Philly DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the United States. We are a member-funded, member-run, and democratic organization that fights for a political agenda that puts working people at the center.
This week, we got a reminder of what it felt like to care about the Presidential race when Democratic nominee Joe Biden sat down for a long-awaited interview with activist Ady Barkan. “Do you see a future where health insurance is no longer tied to employment?” Barkan asked Biden on their video call, released Wednesday. “Will America ever have a single payer system where healthcare is guaranteed as a human right?”
Last weekend, Philly DSA held our first (unless we’re forgetting something from the dark pre-Bernie days) fully online General Meeting. We voted to organize around the Essential Worker Protection Bill (which just passed today! More on that below) and heard a final report from the Green New Deal Strategy Committee. Nobody’s call dropped mid-sentence, nobody’s cat stepped on their computer keyboard, and we were done with new business ahead of schedule. Overall, though we sorely missed the subtler aspects of a Philly DSA GM — seeing five other members in line for coffee at the 22nd & Market 7/11, picking up every issue of Catalyst from the Pol Ed book table & then putting them back in the wrong stacks because you only have $5, hooting and hollering whenever a speaker says “Bernie Sanders” — the online meeting went about as well as it could have.
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