Patriarchy and White supremacy work in tandem with Capitalism to subjugate people based on race, gender, and class.   

Donald Trump is in office, buoyed by overt sexism, racism, and Islamophobia. Bathroom bills have passed, further stigmatizing and criminalizing trans* people. Emboldened by the Trump presidency, the alt-right and other outright fascist groups are on the march. Police continue to kill Black people and disabled people disproportionately, and virtually with impunity. These developments are occurring in addition to the harassment, discrimination, prejudice, and violence that so many people of various marginalized identities already face each day.

We do not see sexism, homophobia, racism, ableism, ageism, religious persecution, and other forms of oppression as separate or siloed single-issues. They are key parts of our experiences, and they shape the lives of the poor and working peoples of this country and the world as well. Any movement which does not prioritize dealing with the lived experiences of oppression faced by marginalized people on the basis of their identities cannot possibly build real solidarity. To secure lasting and comprehensive change, fights against identity-based subordination must be incorporated into our organizing, our training, and our culture. We have demonstrated this principle by making an effort to include examples of work against identity-based oppression throughout this platform.

DSA Praxis recommends the following principles of unity on issues of identity-based oppression:

  • Further develop and prioritize the National Training Strategy modules for dealing with interpersonal issues of identity-based conflict within DSA and in broader community

  • Emphasize the intentional development of marginalized members within DSA

  • Create guidelines on matters like child-care, translation, and disability accommodation, as well as harassment and other grievances.

  • Incorporate identity-based subordination into the guidelines for grievance processes and mediation

  • Strengthen institutional relationships with groups specializing in fights against identity-based harassment, discrimination, and violence