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Abolish Student Debt!

Do you have student debt? Have friends in debt? Then join us for an event exploring the student debt crisis, who benefits from it, and how we can fight back!

We’re young DSAers organizing our peers (in school or already paying back debt) to demand free higher education, and in the meantime significant reforms like an expansion of the Income Based Repayment Program.

Wednesday, April 23rd

7-9pm

Hunter College, West Building, Room 413

(At 68th St. and Lexington Ave. – 6 train to 68th St/Hunter)

Speakers:

Chris Maisano – Jacobin magazine contributor, DSA member, and author of “The Soul of Student Debt”

Speaker from NYPIRG

Plus breakout groups to discuss the effect of student debt on our own lives and what we can do about it here in NYC.

Open to students and young adults from the general public.

PLEASE RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/dsanyc/events/175133992/

To get involved with the young DSAers working on student debt, even if you can’t make it to the event on the 23rd, email nycdsa@gmail.com.

NYC’s young DSAers discussion group is organizing our participation in the bowl-a-thon fundraiser April 27th hosted by the New York Abortion Action Fund (NYAF). This bowl-a-thon raises money for poor women to access safe abortions (the NYAAF runs a hotline and provides direct assistance to women in need).

Last year we fielded one team (the Bowlsheviks) but this year our goal is to organize two teams – the Bowlsheviks and the General Strikers! We already have 18 bowlers but need 24 if we are to add a third team.

Date: April 27th, 1:30-4:30pm

Location: Bowlmore at Chelsea Piers

This is how it works:

1) If you want to join one of our DSA teams, you RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/dsanyc/events/175167732/ or you can email nycdsa@gmail.com.

2) We follow up with you to confirm you for our team.

3) We register all of our teams. You are registered with a team and given a fundraising goal of $50 and provided with a personalized fundraising page that you can then edit however you see fit.

4) You solicit donations from friends and family, online and off, between now and April 27th.

5) On April 27th, you bring yourself (and any cash you have collected) to the bowl-a-thon. Snacks provided, beer available, and other young DSAers to bowl with!

Why an abortion bowl-a-thon?

Socialist feminists know that women deserve free abortion on demand, a full range of culturally appropriate reproductive health care and family services and an economic system allowing for full employment and compensation for caregiving of the elderly and young. “Reproductive justice” is a concept that moves beyond the notions of “choice” and “rights.” It links the calls for reproductive choice (a woman’s right to control her own body) to the broader issues of economic justice and human rights (creating conditions that enable people to have children, not only to not have them). Access to abortion is one small, but critical, part of reproductive justice.

Student loan debt buries 37 million people in the United States and now exceeds $1 trillion. On average, students borrow $26,000 to pay for an education which is either free or of minimal cost in most advanced countries. 

Higher education is increasingly treated as an individual commodity, rather than a public good or an investment in our collective future. As a result, millions are putting off major purchases and life decisions – especially graduates of color, who have disproportionately higher debt. This is NOT only a “young person’s problem.” Most of the student loan debt is owed by people older than 30.

This crisis has a crushing ripple effect on our economy: students and recent graduates are forced into low-wage jobs in order to immediately start making payments back to banks and lenders; instead of stimulating the economy by spending millions of dollars, many are pinching pennies to just try to keep up with the interest on their loans.

Meanwhile, total public and private tuition costs are $170 billion per year – one fifth of what we spend on the military per year. We can afford to do better.

Campaign Goals

1)      Build a movement capable of winning free higher education for all in the long term, by organizing debt holders.

2)      Demand a short term reform which would throw a lifeline to 37 million student debt holders. Specifically, we want President Obama to use an executive order to dramatically expand the Income Based Repayment Program (a program he himself created via executive order).

The current Income Based Repayment Plan allows some students to pay 10% of their discretionary income for 20 years and have the rest of their loans forgiven. Our goal is to:

  • allow all student loans to be repaid at an annual rate of 10% of discretionary income and be forgiven after 10 years;
  • expand the program to cover all student loans, public and private.

Get Involved

Upload your student debt story to our Drop Student Debt Tumblr.

