American Marxists are seriously targeting judicial positions in key states—Texas among them.
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has already elected some comrades to key positions in the Lone Star State and is targeting several more positions in upcoming races.
The Marxists understand that it’s not always who makes the laws but who interprets the laws that counts. Influencing the legal process in favor of the left is a revolutionary act.
So far Houston DSA has elected two comrades to local judgeships.
DSA member Franklin Bynum won his bid for judge in Houston in November 2018 with an endorsement and electoral support from Houston DSA.
His platform “includes plans to stop jailing those who can’t pay bail, an end to ‘plea mill’ practices that coerce guilty pleas from defendants in exchange for freedom, support for diversion programs to reduce arrest, an end excessive to court appearances, and providing more police oversight in the courtroom,” according to Jacobin magazine.
He believes “capitalism drives the horrors of this [justice] system.”
At the same election DaSean Jones, a self-described “criminal justice reformer,” was elected as a judge for the 180th criminal court in Houston. He’s also a member of the Houston DSA.
On Jan. 31, 2019, Bynum, Jones, and Tarsha Jackson of the Communist Party-influenced Texas Organizing Project participated in a Houston forum “The end of policing: putting abolition into practice” — ”a conversation” with anti-police activist Alex Vitale.
A former Houston DSA member, Vitale is a professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. “He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally,” according to People’s World. “He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.”
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