Join STL DSA as we fight for a People First Budget!

Feb. 8, 2021

For almost a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken our loved ones from us. It has cost us our jobs, our housing, our healthcare, and caused untold suffering due to isolation from our families, friends, and communities.

This suffering has not been spread out evenly. As usual, working class and poor people have borne the brunt of this pain, with black and brown and LGBTQ working class communities seeing the most devastation. The capitalist class—business owners and investors who run most companies have seen their fortunes grow to unimaginable levels while suffering little of the pandemic’s effects.

Viruses don’t see class or race, so what is going on? This crisis is due to our economic structure and our government’s inability to take care of our most basic needs; this is a crisis of capitalism and white supremacy.

As part of our Protect Public Ownership chapter priority, we are launching a new campaign for a People First Budget! We are making 3 simple demands of the future St. Louis City Board of E&A: Mayoral candidates Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer, Lewis Reed, & Andrew Jones; and Comptroller Darlene Green:

  1. Commit to pass a budget with NO cuts to public services EXCEPT Police and Jails
  2. Veto or vote no on ANY legislation that privatizes a publicly owned utility or asset - selling OR leasing.
  3. Support legislation that protects publicly owned utilities and assets

Tell the candidates our demands by sending them an email with this link!

Don’t live in the City? Sign this petition to show your support for these demands!

We are also having a webinar series about the many ways austerity and privatization make like miserable for us, and democratic socialist alternatives. The first one is on the connection between tax cuts for wealthy developers & the defunding of public education.

Finally, March 13th is the one year anniversary of the city and county enacting restrictions for COVID. We are hosting Candlelight Vigil on this anniversary to mourn the many losses we’ve suffered: loved ones, jobs, time with family and friends, housing, so much more. We know these are not just victims of COVID, but victims of our racist capitalist system. Join us as we stop for a moment to heal. As Mother Jones said, we will “mourn the dead, and fight like hell for the living”.

#StandWithSLPS

A couple weeks ago, we voted to join the Solidarity With SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) Coalition. St. Louis continually closes public schools while opening new charter schools, causing further inequality in educational opportunities. The Solidarity With SLPS coalition calls on St. Louis city to put a moratorium on adding new charter schools in order to protect our public schools. We encourage all members to sign the petition!

Interested in meeting with a chapter leader?

If you support DSA but are not an active member, and want to get more involved but are not sure where to start, we encourage you to sign up for a 1:1 with a chapter leader to help plug you in the chapter. Getting started as an organizer can be intimidating, but talking with one of our leaders will help you feel comfortable with knowing what we are about, how we operate, what campaigns we are currently involved in, and how you can help make the world a better place.

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