Statement on Portland’s Asylum Seekers

On Wednesday, June 12, around 100 asylum seekers– many of them women and children– arrived by bus in Portland. Because our emergency shelters are already at capacity, these asylum seekers are being sent to stay at the EXPO building. Federal and state agencies have told the city to expect more arrivals in the coming weeks.

The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America rejects the narrative put forth in news headlines that the arrival of these families is a “problem” and affirm that this “very critical emergency” we face is actually a manufactured crisis.

The City and State are already being congratulated for their response, when they should be shamed for their evasion tactics. Asking citizens to donate via crowdfunding text is washing their hands of their responsibility, both in the incendiary language they have used to respond to this situation, and for actions they’ve taken to get us to such an unprepared position

The effects of the United States’ reckless foreign policy, disastrous domestic and global wealth inequality, and an increased frequency of climate disaster will only bring more people in dire need to Portland, and our city needs to be better prepared to welcome them.

Asylum seekers are not coming here just because they want to.

They are fleeing violence, food scarcity, and persecution in their home countries, and are making the obvious decision to save the lives of themselves and their families by coming to the United States. The US has played a role in the global injustices and poverty that facilitates this violence, and we have an obligation to help the people impacted by it. US imperialism and global capitalism will continue to create instability around the world. As a self-proclaimed sanctuary city, Portland must fulfill that proclamation with action and greater preparations to meet the basic needs of people fleeing violence

The only problem we have is a public policy one.

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings and the councilors who walk in lock-step with him have prioritized private profit over the public good for far too long, systematically eroding our housing stock, under-funding our shelters and community support funds, and creating the perfect conditions for fiscal catastrophe and civil unrest. Their policy decisions and votes provide corporate welfare to the real estate developers and the billionaire corporations funding their campaigns. This leaves working-class residents to pick up the tab, as we have done here. They have pushed our city to the breaking point, and any crisis we face is a direct result of their short-sighted decision making

We need radical solutions, not damage control.

Portland’s $200,000 Community Support Fund was established in 2015 to help families who are here legally but cannot yet work. Underfunded from the start, Manager Jennings sponsored an amendment to deny new applications to the fund beginning July 1, 2019. Councilor Pious Ali and Mayor Ethan Strimling will sponsor a motion at the June 17th City Council Meeting to strike that amendment, but we must do more.

For too long, our housing stock has been commodified and compressed behind exclusionary zoning walls to cater to the needs and profits of the wealthiest in society. Massive corporations have been sold swaths of public land at below market value. Hoteliers and short-term landlords have made fortunes by flipping our depreciated and depleted housing stock. The council has enacted affordable housing zoning in name only, and voted down any efforts to strengthen it

We make the following demands:

We demand that arbitrary deadlines not be set upon asylum seekers to sign up for benefits.

We demand that finding sanctuary for new arrivals not be limited to “affordability” logic, in which the end goal is profit, but rather where is best for them. For example, the schools that are best funded (often by affluent white populations) should not escape consideration

We demand that corporations like Wex, Unum, and Maine Health, be required to pay into the Community Support Fund.

We demand that hoteliers be required to donate a number of rooms in times of housing shortages.

We demand that while our city of 70,000 is unable to house one-to-two-hundred new neighbors in need, short-term rental licenses be rescinded.

We demand that our city’s “inclusionary” zoning rules be made truly inclusionary, by removing the ability to build affordable units off-site.

We demand that our city’s inclusionary zoning fees be at minimum doubled and the required affordable units be raised to at least 25%.

We demand that our city begin a good faith dialog about building public housing.

We demand that the media, those tasked with governance, and those citizens who engage in discourse do not restrict themselves to the narrow thinking of neoliberal austerity. The question should not be, can we afford it? But rather, how do we accommodate all that are made homeless?

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses LD308 “An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will”

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2018

PORTLAND, ME – On Monday, March 11, 2018, the membership of the Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted overwhelmingly to endorse state bill, LD308 “An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will.”

This statewide bill increases from 30 to 60 days the notice a landlord must provide to renters to terminate their tenancy. It also increases from 45 to 75 days the notice a landlord must provide to increase the rent of a residential tenant.

A public hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from 9-12 in the Labor and Housing Committee in the Cross Building, room 202 at the State House in Augusta. Fair Rent Portland (sponsors of a 2017 Portland rent control ballot question) and Southern Maine DSA will organize carpools from Portland for tenants and tenant advocates who wish to testify in support of LD308.

