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On a very special episode, the Midwest Socialist crew is joined by Jake Flores of Pod Damn America and professor Ann Robertson from DSA SF and Red Star SF to discuss the Vladimir Lenin's seminal text 'State and Revolution.' Considered by many as one of the most important texts in leftist literature, 'State and Revolution' poses challenging consider…
 
Matt talked with Austin about his experience on DSA's National Political Committee, the International Committee, his hosting experience on Machete y Mate, and a shared identity over being Puerto Rican in the diaspora. A moving yet informative conversation!Join DSA: www.dsausa.org/joinFind Machete y Mate wherever you find podcastsFollow Machete y Ma…
 
This week MWS Producer Brynn is joined by Matthew C. from CDSA's Democratize ComEd campaign to talk about environmentalism in the US, the state of the campaign here in Illinois, and how the snowstorm and power grid failures went down in Texas.*One correction: The number of Americans who have public power today are 1 in 7, not 1 in 5.**Correction: T…
 
On a special episode Matt is joined by Ramsin and Jasson from CDSA to discuss the new film 'Judas and the Black Messiah', Fred Hampton, and the legacy of organizing from the Black Panthers to today.Follow Midwest Socialist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MWSocialistJoin DSA: www.dsausa.org/joinFollow Jasson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IolaEllaF…
 
Sean Duffy talked with Matt about what they have experienced and learned from being a CDSA member to holding an elected position in the chapter. They also talk about the importance of not taking any shortcuts in our organizing work and what theory of change can help most in our success.Join DSA:www.dsausa.org/joinJoin CDSA Defund Committee Here:bit…
 
This week, Midwest Socialist Podcast producer Ali hosts Sasha and Whitney from the Chicago chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA. Learn how the struggle for the decriminalization of sex work and the fight to restore human rights for sex workers is happening in Chicago and across the country right now.Important Links:SWOP GoFundMe: https://www…
 
In a special episode Matt sits down with Kirsten, a teacher, and Dennis, a nurse, from Chicago Public School to discuss the city's attempts at school reopenings in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the tremendous impact these reopenings have on their students, the families, plus the faculty and staff, and how the Chicago T…
 
Matt talks with Anais from Left Out Mag to talk socialist publications in a new era and giving a platform to black leftist writers. Plus, they talk about the capitol thing.Follow Left Out Mag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeftOutMagFollow Anais on Twitter: https://twitter.com/poor_naiFind Chicago DSA Events Here: https://www.chicagodsa.org/events…
 
Content Warning: Sexual Assault---On this episode of the Midwest Socialist Podcast, Tara Reade gives a statement on her experience and feelings going into the elections, what her story as a sexual assault survivor still means to this day, and why the work to work make a better world is still necessary.Then Sarah H., Ali C., and Natalia T. have a di…
 
This week Matt speaks with Obed and Radhika from Chicago South Asians for Justice to speak about the South Asian diaspora, anti-caste activism, and how leftists can learn from this work.For more information on resources shared in the episode, check here:Resources mentioned in the episode:-Equality Labs' Caste in the United States surveyhttps://www.…
 
This week Matt T. sat down with Kenzo Shibata (@KenzoShibata) host of Class Time Pod (@ClassTimePod) and on YouTube at Class Time with Kenzo Shibata.to discuss his path to leftism, the legacy of the leftist movement over the past 20 years, and how the DSA may move forward in the future.Kenzo's Link:https://twitter.com/KenzoShibataClass Time Pod Lin…
 
Illinois primary elections are March 17th, one week from tomorrow, and early voting is happening NOW! In this episode, our host Dave Byrnes sat down with Anthony Clark, a democratic socialist candidate running for the U.S. House of representatives in Illinois' 7th Congressional District. Anthony talks about his recent Sun-Times endorsement, his vie…
 
Socialism is often framed as a foreign ideology, but the United States has its own history of socialist movements. Sarah Hurd, host of the Midwest Socialist Podcast, talks to two authors about their explorations of socialism and American identity.Paul Buhle guides us through the graphic novel he wrote about the life of Midwestern socialist politici…
 
Chicago DSA has launched its chapter campaign to Democratize ComEd, Chicago's investor-owned "public" power distribution utility. In this episode, Sarah sat down with two Chicago DSA organizers, Sean Estelle and Sveta Stoytcheva, as well as Timothy Denherder-Thomas from Cooperative Energy Futures. We discussed what it means to be a 'Public Utility'…
 
