This Week in the CDSA (January 20 – January 27)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

It’s a cold and snowy one out there this weekend. We had a number of events cancelled yesterday due to the weather so, if you’re planning on attending any of today’s events be sure to check out the CDSA Social media pages for updates.

We had a busy week last week – lot of great working group meetings and big thanks to everybody who turned out to the March For Life counter-protest, and an even bigger thanks to the organizers of that event. For those that weren’t there – White Supremacist group Patriot Front decided to make an appearance in support of the March for Lifers. That the anti-abortion folk were angrier at us than the literal Nazis standing with them tells you everything you need to know about those people and how important it was for us to be there.

This week isn’t AS busy as last week but there’s still plenty on the schedule. There are a couple of great educational events and plenty of chances to flex those organizing muscles. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

Sunday, January 20
  • 49th Ward Lift the Ban Oppo Canvass; 12 PM – 4 PM; United Church of Rogers Park; 1545 W. Morse Ave
    Welcome to the 49th Ward’s Lift the Ban campaign! Current Alderman Joe Moore is the corrupt, developer-friendly head of the city’s Housing and Real Estate Committee, and we are hitting the streets in an aggressively socialist, housing-focused opposition campaign to finally take him out of office. Join us Saturdays and Sundays leading up to the Aldermanic elections to unseat this neoliberal fixture of Chicago machine politics. See Facebook event for details.
  • Ugo for 40th: New Office Grand Opening!; 11:30 AM – 1 PM; 5333 N. Lincoln Ave
    Join Ugo, staff, volunteers and supporters for the grand opening of the new brick-and-mortar campaign office!
    This will be a space for the community and supporters to build on the work we’ve done in the past year, as we march to victory on February 26th!
    This will be an office warming of sorts- so please bring food and even more importantly art to hang on our bare walls!
    After, we will be going to knock doors at 1PM. Please RSVP on FB.
Wednesday, January 23
  • North Side Town Hall: Democratizing Police Accountability in Chicago; 6 PM – 8:30 PM; Unity Lutheran Church; 1212 W. Balmoral Ave
    As a resident of Chicago, you are invited and encouraged to attend this Town Hall on Police Accountability to hear from Aldermanic candidates in the 40th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th, and 50th wards (Rogers Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, Andersonville, Uptown, North Center, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood).
    Moderated by David Stovall, professor of African-American Studies; Criminology, Law & Justice at UIC, this Town Hall will be an opportunity to find out where Aldermanic incumbents and challengers stand on an elected police accountability system in Chicago. Legislation is currently pending in City Council that would do just that: the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinance was first introduced in 2016 and because of the growing demand for an elected system, other legislation based on CPAC has since followed.
    Email your questions for candidates to townhall@caarpr.org or bring them with you for a chance to have your question posed to candidates.
  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave;
    The Electoral Working Group’s monthly meeting, featuring an introduction to members running for leadership positions in the group.The Electoral Working Group’s monthly meeting, featuring an introduction to members running for leadership positions in the group.
Thursday, January 24
Friday, January 25
  • #StopGaryDeportations Protest; 10 AM – 1 PM; Gary Airport; 6001 Industrial Highway
    Chicago DSA’s Immigration Rights Committee and Anti-Racism Working Group are working with Northwest Indiana Resistance in organizing a protest to resist ICE, protest the deportations of wrongfully detained immigrants and refugees, and to shine a light on the system causes of the inhuman mistreatment of immigrants from Chicagoland and Gary.
    *IMPORTANT* Please book your seat on the bus with the reservation form (http://www.chicagojwj.org/not1more) by 1/18 for a free ride to the site of the protest. The bus will be leaving at 9am from 333 S. Ashland in Chicago and be returning after the protest around 2pm. Snacks and water will be provided.
Saturday, January 26
  • 49th Ward Lift the Ban Oppo Canvass; 10 AM – 2 PM; United Church of Rogers Park; 1545 W. Morse Ave
    Welcome to the 49th Ward’s Lift the Ban campaign! Current Alderman Joe Moore is the corrupt, developer-friendly head of the city’s Housing and Real Estate Committee, and we are hitting the streets in an aggressively socialist, housing-focused opposition campaign to finally take him out of office. Join us Saturdays and Sundays leading up to the Aldermanic elections to unseat this neoliberal fixture of Chicago machine politics. See Facebook event for details.
  • People’s Assemblies: Building Direct Democracy (and why we need it); 12 PM – 2 PM; Legler Branch Library; 115 S. Pulaski Rd
    This event aims to introduce the role, functioning and history of people’s assemblies as essential components of revolutionary organizing strategy and as seeds of a new society. If you are planning to participate, please fill out this form.
    Spanish to English simultaneous translation for the presentation and the gallery will be available //
    Va haber traductores en vivo y galería en españo.
  • Bread and Roses: A Fundraiser to Elect Ugo Okere; 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM; 6340 N. Lincoln Ave
    Join Ugo for the campaign’s last major fundraiser of this election cycle!
    Enjoy dinner and hear from electric special guests, as we raise the funds necessary to win and build a ward for everyone and a Chicago for All.
    Since the start of this campaign, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars, knocked tens of thousands of doors and built a movement in the 40th ward and across the city of Chicago based on co-governance, equity and interconnected struggle.
    Ticket information available here.
Sunday, January 27
  • 49th Ward Lift the Ban Oppo Canvass; 12 PM – 4 PM; United Church of Rogers Park; 1545 W. Morse Ave
    Welcome to the 49th Ward’s Lift the Ban campaign! Current Alderman Joe Moore is the corrupt, developer-friendly head of the city’s Housing and Real Estate Committee, and we are hitting the streets in an aggressively socialist, housing-focused opposition campaign to finally take him out of office. Join us Saturdays and Sundays leading up to the Aldermanic elections to unseat this neoliberal fixture of Chicago machine politics. See Facebook event for details.
Other
  • The minutes from the December Executive Committee Meeting have been posted here.
  • 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 a lot 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.
  • If you aren’t on the CDSA Slack Channel yet, but would like to be, shoot me an email at cdsacomms@gmail.com and I’ll get you set up with it.
  • 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.

As Always:

  1. Fill out this form immediately if you have CDSA organized/sponsored event you want on the calendar. To get the event on this email, it must be submitted by the preceding Friday.
  2. Check out the events page on our website for the most up date list of events.
  3. Forward this email to your friends!

 

In solidarity,
Zach Shearer