As part of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, members of the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local and the Socialist Party Ventura Local attended a critical Los Angeles Human Relations Commission Hearing on the LAPD Suspicious Activity Report program and gang injunctions. The event, held in Sylmar, CA, was packed with members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, who were prepared to deliver firsthand accounts of their experiences with the LAPD and gang injunctions.
 
 
The Indianapolis Socialist Party-USA organized a public film screening of the movie Food Chains which examined the harsh treatment and exploitation of farm laborers in the United States. After the film was over a lively discussion about the current conditions under agricultural labor and action that can be taken to improve it was had all for the betterment of the disenfranchised classes.
 
 
On Saturday March 12th, the Memphis chapter of the Socialist Party USA held our bi-monthly General Meeting, the theme of which was “Beyond Bernie: Socialism in Memphis.” Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has re-popularized the term “democratic socialism,” capitalizing on the decades of socialist grassroots organizing that have kept radical democratic socialism aflame. However, as much as his campaign has destigmatized the term, it has equally mystified it. As such, the Memphis Local hosted a public meeting to engage our 
members, Bernie Sanders supporters, and anyone curious about what democratic socialism actually means in theory and in practice. We had an awesome turnout: over 30 people attended, many of whom were not yet in the party. Some members traveled to Memphis for the event from as far as Jackson, MS! Other new faces found out about the meeting by word of mouth, internet search, or blog post. We had a lively, challenging, and productive conversation and signed up several new members! We look forward to engaging our new members and the public in the ongoing work of democratic socialism here in Memphis.
 
 
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reprinted from the website of the Chicago Socialist Party 

After only four days of frenzied meetings, constant emails, interviews, networking and incessant messaging the Facebook event titled STOP DONALD TRUMP 2016 garnered more than 5,000 people to protest the presence of a racist, sexist, xenophobic, homo/transphobic bigot speaking at UIC Pavilion.

The event was organized by a diverse group of mainly UIC student organizations including the Black Student Union, Muslim Students Association and Fearless Undocumented Alliance and our very own Young People’s Socialist League as well as several local organizations such as the ANSWER Coalition, Black Youth Project and of course, the Chicago Socialist Party.

There were attempts at sabotage, however, surprisingly coming from people one would think would support our event. Students for Bernie Sanders openly admitted to hosting an event two hours before our protest in order to directly interfere with and draw protesters from our event. This was most likely because they felt like our event didn’t focus on their sole goal: electing their chosen candidate, and that our event focused more on militant, openly confrontational and “disrespectful” methods that went against their definition of respectability politics and safety behind the police. Very fitting of Social Democrats to turn on anyone who advocates anything outside the “safe”option in order to maintain a sense of moral high-ground to win an election. They decided to organize their own event rather than help out their fellow students express their deep resentment at a fascist speaking on our campus.

Nonetheless, despite troubles from the Bernie crowd, there was unity abound. Old, young; Students, Professors; Black, Latin American, Asian and White, all together to show their opposition to someone who could best be described as a Modern day Mussolini with an orange spray tan and questionable hair. A demagogue whose despicable words have brought to the forefront fascism and an atmosphere of hate that continues to grow each day. This hate, however, did not show it’s ugly face in our city of hardworking immigrants, and he cancelled the event, showing himself as the coward that he truly is. The fear of the people of Chicago was too much for this paper tiger.

The power of the masses is something that must never be underestimated, and we shut down a figure that some saw as untouchable. In the words of many demonstrators that came before us, “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ’cause the power of the people don’t stop!”. If Chicago can bring down such a force for hate, even for just a day, then it can be done everywhere. All Power to the People!

 
 
Socialist Party Locals took to the streets on International Women's Day. The Los Angeles Local joined a march in downtown LA, Northern NJ members joined a vigil in Montclair and SP members in Illinois helped organize actions in Sterling and Dixon. More photos from SP actions can be found on-line by searching the hashtag #IWDwithSPUSA.