The Washington Socialist <> January 2017
Ten new people joined the 20 already active in the Racial Justice and Anti-Bigotry Committee that met on December 12, 2016, following the DC DSA local membership meeting.
A brief update on activities regarding Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and ONE DC was given.
SURJ DC (www.surjdc.com) is a chapter of the national SURJ organization (www.showingupforracialjustice.org), which seeks to organize white people to dismantle white supremacy and support racial justice movements. In DC, the focus is on how we can best support and follow the leadership of Black- and People of Color-Led organizing work, including ONE DC (www.onedconline.org). Briefly, ONE DC’s approach to community development addresses structural causes of poverty and injustice, an orientation that stems from deep analysis of race, power, and the economic, political, and social forces at work in Shaw and the District.
Committee founding co-chair Ingrid Goldstrom summarized the December 12 committee meeting: “There appeared to be enthusiasm for educational opportunities within smaller scale gatherings of DSA members. Although people listened to information about ONE DC, without more specifics about the group and the ability to take part in the ONE DC walk through neighborhoods and volunteer training, our work with them was probably more abstract to the newcomers. Educating folks about the intersection of racism and capitalism should have immediate priority. This, coupled with engaging people in concrete actions, would be a good place to start.”
December Action: On Dec. 21, six DSA members braved the cold to participate in the “Standing with Muslims Against Islamophobia and Racism” rally and march to the White House. The opportunity to take part in a broad coalition reflects the times. Note that the very next day, President Obama dismantled the Muslim Registry, so (tongue in cheek) he must have been listening to us!
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