Statement of Solidarity With DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus

Red Star San Francisco stands in solidarity with the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus and endorses its demands of DSA leadership and staff:

  1. No white person in formal leadership or staff ever post white nationalist, white supremacist or fascist symbols or advocate that the path to building a multiracial working class is through organizing with white supremacists, white nationalists, fascists or their apologists.
  2. All formal leadership and staff attend an anti-oppression training chosen and approved by the Afro-Soc Caucus of DSA.

Racism is not simply a product of conscious intentions. Because racism is deeply embedded in the structures of capitalist society, and because pervasive individualism tends to mask these structures, those of us in DSA and on the US left are just as capable of perpetuating them through our words and actions as anyone else.

That our National Director shared an image which downplayed the Confederate Flag’s status as a white supremacist symbol, and defended that action, is evidence enough that our leadership and staff must reckon with the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy, consciously or otherwise.

Notes from the shop floor.

Brace B. is a founding member of Red Star San Francisco, an Anchor Brewing employee, and an organizer for the Anchor Union campaign. Lizzie M., another Red Star San Francisco member, called him to ask a few questions about the project…

This interview was originally published in our newsletter in February 2019. Sign up to receive more pieces like this as soon as they're written.

LM: Hey Brace, how’s it going?

BB: It’s been a long day…

LM: Can you share some background for the audience about this union campaign you’re a part of?

BB: Absolutely. A couple of us are members of DSA and we got to talking and realized we needed some changes at the place we work. It’s called Anchor Brewing. We make beer. And it’s pretty popular in San Francisco and I guess the West Coast. So, we went to DSA, and specifically to a member of Red Star, E., and made our organizing committee, and he hooked us up with a bunch of training and really taught us how to get started and put the foundation down. We got to work really hard, for like the next four months, and

Points of Unity

We are revolutionary Marxists.

We understand Marxism as a living, breathing theoretical framework, which is not and never can be a static set of dogmas. We see Marxism as the foundational and most informative lens through which to understand the workings of capitalism, a task which is paramount in our efforts to dismantle it.

We believe in the creative, historical power of revolution.

A capitalist society will not be reformed into a socialist one, just as capitalism itself was not born through welcomed reforms to the former feudal order. Popular legislature and politicians with benevolent intentions can help create more favorable conditions for change, but these things alone cannot bring the revolutionary overhaul we seek: a complete upheaval of the present economic system that extracts value from the many for the private profit of the few.

Socialism means a workers’ state.

We believe in the necessity of building towards a state that is comprised of and exists exclusively for the benefit of the working class. Such an institution is the most authentic expression of workers’ power, and is the only body that can ensure the well-being of all people. A democratically planned economy is a primary component of this expression