This Week in the CDSA (April 21 – April 28)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Happy holidays to all those who celebrated this weekend, whether it was Passover, Easter, 4/20, or any combination thereof.

There are plenty of great events on the schedule this week but one to definitely be aware of is that next weekend marks the kickoff for this year’s M4A canvassing. That’s right, we’ve got more canvassing for you. Y’all thought that now that the municipal elections are over there won’t be any more canvasses but you thought wrong. Our chapter’s motto is ABCD (Always Be knoCking Doors). Anyway, this is a super important campaign and a great way to make more socialists so check out the details for that below.

I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

Monday, April 22
  • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Community Councils Working Group is a catalytic space to facilitate discussion and development of self-governing neighborhood assemblies as a platform for collective democratic empowerment. Our approach involves coalition building within our own communities while using group meetings to share best practices and improve our local organizing strategies.
    5th Floor South Study Room. This location is ADA accessible. Unfortunately, it does not have gender neutral bathrooms.
  • Communications Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the CDSA Communications Committee for our April meeting! We’ll be discussing social media, agitprop, video, podcast, and our print publications. We’ve got a lot of projects to work on, and if you’ve never been to a CDSA meeting before, the smaller working group meetings are a great way to get involved.
    This location is wheelchair accessible but does not have gender neutral bathrooms. Reach out to cdsacomms@gmail.com if you would like to add anything to the agenda. Our meetings are open to members and non-members, and we hope you’ll join us!
Tuesday, April 23
  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    Time for another meeting with your friendly Socialist Feminist Working Group. Join us to learn more about the projects we’re working on and how you can get involved.
    This location is wheelchair accessible but does not have gender neutral bathrooms.
Wednesday, April 24
  • AfroSocialist Happy Hour; 7 PM – 9 PM; aliveOne; 2683 N. Halsted St.
    This is a Black/PoC happy hour to help build camaraderie within the DSA. It is open to both members and non-members, though we are explicitly creating an only Black/PoC space. There is no agenda for the meeting and you are encouraged to bring friends if you so wish!
    Unfortunately, this location isn’t ADA compliant and does not have gender neutral bathrooms.
Thursday, April 25
  • Poetry for the People Workshop; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library; 4455 N. Lincoln Ave
    “Art is necessary in order that [people] should be able to recognize and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it.” -Ernst Fische.
    Join us for an exploration of poetry as an artistic tool for changing the world. We’ll read and discuss poems of resistance and liberation. Then we’ll write some poems together to reimagine our world.
    The Community Room of the Sulzer Regional Library is wheelchair accessible
  • Energy 101; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    This collaborative event with Citizen’s Utility Board will be an open space to hear about how our energy system works, and brainstorm opportunities for intervening in the system (including an upcoming contract negotiation with ComEd, Chicago’s local distribution utility). There will be a presentation/education element, and we also want to have time to answer questions from folks in the room!
    Unfortunately, this location has stairs and is not ADA accessible. It also does not have gender neutral bathrooms.
  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; 1009 S. Clinton Ave.
    Join the West Cook Branch at its monthly meeting!
    Unfortunately the location is not ADA accessible, however there are gender neutral bathrooms available.
Saturday, April 27
  • M4A Canvassing – Season Kick Off12 PM – 3 PM; Davis Purple Line Stop or Division Blue Line Stop
    I hope you’re ready for a jam packed summer of canvassing, protesting, & getting the word out about Medicare for All (M4A)! We’re kicking off the season next Saturday, April 27th with our first canvassing effort from 12pm to 3pm with locations at both the Davis purple line L stop (9th Congressional district) and the Division blue line L stop (5th Congressional district). Come out to gather petitions we can use to pressure our elected officials to support M4A, educate voters (and maybe yourself) about the differences between true M4A and other sneaky non-single payer universal coverage bills (ex. Medicare for America), and help recruit new DSAers! To RSVP for this or any other upcoming canvassing opportunities for check our new event site at https://actionnetwork.org/groups/m4a-cdsa. Make sure to bookmark it & check back often for more future canvassing opportunities!
  • New Member Orientation; 1 PM – 2:30 PM;
    Orientation for those new to DSA, including an overview of DSA, information about chapter wide campaigns, and discussions about socialism with DSA members
Other
  • 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