DSSL Resolution: Opposition to SB173


Democratic Socialists of Salt Lake

27 February 2020

DSSL Opposes Utah SB173

WHEREAS, the chapter believes in “a social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships”;

WHEREAS, “Our conception of socialism is profoundly democratic”;

WHEREAS, Inland Port protesters face felony and misdemeanor charges for civil disobedience;

WHEREAS, we recognize these protests as supporting the aforementioned social order and as a manifestation of profoundly democratic politics;

WHEREAS, we recognize the Inland Port as part of an oppressive system of direct and slow violence against the environment, working and poor peoples, and marginalized communities, a system antithetical to democratic socialism and equality;

WHEREAS, the Utah State Legislature, in reaction to the Inland Port Protests, is considering Senate Bill 173, which would criminalize intentionally disrupting meetings;

WHEREAS, SB173 further silences the voiceless;

WHEREAS, SB173 would disproportionately affect marginalized and oppressed peoples;

WHEREAS, SB173 would ultimately undermine the social order and democratic politics we support;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Democratic Socialists of Salt Lake opposes SB173, will coordinate and help organize protests against SB173, and fully supports the inland-port protesters facing criminal charges;

FURTHERMORE, BE IT RESOLVED, DSSL requires the Communications Committee to both (a) send a press release pertaining to this resolution (b) use emails and social media platforms to inform the chapter’s membership and followers about SB173 and request their opposition.


DSSL is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America