Authors: Dustin Guastella, Dave McMahon
Co-Sponsors: (Outcome of Open Strategy Meeting)
Whereas, the fight to abolish commercial insurance and for a social health system will require a mass base capable of pressuring elected officials; and,Whereas, the campaign for Medicare for All is DSA’s priority campaign, nationally and locally; and,
Whereas, support for Medicare for All among politicians, has grown dramatically but remains relatively shallow even among single-payer supporters; and,
Whereas, support for Medicare for All among organized labor is crucial in order to build a mass constituency with the institutional power to implement the program but active support among unions is still lacking; and,
Whereas, the outcome of Philadelphia DSA’s Open Strategy Meeting recommended a joint proposal to commit the Local to labor union outreach and to pressuring political candidates in order to broaden the Medicare for All base; and,
Whereas, DSA Locals around the country have pursued a tactic known as “bird-dogging” to challenge candidates on their stance on single-payer and Medicare for All; bird-dogging requires showing up to politicians public appearances, and asking them to commit to sign onto Medicare for All and our five-principles; and,
Whereas, the Philadelphia DSA Labor Branch is committed to winning greater and deeper support from organized labor through concerted political education in union halls,
Therefore be it resolved, that Philadelphia DSA shall commit to bird-dogging candidates at public events to challenge them/convince them to support Medicare for All and our five-principles for a robust federally funded single-payer system,
Be it further resolved, that Philadelphia DSA through the Steering Committee and with the help of all requisite committees and interested members, will research local and federal candidates’ local public appearances, town-halls and campaign events and organize bird-dogging teams to challenge candidates on their commitment through the 2018 election cycle; and,
Be it further resolved, that Philadelphia DSA through the Labor Branch and with the help of all requisite committees and interested members,will develop a concerted plan for union political education around Medicare for All in local union halls where we have members,
Be it finally resolved, that Philadelphia DSA pursue this joint tactic through the 2018 election cycle, that the Steering Committee in conjunction with the Labor Branch report on the progress of the activity at all General Meetings and provide a summary report in November 2018 or the nearest General Meeting to that date.
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