Blog

  1. You're (Not) on Your Own

    February 21, 2021

    The past week saw a devastating winter storm sweep Texas, plunging the state into darkness and cold as infrastructure failed and politicians stood by. We stand in solidarity with our Texan comrades, and encourage those with means to donate to the…

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  2. 2021 Lebanon Voter's Guide

    February 15, 2021

    Make Sure Your Voice is Heard. Lebanon City Voting is Tuesday March 9. This guide is prepared for the people of Lebanon by the Upper Valley DSA. We've gathered information from a number of official sources, to make it easier for you to cast your…

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  3. Gravitating towards a City budget where people come first

    November 29, 2020

    On November 18th, 2020, the Upper Valley DSA presented our Care Not Cops proposal to the Lebanon, NH City Council. The proposal is wide-ranging, but can be summarized by our central demand: reallocate 50% of the Lebanon Police Department budget to…

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  4. Open Letter about the Care Not Cops Presentation to Lebanon's City Council

    November 20, 2020

    The people of Lebanon have spoken. At the City Council meeting on November 18th, over 40 people responded to our CareNotCops proposal. Of that 40, around 30 were in favor. Some commenters brought their compassion and shared pleas for greater…

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  5. Organise

    November 4, 2020

    As the dust settles on the most contentious and bizarre national election in living memory, many of us are left with a profound dissatisfaction. Having been forced to choose between two elderly, white, male, sexual predators for the umpteenth time…

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  6. Making socialism discussions more accessible

    October 6, 2020

    As Democratic Socialists, we strive to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, but we also live in an unbelievably complex world. Part of being inclusive means acknowledging that very complexity. We must not reduce the struggles of marginalized…

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  7. Why the Working Class

    September 29, 2020

    To answer the question “Why the working class?” we have to start with what the working class is not. Contrary to what we see in popular culture, class is not expressed in cultural traits, such as whether you drink beer on the front stoop or sip…

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  8. Save the Postal Service - beyond November!

    September 1, 2020

    The United States Postal Service is enshrined in the U. S. Constitution. In the early years of this country, the construction of post offices and roads to serve postal routes, as well as the subsidy of rail lines, and other networking made the…

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  9. Weekly Update

    August 17, 2020

    If you’re a socialist, last week’s political news might have felt like a gut punch. On Wednesday, in the middle of a nationwide uprising against police violence, Joe Biden selected former prosecutor and “top cop” Kamala Harris as his running mate for…

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  10. Standing Together Against Sexual Violence at Dartmouth: Interview with Dartmouth Feminists

    July 27, 2020

    In early July, a federal court judge signed off on a $14.4 million class-action settlement between Dartmouth College and more than seventy women who, over sixteen years, were subjected to sexual harassment and assault by three celebrated—and well…

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  11. Solidarity with Maha Hasan Alshawi

    July 25, 2020

    Earlier this month, Dartmouth College settled a $14.4 million class-action lawsuit with more than 70 women who were subjected to sexual harassment, degradation, and rape by three professors in the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The…

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  12. Challenging racism at its roots

    July 19, 2020

    The Valley News recently featured an article describing how the wave of white-supremacist activity sweeping our nation is evident in towns across the Upper Valley. Despite what recent New York Times best-sellers or corporate media might tell you, it…

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  13. Statement on Hanover Town Meeting

    July 8, 2020

    At last night’s Town Meeting, Hanover residents were asked to vote on multiple budget increases for the police department, including money specifically allocated for the purchase of “ballistic vests.” Numerous speakers at the meeting outlined the…

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  14. A Semester to Die For

    July 6, 2020

    “Covidiots” is what one colleague called the ten administrators who, representing an annual base salary pool of more than $2 million, delivered a reopening roadmap identical to just about everyone else’s, lampooned by McSweeney’s as “A Letter from…

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  15. Region’s budgets for police show warped values

    June 29, 2020

    If you can judge a town’s values by how it spends its money, then the Upper Valley’s values are all out of whack. Hartford is one of the more forward-thinking towns in the region when it comes to policing. Earlier this year, Hartford voters were the…

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