Portland DSA debates what kind of party socialists should try to build, and how to get there.
How can DSA organize most effectively to support the movement for Black lives?
The successes and limitations of Bernie Sanders’s campaigns showed why we need a working-class party to extend and deepen what the campaign achieved.
The Left cannot roll the clock back to 2015 and abstain from or give short shrift to elections. Alongside rank-and-file labor work and movement building, class-struggle campaigns are a key part of our strategy.
We may see a new round of capital consolidation and a powerful mobilization on the far right. Or a radicalized working class movement can prevail in shaping the new economy.
Let’s recruit an army of new socialist organizers now, and then use that army to get out the vote for Bernie in 2020 and build our movement.
Many progressives fail to distinguish between the politics of class struggle and class compromise. That’s why it’s important that candidates DSA endorses get behind Bernie Sanders and his vision of building a working-class movement.
DSA needs to back class-struggle candidates without apology. We can’t afford to compromise on this question.
As DSA ramps up our electoral work, we need a national strategy for recruiting, running, and supporting class struggle candidates.
Let’s take on direct service strategically, and only when it builds the power of our class to fight.