Jacobin Reading Group

Oly DSA hosts a Jacobin Reading Group that meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6PM at Orca Books, 509 E. 4th Ave. Olympia, WA 98501. We generally discuss three or four short articles of interest to socialists published primarily, though not exclusively, in Jacobin. Contact us at jacobin@olydsa.com for more information. All are welcome!

War and Imperialism

War and imperialism are an ever-present part of life in the 21st century. But why must our movement be anti-imperialist? This month Olympia DSA will be discussing the reasons why socialists stand against war and imperialism, why we must imagine a future without war, and what has happened when socialists have reneged on that shared value.

With the rise of far right leaders over the past few years, fascists have felt more empowered than they have in decades in waging a public war of racial hatred. The left has a long history of antifascist resistance. How can the history of antifascist resistance in the face of fascism inform our understanding of how to resist the modern far right? What is fascism, and is it a useful concept for classifying and understanding the new far right? We will discuss these questions along with many others this month through our discussion centering the following articles:

Housing

As socialists we understand that housing is a human right. But how do we get there? This month we will discuss some recent victories, some successful social housing models, critiques of capitalist modes of housing, and a Green New Deal for housing as a vehicle for change.

The Green New Deal can't just be a bill or two. It needs to be the framework for politics for the next few decades. Join us as we discuss the following articles and ways socialists can win this important fight:

Socialist Feminism

To mark International Women's Day, a commemoration initiated by American socialists and solidified as an internation event on March 8 by its role in the Russian Revolution, our reading group this month will focus on socialist feminism. For a fun bit on the socialist roots of the holiday (in the New York Times, no less!) you can read Kristen Ghodsee's article "Have You Wished Your Mother a Happy International Women's Day?". For our discussion, you can read and listen to the following material:

  • The Combahee River Statement, developed by a "collective of Black feminists...involved in the process of defining and clarifying our politics, while...doing political work within our own group and in coalition with other progressive organizations and movements."
  • "What is Socialist Feminism" by Barbara Ehrenreich (including her brief contemporary notes on a now 40 year old essay)
  • "Feminism for the 99 Percent" an interview with Tithi Bhattacharya on Jacobin Radio's The Dig.