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Houston DSA Houston DSA is the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America We fight for more democracy — in our politics, workplaces, and communities.
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We’re the Houston local of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country. Our members are building and supporting progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in U.S. communities and politics through activism, political education, and community organization.

12/01/2023

Dec. 1: Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History Farewell Lecture: "The War on and the Politics of History" with Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti!

🗓️: Friday, December 01, 2023
⏰: Reception 5:45 PM / Lecture 6:15 PM
📍: Conrad Ballroom, Hilton UH (4450 University Dr., Houston, TX 77204)
📣: This event is free and open to the public

Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti is the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, Associate Professor at the Department of History, and founding Director of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies at the University of Houston. He is the author of "Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976" (2013), which has been translated into Arabic as "Dhufar: Thawrat al-Riyah al-Mawsimiyya" (2019), and the co-author (with Professor Karma Nabulsi) of the digital humanities project "The Palestinian Revolution" (2016).

This lecture is supported by the NEH Cullen Chair in History & Business, AAEF Ajouz Professorship in Arab Studies, NEH Cullen Chair in History & Medicine, The University of Houston Department of History, and the Department of English UH English Majors. Co-sponsored by the UH Comparative Cultural Studies Department and the Project on Race & Capitalism.

11/09/2023

🚨NOV. 13🚨As the Israeli assault on Palestinians in Gaza enters its second month, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies invites you to an emergency session: “Genocide in Gaza: Context and Strategies.” This event will feature contributions from University of Houston and Rive University researchers on Palestine and the Arab world.

🗓️: 11/13/2023
⏰: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
📍: Downtown Room, Student Center South #261

This event is free and open to the public.

10/17/2023

🚨HOUSTON - EMERGENCY RALLY TOMORROW🚨

All out TOMORROW, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Israeli Consulate to demonstrate against the ongoing genocide of Gaza, including today's massacre of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital. 📣

📍24 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046
⏰4:00PM-8:00PM


10/17/2023

The University of Houston's Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies hosted an emergency teach-in on Palestine on Oct 13, 2023. This even...

10/12/2023

Amidst the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza in Palestine, the University of Houston’s Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies is holding a hybrid emergency teach-in event on Palestine:

🗓️Date: Friday, Oct. 13
🕣Time: 6-8pm (CDT)
📍Location: Skyline Room, UH Student Center South #223
🔗Live stream: https://bit.ly/UHPalestine

This emergency teach-in will feature contributions from distinguished scholars of Palestine and global settler-colonialism, including:
Prof. Ussama Makdisi (Chancellor's Chair in History, UC Berkeley)
Prof. Abdel Razzaq Takriti (AAEF-CAS Director, UH)
Prof. Tshepo Chery (Assistant Professor of African History, UH)
Prof. David McNally (NEH Cullen Chair in History & Business, UH)
Prof. Adela Cedillo (Assistant Professor of Mexican History, UH)
Prof. Sue Ferguson (Associate Professor Emerita, Wilfrid Laurier University)
and Prof. Hosam Aboul-Ela (AAEF Ajouz Chair in Arab Studies, UH)

Today!
10/02/2023

Today!

Please join the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies on Monday, October 2, for the 2023 AAEF Paul Kardoush Annual Memorial Lecture, “Beginning and Endings: Palestine and the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh” featuring Jennifer Zacharia, JD, from 6-8 pm at the Waldorf Ballroom, Hilton University of Houston!

Location: Waldorf Ballroom (2nd floor), Hilton University of Houston
Reception: 6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:30 pm
Parking available in the UH Hilton garage
Event link: https://www.uh.edu/calendar/?view=e&id=640005

Jennifer Jennifer Zacharia is a lawyer and writer. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School and an MIA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she has worked as a journalist and with various human and civil rights organizations. She is Shireen Abu Akleh’s first cousin.

This event is free and open to the public. Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies

09/13/2023

Please join the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies on Monday, October 02, for the 2023 AAEF Paul Kardoush Annual Memorial Lecture, “Beginning and Endings: Palestine and the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh” featuring Jennifer Zacharia, JD, from 6-8pm at the Waldorf Ballroom, Hilton University of Houston!

Jennifer Jennifer Zacharia is a lawyer and writer. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School, and an MIA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she has worked as a journalist and with various human and civil rights organizations. She is Shireen Abu Akleh’s first cousin.

Labor Day HistoryLabor Day is quickly approaching- it is celebrated on the first Monday of September in the USA & Canada...
09/04/2023

Labor Day History

Labor Day is quickly approaching- it is celebrated on the first Monday of September in the USA & Canada. It has been a federal holiday which most workers have off or receive double overtime pay if they are required to work with hourly wages. Although this unofficially marks the end of summer in the USA, the history behind the holiday is rarely touched upon.

