This Week in the Chicago DSA (August 11 – August 18)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I’ve spent the last week being very jealous of all my comrades who were at the DSA National Convention last weekend in Atlanta. All reports are that it was a highly productive, comradely time and I wish so much I had been there.

But alas, that’s behind us and now it’s time to get back to work. We’ve got a much busier week than the last two ahead of us, including some canvassing, some meetings and a forum on a plan for winning a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) a week from today. It’s time to strap in and build some socialism.


Sunday, August 11
  • Lift The Ban Northside Canvass; 11 AM – 2:30 PM, 33rd Ward Working Families, 3248 W. Montrose Ave.

    It’s time to organize the working class of Chicago to fight gentrification and the power of corporate landlords. We’ll be building a working-class movement around housing by enlisting neighbors in Alderman Rossana’s ward. It’s us against the real estate lobby, and our power comes down to the coalition we can build from our neighbors. We’ll do introductions, a brief training, grab lit and hit the streets!

  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 1 – 3 PM, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

    Come out and join us for our August meeting! We’ll hear from our delegates to DSA’s National Convention and talk about what we can do to build socialism on the west side of Chicago and into the suburbs. All are welcome!

Monday, August 12
  • Free Heartland Kids Campaign Meeting; 7 – 9 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Join the Free Heartland Kids campaign as we meet to discuss updates on the campaign and plan future actions!

Wednesday, August 14
  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Teamster City, 1645 W. Jackson Blvd.

    Join the EWG for our monthly meeting! We will be discussing statewide seats with progressive challengers, IPO’s, the AMAZING Red Star Bulletin and much more!

  • IL-5th Congressional District Medicare For All Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

    How will we get Congressman Mike Quigley to sign on to Medicare For All? Join the M4A campaign as we strategize and prepare to begin canvassing the 5th congressional district!

Friday, August 16
  • #FreeHeartlandKids Friday Action; 4:30 – 6:30 PM; Heartland HQ, 208 S. LaSalle St.

    Hundreds of immigrant children are being detained in our backyard. Heartland Alliance is a Chicago-based nonprofit org that has historically focused on anti-poverty and immigration issues. Heartland currently operates 5 child detention centers and, until recently, 2 in Des Plaines. Currently, over 350 children are detained by Heartland. The Chicago DSA Immigrants Rights Committee is fighting back. This is a nonviolent action. We especially do not want to put participants who may be vulnerable on account of their documentation status at risk of arrest during this action. Ultimately, of course, the relevant authorities are responsible for how they choose to respond to our nonviolent action, but it is important that participants understand that a nonviolent action is what the the Free Heartland Kids campaign is engaging in for this week. ALL ARE WELCOME! We will have signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more depending on the time and day. You can show up with nothing but your principles, and we will have material and information to offer you. If you would like to bring your own signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more, we welcome them!

Saturday, August 17
  • Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Ordinance Canvass with STOP; 10 AM – 2 PM; STOP Office, 602 E. 61st St.

    We are planning some Saturday canvasses in August and September! Come join a joint canvass with Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) and the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) to talk with residents the need for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Ordinance to stop displacement around the Obama Center. Learn more here: http://www.obamacba.org/

  • Lift The Ban Northside Canvass; 11 AM – 2:30 PM, 33rd Ward Working Families, 3248 W. Montrose Ave.

    It’s time to organize the working class of Chicago to fight gentrification and the power of corporate landlords. We’ll be building a working-class movement around housing by enlisting neighbors in Alderman Rossana’s ward. It’s us against the real estate lobby, and our power comes down to the coalition we can build from our neighbors. We’ll do introductions, a brief training, grab lit and hit the streets!

  • AfroSocialist + Socialist of Color Happy Hour; 3 – 6 PM, The Bureau on 16th, 75 E. 61st St.

    Come join us to learn about the Afro-Socialist and Socialist of Color Caucus, and also just to have a good time and drinks. This event is for folks who identify as a person of color.

Sunday, August 18
  • Winning a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC); 1 – 3 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Alongside members of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), who have been leading the fight for real police accountability in Chicago, Chicago DSA is having a strategy meeting to help win a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). We will be discussing how to counter weaker alternatives that have been put forward, why CPAC is important to advocate for, and next steps for Chicago DSA in this fight. Please RSVP here! (and sign up to stay plugged in & help win CPAC even if you can’t make it: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/winningcpac/


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  • The Electoral Working Group would like to announce that its endorsement questionnaire is now available! Requests can be sent to electoral@chicagodsa.org.
  • If you are a CDSA meber but aren’t on the CDSA Slack Channel yet, and would like to be, shoot me an email at cdsacomms@gmail.com and I’ll get you set up with it.
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  • Announcing the No Sanctions, No War on Iran Ad Hoc Committee: The Trump administration pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement and imposing sanctions on Iran brought us to within minutes of a shooting war. The threat still exists and will continue to do so as long as sanctions and the US’s campaign of “maximum pressure” continues. Chicago can’t afford another war! The Ad Hoc committee plans to: 1) provide education on Iran, the history of the region and US intervention, the effect of sanctions, and how to avert war; 2) reach out to organizations like anti-war veterans’ groups and homeless advocates, labor unions, mental health advocates, and others who are affected by another potential war; 3) reach out to our DSA Alderpersons for a letter of support and a possible resolution introduced to City Council. The committee will officially start work in a couple of weeks. If interested to find out more or to work with the committee, contact: Saman at p70volkl@yahoo.com and Sophie at NoIranSanctions@gmail.com.

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In solidarity,
Caleb Nordgren

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