“Housing is a human right, and Maine is one of the least affordable states in the country to rent. This is a modest bill that will help working people stay in their homes longer when landlords arbitrarily decide to sell or renovate their properties with the intention of increasing rents or putting their units into short term rentals,” said SMDSA member and Housing Justice Committee organizer Grayson Lookner.

Eviction is now the number one cause of homelessness nationwide. Homelessness disproportionately impacts veterans, women, and domestic violence survivors. In 2012, one in every 30 children in America was homeless, a number that rises as more families lose their homes to foreclosure and become renters. A growing working class awareness of the ways in which the commodification of housing exacerbates wealth inequality between the landed and non-landed classes has led to the organization of tenants’ unions in cities across the country, forcing legislators to act on behalf of their constituents.

Representative Christopher Kessler (D) South Portland wrote, “From the perspective of Oregon passing statewide rent control, [LD308] is a modest bill that gives renters the time they need to land on their feet when they are being kicked out for no fault of their own, especially in this tight rental market.” In February, the Oregon Senate passed groundbreaking statewide rent control legislation, along with restrictions on termination of tenancy for no-cause.

LD308 echoes municipal legislation passed by the residents of Yarmouth last year. That legislation established a Rental Housing Advisory Committee and required landlords of buildings with ten or more units to give tenants 75 days’ notice for rent increases.

Southern Maine DSA was instrumental in gathering signatures to put this initiative on the ballot after the Yarmouth town council refused to address renters’ concerns over rental stock monopoly and price gouging by out-of-state corporation Taymil Partners. That referendum passed in November 2018 when a recount determined that blank ballots were incorrectly counted as votes against the measure. SMDSA members were among the group that oversaw the recount process.

Democratic Socialism is an economic system in which working people exercise democratic control of the means of production in order to bring about social and economic equality. Democratic socialists reject the concentration of state power. We are not a political party, and we welcome members of any political party who wish to build working-class solidarity across party lines. DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA endorses issues that align with its mission of organizing and empowering working class people to stand together to improve our material and social conditions.

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA, this press release, or its endorsement process, contact:

Jon Torsch, Co-Chair Jonathantorsch@gmail.com

Kate Sykes, Co-Chair kate_sykes_writer@yahoo.com

Wes Pelletier, Secretary DSA.SouthernMaine@gmail.com

http://southernmainedsa.org/

http://www.dsausa.org/

SMDSA Calls on NPC to Defer Sanders Endorsement to National Convention

For Immediate Release, March 12, 2019
SMDSA Co-Chairs Kate Sykes & Jon Torsch

Introduction

A petition has circulated asking members and chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to call to defer the decision to endorse Bernie Sanders to the highest body of our organization – the National Convention – where delegates from every chapter have a say. Signatories already include chapters and individuals in early primary states (Iowa, Nevada), in Super Tuesday states (Alabama, California), and the entire Libertarian Socialist Caucus. Maine has not set its 2020 primary/caucus date yet, but in 2016 it was among earlier caucus states.

Our chapter organizes in a rural, purple, low-population state. We utilize multiple tactics to win both power and improved material conditions. The fights we have taken on include mandatory paid sick time for workers, increased campaign finance reporting, and increased notice for tenant evictions and rent increases. Our victories have stemmed primarily from holding to our core tenet – that everyone affected by a decision should have a say in that decision. For this reason, and others discussed further below, our chapter has voted to sign this petition.

Makeup of the NPC

The National Political Committee (NPC) of the DSA is a body of representatives responsible for guiding DSA’s major organizational goals as determined by the delegates to the National Convention. The NPC consists of sixteen (16) individuals elected at our biennial National Convention. Since election in 2017, four (4) NPC members have been replaced by individuals appointed solely by the NPC. Of the current makeup, roughly twelve (12) of the sixteen (16) members of the NPC are from large cities (populations over 700k).

The NPC appoints members to a National Electoral Committee (NEC). NEC members are not elected, and similarly, roughly eighteen (18) of twenty-five (25) members are from large cities (700k+). Still, the NEC is the national body empowered to execute the NPC’s political strategy by assisting locals and recommending national endorsements.

Undemocratic Process

In October 2018, the NPC voted to bypass the NEC and form a separate “Exploratory Committee for the 2020 Presidential Primary” consisting of nine (9) appointed members. This committee was charged with drafting a proposal for an endorsement process in the 2020 presidential primary as well as develop a “high-level” campaign plan for a potential 2020 presidential campaign, and reporting that proposal back to the NPC.

