January on the Red Net

Teacher’s Strike: LA edition

DSA tweeted scenes from the opening day of the UTLA teacher’s strike:

Bianca Cunningham posted many excellent Facebook Live videos on the ground at the strike:

NYC-DSA retweeting President of the National Education Association Lily Eskelsen García celebrating the victory for the UTLA at a rally:

Lower Manhattan DSA retweeted this video of UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl with a rousing victory speech:

And bring on the next one: NYC-DSA retweeted this thread from Denver Post reporter Elizabeth Hernandez on the Denver Public Schools teachers’ Jan. 22nd vote to strike:

#NoAmazon

@MakeTheRoadNY livetweeted a briefing about the Amazon proposal on January 7, using hashtags #AMZHQ2Brief and #HQ2Scam. Watch this video of Rashad Long, worker at the Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, speaking to the crowd of elected officials from Seattle and NYC, including Comptroller Scott Stringer and Council Speaker Corey Johnson about conditions on his job site:

Here’s a long thread from NYC-DSA Tech Action pushing back against a letter to the Times OpEd column by the head of the NYCEDC. Patchett claims that the housing catastrophe Amazon continues to cause on the West Coast will not happen in NYC - there’s a lot to unpack, but yeah, not buying it:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

NYC-DSA Tech Action tweeted a link to the video of a conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and AOC at Riverside Church, sponsored by Blackout for Human Rights as part of their MLK Now event. Among other things AOC made news with the simple observation that a society with billionaires cannot be a moral one:

NYC-DSA was out canvassing in the Bronx for Universal Rent Control on MLK day along with a coalition of organizers:

NYC-DSA did a lot of tweeting for “Tenant Tuesday” highlighting our campaign for Universal Rent Control and urging followers to sign this pledge sponsored by the Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance. Sign it! #TenantPower!

Electoral progress

Julia Salazar tweeted announcing he passage of her first sponsored bill, a badly needed measure to ensure insurance coverage for contraception:

Dancing on the grave (ok fine; he retired) of Queens DA Richard Brown:  

Finally after nearly 30 years of Brown’s disproportionate targeting of POC, there’s an opportunity to elect a district attorney from the left who is for criminal justice reform - and Queens DSA held a candidate forum:

Worth a Follow

For more NYC-DSA news, interviews, analysis, and solidarity tune in to WBAI FM 99.5 on Tuesdays at 5 for Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), our new radio show! Episodes will of course be archived and online on WBAI’s website and YouTube - here’s the first one:

Odds and Ends

Sending condolences to the world’s richest man and woman on their impending divorce:

Lastly, just for fun, if you’ve got a few minutes on your hands please check out this absolutely wild Snopes fact check (spoiler: it’s real) of this 1950s tv show episode that featured a character named Trump who tried to dupe a town into buying a magical *wall* from him, including the full episode. (If you want audio of the sheriff saying “You’re under arrest, Trump” - it’s at the 18:00 mark.)