Two years of writing this Bulletin every other week, and this is undoubtedly the hardest one to start: Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the presidential race. In some other, more just universe, this email would be urging you to help get out the vote on April 28 for a primary that we had every chance of winning; in this universe, instead of the immediate possibility of a socialist taking executive power in the United States, we have a 15% unemployment rate and something called Zoom.
So, what happened? Where do we go next? What’s “Beyond Bernie”?
For starters, there are too many “What Went Wrong for Bernie” articles coming out now, and most of them are garbage. If you’re looking for non-garbage, here’s a few pieces we’d recommend: the Jacobin panel with Adolph Reed Jr., Cedric Johnson, and Willie Legette on Bernie and the “black vote”; a newsletter by Sanders speechwriter David Sirota, republished here if you’re not subscribed; Dustin Guastella on the problems with a third-party Sanders run; and Connor Kilpatrick’s recent article, “We Lost the Battle, but We’ll Win the War,” which we highlighted in our emergency strategy meeting yesterday.
There are also immediate possibilities. Sanders and Pramila Jayapal introduced a bill to guarantee healthcare to all for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with the crisis providing a window for expanding Medicare to all. We’re running two strong insurgent candidates in state primaries, and they still need your help. We’re supporting organizing efforts through our Labor Commission and the DSLC, and we’re backing calls from unions like Teamsters Local 623 and politicians like Helen Gym to guarantee protections for essential workers and reopen Hahnemann Hospital.
We pick ourselves up and we go again. Electing Bernie was always going to be hard, and the campaigns we take on next are going to be hard, too. If getting Medicare for All was easy, then we’d have it already, especially with popular support at an all-time high as coronavirus destroys employer-based private insurance. Easy or not, we still need to do it. Right now it’s 100 percent necessary for us to gather all the post-Bernie groups into a single membership org, so stick around, renew your membership, invite a friend to a DSA event, and, most importantly, stay safe out there.
Primary Election Update
This week, we saw the importance of having committed democratic socialists in the Pennsylvania state legislature. Last Thursday, DSA member and endorsed candidate Elizabeth Fiedler sent a letter to Governor Wolf, signed by forty-some of her colleagues, urging for stronger protections for frontline workers; the following Wednesday, Governor Wolf issued an executive order guaranteeing those protections. Philly DSA thanks Rep. Fiedler for her leadership on this issue, & we’ll do everything we can to get her reelected.
But, she can’t reform the state government alone. In 2020, we need to send not only Liz Fiedler but also Rick Krajewski and Nikil Saval to Harrisburg. You can make a difference in these campaigns by phonebanking to identify supporters. Make sure to RSVP for a shift to get added to the virtual organizing group.
Endorsed Candidate Virtual Organizing Parties: Phonebank for Rick and Nikil
Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 | Shifts available all day
Are you a union worker affected by the coronavirus crisis? Are you organizing in your shop or workplace to demand higher safety and sanitation standards? PHLDSA’s Labor Commission is convening a series of calls where representatives from unions in the greater Philadelphia area are discussing and coordinating responses. Email Paul Prescod for more information.
Phonebanking for Rick and Nikil
Monday, April 20 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Zoom Info
Night School: Healthcare & Medicare for All
Tuesday, April 21 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom Info
New Members Meeting
Wednesday, April 22 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Zoom Info
DSA Policy and Organizing Training
Thursday, April 23 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | Zoom Info to Come
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26 | Shifts available all day
Kahoot with Comrades
Tuesday April 28 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Virtual Trivia Party | Zoom Info
Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1
Wednesday, April 29 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom Info
BuxMont DSA: April General Meeting
Saturday, April 18 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Zoom
Policy Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 22 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | RSVP for Zoom Info
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Stay safe and wash your hands,
Philly DSA Bulletin Team
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