In January 2019, the Exploratory Committee reported back to the NPC, again bypassing the NEC, with their “Report from the Exploratory Committee for the 2020 Presidential Primary”. The NPC received alternate proposals and amendments but rejected all of them – including those proposing more bottom-up input, such as adding voting members from the states with early primaries – to ultimately approve their commissioned Exploratory Committee proposal.

The approved process required the NPC to vote on endorsement within a month of Sanders announcing his presidential campaign. In response to the critique that members were not being consulted in this decision, National DSA released a poll to all members. The poll is primarily flawed in that it is a “non-binding advisory poll,” but further concerns include only allowing “Yes” or “No” responses and not including decisions or feedback on implementation, level of resources to commit, whether we should do an Independent Expenditure, what the timeline is, or if the decision should be deferred to the National Convention.

Several NPC members have stated publicly how they will be voting on the endorsement. Making these statements prior to the completion of the advisory poll implies that poll results or chapter statements will not impact their decisions.

Concerns with Campaign and Candidate

The proposal itself introduces several problems that need more time to be addressed. The merits and challenges of a Bernie endorsement need to be discussed further. The Independent Expenditure campaign introduces questions of legal liability and the possibility of schisms between members who want to work with both DSA and the official Bernie campaign. We should know how much of our finances – primarily funded by member-paid dues – are going to be committed to this project. Members should be provided the National budget alongside this, which is now almost two months past-due, in order to determine how much we feel comfortable committing. DSA members have been struggling for sex work decriminalization, an end to imperialism, and immigration justice; the decision to endorse a candidate who has a complicated background with the very issues we care about must come from membership. We need to have a discussion as an organization if we even want to endorse candidates that haven’t asked us for endorsement. These are just a sample of the issues that rank and file members still don’t have answers to.

Conclusion

We feel that the NPC should implement decisions made by members, rather than the other way around. We believe we need an organization that hears these critiques and answers these questions in order to create an alternative, direct democracy. We believe in a bottom-up model of power, not in restricting power to a select few with the time, ability, resources, and connections to hold higher offices.

Southern Maine DSA is joining the call to ask the NPC to defer the question of endorsing Sanders to the 2019 National Convention. We believe, above all else, that anyone affected by a decision deserves to have a say in that decision, and we do not feel that this tenet has been a cornerstone of this process.

 

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA or this statement please contact us by email at DSA.SouthernMaine@gmail.com

http://southernmainedsa.org/

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Press Release: SMDSA Releases 2018 Annual Report

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2019

Kate Sykes, Co-Chair

Jon Torsch, Co-Chair

 

Southern Maine DSA Files 2018 Annual Report

PORTLAND, ME – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America announced today that it has published its annual report for the calendar year ending December 31, 2018. The full report may be viewed here.

https://bit.ly/2RXpm4y

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a grassroots, member-led organization whose goal is to build a mass socialist movement. Southern Maine DSA (SMDSA) was incorporated in 2017 and includes DSA members who live and/or work in Maine’s First Congressional District. According to our bylaws, DSA members who live and/or work in Maine’s Second Congressional District are also members by default of SMDSA until a chapter is formed in their area.

2018 was a year of rapid growth for DSA both nationally and in Maine. National membership grew from 32,000 to 55,000, with the number of local chapters increasing from 40 to 181. 2018 also saw the first two DSA members elected to the United States House of Representatives: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).

Southern Maine DSA started the year with roughly 120 dues-paying members in Cumberland and York Counties, growing to roughly 180 by mid-year. In July, they petitioned National for a complete list of dues-paying members in all of Maine and began outreach to these members for the purpose of organizing statewide. They had roughly 300 members statewide in July, with over 360 by the end of the year.

As a result, they formed an Eastern branch on October 15th covering Penobscot County; and a Midcoast branch on November 12th covering Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties.

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA or this press release call 207-331-5373 or contact us by email at: DSA.SouthernMaine@gmail.com

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Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Yes on Portland Question 2: 42-day Pre-Election Report

Southern Maine DSA Endorses Yes on Portland Question 2: 42 Pre-Election Day Report

PORTLAND, ME – On Monday, October 15, at their general membership meeting, the Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted to endorse a charter amendment requiring all Portland municipal candidates to file a 42-day pre-election report disclosing their campaign donors. The referendum, conceived by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and the League of Women Voters was introduced by Councilor Belinda Ray and passed by the Council on August 13, with only Councilor Kim Cook voting in opposition. A charter amendment requires citizen approval, and will appear to voters as Portland ballot Question 2 on the November 6th ballot.

