For Immediate Release
January 8, 2020
BERKSHIRES DSA ENDORSES HOLYOKE MAYOR ALEX MORSE IN CAMPAIGN FOR US CONGRESS
Pittsfield, MA — Berkshires Democratic Socialists of America (Berkshires DSA) officially endorses Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, a Democrat, in his challenge running for Congress in Massachusetts against the state’s 1st Congressional District incumbent and Head of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Richard Neal.
Following the Berkshires DSA executive committee meeting with Morse in 2019 the chapter member’s came to an agreement that his work in Holyoke, and his commitment to environmental justice, universal healthcare, public education, and solidarity with the working class, make him a candidate that they can enthusiastically support. Morse has refused to take money from corporate PACs and the fossil fuel industry.
In Holyoke, where he serves one of the poorest communities in the state, the mayor has addressed the need for economic growth and job creation in safe and sustainable ways, achievements and goals that we find in alignment with the Green New Deal. During his tenure he has worked toward making the city of Holyoke carbon neutral through implementing strong environmental policies, and he is a strong supporter of universal single payer healthcare, often referred to as Medicare for All.
Morse has also focused on public school education, preparing the school teachers and administration to better integrate with a more than 50 percent Hispanic population.
“Our chapter is in talks with Morse’s campaign to see how we can campaign for the Neal challenger, while we also ramp up our efforts to campaign for Presidential nominee Senator Bernie Sanders,” said Berkshires DSA Co-Chair John Prusinski.
The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics. We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.
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