Mark S. Alper

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Mark S. Alper

DSA Renegotiate NAFTA petition

In 2009 Mark Alper signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to Renegotiate NAFTA. The petition was initiated and circulated by Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

NPC candidate

In August 2017 Mark S. Alper stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago, from Central New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America.[2]

I have been a socialist all of my adult life. As a person with a disability, effectively raised by a single mother after my Dad died at a young age, I understood in a direct way issues of oppression and repression. I read the Communist Manifesto at age 15, and Michael Harrington’s book, “Socialism” (1973) when I was 17.
I joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) in 1977 and was “mentored” by the late Julius Bernstein, a DSOC Vice Chair and the New England Regional Director of the Jewish Labor Committee. I also new people associated with the New American Movement (NAM) when I attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and have my B.A. degree in Political Science.
I have been a DSA member since the DSOC/NAM merger. Most of my work has been around civil rights for persons with disabilities, as well as being an advocate and educator on the need for better, more accessible and more affordable housing.

I am currently the chair of the New Brunswick branch of Central NJ DSA and am a member of its Executive Committee. My external focus has been on issues of Sanctuary and Health Care, and I am working alongside other activists in Middlesex County.

In addition to my work with the Central NJ Local, I am working with comrades Nora Gayer (Colorado) and Rachel Ochs (Central FL) to make the DSA Disability Working Group become active, above and beyond a Facebook page.
As a Marxist, I believe in dialectics and that the realignment strategy that was our focus for many years belongs to the last century, not to this one. I support the inside/outside strategy
I am opposed to our continuing membership in the Socialist International for similar reasons.[3]