Reflections on the First National Gathering of DSA Elected Officials

- Ben Ewen-Campen, Somerville City Councilor According to DSA, there are now nearly 100 members holding elected office across the country. Over the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, 28 of us gathered in Atlanta as part of DSA’s National Convention. I was elected to the Somerville City Council in 2017 (with the support and endorsement …

Boston Police Captain John Danilecki: A Clear and Present Danger to Boston

- Chris S.  In numerous videos of the Straight Pride Parade counter-protest march held in Boston on Saturday, Aug 31, there was one figure who stood out. A Captain in the Boston Police Department (BPD) — and the only BPD officer wearing a black vest covering his badge — this officer seemed to be routinely on the front lines …

How to Walk Out

- Maddie H. One of the most important tools anyone can use to resist injustice is economic pressure. Whether it’s externally boycotting or internally refusing to provide your labor, economic pressure can be an extremely effective form of resistance, which is why corporations are particularly desperate to stop people from using that power. As one …

The Case for Ecosocialism: Polluting Plutocracy vs. Prosperity

- Gracie Brett A near total consensus has been reached amongst scientists: climate change threatens life on Earth, and it is caused by human actions (FitzRoy & Papyrakis, 2010). Essentially, the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere traps heat, thus warming the planet. The implications of this are myriad and devastating. Sea levels …

Insights on Tenant Organizing from Stonybrook Village: A Conversation with Boston DSA Housing WG Comrades

Boston DSA housing working group comrades, along with City Life/Vida Urbana folks, have been actively canvassing residents of Stonybrook Village in Hyde Park since last August. After close to a year of hard work, the Stonybrook Tenants Union held a public rally against the abusive management on June 2, drawing over a hundred people. PEWG …

Delinking Innovation and Access: Decommodification of Lifesaving Medicines

by Karry M and Chris Noble  It’s 2019. We’re living in the age of peak medical innovation yet people are dying of curable diseases because of profit mongering and the unquenchable greed of capitalists and the resulting medical industrial complex. Graduate students committed to the quest for medical innovation, often inspired by family members and …

A Socialist Approach to Mental Health and Well-being: Medicare for All and Beyond

by Andy Hyatt While the state of the healthcare system in the United States is poor all around, our mental health system is its own particular brand of horrible. Even in a city like Boston, a supposed healthcare mecca where we have more therapists and psychiatrists per capita than almost anywhere in the country, it …