BID Battle: Community Prevails Over Big Developers

Mural Above: "The Gentrifiers" Mayor Malik Evans, NY Senator Jeremy Cooney, Andy Gallina, Ken Glazer, Galin Brooks, Patrick Dutton, Chris Hill

The suspension of the BID formation process is a direct result of sustained resistance. A diverse coalition of residents, small businesses, community organizations, and artists united under the name of BID Education Committee to oppose RDDC’s agenda. Over the past two years, these organizers tirelessly engaged with the community, raising awareness about the anti-democratic nature of BIDs and the potential adverse impacts on equity. …

Withholding the Vote: The Congressional Union and the Democratic Party Boycott

Title: Withholding the Vote: The Congressional Union and the Democratic Party Boycott. Image: A group of organizers from the Congressional Union before departing from Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Alice Paul outlined the election policy: First, the enemy must be identified. All present could agree, she believed, that the enemy was the Democratic Party. Holding the presidency and both houses of Congress, they were to blame for blocking the suffrage amendment. Second, the method of attack: the Democratic Party would be attacked with the weapon of nearly four million votes belonging to women in the nine enfranchised states, to whom an appeal would be made “to withdraw their support from the Democrats” in the coming election.

Rochester Prevails Against the Unjust BID

Image: Paintbrushes and paint tubes over a canvas background. Text: Rochester Prevails Against the Unjust BID. Logos: ROC DSA and No BID Roc

While Rochesterians have won the battle by stopping the BID, the war against privatization, gentrification, and over-policing is far from over. Rochester should not be run by wealthy property owners and they certainly haven’t given up on their goal of control of downtown. ROC DSA is committed to continuing this fight and we urge you to join us.

Chapter Statement: Letter of Resignation from the Police Accountability Board Alliance

Rochester skyline in Red, Red Rochester DSA logo. Title: Chapter Statement: Letter of Resignation from the Police Accountability Board Alliance

Despite the critical role of the PAB and the need for independent police oversight in Rochester, ROC DSA has made the decision to resign as a member agency of the PABA. This decision was not made lightly. Over the last several years, the PABA has become a challenging and, at times, deeply toxic environment. Our organization’s departure is far from the first and, unfortunately, it will almost certainly not be the last. We urge the leadership and remaining members of the PABA to take a critical look at the state of the alliance and find the lessons that must be learned. This city needs the PAB, and the PAB needs a functional PABA.

Socialism in Perspective: DSA Co-Chairs Host a Fireside Chat

Socialism in Perspective: DSA Co-Chairs Host a Fireside Chat. Red border with fire in background; chat bubble says "A better world is possible!"

On Wednesday, February 7, National Political Committee Co-Chairs Ashik Siddique and Megan Romer held an address to hundreds of DSA members tuning in from across the country. Broadcast over Zoom, the event was termed a ‘Fireside Chat’ in a 21st century ode to Roosevelt’s famous radio communications to the public. Like the tone of Roosevelt’s communications, the Co-Chairs demonstrated resolve, reassuring membership in a period of financial uncertainty and uneven transformation.

Business Improvement Districts in Theory and Practice: Comments from Socialist Sunday School #53.

Drawing of city buildings on light tan background. Title: Business Improvement Districts in Theory and Practice: Comments from Socialist Sunday School #53

BIDs remove democratic power from the hands of working-class residents and place these areas under private control of local property owners. Even BID members are not immune. Instead of one person one vote, property owners have weightier votes with the more properties they own, leading to the voices of small businesses being drowned out by large property owning corporations.