This Week in the CDSA (July 8 – July 15)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

If you haven’t noticed, the DSA and talk of democratic socialism in the US has been everywhere the last few weeks. Whether it’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to fame or DSA’s Abolish Ice actions (huge props to all of our activists that shut down a deportation flight on Friday, btw), we’re getting talked about! And this is a good thing. New members are signing up everyday and people are starting to see that a socialist future is the best way forward. However, while we’re getting attention from people who are excited for socialism, we’re also getting more attention from people on the right. We saw this last week at our convention when literal fascists put up flyers all around the meeting while we were in session. We’re also seeing this online. The number of comments from trolls on our social media pages have spiked recently.
I’m here to urge everybody to be cautious. I’d recommend that everybody check out this good guide on information security that national DSA put out. And when going to and leaving DSA events, make sure to be vigilant and, if possible, travel in groups.
With all that said, don’t stop talking about socialism! Keep engaging with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, the person who compliments your cool pin on the train, baristas, drinking buddies, sober buddies, tinder matches, everybody else. Let them know what socialism is, what we do, and why it’s good! Then bring them with you to meetings and actions. The way we win is through people power, and we build people power by actually engaging with people face to face, meeting them where they are. So remember your ABCs: Always Be Careful and Always Be Chatting (about socialism). That’s my lesson for this week.
We’ve got pretty solid schedule for this week. Lot of good ways to get involved. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

 

 Sunday, July 8

  • West Cook Branch Monthly Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St.
    Monthly business meeting, including reporting on WGs and convention developments, branch governance and structure, summer actions, and mobilizing.

  • Affordable Housing For All – Don’t Move, Fight Back; 1 PM – 3 PM; 1952 W. 21st St.
    Join the Chicago DSA Housing Working Group, Pilsen Alliance, and Socialist Alternative for this panel/ break out discussion about the affordable housing crisis we face and what can be done to stop it.

Tuesday, July 10

  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come to the CDSA Labor Working Group’s July monthly meeting! In addition to updates on our ongoing campaigns across the city, we’ll be discussion elections for our new steering committee. Come learn how to get involved, connect with other great organizers, and, as always, FIGHT THE BOSS!

Wednesday, July 11

  • Red Ed Organizing Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join us for an organizing meeting for CDSA’s political education group. We’ll be checking in on our upcoming reading groups, projects, and events, as well as making plans for new ones.

Thursday, July 12

  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; National Public Housing Museum; 625 N. Kingsbury
    We’ll be discussing Lift the Ban updates, including the expansion of our canvassing to the Northwest side. We’ll also be going over some new legislation in city hall to close loopholes around affordable housing requirements and municipal housing.  

Saturday, July 14

  • Executive Committee Meeting; 12 PM – 2 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Fresh off our biggest membership convention ever, we have new CDSA Executive Committee officers and new chapter bylaws! At Executive Committee meetings, we’ll hear reports from chapter officers, hear updates from CDSA members, and conduct other important CDSA business.All CDSA members are welcome, but only EC members can vote. 
  • South Side Branch Monthly Meeting; 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library; 3436 S. King Drive
    Branch meeting, with vote on SC and updates from all-chapter convention.

Sunday, July 15

  • Talkin’ Socialism: The Spectacle
    Sean Duffy talks to Sarah Hurd and Erik Wenzel about Guy Debord’s Situationist manifesto, The Society of the Spectacle.
    Forward Museums – fwdmuseumsjournal.weebly.com/

 

If I missed an event, please let me know ASAP at cdsacomms@gmail.com
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For a more complete list of events and DSA-adjacent events check out the events page on the Chicago DSA website. 
 
In solidarity,
 
Zach Shearer