The Philly Socialists are a local socialist group based in Philadelphia, who are “committed to creating a just and sustainable future for ourselves and our planet.” They engaging in community activism and organizing, in order to help “transform our political and economic system into one befitting of basic human dignity.” On January 5, 2013, they unanimously passed the following resolution for “fraternal correspondence with The North Star.” We welcome the Philly Socialists and look forward to working with them to help advance the socialist left.
This next year holds many promises for socialism if we are willing to fight for it. It is time for us to grow our membership, stabilize our finances, reinforce our current programs, and expand Philly Socialists to a whole new host of programs. It is in this spirit that I propose that as an organization we take our experiences, our understandings, and our opinions and contribute them to the productive dialogue that is currently occurring amongst many radical activists and intellectuals.
One forum of discussion that would be fruitful for the Party to pursue correspondence with is The North Star (thenorthstar.info) The North Star is a forum of leftists of diverse positions who in their words exist to facilitate unity and inclusiveness across the left through “rigorous and honest debate, which is just the first step in a long, protracted process of recreating a radical left in this county with meaningful political muscle.”
The North Star and Philly Socialists have affinities and divergences of opinion, but both groups are dedicated to open, honest, and respectful debate. We both are dedicated to the goal of building a broad left Party to fight for the 99%. We both see gaining political power through such a Party as a route to liberation for the 99%.
To this end I am proposing that Philly Socialists begin fraternally corresponding with The North Star. Members will be encouraged to write as Philly Socialists members, i.e. identifying as Philly Socialists but writing as individuals on their own volition. Points of unity with The North Star are listed below. These points should be kept as our “party line” when engaging with The North Star:
1. The necessity of building a Party, defined either as a new political party, a tendency within such a political party, a mass-based independent political organization, or some combination thereof
2. Science as a core Socialist value
3. Taking elections seriously; gaining political power via participation in the electoral process (with an emphasis on winning)
4. Respectful and comradely debate and airing of political differences
Of course Philly Socialists members are always free to correspond with whomever they wish and disregard the “party line.” The organization asks that such members would only identify themselves as members when writing within the core values and party line of Philly Socialists.”