What is socialist feminism?

A post from the Southern Illinois Democratic Socialists of America Organizing/Discussion Facebook page


Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.

More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.

RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!

Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.


Socialism Never Works


April 4, 1968 to 2019 in one micro-blog

The Great Society and The War Against Poverty were laid to rest in the napalm ashes of the Vietnam War and the Reagan Reaction that came after the malaise of the Carter years. Dr. King died on this day in 1968 while advocating for sanitation workers in Memphis. 15 years later Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into a national holiday while at the same time The Reagan Adminstration made sure the modest gains of the Poor Peoples Campaign withered in austerity. The 30 million dollars per day burden of killing Vietnamese peasants to save them from communism has become a 30 million dollars per hour Forever War. For Dr. King, the protest against mindless militarism and for economic justice was one and the same. It is not only fitting we remember the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is essential for our future to act upon them.

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/?fbclid=IwAR086uiJmkNPdS5_ri7F7eKw9A1DHxJXlK-A_E84_81qtvbe6-6tHaezmUA


Lift The Ban on Rent Control

It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere.  It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by  the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification. 

Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that.  It is telling that the victory statement  by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness. 

The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE. 


Rent Party live at Gallery Cabaret

Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret on Friday March 22, 2019

Rent Party set list
Rent Party at the Gallery Cabaret – 1. Rent Party 2. Sunglasses in the Rain (2:48) 3. Gates of Hell (5:49) 3. Welcome to Catastrophe (8:13) 4. Red Cells (11:40) 5. Stowaways (14:31)
Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret – Twirl Girl

Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret – 1. Ain’t Got No 2. Time (3:00) 3. Pie in the Sky (6:00) 4. Chicago (8:20) 5. Hate My Job (12:15) 6. Precious Rhinestone (15:12) 7. Shadow Dancing (17:33)


Five Years of Rent Party

With the addition of Matt and Holly, Heather and Snezana’s feminist folk duo evolved into an electric quartet. When Heather moved onto other projects, Rent Party cranked into more of a garage rock sound. Yesterday, at City News Cafe (4018 N. Clark St.) Heather rejoined her former bandmates to celebrate the entire journey.

I regret that catching the entire show was unplanned and that I did not capture this with my portastudio and my video camera. Seeing the entire evolution of the band is still entertaining on an iphone capture.

Adam and Lisa Facebook Live intro followed by Heather and Snezana (a.k.a. Nana) Rent Party


Rent Party goes electric. The Quartet years.
Rent Party. The band in its current garage formation.

Holly goes back to the sticks on Friday at The Gallery Cabaret 2020 N. Oakley. Chicago, IL. 10:00pm – 2am. Rent Party/Baby No-Name.

https://www.facebook.com/events/697883810613802/


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