“Ten Strikes, One Evening”
On February 21st 2019, Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America held one of the largest events we’ve ever had – “Ten Strikes, One Evening,” a panel discussion with labor and environmental historian Erik Loomis about his book A History of America in Ten Strikes. Among the 125 people in attendance were DSA members, union members, community members, workers of all sorts – all gathered together to discuss labor history and socialism.
The event was held at the East Side Freedom Library in St Paul; library founder Peter Rachleff told us that it was the best-attended event they’ve held at the library since it opened. It was sponsored by three local unions, Education Minnesota, IBEW 292, and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, and by the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota.
DSA organizers Amy Tran, and Bree Richardson, and Joanna DeLaune handled logistics and planning for the event. Appearing on the panel to discuss the book with Erik Loomis were Diana Walter of DSA’s Socialist Feminist Branch, Munira Mohamed of Racial Justice, and Joanna DeLaune substituting for Dave Kamper of the Labor Branch, as he was under the weather. Many other DSA members pitched in to make the event happen.
Open letter to Andy Stern
On May 1 2008, Peter Rachleff, of the History Deptartment of Macalester College signed an open letter to SEIU president Andy Stern in protest at SEIU move to force its local United Healthcare Workers into trusteeship.
- "We are writing to express our deep concern about SEIU's threatened trusteeship over its third largest local, United Healthcare Workers (UHW). We believe that there must always be room within organized labor for legitimate and principled dissent, if our movement is to survive and grow. Putting UHW under trusteeship would send a very troubling message and be viewed, by many, as a sign that internal democracy is not valued or tolerated within SEIU. In our view, this would have negative consequences for the workers directly affected, the SEIU itself, and the labor movement as a whole. We strongly urge you to avoid such a tragedy."
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
Peter Rachleff of Fordham Law School signed the statement.
Center for Labor Renewal
Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout
Circa September 19, 2009, Peter Rachleff signed a petition initiated by the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout entitled, Petition to Demand a People's Bailout which includes the statement, "Tax the rich, make them pay for their crisis!"