Join us as we do public outreach about student debt and collect petition signatures – email nycdsa (at) gmail.com.

Find out about upcoming student debt discussions and film showings we are organizing – email nycdsa (at) gmail.com.

Organizing New York: a grassroots training conference for trouble-makers

When: Friday, March 22, 2013 8:00 AM to Sunday, March 24, 2013, 4:00 PM

Where: United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway # A, New York, NY

Organizing New York is a participatory, grassroots training conference to promote social justice and progressive victories in New York and beyond. Communicators, organizers and fundraisers, members, staff and volunteers at unions, nonprofits, member organizations and campaigns are welcome!Three conference tracks:

1) Online and offline organizing

2) Campaigning and advocacy

3) Grassroots fundraising and capacity building

The conference is cosponsored by a wide range of organizations including Organizing 2.0, Rootscamp, Working Families Party, the New York Civic Engagement Table, and others.

DSA members will be attending this three day training and getting a group registration rate. If you wish to participate with DSA at the group rate, RSVP ASAP to nycdsa@gmail.com and we will follow up with you privately with details.

 

socialist feminist red starHelp low income women access a safe abortion!

When: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place, New York, NY

Socialist feminists know that women deserve free abortion on demand, a full range of reproductive health care and family services and an economic system allowing for full employment and compensation for caregiving of the elderly and young. “Reproductive justice” is a concept that moves beyond the notions of “choice” and “rights.” It links the calls for reproductive choice (a woman’s right to control her own body) to the broader issues of economic justice and human rights (creating conditions that enable people to have children, not only to not have them). Access to abortion is one small, but critical, part of reproductive justice. The national DSA Socialist Feminist Commission is organizing DSA and YDS participation in these bowl-a-thons with the National Network of Abortion Funds.

DSA is fielding at least one, possibly two, six person teams for this NY fundraising bowling party. SAVE YOURSELF A SPOT BY RSVPING NO LATER THAN MARCH 9TH. Then each team will decide collectively on a good fundraising goal (it will be reasonable) and team name, and register with the NY event organizers. RSVP to: nycdsa@gmail.com

We also need team name ideas! If you have a good idea, e-mail us and/or post it in the “comments” section for this event. We came up with these ideas so far:

Bowlsheviks

Wobblie-Pins

Red Strikers

Power to the Pins

Strike Action (though we’ll need to register that name soon if we want it, since we’ve recruited some union organizer friends and they may steal that name for their team)

China In Revolt

Murphy Institute Labor-Community Roundtable
 
CHINA IN REVOLT 
Eli Friedman, Cornell University
Anita Chan, University of Technology-Sydney
Chris King-Chi Chan, City University of Hong Kong
Elaine Sio-ieng Hui, University of Kassel, and others
Moderated by Seth Ackerman, Jacobin magazine
 
Joseph S. Murphy Institute / 25 West 43rd Street, 18th floor
 
Co-sponsored by: Murphy Institute/CUNY and Jacobin magazine
 
Over the past few years, millions of Chinese workers have been striking for better pay and working conditions – and many have been winning their demands. This activity – especially against a background of labor defeat in the developed world – is both stunning and largely unexplored. This Roundtable will provide an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in China. Professor Eli Friedman will give depth and detail to the strike wave, with particular attention to the question of contemporary trends that will influence the future of Chinese labor politics. Commentary will be provided by several leading China labor scholars, all drawing from extensive research. The discussion is intended for activists, academics and practitioners.
 
DSAers to go out drinking together immediately following!

NYC Socialist Salon

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NYC Socialist Salon

with Greg Basta from New York Communities for Change

 

Thursday, February 28

7:00-8:00pm

Pacific Standard bar

82 4th Ave (between Bergen and St. Mark’s Pl)

Brooklyn

Subways: D/N/R/B/Q/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic/Barclays

 

Topic: Capital and its representatives like Mayor Bloomberg are busting unions left and right. What is an effective response? How can DSAers get involved in low-wage worker solidarity, traditional and non-traditional, in NYC?

Salon: a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

Hosted by the NYC Democratic Socialists of America

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