The local branches of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Socialist Alternative are hosting a rally at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Piatt Park downtown to "resist any move by President Trump to win re-election based on anti-democratic tactics, and to call for a fighting alternative to our current electoral process," says a release.
There will be speakers, including DSA and SA members, as well as union members and working-class organizers.
As of Wednesday, Trump has declared premature victory in the presidential election, while millions of ballots in battleground states still need to be counted. The DSA and SA say a victory for Trump would be a blow to the working class.
Per their release:
"Today’s rally addresses the fact that the electoral system in the United States is stacked against the working class. In presidential elections, the archaic, elitist electoral college system means that the popular vote does not actually determine who is president. Meanwhile, millions have been systematically disenfranchised owing to a racist system of mass incarceration that disproportionally represses Black, indigenous, and other working-class people of color. While it is important to protect this election from a Trump-led bureaucratic coup, the policies of Joe Biden and the Democratic party are woefully inadequate to solve the problems of racist policing, the climate crisis, healthcare for all, or the present economic crisis. Such policies do not present a way forward for the working class. Therefore, while we understand many will be relieved that Trump may soon be out of office, we rally today to address the need for a mass movement based on socialist ideas to prevent Trump and other elites from the their continued and undemocratic monopolization of power."