Happy October, comrades! It’s the month of revolution. So, what better way to spend it than by reading about a historic revolution from Octobers past?
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a major achievement in the socialist movement, a blow against capitalism and its hold over the world. It’s also still hotly debated and dissected today, 101 years later. To help you get through this time in history and the years that followed, the Southern Maine DSA Education Committee has compiled a recommended list of books on the Russian Revolution.
All of these books are available in the Southern Maine DSA library, and you can borrow any of them by filling out this request form, or by requesting one of the books from our chapter librarian, Marc Normandin, at one of our meetings or events.
And, if you would like to learn even more about the Russian Revolution, the Education Committee will be hosting a presentation and discussion of the historic event on October 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Room in the Reiche Community Center. Todd Chretien, editor of Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution, will lead this event.
To wrap up our month of focus on the Russian Revolution, this month’s book club entry is V.I. Lenin’s The State and Revolution. You can find this book in our library, at various booksellers, or for free online at Marxists.org. This book club meeting will be held at Quill Books & Beverage in Westbrook, ME, on November 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday July 24, 2017
For Immediate Release:
The Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) voted overwhelmingly on Monday, July 17 to endorse Joey Brunelle for Portland City Council. Brunelle is the first candidate to be endorsed by the chapter. “We’re proud to continue the energy of the Bernie Sanders campaign and bring it to the local level with our first endorsed candidate,” said Chris Teret, Southern Maine DSA Chair. “We need a voice for the working class in city government, not another friend to the real estate developers and the business class that currently dominates the council. Joey Brunelle is an intelligent, articulate voice for the interests of the working class majority.”
In response to the chapter’s endorsement, Brunelle said, “The Democratic Socialists of America is the single fastest-growing political action group in the country right now. They’re hard-working, everyday Americans who believe strongly in the democratic process and who are fighting for economic and social justice at every level. It’s an honor to have the endorsement of such an energized, principled group of people.”
Brunelle is running in the at-large race on a platform of affordability that includes rent stabilization and property tax relief for Portland residents. “I believe we need to take care of everyone in society, including those who don’t have the means to take care of themselves, and we need to make decisions about how to do that in a more collaborative and participatory way,” Brunelle said. He also intends to improve and expand public transportation, lead municipal efforts to fight climate change, support and empower public schools, and make government more transparent and accessible to all. His plan to bring participatory budgeting to Portland will give residents more say in how their neighborhood allocates city funds. “I believe the people who know best what a neighborhood needs are the people who live there,” Brunelle said. Similar models are currently used by over one thousand cities worldwide.
The Southern Maine DSA is adding its grassroots volunteer energy to Brunelle’s all volunteer campaign, which is not accepting funds from PACs, real estate developers, or out of state donors. “I’m running a clean election campaign because I want to be accountable only to the residents of Portland,” Brunelle said. Chapter members are expected to knock on hundreds of doors in Portland this summer to get out the working class vote for Brunelle.
Portland City Council races are non-partisan, and the Southern Maine DSA is not a political party. The DSA welcomes members and endorses candidates of any party affiliation who share its mission to decrease the influence of money in politics so that ordinary citizens can participate in the many decisions that affect their lives. For more information about the Southern Maine DSA or its endorsement process, contact Chris Teret at DSA.PortlandMaine@gmail.com
Voters of all political persuasions are sick and tired of establishment party politics. They want elected officials who work for them, not the interests of an elite few. In cities across the country, DSA-endorsed candidates are winning at the ballot box by running campaigns free of corporate money, and making it clear what together we can achieve: a government for the people, by the people.
Some of our recent victories include DSA member Dylan Parker who was elected to Rock Island, IL’s City Council in April of this year. His success was followed shortly by khalid kamau’s City Council win in South Fulton, GA. They join Carlos Rosa, Alderman of Chicago’s 35th ward as Democratic Socialists who are working to make the development of cities more socially and economically equitable.
The DSA of Southern Maine endorses candidates running for office in Southern Maine, regardless of party designation, whose platform is in substantial alignment with our principles. Apply today!