Municipal candidates are currently required to disclose their donors 11 days before the election. However, by that time many voters have already cast early absentee ballots without the benefit of this information. Question 2 aims to fill this gap by mandating that candidates also disclose their sources of funding 42 days before the election. This additional report would match reporting requirements for state-level candidates.

“An informed electorate is foundational to a functioning democracy. Often it’s not the candidate’s agenda we need to understand, but that of their donors. Lack of transparency at the municipal level in Portland disenfranchises voters from the truth behind councilor votes,” said Kate Sykes, chapter secretary. “It’s time to open the blinds. Passing Question 2 is the first step toward a government that answers to the people of Portland.”

The DSA supports issues that align with its mission of organizing and empowering working class people in Southern Maine to stand together to improve our material and social conditions.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. Its membership includes 35 elected officials around the country. Southern Maine DSA is endorsing six democratic socialists and one ballot question in the upcoming election.

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA, this press release, or its endorsement process, contact DSA.SouthernMaine@Gmail.com.

http://southernmainedsa.org/

http://www.dsausa.org/

 

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Joey Brunelle for Portland City Council (At-Large)

PORTLAND – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted on Monday, August 20th, to endorse Joey Brunelle for Portland City Council (At-Large) in the November 2018 general election.

Brunelle, a member of DSA, is a former SMDSA Board member and is running on a progressive platform focused on building a city government that works for all residents, not just a wealthy few. Brunelle will work to strengthen the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance to require 18% affordable units, instead of the current 10%, the lowest in the nation. He will increase government transparency and accountability by working with citizen groups to implement a publicly accessible database of City Council voting records, video recordings and transcripts. He will also introduce a public financing program for municipal campaigns, to allow everyone to run for office to represent their community, not just those with connections to wealth. Brunelle has called for all candidates in Portland’s municipal races to take his clean campaign pledge to not accept any money from PACs, corporations, out-of-state donors, or real estate developers.

Joey came in second in a three-way race in 2017 against incumbent Jill Duson. This time he hopes to unseat 21-year incumbent Nick Mavodones. If elected, Joey will introduce term limits for Portland municipal offices.

“We’re all very excited about Joey’s run. He’s shown time and time again that he cares about Portland; he’s a skilled candidate; and he’s ready to govern. Joey has promised to channel socialist and otherwise egalitarian ideas into public policy. We know that Joey will be a responsive, enthusiastic, and progressive representative for working people,” says Caleb Horton, co-chair of SMDSA’s Endorsement Committee.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. 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 our lives.

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Maia Dendinger for Maine State Senate, District 5

PORTLAND – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted nearly unanimously on Monday, August 20, to endorse Maia Dendinger for Maine State Senate (District 5) in the November 2018 general election. Dendinger, a dual member of SMDSA and the Socialist Party of Maine, is running as a Socialist Party USA candidate.

A Maine Clean Elections candidate, Dendinger is financing her campaign through public funds rather than corporate “donations.” Along with campaign finance, Maia has also made priorities of food justice, cooperative economics, universal healthcare, energy independence, and increased democracy. These issues are of particular importance to the constituents in legislative District 5, which includes Veazie, Orono, Old Town, Indian Island, Milford, Medway, East Millinocket, and Millinocket.

“I’m extremely honored to be endorsed by the Southern Maine DSA. I am looking forward to not only using this campaign as a means of sharing socialist ideas and perspectives, but also as a means of strengthening connections between DSA, the Socialist Party of Maine, and the working people of my district, to help us organize. We need to build a long-term movement to transform society. This campaign is about more than just one seat in the state senate – it is about bringing people together and planting seeds of hope and change for the future,” Dendinger says.

“Maia’s energy is infectious,” says Meg Reilly, SMDSA Chair. “We’re excited by not only her values and platform but by her clear compassion, empathy, and understanding of class struggle. We’re proud to endorse a proud socialist with a history of fighting for what’s right.”

To support her victory in November, and in the spirit of her movement-building work, SMDSA has voted to endorse Maia’s candidacy. We invite DSA members and members of the public to learn more about Dendinger’s campaign, support her campaign for District 5 in any way you can, and vote for her in November.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. 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 our lives.

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA or its endorsement process, contact DSA.SouthernMaine@Gmail.com

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Jon Torsch for Portland City Council, District 2

PORTLAND – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted unanimously on Monday, August 20, to endorse Jon Torsch for Portland City Council (District 2) in the November 2018 general election. Torsch, a member of the SMDSA Executive Board, is running for the first time.

