As socialists, we recognize that while the entire working class is exploited by capital, the experience of exploitation is shaped by factors like race, gender and sexuality, and nationality. In this educational session led by members of Mid-Hudson Valley DSA, we will discuss two brief texts that address some of these intersections. The session will be held online on Zoom on September 21st at 8 pm.
The first text, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, is an excerpt from her book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, available here. In it, she discusses the way racism and white supremacy have divided workers, and how the struggle for socialism in the United States has always been inseparable from the struggle for Black liberation.
The second, by Angela Davis, is “Struggle for Democratic Socialism”, a speech delivered in 1994 at a summit of United States socialist groups as well as international guests from the South African Communist Party, Brazil’s Workers Party, and Party of Democratic Socialism. It is available either as a 22 minute video or as a written transcript. In this speech, Davis emphasizes the importance of internationalism, as well as the need to broaden our conception of socialist politics to encompass the different dimensions of oppression and exploitation.
All are welcome to come discuss and bring your own political perspective. RSVP below to access the Zoom link.