What is Labor Day?
According to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day exists as an “annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.” It cites two conflicting accounts of the “leader” behind the initial organizing in the early 1880s. The website neglects to identify the event that is arguably a critical factor in its origin, the Haymarket Affair (also known as the Haymarket Massacre, Haymarket Riot, and/or Haymarket Incident) on May 4th, 1886 in Chicago, IL. Workers often endured 12 hour work days in brutal factory conditions during the Industrial Revolution. Workers began to form unions to fight these conditions, and the Haymarket Riot began as a mass protest of 2500 people for an 8 hour workday after a worker was killed and several others wounded at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. When 200 people were still at the event as most of the masses had left due to rain, police forces attacked the remaining protesters to end the demonstration & in response, a dynamite-based bomb was thrown at the police. Several protestors were killed by police wildly firing after the bombing. It was determined that the police who died were killed by their own accomplices and no deaths were the result of the bombing alone.
As a response to this event, the state went after 8 anarchists in an internationally publicized trial. The trial lasted two months, and although one person was linked to building the bomb, there was no evidence that any of those on trial threw the bomb. The person accused of throwing the bomb was over a mile away with multiple witnesses. Local newspapers offered bribes to jurors to convict the accused. Only 2 of the 8 people accused were even present when the bomb was detonated. Despite the evidence that exonerated these anarchists, 7 of them were convicted & sentenced to death. Four of the seven were eventually executed. The Haymarket affair is commonly known as the climax of the “Great Upheaval” of social unrest of the Working Class.

What is the origin of International Worker’s Day?
After the Haymarket Affair, May 1st, 1890 was adopted for an international day of solidarity when the AFL president Samuel Gompers appealed to the Second International for the universal adoption of the 8 hour work day and proposed that day. It was also set on that date to commemorate the memory of the Haymarket martyrs and other workers killed in the event. It was a great success internationally and the New York Times featured it on the front page the following day. May 1st became the annual adopted date the following year. Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones) was in Mexico on May 1st, 1921 & said that the day marked the "the killing of the workers in Chicago for demanding the eight-hour day". In 1955, the Catholic Church appropriated May 1st to celebrate “Saint Joseph the worker,” while ignoring the average workers’ plights at the end of the colonial era in which the Catholic Church profited greatly from.

Why do Canada and the USA celebrate Labor Day in September?
Prior to the Haymarket Affair in the early 1880s, early September was one of the proposed dates for the American labor movement to celebrate their struggles and successes. After the Haymarket Affair, there was much debate if the celebration should be moved to May in order to honor the workers & anarchists who died. There was concern amongst the capitalist class that having a Labor holiday in May would become a commemoration of the Haymarket martyrs and strengthen the growing socialist and anarchist movements. President Grover Cleveland (conservative Democrat) publicly supported the September Labor holiday in 1887 to undermine those movements. Cleveland signed the law that established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894.

Sources
1 https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair?wprov=sfti
4 http://www.illinoislaborhistory.org/the-haymarket-affair
5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day

International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some countries[1] and often referred to as May Day,[2][3] is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on 1 May,[4][5] or the first Monday in May.

08/26/2023

We sincerely thank the Southern Workers Assembly for their solidarity with the Justice for Jalen Movement. They are absolutely right, "Black Lives Matter! Organize the South!"

"The Southern Workers Assembly sends its full solidarity to the family and friends of Jalen Randle and the broader Houston community struggling for justice after he was heinously murdered by the Houston Police Department in April 2022. We join you in outrage and indignation, and denounce the continued efforts of the Houston PD and the legal and political system to block the demands to bring the white cop who murdered Jalen to justice.

The fight for justice for Jalen and for all victims of police violence is a central part of the broader workers struggle, particularly here in the U.S. South. White supremacy and racism are woven into the fabric of the economic, political, and social systems that govern our lives. The police are on the frontline to defend and maintain this status quo of injustice, and their fundamental role in this system is to protect the rich and repress working class and oppressed communities. The
struggles that have erupted in recent years to defend Black lives and confront and dismantle this racist system have been an encouraging development, and in particular the growing
participation in these fights by various sections of the working class movement is an important step forward.

At the same time, there is a rising right wing assault on every aspect of our lives, which impacts Black and other oppressed and working class communities the hardest - from growing police violence, attacks on public education and services, environmental crises, to name just a few. It is a dangerous period, and these fights for justice are an important part of building a movement in the streets that can unite working class people for the fights today and those that lie ahead.

Workers across the South who are organizing in their workplaces and fighting in their communities for power stand with you and stand ready to assist the struggle for justice for Jalen in whatever ways we can. Carry the fight forward! Justice for Jalen and all victims of police terror! Black Lives Matter! Organize the South!"

We send our deepest thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's press conference called by the family of Jalen Randle, m...
07/27/2023

We send our deepest thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's press conference called by the family of Jalen Randle, murdered in cold blood by HPD on April 27th of last year.

This week marks 15 months without any disciplinary action, indictment, or conviction of Jalen’s murderer on the Houston police force.

