So you’ve got a campaign in mind, whether that be for a political candidate, higher wages in the workplace, more bike lanes, etc. but you begin to ask yourself: What’s next? How do I build a movement and gain support around the issue I want? How do I implement a plan for action that doesn’t waste all of my time and energy?
Bozeman DSA emailed a questionnaire to all three candidates running for City Commission. Zachary Krumm was the sole candidate to respond to the questionnaire, and his responses are now available on the Bozeman DSA website. The other two candidates, Michael Wallner and Mark Egge, declined to respond to the questionnaire.
Krumm, a 4th generation working-class Montanan, identified the three top priorities of his campaign as 1) Housing as a fundamental right, more-than-affordable for all; 2) Eco-socialism: reimagining our city as part of a complex ecosystem that needs to be nurtured, where all living things can thrive well into the future, even in the face of climate change; and 3) Building local and statewide coalitions to make our city and state the leader in each of the above.
“At the root of our socialism is a commitment to democracy,” said Bozeman DSA co-chair Julia Thiebes. “We work toward reforms that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people. Zachary Krumm’s responses to our questionnaire were exemplary. In particular, his positions against corporate handouts, supporting organized labor, and recognizing gender identity and transgender rights are in strong alignment with our values as an organization. We envision a society in which people have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives. Democratic socialism is a vision of a society that is more free, democratic, and humane.”
Bozeman DSA’s questionnaire is wide-ranging and covers topics including economic justice and workers’ rights; energy, infrastructure, and the environment; equality under the law and social justice; housing and social services; childcare and education; democratic justice and power-building; and government accountability and fiscal policy.
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. Bozeman DSA members are building progressive momentum for Montana, in coalition with other local groups for social change, while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in our community. Bozeman DSA can be found online at bozemandsa.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
At its general meeting on Thursday, August 1, Bozeman DSA will hold a vote to decide whether to endorse a candidate for Bozeman City Commission. The following information is provided to assist our members in deciding how to vote. Continue reading “Bozeman City Commissioner Questionnaire”
Thursday, May 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman
325 N. 25th Ave., Bozeman, Montana 59718
Bozeman DSA will provide snacks and free childcare in a room adjacent to the speaking area for attendees.
Kevin Martin will appear in Bozeman on May 30 to dialogue with the community about how individuals and small groups can best act to oppose the US military intervention in other countries, particularly those in the news today: Yemen, Venezuela, and Iran.
Kevin Martin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain.
Kevin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Progressive, Z magazine and many other publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets.
Kevin Martin is President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund and joined the staff on Sept 4, 2001. Kevin previously served as Director of Project Abolition, a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament, from August 1999 through August 2001.
Kevin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action. Prior to his decade-long stint in Chicago, Kevin directed the community outreach canvass for Peace Action (then called Sane/Freeze) in Washington, D.C., where he originally started as a door-to-door canvasser with the organization in 1985.
Local co-sponsors in Bozeman include:
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Workers that belong to unions (or workplaces that are represented by a union) on average have 27% higher wages than nonunion workplaces. Sometimes it’s not just higher wages workers want, it’s better working conditions, more defined work leave, or benefits like healthcare?
However, with all of the benefits of being in a union, membership has seen a steady decline since the 1980s. In 2018, 11.6% of the American workforce and just 6.4% of private sector workers belonged to a union. Why?
We are proud to welcome a Mark Anderlik, a union organizer with more than 35 years of experience. The workshop will focus on answering commonly held questions like:
- What are the benefits of a being in a union?
- What can a union do for you?
- What are the different types of unions?
- I don’t work in a trade, what are my options?
- …and many more.
Snacks and childcare will be provided.
Saturday, May 11
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
325 N. 25th Ave.
(Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building)
Download letter-size posters, print at home and distribute to your friends and/or your comrades in the workplace: