ISO Event: How Far Can the Left Go in the Democratic Party?


When:
July 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-07-31T19:00:00+00:00
2018-07-31T21:00:00+00:00
Where:
Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle
WA
Contact:
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)
ISO Event: How Far Can the Left Go in the Democratic Party? @ Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church) | Seattle | WA | US

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The last couple of years have seen a new wave of socialists running for office across the country, inspiring many and building the profile of socialism in the U.S. The recent victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a Democratic Party primary in the Bronx is the latest success story. At the same time, Democratic politicians overall continue to raise only mild resistance to the Trump agenda and to endorse U.S. imperialism. As a result, discussions are happening among socialists everywhere about what to say about the Democratic Party and how to organize. The ISO is part of a tradition that doesn’t view the Democratic Party as a vehicle for change, but that still leaves many questions open about how to relate to campaigns that are energizing left activists and raising important demands. Join us for a discussion about the left, the Democratic Party, and the socialist movement today.

The second half of our meeting will be devoted to a discussion about the ISO’s methods of organizing in recent years.

Recommended Readings:
* Debates in Socialist Worker newspaper about socialists and the Democrats (http://socialistworker.org/series/debate%3A-socialists-and-the-democrats)

Recommended Audio/Video Resources:
* Eric Ruder, “Marxists, Elections, and the State” (https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/marxists-elections-and-state)

This meeting is part of our Summer Education Series. To see the rest of the series, visit http://pugetsoundsocialists.org/2018/07/18/summer-education-series-2018/.