Slate ‘21 Platform
- Nadia E. Co-Chair Candidate
- Trey D. Co-Chair Candidate
- Sean D. Membership Chair Candidate
- Patrick D. Councilmember At-Large Candidate
As members of New Orleans DSA and candidates for Local Council, we formed Slate’21 to present a common vision for the coming year, both for our chapter and as comrades in the working class struggle for liberation and autonomy. We created this slate because we believe that participation in leadership- and DSA’s entire project- is a collective responsibility, and by outlining our shared goals, we can best provide a framework for carrying out the necessary work ahead. Additionally, we recognize that accountability and clarity are central to the responsibilities of leadership; for that reason Slate’21 proudly stands together and offers the following platform as our commitment to the general membership.
- We believe DSA’s greatest strength truly lies in being a worker-run organization, and that worker self-determination is the best defense in an era of political instability and impending climate crisis. To that end we pledge to prioritize democratically initiating the reorganization of the chapter, with the goal of ensuring all members have direct representation in leadership.
- Transparency and accountability to membership only make our organization stronger. All chapter bodies must continually strive to be genuine instruments of the will of the General Membership. That’s why we support direct elections for all leadership positions within the chapter.
- We believe that the inherently corrupt, cash-steeped racket of the electoral system will never allow capital to be truly overturned from within. But we also believe that as an organization of the working class, DSA cannot afford to simply abstain from an electoral process that impacts our lives and threatens our communities. And so we are introducing a standardized procedure for DSA to democratically set priorities for each major election cycle, and campaign to hold any and all candidates to account on those priorities.
- Neither the exploitation nor the suffering caused by capital’s man-made disasters are bound by borders, and to fight them we must unite with our fellow workers across parish, state, and national boundaries. As a first step towards this goal, we are committed to beginning the process of creating a Louisiana DSA, composed of regular meetings of liaisons from every chapter and organizing committee in Louisiana.
- Our politics are strongest when they arise from healthy internal debate, and DSA is strongest as a vehicle for political education when we prioritize collective worker self-education. We commit to expanding chapter events which center internal debate, and to deepening our commitment to self-education by expanding our speaker series, and giving greater support to our book clubs, discussion groups, and town halls.
In order to achieve our goal of an organization which can be an effective vehicle of liberation for the working class, DSA’s internal rules and procedures must be accessible to membership, and we must prioritize continuity and stability year-to-year, while pushing for real radical change and a vision for a better world outside of the current system of oppression. As candidates we stand by our convictions and the vision we’ve outlined here.
If you have any questions for us as a slate, or are interested in getting involved, please reach out!