Climate Justice Highlight

With the record-breaking winds and rain of 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with Puerto Rico still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, it is undeniable that we are living through the effects of global climate change. It will likely get worse before it gets better - and while the technologies and policies exist to effectively confront this existential threat to the planet, capitalism keeps them from flourishing.   

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Point/Counterpoint - Vote No

Apart from in a handful of municipalities and states, the US has a first-past-the-post electoral system that privileges the two major parties. New York is not one of the exceptions. And DSA members who worked on Jabari Brisport’s campaign for city council last year learned how hard it is to gain votes on a socialist or green party line. In a working class, largely African American and immigrant district, many or most voters remained loyal to the Democrats.

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May Day

On May 1st, NYC-DSA will continue the tradition of celebrating International Worker’s Day with a rally and march in solidarity with NYC’s immigrant community. May Day is a chance to stand against racist ICE harassment and economic exploitation while demonstrating the power of all working people. Although the city depends on immigrant labor, our economic system pushes immigrant workers into the shadows, keeping their wages low and their families afraid.

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The NY Health Act in 2018

Privatized healthcare in the United States is dehumanizing and dangerous.  The statistics are infuriating. Maternal mortality is on the rise, topping 26 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015, according to The Lancet.  2015 Census estimates show that over 1.3 million New York State residents have no health insurance at all. Millions more have insurance in name only, with high copays and deductibles making it cost-prohibitive to attain care.

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