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With his new article on race in DSA, Miguel Salazar joins the long tradition of anti-socialist hit pieces.
Contrary to what he implies, all DSA currents are committed to fighting racism. But Miguel twists the story and ignores facts and repeats errors, half-truths, or falsehoods we corrected for him in over multiple interviews.
Like many other EBDSA activists I did hours of interviews with Miguel, yet he didn't quote us or put our corrections into his story. Much of it is about Momentum, he never once quotes anyone from this group, despite interviewing many and selectively quoting their articles, etc.
He also claims that the article I co-wrote defends “class reductionism.” This is literally the opposite of the article’s argument, which argued that the fight against racism is central to fighting capitalism. Did Miguel read it, or the two other related articles I co-wrote?
Here it is, in case you missed it: socialistcall.com/2018/08/30/rac…
Here’s some corrections to Miguel’s sloppily reported or outright dishonest article:
Starting with the EBDSA July Meeting: I sent Miguel multiple written statements regarding these events including mine (medium.com/@jer.gong/east…) which he cherry picks quotes from but doesn't link to.

If he had, readers would have been able to see Miguel's errors for themselves.
Here are two official statements from EBDSA that also correct the record. They were also sent to Miguel, yet he failed to mention or link to them:

eastbaydsa.org/news/2018/7/24…

eastbaydsa.org/news/2018/09/1…
The statements above also give a good sense of why members voted against endorsing Brooks. As do many personal statements, like the two below, also publicly available.

eastbaydsa.org/september-2018…

medium.com/@sebastianluis…
Miguel writes, "A proposal to ‘prioritize’ two other endorsements—for Prop 10 and a candidate for California’s state assembly—had snowballed into a referendum on Brooks herself, with critics saying she was too compromised to receive the DSA’s backing."
The assembly candidate, DSA member Jovanka Beckles, is a black Latina immigrant—longtime opponent of police violence as Richmond councilor for 8 yrs— who we'd already been working with very closely. Many argued it wouldn't be possible to run that campaign, Prop 10, and others.
Many spoke against endorsing Cat because her campaign wasn’t viable. We were already going all out on a winnable campaign Jovanka, who was a long-serving city councilperson in a diverse working-class city, with a strong socialist anti-racist campaign against a corporate Dem.
Note that the only EBDSA member Miguel directly quotes is Schmidt, a white man who has hardly been involved in DSA other than to push for Brooks’s endorsement. This despite interviewing long-time leaders, including POC and women, who countered Schmidt’s and Brooks’s narratives.
(Speaking of Jovanka, I'd encouraged Miguel to interview her and other POC DSA leaders and candidates, of which there are many. He apparently declined to do this, even after being put in touch with her staff.)
Regarding the quote from Schmidt, that there was racial bias in selectively checking membership, it was obvious to the chair that Tur-Ha wasn't a member because he didn't have a big red voting card — only given to members...
... I told Miguel this but he declined to include this detail in his otherwise extremely detailed story.
All of this is happening in the context of extraordinary political work EBDSA has undertaken for two years: Medicare for All, campaigning for rent control and Medicare for All, helping Beckles win the primary and helping her fight an incredible, class-struggle campaign
...rallying against evictions, direct actions against ICE, heavily supporting striking workers, and now playing a huge role in supporting Oakland teachers, who serve 70% students of color and are gearing up for a historic strike.

eastbaydsa.org/news/2018/12/1…
Now onto “brakelights-gate,” an episode Miguel also gets totally wrong.

EBDSA leaders did not “refuse to put it up for a vote.” The submitted resolution was sloppy and was missing much important information about logistics, coalition partners, etc.
East Bay DSA leaders who *personally didn’t want us to do brake lights* spent hours and hours of their time helping the brake lights proposal co-sponsor get their resolution in working order. After it was brought to a membership meeting democratically, it was approved.
The members interested in doing brake lights (which they had proposed as an “ongoing campaign”) organized exactly one brake light event and then completely dropped the project. This is the first time I’m hearing about it in many months.
All of this context was provided to Miguel Salazar through interviews with me and other activists. He also declined to interview numerous POC activists. It’s unclear why he would run these stories even after we corrected them other than because they help his forced narrative.
This article isn’t interested in facts as much as a “socialists don’t care about race” narrative. To anyone watching attacks on Sanders now and in 2016, this is a familiar bad faith refrain.
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