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The Socialism From Below Podcast is a forum of socialists in the the US and abroad to talk about their local work, the lessons they've learned, and how their work connects to the broader struggle for a socialist society.

Socialism From Below Solidarity

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The Socialism From Below Podcast is a forum of socialists in the the US and abroad to talk about their local work, the lessons they've learned, and how their work connects to the broader struggle for a socialist society.

    Rank and File Trade Union Activity and the Upcoming Teamsters Election (Part 2)

    Rank and File Trade Union Activity and the Upcoming Teamsters Election (Part 2)

    In this episode we are joined by Gabriella a rank and file Teamster, UPS worker, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union steering committee member. In this episode we discuss rank and file union organizing, the challenges and opportunities the upcoming Teamsters election presents, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

    Follow Gabriella on Twitter @revivethestreijk for updates on her war on cheese and Teamsters posting. Check out the websites for  Teamsters for a Democratic Union https://www.tdu.org/ and Teamsters United https://www.oz2021.com/ to learn more about them. You can find the Joe Burns books mentioned by Gabriella at most book sellers.

    For more about Solidarity go to our website www.solidarity-us.org and follow us on Twitter @SolidarityUS and Instagram @SolidarityUS1986. If you liked what you heard here, be sure to check out our comrades at the socialist journal Against the Current www.againstthecurrent.org. You can also follow them on Twitter @atc_mag and Instagram @atc.mag.

    This is part two of two in a series of conversations about TDU, TU, and the Teamsters election.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Rank and File Trade Union Activity and the Upcoming Teamsters Election (Part 1)

    Rank and File Trade Union Activity and the Upcoming Teamsters Election (Part 1)

    Fred Zuckerman (left) and Sean O’Brien (right)





    Joining us this week is Andy — a rank and file Teamster, public transit worker, member of the Tempest Magazine collective, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) member — and Hank — a rank and file Teamster, worker at UPS, and TDU member. In this episode we discuss rank and file union organizing, the challenges and opportunities the upcoming Teamsters election presents, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

    If you want keep up with Hank check out his writing at Letterboxd and follow him on Twitter @ComradeRobocop. To read more from Andy you can follow him on Twitter @andsern or his Patreon. Finally, please do not forget to check out Tempest Magazine for its insightful writing and analysis.

    Follow Socialism from Below on Twitter @socfrombelow. Do not forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast streaming platform and do not forget to rate us and write a review on iTunes. It takes five seconds and is a huge help to our podcast.

    For more about Solidarity go to our website www.solidarity-us.org and follow us on Twitter @SolidarityUS and Instagram @SolidarityUS1986. If you liked what you heard here, be sure to check out our comrades at the socialist journal Against the Current www.againstthecurrent.org. You can also follow them on Twitter @atc_mag and Instagram @atc.mag.

    This is part one of a two part series. In the next episode we will talk with Gabriella a rank and file Teamster, TDU member, and UPS worker.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Socialism From Below Episode 6: Anti-Racist Organizing and Restorative Justice in Seattle DSA

    Socialism From Below Episode 6: Anti-Racist Organizing and Restorative Justice in Seattle DSA

    Joining us from Seattle are Jade and Megan, two members of Seattle DSA. Jade is also a member of the national Afrosocialist Socialist of Color Caucus (AfroSoc Caucus) and is also a co-chair of Seattle DSA’s Anti-Racist Co-Conspirators Caucus (ARC). Megan is co-chair of SDSA Council district 3, co-chair of the Seattle AfroSoc caucus. We talk about reparations, class reductionism, restorative justice, and the necessity of open and frank conversation.







    If you want to find out more about what Seattle DSA be sure to check out their website www.seattledsa.org and @SeattleDsa. If you want to learn more about what the Seattle AfroSoc caucus is up to give them a follow at @seattleAFROSOC and for more about the national caucus check out @AFROSOCDSA. While ARC doesn’t have any social media yet keep an eye out for future accounts.

    • 55 min
    Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores, the political situation in Mexico, and the Fourth International in the 21st Century

    Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores, the political situation in Mexico, and the Fourth International in the 21st Century

    This week we are joined by Luis of the Mexican socialist party the Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores. We talk about what the PRT is, the current political situation in Mexico, the Fourth International, and the meaning of “Trotskyism” in the 21st century.







    To learn more about PRT check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. To learn more about the FI check out their website, the website of their educational center International Institute for Research and Education, their magazine International Viewpoint.









    1:34 What is Partido Revolutionario de las y los Trabajadores (PRT)? Situating it historically and in the current moment.







