The Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio

     "You can't talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can't talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You're really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry.... Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong... with capitalism.... There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism".   ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Frogmore, S.C. November 14, 1966. Speech in front of his staff.

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. ~ Karl Marx

 

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011, 7:00-9:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists Planning Retreat and Potluck.  Bring a dish to share as we plan for the coming year.   Location:   Northwood High Building. Room 100, 2231 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201 /
Map  (visitor parking available in the rear of the building). 

Agenda:

Work this fall and winter -
Socialist Education - Internal/External
Activism - SB5, Job shortage as major need, other

Expansion of roles in organization

Website issues

Upcoming DSA convention -

August 20th event

Status of possible immigrant tour and co-sponsors

Announcements

 

Thursday, June 16th, 2011, 7:00-9:00 PM. Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Meeting. Open business meeting followed by educational program. Screening of the documentary, Inside Job, by Academy Award ® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, that takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown and economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Matt Damon, INSIDE JOB was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. Director’s statement: "This film attempts to provide a comprehensive portrayal of an extremely important and timely subject: the worst financial crisis since the Depression, which continues to haunt us via Europe’s debt problems and global financial instability. It was a completely avoidable crisis; indeed for 40 years after the reforms following the Great Depression, the United States did not have a single financial crisis. However, the progressive deregulation of the financial sector since the 1980s gave rise to an increasingly criminal industry, whose "innovations" have produced a succession of financial crises. Each crisis has been worse than the last; and yet, due to the industry’s increasing wealth and power, each crisis has seen few people go to prison. In the case of this crisis, nobody has gone to prison, despite fraud that caused trillions of dollars in losses. I hope that the film, in less than two hours, will enable everyone to understand the fundamental nature and causes of this problem. It is also my hope that, whatever political opinions individual viewers may have, that after seeing this film we can all agree on the importance of restoring honesty and stability to our financial system, and of holding accountable those to destroyed it." Source: http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob

Location: Northwood Building, 2231 North High St., Room 100. (Corner of Northwood and N. High St. Visitor parking in the rear.) Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. For more information, contact smorgen@juno.com, website: www.dsco.org

 

July 16th, 2011, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Regional Activist Training.  For the first time in many years DSA is scheduling regional activist trainings. DSA local and YDS chapter members are encouraged to attend these activist trainings to meet other democratic socialists in the region, share ideas, and learn how your group can take your work to the next level.  Trainers will be experienced DSA and YDS leaders from around the country.

 Meetings will be tailored to regional conditions, but topics will include:

Housing on other members’ couches or floors will be available for Friday and/or Saturday night.

A modest registration fee will cover lunch, materials, and other costs: Sliding scale: $10 low income, $20 regular, $30 solidarity rate. To find out more about these trainings, reserve a spot or find out about free housing please click on the link to send us an email:  Columbus July 16.

 


Links and Information

 

Banks Play Shell Game With Taxpayer Dollars, By Sen. Bernie Sanders Reader Supported News April 26, 2011
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/320-80/5750-bernie-sanders-banks-play-shell-game-with-taxpayer-dollars

 

VIDEOS OF CORPORATE POWER: THE LEGACY OF SANTA CLARA
April 20, 2011 - Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus
If you were unable to attend this powerful program or would like to see parts of it again – the entire session is available on youtube.

Corporate Power - Racial Equality - The Supreme Court
This video features some moments from an event called, "Corporate Power -The Legacy of Santa Clara" that took place on 4/20/2011 at The Ohio State University, Moritz Law School, Saxbe Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/2/03yZHZAd_XQ
Corporate Power v. Citizen Representation In Government
Jennifer Brunner, attorney at Brunner Quinn and former Ohio Secretary of State, addressing some of the effects of corporate power on the election process and what we can do about it.
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/1/2OXcmazzUuM
Corporate Power and Unfair Taxation
"The logical consequence leads us to Senate Bill 5, where the budget is ostensibly to be balanced by curtailing human rights of workers, by making them cheaper. This downward pressure and the narrative that supports it comes from a powerful community, it's backed by the Chambers of Commerce, it's backed by the corporate 'persons' that have gained in ascendancy..."
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/0/S6KLYBbEnA4

Chicago DSA has started what are, hopefully, monthly podcasts.  The link to the first one is below - it is Ron Baiman and myself talking about the economy, the tax deal, and Conyer jobs bill and is about 30 min long. 
http://northshoredsa.org/talkin_socialism_12-11-2010.ogg
http://northshoredsa.org/talkin_socialism_12-11-2010.mp3
 

Senator Bernie Sanders Unfiltered on Afghanistan - SEE THE Video HERE.

Senator Bernie Sanders Unfiltered on Health Reform – Click Here!

 

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.  As a political activist group, our efforts involve many movements and ideas to progressively evolve the world into a more equitable society.  Click below to discover more.

DSA Joins Social Security Coalition 
DSA has joined the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a national coalition organized to support and strengthen Social  Security, and oppose efforts to weaken it by privatization or reducing benefits.  The first shot in the Right's campaign to cut Social Security was issued by the Presidential Commission on the Federal Debt when the Co-chairs, former Chief of Staff for President Clinton, Erskin Bowles, and former Republican Senator, Alan Simpson, issued a report recommending increasing the retirement age and reducing benefits by modifications to the formula for calculating cost-of-living increases and new taxes on some benefits. This despite the fact Social Security has not contributed to the federal deficit.
DSA urges every member and friend to take time during the holiday period to voice their opposition to cutting Social Security benefits. This should take the form of thanking those who have already voice their opposition and strong messages to those who have not done so.
DSA has prepared background materials to assist members and friends speak up for Social Security. These include sample "letters to the editor," and some general guidelines on writing such letters; a script for calling your senator to ask them to sponsor Bernie Sanders' resolution on Social Security; and a short booklet with questions and answers  about Social Security and the deficit.

 

Can You Pass The Iran Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph
What can possibly justify the relentless U.S. diplomatic (and mainstream
media) assault on Iran?   Click here to take the test!

 

Click here to see the video explaining why Democratic Socialist of American Support SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

 

Read the New York Times Op-Ed "The Recession's Racial Divide" by Barbara Erenreich and Dedrick Muhammad.  Published September 12, 2009.

 

And here's a link to DSA Vice-chair Joe Schwartz'  In These Times article on nationalizing the banks.
 

The Road to Economic Recovery

Friday 07 November 2008

by: Senator Bernie Sanders, The Huffington Post

Senator Bernie Sanders, The Huffington Post: "When the Senate reconvenes on November 17th, I intend to fight for an economic recovery program that is significant enough in size and scope to respond to the major economic crisis this country now faces. If we can commit more than $1 trillion to rescue bankers and insurance companies from their reckless and irresponsible behavior, we certainly should be investing in millions of good-paying jobs that rebuild our nation and improve its economy. In my view, the size of this economic recovery plan should be, at a minimum, $300 billion."
 

Democratic Left Update

The new issue of Democratic Left is now available online at DSA’s web site.  The issue contains two important comments on the election by DSA Honorary Chairs Bogdan Denitch and Frances Fox Piven. You can read or download a copy of the new issue right now by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

Books

Movies

Quick Reads

Consider reading Barbara Ehrenreich's recent article on her blog. 

It is titled, "We Have Seen The Enemy - And Surrendered"

Quotes Democratic Socialist Perspective Articles

 

The Democratic Socialists of America and Wal-Mart

 

 


 

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953

"You can't talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can't talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You're really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry.... Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong... with capitalism.... There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism".

Martin Luther King Jr.
Frogmore, S.C. November 14, 1966. Speech in front of his staff.


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