[Marxism] Meet Julia Salazar, a DSA Candidate for NY State Senate

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 6 14:30:53 MDT 2018

“After college, I was trying to write. I started going to Jacobin 
reading groups,” Salazar said. The socialist journal now runs about 65 
reading groups internationally, where members meet to discuss a 
selection of Jacobin articles and the broader issues they address. The 
first meeting she remembers attending was about the Global South.

“The core premise of the reading groups was to make sure people weren’t 
passive consumers of a magazine,” Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin’s editor, 
told me. “Not just like people reading n+1 alone in their rooms and 
thinking, I really like this writing.” Jacobin’s rising popularity has 
mirrored the return of socialist politics. In December, The Nation 
reported that “about 24,000 people — 70 to 80 percent of them under 35” 
had joined the DSA since Trump’s election.

When it comes to DSA fealty, Salazar’s roots are even deeper than 
Ocasio-Cortez’s. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined when she was seeking 
DSA’s endorsement,” explained Salazar. “She’s absolutely a Democratic 
Socialist, but she wasn’t organizing with DSA before.” Salazar, on the 
other hand, sits on the organizing committee of the socialist-feminist 
working group. “Julia represents the ideal life cycle of a socialist,” 
said Sunkara, “from an initial political awakening, into an intellectual 
phase with the reading groups, then joining the DSA, and now running for 


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