This Week in the CDSA (April 7 – April 14)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Wow. What a week. I’m so proud of us. I would write more about how great it was but that op-ed in the Tribune by our illustrious co-chairs says it all.

Let’s keep the momentum going. There are a lot of great events on the calendar for this upcoming week. Time to build on last week’s victories and keep moving forward.

Sunday, April 7
  • Post Election Feminist Brunch; 10 AM – 1 PM; 3016 N. Troy St.
    Join the non-men doing electoral work in Chicago DSA for a brunch potluck. Let’s share stories from the 2019 electoral cycle, build community, and discuss how electoral politics fits into a socialist feminist future! Event starts at 10, but late arrivals are welcome. No prior electoral experience required
  • Socialist Night School: Eco-Socialism and the Green New Deal; 1 PM – 3 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Join your comrades for a night school class on April 7th at 1pm at the UE Hall, 37 S Ashland for the second class of our Spring Semester! If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.
    We’ll be reading the texts that can be found at the above link (if you can’t make it through all of them, just do your best!). We’ll be discussing the Green New Deal and how environmentalism intersects with socialism. Our classes are intended to foster discussion and help us all understand the texts and each other better. See you there!
Tuesday, April 9
  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave
    Join the Electoral Working Group at it’s first post election meeting. We will be discussing lessons learned during the last electoral cycle and how to apply them to future elections as well as strategies for holding our newly elected aldermen accountable. We’ll also talk about what role EWG should play in the nationally endorsed Bernie Sanders campaign.
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    Join us for our April monthly meeting of the Anti-Racism Working Group as we discuss the results of the runoff election, police reform, immigrant defense, and steps moving forward. We will be meeting in the basement of UE Hall
    This location is unfortunately not ADA-compliant. Additionally, it does not have gender neutral bathrooms available.
Wednesday, April 10
  • Day of Action Against Rahm’s TIF Handouts for Lincoln Yards; 8:30 AM – 12 PM; Chicago City Hall 2nd Floor; 121 N. LaSalle
    Join us between 9am-12 noon at City Hall for a day of action to STOP Rahm as he tries to give away $2 billion that should be going to our schools and communities!
    8:30 AM – Gather at City Hall
    9:00 AM- Press Conference, 2nd Floor
    9:30 AM – Rally at City Council – Rahm’s Last Meeting and the Final Votes on Lincoln Yards
    **Note: CDSA has endorsed this event but it is not organized by CDSA.
  • #LiftTheBan Direct Action at Rep. Curtis Tarver’s Office; 6 PM – 7:15 PM; 1303 E. 53rd St.
    On March 27th, 25th District State Rep. Curtis Tarver turned his back on his constituents when he voted “no” on HB255, the bill that would lift the ban on rent control in Illinois. He voted along with Republicans to uphold this unjust, ALEC-sponsored ban. We demand that he reconsider his vote and support HB255 to #LiftTheBan on #RentControlNow. He must be held accountable to the struggling renters in his district, not the real estate lobby.
    We will gather outside of his Hyde Park district office at 6:00, making some noise, engaging passers-by with flyers & posting flyers up and down 53rd Street.
  • North Side Branch Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; United Church of Rogers Park; 1545 W. Morse Ave
    The political education component will include the Green New Deal, what it is, and how it translates to local action here in Chicago.
    You will have the opportunity to connect to local climate action campaigns and learn about how to leverage our new City Council.
    Doors open at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 PM
Thursday, April 11
  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Pilsen Alliance; 1744 W. 18th St.
    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.
Other
  • Chicago is hosting a regional DSA conference on April 12-14. We could still use some volunteers to help with registration on Saturday morning and to marshal for the conference throughout. If you have some free time that weekend and would like to volunteer, please reach out to cdsacomms@gmail.com with your time availability for next weekend.
  • Our Socialist Feminist Working Group has started fundraising for the Chicago Abortion Fund through the annual Abortion Bowl-A-Thon! Last year, the team – the Bowletariat – raised over ten thousand dollars for abortion access. To find out more about the team and why they’re raising money and to then be in such awe that you want to donate money and also maybe join the team, check out the team’s donation profile!
  • The Strike and Solidarity Committee is looking for strike captains! If you’re interested in being a strike captain (no experience required!), fill out this survey about the times and areas where you could help. They have also 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.
  • 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