Torsch is the only candidate for District 2 pledging to take no money from out-of-state donors, PACs, corporations, or real estate interests. If elected, Torsch will propose clean elections legislation at the municipal level, modeled after the state program of the same name. Torsch has also made priorities of participatory budgeting, open data, progressive property taxes, cooperative development, housing security, and public resource investments such as libraries and light rail.

“I am beyond excited and proud to have received the endorsement of the Southern Maine DSA. I have been organizing and doing activist work with this chapter for a while now, and to know that the membership body came together and unanimously endorsed my campaign shows real solidarity – that we are all in this together. I believe that collective action is the answer, and to have SMDSA behind me as a real grassroots organization, I know that we can win this seat and democratize the power that it holds,” says Torsch.

As socialists, we understand that elected officials can govern either on behalf of special moneyed interests, or on behalf of the great majority: working people. Torsch’s campaign promises to improve the lives of everyday Portlanders and amplify their political power. “Jon is a comrade and a friend. He has the energy, vision, and ideas to bring a fresh dose of democracy to city council,” says Caleb Horton, co-chair of SMDSA’s endorsements committee.

As his colleagues, the membership of SMDSA has seen that Torsch means what he says. We also understand that even the most diligent elected officials are constrained by the countervailing forces of the capitalist system. When working people organize in the workplace, the street, and the voting booth, we can overcome the power of exploitative bosses, destructive property speculators, and dictatorial social forces. Jon Torsch’s success depends on all of us.

SMDSA encourages its members and the general public to learn more about Torsch’s campaign, join his campaign for District 2 in any way they can, and vote for him in November.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. 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 our lives.

For more information about SMDSA or its endorsement process, contact DSA.SouthernMaine@Gmail.com

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses the National Prison Strike

Southern Maine DSA Endorses the National Prison Strike

On August 21, a National Prison Strike began in 17 states, organized by the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. This strike was called in response to a riot in a Bishopville, South Carolina prison, in which prison employees did nothing to quell the violence or tend to the injured. But this nationwide strike is about more than a single egregious act of violence against prisoners.

On Monday, August 20th, the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America voted to formally endorse this strike, as well as the 10 demands of those who organized it:

  1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
  2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
  3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
  4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
  5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
  6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
  7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
  8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
  9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
  10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!

Our support for restoring the rights of prisoners and reasserting their humanity goes beyond this strike as well. The prison industrial complex is an oppressive institution that destroys lives, families, and communities for profit while actively keeping the legacy of slavery alive. This strike is one important step on the road to dismantling this unjust system, and it has our full endorsement.

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Earned Paid Sick Time for All Portland Workers

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2018

Meg Reilly, Chair

Southern Maine DSA Endorses Earned Paid Sick Time for All Portland Workers

PORTLAND, ME – On June 18, the Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted unanimously to support the proposed Paid Sick Time Ordinance currently being debated in the Portland City Council’s Health and Human Services subcommittee. The proposal, written by the Southern Maine Workers’ Center and the Maine Women’s Lobby, and sponsored by Mayor Ethan Strimling, seeks to guarantee paid sick leave to all Portland workers.

An estimated 19,000 Portland workers do not currently have paid sick leave. The proposal as it is written would allow all workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a maximum requirement of 6 days accumulated per year of employment. The proposal includes a universal definition of family, giving Portland workers the ability to used paid sick days to care for loved ones as they define them.

The Portland ordinance is crucial to keeping Portland workers healthy as well as economically secure. “All workers, regardless of age, seasonality of work, or other factors should be able to rest when ill or take care of ill family members without the repercussions of missing a paycheck. Daily in my clinic, I see how economically and emotionally stressed patients are when they have to miss work for medical needs,” said DSA member and local primary care physician Krys Bigosinski, MD. “This proposal will go a long way toward allowing greater access to medical care for working families, and will also decrease the spread of illness to those who may come into contact with individuals who are working while ill. In a city like Portland, where so much of our economy is based in the caregiving and food service industries, this type of legislation is important for public health,” Bigosinski said.

There are now 8 states and over 30 cities that have similar paid sick leave ordinances. Recently, the Austin, TX chapter of the DSA was instrumental in bringing the first such legislation to a city in the southern United States. SMDSA is proud to become a partner in the campaign to bring the city of Portland into the leadership circle on this issue.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. Its membership includes 35 elected officials around the country. Southern Maine DSA is not a political party. The DSA supports issues that align with its mission of organizing and empowering working class people in Southern Maine to stand together to improve our material and social conditions.

For more information about the Southern Maine DSA, this press release, or its endorsement process, contact DSA.SouthernMaine@Gmail.com

 

http://southernmainedsa.org/

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