Welcome to the Ecosocialist Working Group of the Milwaukee Democratic Socialists of America. Check for meeting updates in our Milwaukee DSA newsletter or on our calendar.
Ecosocialism is the concept that capitalism is the root cause of the earth’s ecological ills, and that those ills are all too often forced by corporations onto disenfranchised communities. Milwaukee DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group focuses on campaigns that will turn back the tide of climate change, pollution, and the strip-mining of our planet’s resources. For example, we turn our ire against the City of Milwaukee for not replacing lead laterals, thus creating toxic drinking water in our homes, and poisoning young children at an alarming rate.
Our mission is to ensure that the transition to socialism in the United States is based on sound ecological principles, preserving the viability of the natural and human environments for future generations and other forms of life, and to bear in mind the historical and present inequities imposed by prior forms of society.
People’s Climate Coalition – Milwaukee DSA is a convening member of PCC. We have helped organize and participated in several direct actions that demand fossil fuel divestment and a radical Green New Deal.
Municipal energy utility – Municipal utilities are owned and governed by the people. By eliminating stockholder profits, they have lower rates, better service and allow progressive options for a green future. Towards these goals Milwaukee DSA is exploring paths to take over WE Energies. The climate crisis demands radical action.
Lead pipe removal – Milwaukee DSA is a founding member of Get the Lead Out, a grassroots coalition of citizens and community organizations that are fighting for the removal of toxic lead infrastructure in our Milwaukee communities within 25 years.