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Brazos Valley DSA

February 12, 2017

Like many Bernie groups around the cound, our Brazos Valley for Bernie organization has evloved into a Democratic Socialistsb of America organinzing committee. We are known asn2205133680_32502 Brazos Valley DSA.

We were recognized as a committee in late Novemebr of 2016. We currently have seventeen dues paying members and a number of allies from three counties.

Please visit and like our Facebook page for comments, articles, and notices about activities and actions.

#Resist #DemSocialists #Organize

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Sons of Zapata

June 3, 2016

On June 1, in 1966, farm workers in Rio Grande City, Texas went on strike against La Casita Farms. The farm laborers made .40 cents an hour and struck for $1.25.

The strike involved 400 workers, lasted 90 days, and culminated with a 490 mile march to the State Capitol in Austin. When the marchers gathered on the State Capitol steps on Labor Day, a total of 15,000 people were there to support their demands for higher wages and better working conditions.

The La Casita strike is said to have been the beginning of the Chicano Movement in Texas.

Please check out the attached document, Sons of Zapata. It is a tremendous photographic history of the Texas farm worker’s strike in 1966.

Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders

February 18, 2016

On August 31, 2015, I posted about the start of a Bernie Sanders grassroots volunteer group in Bryan-College Station, Texas. I haven’t posted about the group, or anything else for that matter, on the “scottspeak” blog since that post.  I do want to get back to posting, so I’d thought I’d start with an update on the Bernie group.

The group is called “Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders”. Several of us went to Houston in the early part of the summer of 2015 to see Bernie at the University of Houston. That was followed by a local “kick-off party” in Bryan. Since then, our network in the Bryan-College Station-Texas A&M University area and beyond has grown and spread. The local network consists of local permanent residents, Texas A&M students. We having working contacts with individuals and groups in Texas cities such as Austin, Brenham,  Houston, Huntsville, Katy, Needville, Richmond, San Marcos, and Somerville.

Our group has conducted many Bernie community outreach activities since our first post. We have encouraged people in our network and in the community to become a deputy volunteer voter registrar and have promoted voter registrar trainings at the County Voter Registrar’s office.We have gone into community neighborhoods many times to register voters, collect signatures on the petition that got Bernie on the Texas primary ballot without filing a fee, and speak with identified Democratic voters about Bernie and the March Texas primary. We have distributed fliers at community fairs and festivals. We have held Democratic debate watch parties, facilitated several campaign phone banks, and hosted an area-wide meeting with state campaign directors.

These months and activities have been exciting. We are now in the Early Voting stage of the Texas Democratic primary and fully expect Bernie Sanders to be the winner of the Texas primary.

“It will take all of us to get one of us elected.”

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Here are some pictures that will give you a look at some of our people and some of the activities that we have conducted.

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(Kick-off Party)

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(A Democratic Debate Watch)

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(Flier Distribution at Fiesta Patrias)

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(Block-Walk)

training

(Area Meeting with State Campaign People)

block walk

(Block-Walk)

dial up

(Phone Bank)

Early Vote in Texas

February 18, 2016

Early voting in Texas began Tuesday and continues through the 26th. Early voting leads up to March 1, Super Tuesday.

My wife and I typically vote early. This year our two youngest children will cast their first votes.

Make plans and take the time to vote, early or Super Tuesday, it really doesn’t matter. JUST DO IT!

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“Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders”

August 31, 2015

The “Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders” Facebook page is one of thousands of social media sites that have been started over theBernie Kick-Off2 recent months to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.

The page consists of posts of articles that pertain to Bernie, his campaign, and his positions on issues that all of America is concerned about, There are also posts about Bernie supporters in the Bryan-College Station-Texas A&M University communities in Texas and their grassroots activities to bring about the political change in America that Bernie Sanders is so passionately advocating.

Please visit and “like” the “Bryan-College Station for Bernie Sanders” Facebook page.

Cartooning Capitalism: Wealth Created By the Working Class

March 20, 2015

This political cartoon was drawn by Sewell Weidman. It was published in the Appeal to Reason newspaper on September 2, 1905.

-Labor Cartoon-  Sewell Weidman, Appeal to Reason, December 2, 1905

The socio-economic situation for the working class has not changed much over the 110 years since this cartoon was published.

 

Cartooning Capitalism

March 8, 2015

I have been reading the articles and speeches of Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) – American labor leader, co-founding member of the Socialist Party of the United States, and five-time presidential candidate – for some time.

Reading Debs’ speeches and articles have taught me much about the start and development of America’s labor and Socialist movements of the mid-to-late 19th and early 20th Centuries. They have introduced me to men and women and labor and Socialist events that I had never heard about or known of. And, they have introduced me to the labor and political art of the early 20th Century. -Ryan Walker-  Red Portfolio

The art of people such as Art Young, Ryan Walker, Fred Warren, and Sewell Weidman addressed events, people, and policies that concerned the working men and women of America. They dealt with capitalism, Socialism, plutocrats, Wall Street profits and working man labors. The labor and political art of this era was published in Socialist newspapers and magazines such as the Appeal to Reason, The Masses, and The Rip-Saw.

Like Eugene V. Debs’ articles and speeches, I have found the labor and Socialist art of the early 20th Century to not just be interesting, but relevant and applicable to much of what is happening in today’s labor, economic, and political world.

I have found a very informative paper that addresses the art that I am referring to. It is entitled “Cartooning capitalism: Radical cartooning and the making of American popular radicalism in the early twentieth century” by Michael Cohen.

In the article, Cohen writes that

” … radical cartooning stripped the movements and their enemies to their core ideologies, depicting and epic struggle between ‘plutocrat and democracy’, human solidarity versus unrestrained greed. Radical cartoon humor thus offered instruction, persuasion, and entertainment, providing an excellent medium for what contemporary Cultural Studies describe as ‘cultural resistance’, or what social movement theorists have termed ‘framing social protest’: the creation of cultural practices, ideological models, and aesthetic strategies designed to empower popular intellectuals and ordinary people to understand the social world with the specific intention of transforming it.”

As time passes, I plan to post different pieces of labor and Socialist art on this page. Please return to “scottspeak” to view these pieces of art from an era gone-by.

Please also visit the “Eugene V. Debs” Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DebsEugeneV for quotes from Debs’ articles and speeches as well as information about his labor and political life and times.