The images of kids in cages shocked people across the country, but many Chicagoans don't realize that there are child detention facilities in their own backyard. We talked to CDSA organizers Dan and Sarah about their efforts to shame local non-profit Heartland Alliance into closing its facilities and re-uniting the children there with their familie…
 
You may have heard the news by now. Chicagoans just elected 6 members of Democratic Socialist of America to their City Council. I sat down with four Chicago DSA organizers who worked on the campaigns of some of our recently elected aldermen. Rebecca and Caitlin worked on the Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez campaign in the 33rd ward. Lillian served as fie…
 
Within the global movement of working people pushing back against the forces of austerity and neoliberalism, Chicago is an important battle ground. It has become the poster child for corrupt politics and gun violence but also boasts powerful histories of union power and community organizing. The 2019 municipal election presents residents with a cho…
 
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 40th Ward aldermanic candidate Ugo Okere about his background in social work, the role of alderman as “organizer and chief” of the ward, and his work to make people on the far north side care about the struggles of those on the south and west sides of Chicago.…
 
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 33rd Ward aldermanic candidate Rossana Rodriguez about canvassing until her feet go numb, comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her own displacement from her home and how we create real public safety in our communities.由Midwest Socialist
 
At our Midwest Socialist Live Aldermanic Candidate Forum we talked to 25th Ward aldermanic candidate Byron Sigcho-Lopez about the current alderman’s misdeeds, why we need more activists in city hall and the similarities he has seen between working class people in Chicago and those in his native Ecuador.…
 
In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to institute rent control but recently Chicago voters have repeatedly expressed their support for lifting that ban.On this week’s episode of the podcast we spoke to Simone, a landlord and lifelong Chicagoan, who supports lifting the ban. We also talked to Heather McClaren about Chicago DSA’s work as a member …
 
Abortion can feel like a taboo topic, but it's one we can't avoid discussing. On this episode we spoke to Chicago activists Laura and Lena about the history of reproductive rights in America and challenged them to respond to some of the most common anti- abortion talking points.We also talk about the January 13th March for Life and the counter-prot…
 
Sarah sits down with candidate for Municipal Water Reclamation District board seat candidate, and her celebrity crush, Geoffrey Cubbage. He tells her all about why you should care about our sewers and why you should stop being so mean to the Green party.They also discuss hot topics like:The great river reversal of 1900How a sewage treatment plant w…
 
Sarah spoke to Lynn Meissner, a PhD student at Northwestern's school of Education and Social Policy. Their research focuses on high schooler's transition to college and how to apply sociological data to school systems. She discusses issues facing the Chicago school system and the individual students and teachers within it. She also shares what she …
 
Sarah Hurd talks to Marianela D'Aprile about a translation she did of a speech by Chile's first Marxist President, Salvadore Allende. They discuss the historic election of Allende in 1970, his violent overthrow by CIA backed forces in 1973 and the lessons we can take from Chile's three-year experiment with socialism.Marianela's translation can be v…
 
Sarah sits down with three leaders of Chicago's blossoming cooperative economy: Renee Hatcher - Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at John Marshall Law School, Mike Strode of the Kola Nut Collaborative and Termaine Davis of Together Systems. What steps are people in Chicago are taking toward creating a solidarity economy? What is a soli…
 
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the protests at the 1968 Democratic National convention in Chicago. Jacobin editor Micah Uetricht interviewed longtime leftist activist Joanna Misnik about her experience organizing in 1968 and in the years the followed. Misnik describes working alongside Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman and others, and tells u…
 
Sarah and André talk to Chicago DSA Political Education coordinator Ramsin Canon and co-host of the "Season of the Bitch" podcast Ambria Taylor about what Marxism means in our modern time. We define/talk about what terms like "alienation" and "materialism" really mean and walk through a timeline of how capitalism developed. We also talk about how M…
 
On this episode of the Midwest Socialist Podcast Akele and Sarah talk to Black Lives Matter activist Maria Hernandez and Dorothy Holmes, whose son Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson was killed by a Chicago police officer. We discuss the Justice for Ronnieman campaign, the NoCopAcademy campaign and other Black Lives Matter efforts across the city.---To supp…
 
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