This Week in the CDSA (December 9 – December 16)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

We had an incredibly full week this last week. Many of you got up early in the mornings and were out on the picket lines supporting striking ACERO charter school teachers. For those of you who aren’t super familiar with the strike or haven’t been keeping up to date on it – I recommend checking out this article in the Sun Times with an update from Day 5 of the strike. You can also follow the CDSA twitter account for updates on the strike as well as sweet action shots of your fellow comrades and our endorsed aldermanic candidates out on the picket line. If you want to learn more about getting involved, be sure to check out the rally that’s happening today (information below) and also text SOLIDARITY to 55222 for text updates.

In addition to all of our strike related action, we also currently have a CDSA contingent down in Bloomington-Normal right now meeting with other DSA chapters from around the state. From the pictures, it looks like they’re having a blast and getting a lot of great organizing done. I’m excited to hear about their trip when they make all make it back to Chicago.

There are a lot of events on the calendar this week, so be sure to get all the details below. I’ll see you out there comrades 🙂

Sunday, December 9
  • December Day of Action – Ugo for 40th Ward; 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM; First Slice Cafe; 5357 N. Ashland Ave.
    It’s the largest Ugo canvassing event of the month – our December Day of Action! We’re going to need all the help we can get to bring down the machine in the 40th ward – but we know our neighbors are ready to make it happen. Come do it with us, and bring a friend!
  • Rally to Win the ACERO Strike; 1 PM – 3 PM; Chicago Teachers Union HQ; 1901 W. Carrol Ave.
    The Chicago Teachers Union is asking all supporters of workers and public education to come out for a rally for the Acero charter teachers on Sunday at 1 PM. If they win their strike over the weekend, it will be a celebration; if they are still on strike, we will be there in solidarity to help strengthen our teachers in their fight against capital in the coming week.
    Wear red and a DSA pin or button – look for the DSA banner and join your comrades to show the teachers we support them, and to show Acero that Chicago won’t back down from a fight!
Monday, December 10
  • Immigration Rights Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    The Immigrants Rights Committee will be discussing and working around deportations and the needs of immigrants in our communities. We’ll have updates on the #StopGaryDeportations campaign and discuss future work in our fight to abolish ICE.
Tuesday, December 11
  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    We are an intersectional group of labor militants who are actively rebuilding the labor movement from the ground-up through organizing the unorganized and strengthening the power of the organized rank-and-file worker. We demand a proactive labor movement, both nationally and locally, that can combat worker exploitation and respond to the new economy of fissured workplaces. We believe that in order to overthrow capitalism we need to build a militant movement of labor activists.
Thursday, December 13
  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come check out Chicago DSA’s efforts to fight for health justice and make Medicare For All a reality! We will be discussing our ongoing work to canvass, support community health, build coalitions, and more! All are welcome, including non-DSA folks.
Friday, December 14
  • Climate Change Happy Hour; 5 PM – 10 PM; The Hideout; 1354 W. Wabansia Ave
    New to DSA, DSA-curious, or just trying to figure out how to get involved? Come to our December Happy Hour for a casual introduction to the organization! Meet elected leaders, active members, and other newbies from the Environmental Justice Working group and the larger Chicago DSA, and learn about our ongoing work on energy democracy, climate justice reading group, and how EJ issues intersect with other issues socialists are working on and how you can be a part of it.
Saturday, December 15
  • Child Watch Training1 PM – 3 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St; 6th Floor North Study Room
    Do you want to help make CDSA meetings and events more welcoming for kids and families? Come get trained to be a CDSA Child Watch volunteer! We’ll discuss our values and approach to working with young people, talk through scenarios that may come up when working with kids, and learn about safety and basic first aid.
  • Executive Committee Meeting; 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    All CDSA members are welcome to attend December’s Executive Committee meeting!
    This month we will have recap of the general membership meeting, the statewide meetup, our campaign work, and updates from the chapter’s committees and officers. As always, we’ll be covering a great deal about the chapter. If there is a proposal you would like to bring to the EC, please email both Chapter Co-Chairs (co-chair-1@chicagodsa.org & co-chair-2@chicagodsa.org) before the end of the day 12/9/18. As a reminder, all CDSA members are welcome to attend, but only EC members can vote.
  • Carlos Rosa x Bad Bunny; 9 PM – late AF; In These Times; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Carlos Rosa is OUT as a Democratic Socialist in Chicago, running for re-election as Alderman of the 35th Ward. Now’s your chance to dance your ass off in support of his campaign.
    Come thaw off & get loose at The Club@InTheseTimes with DJ Mr. West, spinning tracks from 2018’s most iconic (and hottest) reggaeton artist: Bad Bunny.
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!) Look out for some exciting news about dues renewal pins coming soon.
  • 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