Hunan Dynasty Restaurant, 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE , Washington, DC
Bill Fletcher Jr. speaks at January Salon >DSA and the Sanders Campaign: the Necessity of Joining the Struggles Against Racism and Economic Injustice is the theme that Bill Fletcher Jr. will address at the January 28 th Socialist Salon. The topic could not be of greater urgency for the Sanders campaign which will have to build greater support within the African-American and Latino communities if his challenge to corporate power is to make a lasting difference. Socialism – and the political revolution advocated by Sanders – needs to look like the Rainbow, needs to reflect the multiplicity of concerns and needs of all segments of the public, of all segments of the working class.
Fletcher, a former senior staff person at the AFL-CIO, past president of TransAfrica Forum, current editorial board member of Black Commentator and Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, brings decades of experience to his analysis of current political issues and challenges facing the Left. His perspective on the Sanders campaign in an article in Democratic Left was encapsulated in an article posted in Democratic Left on August 28, 2015: “The sort of “political revolution” that the Sanders Campaign proclaims has been a long time coming. Yet it will never arrive if there is not a full recognition that the class struggle overlaps that of racial justice. The ruling elites, for several centuries, have appreciated that race is the trip wire of U.S. politics and social movements. When will progressives arrive at the same conclusion?”
Fletcher discusses this dynamic in more depth in an article in the Progressive, posted in February 2014, if his campaign moved beyond “a rising tide lifts all boats” perspective to address racial and gender oppression in their specificity. As always, there will be plenty of time for discussion following the presentation. For more of Fletcher’s views, check out his website http://billfletcherjr.com/ or tune into Arise, his weekly radio program on labor issues (WPFW – 89.3 FM – Friday mornings at 9 a.m. The Salon will be held at the Hunan Dynasty (215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE –near the Capitol South Metro station) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. –
1. Democratic Left article by Fletcher:
2. Progressive article by Fletcher: