest levels of the national Party, rejecting the logic of empire in favor of forging a democratic foreign policy is at best a minority opinion, so a Democratic presidency is no guarantee that the US government will even extricate itself from Iraq.

We also know the limits of electing politicians to office absent social movements that bring unrelenting pressure to bear on them. FDR alone did not give the United States the New Deal, nor did LBJ single-handedly force the enactment of Medicare and civil rights legislation. Rather, these centrist politicians and their administrations came to support incremental democratic reforms precisely because of the strength of the trade union and civil rights movements and the ensuing agitation these movements visited upon political elites.

After November, the trade union and citizen movements will need to continue to pressure whatever President and Congress result from the 2004 elections to enact fair trade policies that would level up the global economy rather than perpetuate the global corporate "race to the bottom." Privatization of the public sector is not the solution; it is the problem.

Regardless of who is the victor in November, the peace movement will still need to oppose militarization and support a democratic foreign policy. Civil rights and antiracist activists will still need to struggle for class-based economic remedies as well as significant extensions of affirmative action. Structural reforms to increase and strengthen electoral democracy- such as public financing, free TV time, same-day voter registration, election-day holidays, and proportional representation - will only come about if corporate
influence over the electoral system is challenged.

We firmly believe that the defeat of George W. Bush and the Republicans is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition for moving the world towards a democratic and socialist future. Removing Bush from office is the next crucial and tactical step in the long march to remake the world.

Our long-term strategy remains the revitalization of the mass democratic Left. Only by rebuilding such a Left- rooted in the trade union, feminist, and anti-racist movements - will Americans ever get the choice of more attractive and constructive electoral alternatives.

Adopted July 17, 2004 by the Democratic Socialists of America PAC. This statement was not approved by and candidate or any candidate's committee.
27 Jul 2004
Shouldn't it be called THE SELLOUT????