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Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum

Socialist Salon is DSA's monthly forum to discuss the politics, economics, theory, and practice of democratic socialism. Come to Socialist Salon and share your insights! Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum is generally held on the Third Thursday of the month.

Representatives from Jobs With Justice will talk to us about the issue of transit privatization issue and answer questions.

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  • Jessie

    I don't know if I'll be able to make it, as my family is coming into town and arriving just about that time. There is a slight possibility that I might attend and drag them along (mom, dad, sister), since they are politically sympathetic, but that depends on how quickly they can make the drive.

    October 16, 2013

    • Andy F.

      Jessie, I'm really sorry you missed this one; it was great. Please stay in touch; we'll try to provide you with more information on the anti-bus privatization campaign and the stories behind it as it unfolds. Hope you had a great time with your parents, though.

      October 17, 2013

  • Andy F.

    This was an amazing Salon, with a powerful and fascinating description of local issues surrounding the privatization & proposed privatization of bus service in the Metro DC area. It was great even though only 6 DSA members attended. We heard the issues described by Ari Schwartz of DC Jobs with Justice (JWJ), Pedro Cruz of District Coalition for Better Transi (DCBT), and Kewana C. Battle-Moon of Local 1764, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Their presentationd indicate that a major battle over privatized bus service is going to unfold over the next few months, and local DSA activists may be able to play a significant role in it. Details are too complex to desribe here, but local progressives would do well to study the privatization issue and follow it closely in coming months.

    October 17, 2013

  • Andy F.

    Below - in several takes -- is a description of the main topic this Salon will address, plus links to several web sites where you can learn more about the District Coalition for Better Transit (DCBT) and the privatization plans of DDOT, the District Dept. of Transportation. Here is another link to a flyer recently put out by Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, representing DC Metro Bus drivers, on 10 reasons by bus privatization is a bad idea: http://www.atulocal689.org/documents/10ReasonsWhyTransitPrivatizationisBadfortheDistrictMay9.pdf

    October 14, 2013

  • Andy F.

    The DC Better Transit coalition (DCBT), whose activists will be leading this Socialist Salon, is a new organization hoping to form a coalition of DC bus riders, community activist organizations, church and faith groups, and other Washingtonians.

    With the strong backing of DC Jobs With Justice, DCBT is seeking help in its organizing campaign against plans by by DCDOT-- the DC Department of Transportation -- to privatize up to 30 Washington DC bus lines. The coalition also is taking aims at other actions that DCDOT is taking that are contributing to the further gentrification of the city, basically by subsidizing relatively affluent riders of the "Circulator" buses at the expense of lower-income riders on the existing Metro Bus lines. At this Salon, the plan is for either Pedro Cruz, DCBT's chief organizer, or Ari Schwartz of DC Jobs with Justice to tell us about the campaign and ways that local DSA activists can get involved with it, ideally within the next few weeks.

    October 14, 2013

    • Andy F.

      For allegedly "even handed" coverage of the privatization issue by the Washington Post, which quotes supporters of DDOT's plan as well as opponents, click on this link: http://articles.washi...­

      October 14, 2013

    • Andy F.

      Here is a link to Mayor Gray's "Street Car Governance and Finance Task Force," which DDOT says is "focused on advancing the 22-mile Priority Streetcar System through innovative approaches to finance, governance, legislation, and infrastructure. " http://www.ddot.dc.go...­

      October 14, 2013

  • Keith L.

    Looking forward to this meeting

    October 11, 2013

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