Oh, Where Are We To Go From Here

To call the past few weeks stressful would be an understatement. Coming back from the Democratic Socialists of America convention in Chicago, I was exhausted but energized. That was until 20 minutes after having dinner with much of the delegation when the discussions regarding the election of a certain person to the NPC began. Immediately … Continue reading Oh, Where Are We To Go From Here

Like Seeing A Mini-DNC – The DSA NPC Race

If you talk to most Democratic Socialists of America members about elections, you'll get a lot of concern about how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) runs its operations. They will range from issues over the backroom deals, pre-determining candidates, unfair electioneering, power-brokering, failure to commit to democracy, and more. With these concerns, you would also … Continue reading Like Seeing A Mini-DNC – The DSA NPC Race

The Minnetonka Blueprint

I have spent some time drafting a blueprint of ideas, capacity growing and the future of TCDSA. I have linked it below, and welcome feedback, debate, and discussion. These are merely ideas thrown out there for consideration as we move forward past convention. https://drive.google.com/a/mcgarr.us/file/d/0B77IDio0-97bZVhlckRPLWtibDA/view?usp=sharing  

On Overcoming Individualism: Building A Diverse DSA

Note: This post is in reference to Overcoming Individualism, which appeared in the Democratic Left blog. It is recommended to read the original post before continuing. I will start off by saying that Matt Hartman is certainly bringing up an important topic and is extremely observant of the challenges facing the Democratic Socialists of America … Continue reading On Overcoming Individualism: Building A Diverse DSA

TCDSA Proposed Amendment On Co-Chair Gender: Right Goal, Wrong Path

On June 4th, TCDSA members proposed a change to the Chapter Bylaws regarding who may hold the co-chairs positions. The language changes from requiring no two people to be of the same gender identity, to instead specifically stating that no more than one co-chair may be a cisgender male. Much of the goal in this … Continue reading TCDSA Proposed Amendment On Co-Chair Gender: Right Goal, Wrong Path

A Preview of Upcoming Posts

Since I have not been able to write for a while, I thought I would give a brief preview of some upcoming posts I am working on (or have on my shortlist). An opinion statement on a proposed bylaws change at Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America regarding the co-chairs and gender. A preview of … Continue reading A Preview of Upcoming Posts

Fostering Diversity: When Good Ideas Lead to Bad Places pt. II

An early UUA Logo and Symbol of the UUA Movement in the USA (Wikipedia)

Over the weekend, something damaging happened in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Something that up until recently was pretty par-for-the-course in every entity around the world: a hiring decision was made. What makes this hiring decision unique are a few things. First, it was for a paid regional leadership position within the UUA. Second, the top-flight … Continue reading Fostering Diversity: When Good Ideas Lead to Bad Places pt. II