No Justice For Faisal – Cambridge City Council Rejects Move For Police Accountability

In January, Cambridge police killed Arif Sayed Faisal, a 20-year-old UMass student experiencing a mental health crisis. Despite multiple protests and community outrage in the 5 months since the shooting, neither Cambridge Police (CPD) nor the established Police Review and Advisory Board (PRAB) have taken any concrete action to address the situation. On February 14th, …

Why Mayor Wu’s Rent Control Proposal is Lacking

Boston City Hall Photo by Naquib Hossain on Flickr On Feb. 21st Boston DSA emailed out the following call to action to Boston residents encouraging them to give public testimony on how the Mayor’s rent control proposal is in need of serious changes Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, at 10 am the Boston City Council will be hearing public …

PUBLIC STATEMENT BY BOSTON DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA IN SUPPORT OF RAIL UNION WORKERS

The rail freight carriers that employ approximately 125,000 unionized employees have spent years prioritizing shareholders and executives, making record profits for the railroad industry. At the same time, the carriers have downsized the rail workforce by furloughing approximately 30% of rail workers, increasing the workload for those who remain. Workers do not receive paid sick …

Fund, Fix, and Free the T! Boston DSA statement on T closure

Painting credit: @Lizzie Rutberg Today, in an unprecedented and historic move, Governor Charlie Baker’s MBTA will shut down the entire Orange Line for thirty days of emergency maintenance. This, the severs a vital transit artery for hundreds of thousands of greater Boston residents, and forces riders to pay the price for decades of disinvestment from …

Boston DSA Statement on new BDS resolutions and dissent from the NPC

Following our December 19th General Meeting, the members of Boston Democratic Socialists of America voted to pass four resolutions that chart a path toward more consistent solidarity with the Palestinian cause and make some necessary structural and procedural changes to help our chapter get there. Nationally and locally, the general membership of DSA is the …

Boston DSA Coordinating Committee Statement re: Leckey Campaign Allegations

Last week, Boston DSA received a letter from multiple former staffers alleging serious misconduct and abuse towards her staff by Ihssane Leckey. We believe these allegations are credible enough that they require a substantive response from the Leckey campaign. As a socialist organization, we have the obligation to treat workers' allegations of maltreatment and exploitation …

No Surrender

A world of hurt You may already know by now that Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential candidate campaign. It feels like a lifetime ago that a glorious moment had appeared in the American political sphere when we felt unstoppable; a moment where the bright light of liberation and justice had shown into this dark, …

The Woodstock Conservatism of Lana Del Rey

In January, pop star Lorde responded to pressure from advocates for Palestine by canceling a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv, prompting outrage (including an Israeli lawsuit against activists in her native New Zealand). Lorde joined a growing list of music artists — from Elvis Costello and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to Lauryn Hill and Talib Kweli — who have refused to violate the cultural boycott of Israel demanded by the international movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

On September 9, Lana Del Rey is scheduled to perform in Israel for the first time at Tel Aviv’s Meteor Festival, and it is regrettably unlikely she’ll join that list.