This Week in the CDSA (November 11 – November 18)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

As I’m sure you all are aware, election day this year had, well, mixed results. I don’t know the exact number that one but DSA candidates fared pretty well and now we’ve got socialists in Congress! That’s no small thing. Also, Scott Walker lost his job and that guy is a human turd so solid win there. The losses we did take were all great examples of why electoral work can’t be our only strategy. The American democratic system is very flawed. We have to work within it when we have to be able to work around and against it too.
Anyway. With that being said: CDSA’s electoral work turned out great! Judge Coghlan is gone. Bye loser. And all three Lift the Ban referendums won by double digit percentage points. Amazing work to everybody who worked on those campaigns. It’s a testament to how far we’ve come as an organization, how much we’ve grown, and how great our potential is. I’m excited to help CDSA build to great places in the two years until the next national election and I’m excited to do it with all of you.
We’ve got a bunch of great events on the calendar this week. All their information is listed below. I’ll see you out there comrades 🙂

Sunday, November 11
Monday, November 12
Tuesday, November 13
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come join the Anti-Racism Working Group for updates on the Immigration Rights Committee, CPAC work, and other items. We will be discussing what we can learn from the activism and organizing that helped lead to the conviction of Jason Van Dyke. All are welcome.
  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; National Public Housing Museum; 625 N. Kingsbury St.
    Join us for our monthly Housing Working Group meeting! Last month’s breakout groups were a rousing success, so we’ll be doing something similar this time.
  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    The Chicago DSA Labor Group was born out of the drive for labor union activists and socialists to work together for a just economy- one that benefits workers not the wealthy. We are a group of rank-and-file union members, union leadership, staff, and labor supporters who work together to fight for solidarity and socialism.
    “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.”- Rose Schneiderman
Wednesday, November 14
  • North Side Branch Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; United Church of Rogers Park; 1545 W. Morse Ave.
    Come join your North side comrades at our monthly branch meeting! We will have our November monthly branch meeting, where we will discussing electoral and other work, including some theory, some praxis, and of course, there will be snacks.
Saturday, November 17
  • Rossana’s 40th Birthday Bash; 7:30 PM – late; Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center; 4048 W. Armitage Ave.
    Come celebrate Rossana’s 40th birthday and campaign for 33rd Ward alderman!
    Get Tickets @ build.rossanafor33.org/birthday
    We’ll be celebrating with live music, food, drinks, and a very special surprise performance. Music by: Luis Rodriguez, Los Valazquez, and a surprise performance. Followed by a dance party with DJ White Russian
    Tickets are limited, get yours now.
Sunday, November 18
Other
  • The Strike and Solidarity Committee has set up an SMS system to keep people posted about strike and solidarity actions. People that want to get updates should text SOLIDARITY to 55222
  • Renew your dues! It’s been two years since the 2016 election which spurred a lot of us into joining. That means that for some of us, it’s time to renew. If that’s you, you can do so here: https://act.dsausa.org/donate/membership/ (Consider switching to monthly too!)
  • Grievance Policy. If you ever feel you are being harassed by another member of DSA, or made to feel uncomfortable by a member, or have a conflict with another member, please reach out to hgo@chicagodsa.org to get in touch with our chapter’s Harassment and Grievance Officers.
If I missed an event, please let me know ASAP at cdsacomms@gmail.com

 

If you have a CDSA organized or sponsored event that you would like added to the event calendar, please fill out this form. If you want this event included in this email make sure to submit your form before the preceding Friday, at the latest.

 

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