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Discussion in 'Politics Forum' started by aranea, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. EngineDown

    formerly known as chill yoshi

    the socialist alternative facebook for charlotte is a fucking ghost town. closest DSA is on the other side of the state 3 hours away too
  2. The_Effort

    Regular Supporter

    If anybody here is in Vegas and would like to meet for the protests on Saturday at the Linq let me know.

    if you need a way there you are welcome to get a ride. Will be picking some friends up anyway.
  3. Leftandleaving

    wow! Supporter

    Some friends and I are trying to start an organization in our town's DIY punk community center. Aside from just donations, what more can we do?
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  4. aranea

    Trusted Prestigious

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  5. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

  6. EngineDown

    formerly known as chill yoshi

    joined last night
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  7. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    protesting tonight was cathartic but i'm more scared than ever
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  8. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    Good stuff to know if you're going to potentially need it, for whatever reason.
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  9. alex

    notgonz Prestigious

    I've seen a large number of posts on social media that acknowledge support of DSA or other socialist groups, and that's great obvsly, but could someone(s) here also post some stuff, for my sake and others, about organizations that may not have socialism as the defining characteristic of their platform, but are sympathetic to anti-capitalist causes and are clearly necessary and desired allies - I'm talking groups based around LGBT+, anti-racism, the environment, immigration, etc. etc. The left needs a unified front capable of tackling myriad issues, not just capitalism, and in my anecdotal experience, socialist groups of today (in the Midwest, whatever...) tend to be pretty homogeneous.

    (And thnx to all who have posted stuff in here, both recently and way back)
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  10. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    Oh goose Prestigious

    What's the best way to help that isn't protesting or canvassing, which I can't do because of my anxiety and I'm sure others here also can't do because of physical and or mental health issues

    I feel like donating every once in a while and preaching to the choir here and on social media probably isn't enough
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  11. scott

    kill the switch Moderator

    Occupy Inauguration in Boston, cross posting from Gen Pol:

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  12. sophos34

    Prestigious Prestigious

    The thing is that the socialist groups, at least here, ARE the ones committed to LGBQT+, anti-racist, environmental rights. They aren't simply anti capitalism. They recognize the role capital plays in these issues and address it as such, but they are the ones fighting for our LGBQT+ and black/Latinx/Muslim/immigrant/refugee brothers and sisters
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  13. AelNire

    @ErinLea7 Prestigious

    My only option is to donate and preach to the choir. There's NOTHING here.
  14. EngineDown

    formerly known as chill yoshi

    kinda same

    maybe i'll find some groups at the music fest this weekend
  15. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

  16. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    It's tough. Anything at all you can do to support local groups helping at risk peoples is probably your best bet. Donate but also go to meetings if possible? Offer a space? even just spreading the word if you know folk,,s who could be helped by them is huge
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  17. AelNire Nov 11, 2016
    (Last edited: Nov 11, 2016)

    @ErinLea7 Prestigious

    I send supplies whenever protestors list what they need.

    Since I work in the medical field I can get stuff for cheaper than regular so I get to send a ton. Maybe try that?

    I'm just at a loss and @iCarly Rae Jepsen if that sounded like I was being an asshole to you I surely didn't mean it. It's just frustration and I'm sorry.
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  18. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    Oh goose Prestigious

    Thanks, yeah maybe go to meetings even if I'm not comfortable sharing at first
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  19. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    Oh goose Prestigious

    Not at all, I'm genuinely trying to figure out what to do so I welcome any suggestions
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  20. ImAMetaphor

    so much I think Prestigious

    Posted this in the general politics thread first because I'm a nerd who doesn't look closely enough at what thread I'm in.

    The president of my school sent out an email to the student body addressing the election and inviting students to join counselors and staff from the Diversity and Inclusion division to talk about how to move forward on Monday. Not sure if it's going to be a structured event or more of a freeform, open dialogue, but I'll be attending for as long as I can after I get out of class. This is Kalamazoo Valley Community College, by the way.

    Oh, and I wrote an anti-Trump song today that I will be recording on Monday. Thinking about taking a cue from Foxing and releasing it on Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want and donating any and all proceeds to my local LGBT resource center.
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  21. alex

    notgonz Prestigious

    I know that socialist groups are committed to those things, but I'm saying that from my experience, the Green/DSA/SPUSA parties tend to be filled with mostly straight white people and tend to be significantly small in terms of regular attendance. What is needed is for all leftists groups to come together under an unofficial, unified banner. I'm saying this just because I've seen many people on social media (and in this thread prior to my post) suddenly start posting about DSA or SPUSA, and I just wanted to emphasize that there are already groups such as BLM whose alliance, although they aren't a political party and don't hold socialism as their primary platform, are nontheless essential for these socialist parties if they hope to gain the notable ground that they currently seem to be gaining. That's all I'm sayin.
  22. sophos34

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Straight white people are the most visible of those groups which is a problem that needs addressed but their ranks are filled with POC and LGBQT+ individuals doing a lot of good work. I think uniting is the goal of everyone and that's why I've seen people from further left groups advise joining the DSA even if they don't agree with them on everything in the name of leftist unity. I think people should get more involved in BLM as well and whatever other groups they can find but I feel like all this unity is going to come under a socialist blanket since those groups are the ones with the biggest audience. So the goal then should be how do we make the existing groups more diverse and inclusive and unify them under a common goal
  23. alex

    notgonz Prestigious

    I really don't understand what point you're trying to make solely because I don't disagree and haven't pretended to disagree with anything you're saying. The point of my original post was asking people in this thread to post about more various types of activist groups.
  24. sophos34

    Prestigious Prestigious

    You asked for groups where socialism isn't a main point of their view and want things that don't focus on capitalism. In my view, socialist groups will be the answer and we need to continue focusing on the dangers of capitalism. If that's not what you meant my apologies
  25. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    Yeah, there def needs to be a broad left that combines whatever established movements there are. I think, generally, socialist groups are easiest for (white? Probably) people to join without any prior affiliation. In my city, the BLM chapter doesn't hold meetings or anything under that banner. There are several aligned groups doing good stuff with that in mind, but there isn't like "BOSTON BLM EVERY TUESDAY AT 8" like there often are with SAlt or DSA or ISO. So I think they're easier to walk into. With that said, all these groups should absolutely be working together and sharing info and strategy and ideas, but it's hard to do anything to that end without a foot in the door somewhere. In this thread it doesn't seem like we're flush with group leaders that can immediately influence something like that.

    Also, this is with my city in mind. Dunno if BLM has other stuff like that in other cities, I'd assume so. Mine has a relatively small presence to begin with (though when they come out they do great shit. Highways were blocked and shit.) But, yeah, if you can, definitely get with any groups like that as well.
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