Socialists have a long history of experiments in municipal government, going back to the Paris Commune: the Austrian Social Democratic Party in Vienna in 1919, and around the same time in the United States the Socialist Party in cities like Reading, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Berkeley. More recently, Kshama Sawant won a seat on the Seattle City Council, as well as Larry Krasner as Philadelphia District Attorney.
Even if socialism in one city is no more possible than socialism in one country, we need to take municipal government seriously as a terrain of struggle. In this session of the night School, we’ll look at the role of municipal politics in socialist political theory, history, and strategy, discuss what powers municipal governments have and what meaningful reforms can be won at the municipal level.
If you haven't been to a Night School in the past, Night Schools are monthly discussion groups meant to provide a casual setting where we can consider issues related to socialist history, theory, and strategy.
Night Schools are not "schools" in the traditional sense. There are no fees, grades, or prior readings, and all are welcome regardless of previous experience. Join us, whether you're new to DSA or an expert Marxologist!
Night Schools are free and open to all, regardless of previous experience. There are no assigned readings.
RSVP for Zoom information.
Optional email code
Isn’t it time to do something? Get involved with the Local.