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On this episode, Roqayah and Kumars are joined by Kaitlin Marone, an at-large councilmember on the New Orleans DSA Local Council and the organizer who thought up their wildly successful Gimme a Brake (Light) campaign. As you can maybe guess from the name, volunteer events are held to fix brake lights in poor communities for free, saving people from costly mechanic bills, traffic tickets, and interactions with cops which frequently destroy lives. Kaitlin is also co-author of the Gimme a Brake (Light) DIY Handbook, released by New Orleans DSA, which has been used by groups across the country to replicate this important work elsewhere. We ask for Kaitlin's thoughts on socialist organizing in Louisiana and the birth and growth of the New Orleans chapter of DSA. Kaitlin shares how she came up with the idea for the brake light repair clinics and describes how New Orleans DSA went about making this idea a reality. We discuss the importance of prolonged, no-strings-attached community service for building trust and building power, and the need for service work to truly reflect the desired priorities of those it claims to serve.
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