Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Democratic Socialists

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Democratic Socialists

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To some, socialists are simply scary "radicals." But we believe we are the heirs to a proud tradition that puts human dignity over corporate interests.

The men and women who agitated and organized a century ago won victories we take for granted - like fair wages and the 40-hour workweek. They fought the profit motive of the industrialists to build workers' power. In short, their commitment was to democratic socialism.

I am proud of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America for continuing this tradition. Together, we fight for universal health care, reproductive justice, fair wages and union rights for workers, and more. We host education sessions, potlucks and community events. On a recent Sunday, we fixed broken taillights to prevent Pittsburghers from being pulled over by the police. And for months, we put in the work to lead our two endorsed candidates, Mik Pappas and Anita Prizio, to unexpected electoral victories. …

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