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Spring Platform Update #1

Several weeks ago, we launched the Spring Platform with the hope of starting a
conversation about important issues of democracy and structure within DSA leading up to the 2017 National Convention.

The response has been overwhelming in the best sense of the word! The Platform has garnered a flood of interest and debate on social media, in local chapters and on DSA’s national Activist List.

Now we bring you the first of several updates leading up to the convention. We’ve published the submitted versions of 2 of our 5 initial platform planks, as well as a blog post about the initial reaction to the Platform and a piece published in Jacobin Magazine by our comrade Dustin Guastella diving deeper into the Single Payer March on Washington.

Grievances Amendment
New Chapter By-Laws Amendment  

Launch of Spring Platform Met with Flood of Interest
We Need a Medicare for All March on Washington 

In the coming days we’ll also be releasing several additional platform planks as well as a couple of blog posts digging further into the platform.

We encourage everyone to discuss these in your local chapters and on social media, and are excited to see what conversations develop!

In Solidarity,

The Spring Platform Crew

We Need a Medicare for All March on Washington

By Dustin Guastella

This piece originally appeared at Jacobin Magazine. The accompanying resolution to the national convention was submitted by Dustin Guastella and Jeremy Gong.

Big demonstrations and marches are too often seen as a silver bullet. In bad histories of the Civil Rights Movement, even, tens of thousands of meetings, organizing drives, and small actions are forgotten, while only mass assemblies on the Washington Mall remain.Today, marches tend to replace much of the work they are meant to demonstrate, namely organization- and infrastructure-building. Where at one time such demonstrations proved the strength of an insurgent political bloc, nowadays they are seen as an end in themselves.But with Donald Trump’s health agenda set to kill thousands and immiserate millions more, and with Democratic resistance to it failing, now is precisely the time when we should organize a Medicare for All march on Washington.

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Launch of Spring Platform Met with Flood of Interest

A few weeks ago we launched the Spring Platform, a series of concrete proposals for DSA’s upcoming national convention. These proposals were connected very openly to a clear political outlook centered on internal democracy, member power, and growing DSA and the socialist movement. We felt that if these ideas were put to the membership there would be a reaction, though we didn’t know what that reaction would look like.

The response we received once we launched our platform was an absolute flood of interest and positive support. Already, thousands of DSA members have visited the site.

The platform has been passed around, discussed and debated among members from all over the country. Over 100 members, from dozens of chapters, signed up on the website asking to be involved with the campaign to make these ideas a reality at the DSA national convention. This flood of interest has confirmed our view that members want to see a convention that is inclusive, lively, political, and sets the stage for building an even stronger member run organization.

We are so happy and honored to see such interest in these ideas. We will continue to reach out to the Spring Platform supporters across the country so we can have a strong, unified showing at the convention.

In the coming weeks, we will be publishing the language for our proposed resolutions for the convention, articles that go into detail on the thinking behind these ideas, along with endorsements of other proposals that will be up for a vote in Chicago. We are also entering the final stage of discussions around a National Political Committee slate with like-minded comrades for the convention that will include our own Jeremy Gong and Natalie Midiri. These will be important developments, so please stay tuned for updates.

Thank you to all the comrades who have shown us so much support. We are looking forward to working with you at the upcoming convention and beyond.

Solidarity,

The Spring Platform Crew