    9:47 The meaning of nationalism and populism in Latin America.







    16:03 The emergence of AMLO and its consequences.







    24:40 The Fourth International and its historical relationship to “Trotskyism”







    34:16 What is the FI now?







    38:00 The strategy of building broad/useful parties







    42:30 Talking about PSOL in the context of the “broad/useful parties” framework.







    46:09 Final comments









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    For more about Solidarity go to our website and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked what you heard here, be sure to check out our comrades at the socialist journal Against the Current. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

    • 53 min
    Socialism from Below Episode 4: Tenant Organizing in Kansas City

    Socialism from Below Episode 4: Tenant Organizing in Kansas City

    This week we are joined by Jetzel, Magda, and Mak  who are all leaders in KC Tenants. We talk about how they use a diversity of tactics, the importance of organizing at the speed of trust, why socialists should organize tenants, and some pro tips for those of us who are new to tenant organizing.







    Find out more about KC Tenants on Twitter, Instagram, and on their website. You can also find the pamphlets that Magda mentioned in longer form and zine form on their website. To support them you can head over to their donations page.









    ~ 0:34 What is KC Tenants?







    ~ 4:03 How do policy advocacy, direct action, and mutual aid fit together?







    ~  12:32 How did COVID-19 change how you organized? What were the challenges?







    ~ 20:09 Organizing at the speed of trust.







    ~ 24:20 Tenants hotline and workers’ inquiry







    ~ 30:26 Why should socialists organize tenants?







    ~ 34:12 Organizing a diverse working class.







    ~ 45:32 Pro tips for new tenant organizers.









    We just launched our Socialism from Below Twitter account. Do not forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast streaming platform. Please follow us there, and do not forget to rate us and write a review on iTunes. It takes five seconds and is a huge help to our podcast.







    For more about Solidarity go to our website and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked what you heard here, be sure to check out our comrades at the socialist journal Against the Current. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

    • 56 min
    Socialism From Below Episode 3: The 2021 Colombian Protests

    Socialism From Below Episode 3: The 2021 Colombian Protests

    This week we are joined by Jhon a member of the National Bank Employees Union in Colombia and an organizer involved with the latest round of protests in Colombia. We talk about the neoliberal agenda that has sparked this series of protests, the state’s response, the role of narco trafficking paramilitaries, and the power of a united and democratic working class movement.







    Jhon suggests that you follow these sites for news about the protest movement: Canal Dos and El Comando Departmental Unitario







    ~Min 2:34 The neoliberal program that sparked the protests







    ~Min 10:40 Narco trafficking and its relationship to the state







    ~Min 15:05 Venezuelan Refugees







    ~Min 21:00 State violence against protesters







    ~Min 29:30 Role of paramilitaries and narco trafficking in the state repression







    ~Min 37:30 Current protest movement and the work of building it from the bottom up







    ~Min 51:00 The power of a United and democratic working class movement







    ~Min 55:30 How comrades in the US can support Columbian comrades







    We just launched our Socialism from Below Twitter account. Please follow us there, and do not forget to rate us and write a review on iTunes. It takes five seconds and is a huge help to our podcast.







    For more about Solidarity go to our website (www.solidarity-us.org) and follow us on Twitter @solidarityus, Instagram @solidarityus1986, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SolidarityUS







    If you liked what you heard here, be sure to check out our comrades at the socialist journal Against the Current (www.againstthecurrent.org). You can also follow them on Twitter @atc_mag and instagram @atc.mag.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

zedrb ,

Fantastic on all levels!

Very new and exciting podcast on many fronts: sophisticated political analysis, access to important on-the-ground organizing, coverage of struggles outside the US, etc. Looking forward to more episodes!

Frbrngn ,

Important role in the Leftist podcast scene

Excellent podcast. While there’s a whole galaxy of Leftist podcasts out there, many of them unfortunately tend to be oriented towards “actually existing socialism” (manifesting as uncritical support for the Chinese govt and other nominally socialist/communist states), more moderate social democratic perspectives a la Jacobin, or academic/“armchair” theorizing that’s disconnected from action.

This show provides an important contribution by operating from a REVOLUTIONARY “Socialism From Below” perspective - focusing on the actual movements and struggles of activists around the world, not just issuing diatribes against the wrong kinds of leftists. It’s a refreshing departure from the “extremely online” culture of the Left that is oftentimes unfortunately the first exposure that budding activists have to social change work. Highly recommend.

ESklrsky ,

Great podcast

Great podcast! A very interesting deep look on politics in Brazil with lots of lessons for the US and global left.

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