Pittsburgh DSA Statement Regarding Danny Fetonte

 

We, the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, call for Danny Fetonte to voluntarily step down from the DSA National Political Committee.

Failing that, we urge the rest of the NPC to remove him from office in accordance with the existing procedures.

In solidarity,

The Pittsburgh DSA Steering Committee on behalf of the general membership of the Pittsburgh DSA, as adopted August 14, 2017

March General Meeting

Join Pittsburghers who are at work organizing the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America for our March general meeting.

March 6, 2017
7-9 p.m.
Barco Law Building @ Pitt
3900 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Room 109

At this meeting, we will:

  • Discuss the DSA and our socialism
  • Share details about the International Women’s Strike on March 8
  • Update on our committee work and local engagement

This will be a special general meeting in that we will also be joined by two candidates running for local political office – Pittsburgh mayoral candidate John Welch and Allegheny County council candidate Anita Prizio – and current DSA members will be voting on potential endorsements. If you are new to the DSA or our meetings, we will at that time be holding a mini orientation session to share more about how to get involved.

    • To help raise funds for our chapter, we’ll be hosting a pay-what-you-can mini potluck at the end of our meeting. If you wish, please bring to share any food that can be eaten without fork and knife!
    • If you are in need of childcare or any other assistance, please message us or email info -at- pghdsa.org.

Statement on Reproductive Justice

Pittsburgh DSA statement on reproductive justice

“Reproductive Justice (is defined) as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” source: SisterSong

We believe reproductive justice exists when all people, in all communities, have the resources and power to make informed and independent decisions about their genders, bodies, sexualities, and families. We recognize that the barriers to safe and healthy reproductive lives are not alone a matter of legal restrictions but are deeply rooted in social, political and economic systems of power. Reproductive justice is a transformative framework, and our vision centers the leadership of the communities most impacted by reproductive oppression to remedy power inequalities and create long-term, systemic change.

The reproductive justice framework recognizes that all individuals are members of families and communities and that our strategies must lift up entire communities in order to support individuals. Intersectional feminism and reproductive justice are central to our ideals as democratic socialists. We are committed to reproductive health and autonomy in all its dimensions, including the economic dimension, which too often restricts the scope of reproductive choice and harms the well-being of individuals and families.

The current political climate has highlighted that vulnerable populations include patients, their families, clinic escorts, healthcare professionals and abortion providers. Specifically, abortion providers and their staff have faced harassment, threats, and violence for many years and have endeavored to make their clinics as safe and comfortable as possible for their employees, volunteers and the people who rely on their services. In particular, Pittsburgh’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America recognizes two essential agencies providing reproductive health care in Allegheny County: The Allegheny Reproductive Health Center and Planned Parenthood of Western PA.

We condemn the dubious practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which spread dangerous misinformation, prey on low income families, and target communities of color throughout the region. We believe that comprehensive health care providers, their committed staff, and reproductive rights organizations that center the needs of people in our communities are the foremost authorities on reproductive justice. For this reason, we look to the leadership of these organizations in our efforts to protect and expand abortion rights and other reproductive rights. The occasion of patients’ appointments should never be a staging ground for conflict, and to treat them as such would only place yet another barrier between those in need of safe, affordable, and legal care and the agencies able to provide that care.

As we fight for reproductive justice, we aspire to amplify the voices of our community composed of patients, their families, clinic escorts, healthcare professionals, community organizers and abortion providers. The Pittsburgh DSA affirms a strong commitment to all fighting for reproductive justice.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED! Bring Martín Home!

UPDATE: Martín was deported this morning. The rally to #BringMartínHome still on, and your support is needed more than ever.

‼️ THIS AFTERNOON! ACTION NEEDED! ‼️ Please CALL and ATTEND and encourage friends and comrades to do the same.

Martín Esquivel-Hernandez has been held in ICE detention since May. His family, friends, and local activists have been working tirelessly to bring him home, and today is the last chance to do so.

Take action today:
– Call ICE Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci at (313) 568-6036 and ask her to do the right thing: Reunite Martín Esquivel-Hernandez with his family here in Pittsburgh.
– Join Pittsburgh DSA and other local groups at this action today from 5-6 PM to show strength, support, and solidarity.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1218692014875089#

Debate Watch Party – Sanders vs Cruz

On Tuesday, February 8, Healthcare 4 All PA and Pittsburgh DSA  will be co-hosting a watch party for the debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Ted Cruz of TX, discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act.

The event will be hosted at Brillobox at 4104 Penn Ave, and admission is free. The debate will be screened on both floors of the venue, and Pittsburgh DSA will be having a bake sale on the second floor to raise funds for our work. The event starts at 8PM, and the debate will begin at 9PM. Non-desert food and drinks will be available for purchase from the bar. 21+

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