The behavior of Kim Ogg’s office has been a scandal from day one and has left the family without any word of when a second grand jury will convene, following the first grand jury's “no action” ruling in April. But while HPD, the courts and City Hall participate in the cover up of Jalen’s murder, the Randle family’s passion, determination and leadership has consistently gummed up their plans and yesterday was no exception.

HDSA and it’s Abolition WG members were proud to have joined and helped organize yesterday’s news conference, featuring solidarity speakers and supporters from ImagiNoir/BLMHTX , Black Lives Matter Grassroots FL , Community Voices for Public Education as well as labor and tenant unions including Restaurant Workers United in Austin, Texas State Employees Union (CWA Local 6186) and the Houston Tenants Union.

This is the kind of solidarity we need to build, develop and generalize as widely as possible both in George Floyd's hometown and far beyond.

From the streets, the workplaces, the apartment complexes, the schools - anywhere the grassroots have to grow - we all have to say: Justice for Jalen!

Coverage here:

https://abc13.com/jalen-randle-man-killed-by-hpd-officer-shot-after-chase-family-pleads-case-go-to-grand-jury/13553555/

https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/jalen-randle-killed-houston-police-officer/285-71b78d01-f226-46d8-b656-1968c87d8d07

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/police/2023/07/26/457867/jalen-randles-family-charges-houston-officer-who-killed-him/

Follow Justice for Jalen Movement on FB and https://www.instagram.com/justiceforjalenmovement/ on IG.

07/25/2023

HOUSTON, TX - The family of Jalen Randle, an unarmed Black man murdered by Officer Shane Privette of the Houston Police Department on April 27th, 2022, will host a news conference on Wednesday July 26th at noon outside the Harris County Civil Courts alongside grassroots allies spanning the city of Houston, the state and beyond.

This event will offer an update from Ben Crump’s office on the progress of the case in the legal system. It will also feature testimonies from Jalen’s family as well as statements of support and solidarity from grassroots allies committed to social justice in neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and the streets.


WHO:
Family of Jalen Randle
Arthur Reed, Office of Ben Crump
BLMHTX
Black Lives Matter Grassroots FL
Community Voices for Public Education
Texas State Employees Union
Restaurant Workers United
Houston Tenants Union

WHEN:
Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 12pm

WHERE:
Harris County Civil Courts
201 Caroline St.
Houston TX 77002

We have a new insta account! To show your support, go follow us and share our new username on your socials! Thanks so mu...
07/06/2023

We have a new insta account! To show your support, go follow us and share our new username on your socials! Thanks so much! 🌹

07/06/2023

NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT ALERT

Questions are being asked, from Houston to Nanterre
07/03/2023

Questions are being asked, from Houston to Nanterre

in a new track about to drop from Zae Imperial - you can follow this artist below and for the release of “What’s Going On.”

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CuJCOFsLnNR/

Sadly, we have limited Instagram access right now but are doing our best to get things solved. Thank you in advance for ...
07/01/2023

Sadly, we have limited Instagram access right now but are doing our best to get things solved. Thank you in advance for your patience. 🌹

Houston DSA and Another Gulf is Possible present "Enclave" - a film by BocaflojaEnclave is a visual cartography of the o...
06/22/2023

Houston DSA and Another Gulf is Possible present "Enclave" - a film by Bocafloja

Enclave is a visual cartography of the ocean and its preservation. A documentary that explores the historical and geopolitical factors involved in the extensive extraction of natural resources and its impact in social life. A critical dialogue on environmental racism through narratives in first person, music, orality, dance and storytelling. A portrait of Latin America’s complexity in regards history, economy, identity and culture.

Join our monthly Labor Working Group meeting tonight at  and via Zoom🌹RSVP on our calendar for the zoom link and additio...
06/21/2023

Join our monthly Labor Working Group meeting tonight at and via Zoom🌹

RSVP on our calendar for the zoom link and additional details. Link our bio.

Happy Juneteenth!
06/19/2023

Happy Juneteenth!

🚨Teamsters authorize strike by 97% 🚨
06/16/2023

🚨Teamsters authorize strike by 97% 🚨

Houston DSA was one of the first organizations to endorse the  campaign. We've been out there every week block walking w...
06/13/2023

Houston DSA was one of the first organizations to endorse the campaign. We've been out there every week block walking with our partners!

Sign up for a canvassing shift to help us across the finish line @ https://www.fairforhouston.com/

Tonight, June 13th from @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Our Political Education working group will be hosting a hybrid meeting at  ...
06/13/2023

Tonight, June 13th from @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Our Political Education working group will be hosting a hybrid meeting at and Via zoom.

RSVP on our calendar for the zoom link (linktree in our bio)

Members will be discussing our actions as a WG, long-term plans, potential political programs, and the role of caucuses within Houston DSA.

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06/13/2023

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Black residents make up 22 percent of Houston's population, but they account for 72...

Showing solidarity with UPS Teamsters. 📦🤎 HDSA is Strike Ready!
06/12/2023

Showing solidarity with UPS Teamsters. 📦🤎 HDSA is Strike Ready!

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