From Wesleyan Democratic Socialists:
Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists to watch Bernie Sanders give his first town hall of his 2020 presidential campaign!
All are welcome, whether you knocked doors in 2016 or are just curious to hear more about his policies and democratic socialism!
Snacks will be provided!
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 8 PM
Place: PAC 001
UNITE HERE 217 and Wesleyan Students at Yale for the start of the occupation/strike
Wesleyan students from United Student/Labor Action Coalition and Wesleyan Democratic Socialists joined Yale graduate school employees from UNITE HERE Local 33 on Tuesday evening to kick off a hunger strike meant to pressure Yale administration into entering contract negotiations with the newly-formed union. Eight graduate school employees from Local 33 have committed to an indefinite hunger strike being called “The Fast Against Slow.”
Read more about the strike after the jump:
CALLING ALL DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS!
Coming off the inauguration protests against Trump that mobilized millions, now is the time to take that political energy right back here to Wesleyan. As Trump begins to implement his reactionary, racist agenda, we need student resistance more than ever.
Join Wesleyan Democratic Socialists at our first meeting of the semester. Whether you’re already a committed socialist or a newly politicized student looking for a way to fight back, it doesn’t matter—we need everyone.
Date: Wednesday, February 1 (today!)
Place: University Organizing Center
Photo Credit: Kirill Lebedev for Liberation News
On Friday afternoon, a cohort of Wesleyan activists drove down to New Haven’s financial district to protest three major banks’ investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students from Wesleyan Democratic Socialists and Fossil Fuel Divest joined other protestors on the march, which began at Wells Fargo, moved to Bank of America and the Federal Courthouse, and ended at TD Bank. At each stop, organizers and indigenous activists made speeches and led chants demanding a halt to pipeline construction and that the banks divest from the project. Read past the jump for more information about the march and specific calls to action from the protest’s organizers.
For those of you in our audience not planning on working on Wall Street after graduation, there’s a good chance you’re footing the bill for a good amount of student loans (hooray for the free market!).
To call attention to this unfortunate reality, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists are sponsoring a number of student debt related events and actions this week, including a petition-drive (find them in Usdan tomorrow! or sign it on the interwebz) requesting Sallie Mae “forgive all student debt after 5 years of payments” and “eliminate all interest on student loans” as well as a screening of Default: The Student Loan Documentary.
If anyone is to change your attitude about the Green Party, surely Cheri Honkala is the woman to do it. Though mention of the the Greens may elicit mixed emotions from many of you–whether bitterness (see: 8 years of my childhood), jubilation, or some combination of the two–Honkala is a woman of her own making. An activist not by choice, but by circumstance, she began her legacy of civil disobedience as a homeless 16-year-old single mother in Minneapolis, squatting in an abandoned HUD house.
She is now the first-ever female candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia, with a platform that includes a commitment to never evict anyone from his/her home, form community land trusts, and just generally be a badass (additional policies on her website). An avowed advocate of “economic human rights,” Honkala will be speaking at 200 Church tomorrow about “her life, her activism, poverty and homelessness, independent politics, and so on.”
The talk is cosponsored by the Environmental Organizers Network, the Wesleyan Government Department, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, and Democracy Matters.
See the Facebook event here.
Date: Monday, Oct. 3
Time: 5 PM
Place: 200 Church