Category: Democratic Socialists of America

Can you find me?

Here’s a picture from this past Thursday nights Providence Democratic Socialist meeting.

 

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I’m off to the right in the light blue shirt that says “Wanted Dead & Alive – Schrodinger’s Cat.” with an image of a live and dead cat in a cube. They caught me laughing about something.

You’ll note the group is overwhelmingly white. That one concerns me greatly. Ages ranged from very young to fairly old. All in all about 50 people showed up. Interesting shot of the back of the facilitators head too.

During one of the proposed campaigns it was mentioned they’d have lobby days at the State House. I explained that I think politics, particularly in Rhode Island is a contact sport. I see my state Representative and Senator quite often and my city councilor too. I know the Secretary of State in RI, and I’m still remembered at the Attorney General’s office too.

So I’ve offered to teach a short session on how to:
a) Find your voter record

b) Find your elected representatives

c) How to contact said representatives via email.

Should take maybe 20 minutes in total. Just need a net connection, a projector and a place to present. We’ll work it out.

Attended Providence Democratic Socialist Meeting this evening

Ok, my first time out as a Democratic Socialist. Meeting was supposed to run from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. It didnt’ get started until sometime around 7:15PM and wrapped up at 9:00PM.

I need to buy them or print off a copy of Roberts Rules for Order.

Second – almost all their efforts be it $15 minimum wage, health care for all, Utility re-regulation, etc. are far too dependent upon Unions which as we all know are a declining entity in the United States.

I’m more for direct action. If you’re in Rhode Island first go the Voter Information Center on the web and find out who your elected representatives are, like city councilor, state representative and state senator.

And in Rhode Island you can contact most at rep-lastname@rilin.state.ri.us for representatives, sen-lastname@rilin.state.ri.us for senators.

There were at least a few people who clearly identified the problem with bills for progressive more socialist bent in Rhode Island – and that’s house Speaker Mattiello. One gentleman recommended we picket Mattiello’s home. I like that one.

The crowd was by and large a younger one. Had maybe a dozen of we older folks but the majority were younger people. I get the idea they got turned off by International Socialist Order  – basically the communist party in the U.S.

I didn’t speak up at this one though. Had to get the lay of the land.