A Modified Look

Notes from the Administrator:

Over the past months you may have noticed some appearance problems at our blog-site. These were caused by software incompatibilities with the widgets. Today I changed WordPress themes in order to fix those problems. Everything other than the look should be the same. All previous blog posts, comments, media, and site contents are retained. If you run into any problems, please let me know.

I came across this pictue that I thought was interesting. It shows our torch logo as it originally appeared. This is a flyer for the Social Democratic Party in Peekskill, New York in 1900. Compare it to our current logo on our home page.

And finally, a reminder that Subscribe and Unsubscribe functions are User-Controlled on our home page in the right hand column.

In solidarity,
Rick

 

SDUSA Public Forum 2017

What: Social Democrats USA public forum 2017
Date: Saturday, August 12,
Time: 10:00 until 2:00 Eastern time
Location: Carnegie Stage in Carnegie, PA, and live stream
Cost: Free

Agenda:
10:00 Introductory remarks by SDUSA Chair Patty Friend
10:15 Social Democracy in Eastern Europe, with participants from Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Germany
11:25 Current news in Labor, with Charles Showalter of The Union Edge talk radio
12:45 Social Democracy in America and the Democratic Party, with Lane Kenworthy, author of Social Democratic America

You are welcome to attend in person, or
you can watch the program live at two sites: right here, or on our Facebook page.

Women March on Topeka

Topeka House

The following is a report of activity of SDUSA members in Kansas this weekend; filed by Tim Tarkelly in Topeka. Click on any photo for a larger version.

While the Women’s March in Topeka, KS might have been smaller than others, we still had over four thousand on the Capitol lawn. The speakers represented women from various walks of life and representing different experiences: a state legislator, a Kansas poet laureate, artists, activists, scholars, and educators.

One of the most moving speeches was from Alise Martiny who spoke about the struggles she faced as a woman in the construction industry. She had to be the first to show up every day. She had to work harder than those around her and never express her complaints, just to be seen as an equal. When she considered giving up, she found encouragement in the thought that her work would make way for the women that followed. Now, she is the president of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Local Union #518 and is the first woman to ever hold that position.

Fatima Mohammadi spoke of the unique challenges that come with being an American Muslim Woman and how to face hate when it is popular. Dot Nary, a disability rights advocate reminded the marchers that people with disabilities “need accommodations for our voices to be heard.” Stephanie Mott, a licensed therapist and a local activist for LGBTQIA rights pointed out that the Trumpists of the world are trying to protect us from her, whether we are scared of her, or not. State Representative Barbara Ballard called people to action, citing that “service is the rent we pay for occupying a space on earth.”

My personal favorite speakers were Anaya Vasu and Sho Gasshauser. They are 8th graders at Topeka Collegiate School who already have reputations as activists, organizing for LGBTQIA issues. They spoke to the young people in the crowd, telling them how they can get more involved and to not let their age act as a barrier to activism.

It was extraordinary, especially for Kansas, to see so many like-minded people gathered together. However, while there were general calls for action and some strategies were discussed, I did not feel like we had created any kind of coalition. Though it has become a common criticism, the kind of positive spirit that was so present would have been much more helpful before election day. We left without sharing information, signing petitions, joining mailing lists, etc.

Still, I am optimistic. I do believe that people left inspired and I hope that this energy is carried into the midterm elections.

Tim carrying the SD torch

Tim carrying the SD torch

photo2photo4photo1

photo3

SD hosts event in Buffalo

click to enlarge

             click to enlarge

Certainly the Bernie Sanders campaign invigorated the progressive left. The majority of SDUSA members supported his candidacy. But since he lost the primary race, the question has been, “What next? How do we maintain that momentum”?

On November 19, 2016, SDUSA will host a community event in Buffalo on the theme of continuing the revolution. This is a full agenda event featuring a diverse group of speakers from labor and progressive political action. See the poster at right.

The program starts at 10:00 AM and will run to mid afternoon. Admission is FREE. Coffee and sandwiches will be provided FREE during the lunchtime intermission. For more information, contact Michael Mottern at (716) 279-5466.

 

 

 

Psychiatric Ethics

Just a quick note to say that an interview with SDUSA National Committee member Steven Weiner appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics. He discussed his history with our medical system and its treatment of mental illness. To read, click HERE. Steve also publishes a periodical called The Suspicious Humanist, which we post here from time to time.