This Week In The Chicago DSA (September 15 -22)

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Good Morning Afternoon Chicago DSA,

My sincerest apologies for not sending this email out at its usual time. I completely dropped the ball and have no excuse. Unfortunately, this means that the three events for today have either already finished or will very soon, but I’m including them anyway for the sake of consistency. Again, I apologize and will not let this happen again.

In other news, the CDSA Executive Committee approved a plan by our Labor Branch to support and fundraise for CPS employees as they prepare for a potential strike. For more information, email labor@chicagodsa.org and keep an eye on our website calendar and Facebook page, as well as this email.

Keep up the good work, comrades. I’ll see you out there.


Sunday, September 15
  • Socialist Night School: What is the Working Class?; 1 – 3:30 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    What do we mean when we talk about the “working class”? Who is “the working class”? Why is it central to socialist organizing? How and why does the working class bring about revolutionary change? The readings can be found on the event page on our website. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/kyU9LAgfPQ57Rk2M6

  • Lift The Ban Northside Town Hall; 1 – 3 PM; Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

    Housing is a human right! Join north-side neighbors to uplift our voices as one to demand rent control.

  • CPS Workers Solidarity Canvass; 10 AM – 1 PM; Pilsen Alliance, 1744 W. 18th St.

    Join us on September 15 at 10 AM as we talk to our neighbors in Pilsen about CTU and SEIU 73’s contract fight with the city against privatization and austerity and for Chicago schools for all! We will be meeting at Pilsen Alliance, 1744 W. 18th for a brief training before heading out. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/95V8YzeUmd1jtfTS6

Monday, September 16
  • IL-9 Medicare For All Campaign Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse Ave.

    Join members of Chicago DSA’s Health Care Working Group as we plan our fight for Medicare for All in Illinois’s ninth congressional district! Help us build the movement that will defeat the health care profiteers and win a future where health care is a universal human right. All are welcome, including those living outside the ninth district and non-DSA members. Please note, the meeting will take place at Pub 626 in the Teal Room. The location is just off of the Morse Red Line CTA station. The pub has tasty drinks/food for purchase!

Tuesday, September 17
  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 – 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. The CDSA office is located at 3411 W Diversey. There is a buzzer next to door, look for CDSA on the menu to call and someone will buzz you in. (If no one picks up, you might be early!) Once you’re inside take the elevator to the second floor. The meeting will be down the hallway to your left when you exit the elevator. It is wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, September 18
  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    Our working mission to educate, advocate, and build a community of practice in Chicago around a vision of a democratic economy. At this month’s meeting, we will: recap recent developments in Chicago’s solidarity economy landscape, discuss personal ways we are working to further the solidarity economy, brainstorm shared projects to grow public understanding of a solidarity economy, seek writing and research for sections of a zine/pamphlet highlighting Chicago’s solidarity economy initiatives, discuss recent meeting of Chicago Housing Justice League and their push to redirect significant funding towards affordable housing in Chicago’s Five Year Housing Plan, discuss next steps for Illinois Coalition for Cooperative Advancement and their desire to host community teach-ins on HB3663 (Limited Worker Cooperative Association Act), and get updates on upcoming trips to New Economy Coalition Annual Member Meeting, Symbiosis Congress of Municipal Movements, & Eco-Socialism Conference. We’re meeting at Harold Washington Library 7th Floor South. The library is ADA accessible however it does not have gender neutral bathrooms.

Saturday, September 14
  • Cornbread & Roses Potluck; 1 – 5 PM; The Breathing Room, 1434 W 51st St.

    The AfroSoc + Socialist of Color will be hosting the first Cornbread and Roses at The Breathing Room! This is a potluck for socialists of color to engage with each other and learn about socialist of color leaders while eating delicious food. The is an alcohol-free, child-friendly, PoC only event, and there are gender-neutral bathrooms. This is an explicitly non-white event.

Sunday, September 22
  • #DemocratizeComEd 11th Ward Canvass; 11 AM – 2 PM; Jackalope Coffee & Tea House, 755 W. 32nd St.

    Do you believe we should own our energy? Join us for a canvass in the 11th Ward for the #DemocratizeComEd Campaign! For the first time in 30 years, ComEd is renegotiating its contract with the city. Now’s the time for us to push for a city-owned electric utility with an elected board, aggressive renewable energy targets, progressive rates, and green, union jobs to maintain infrastructure. If we democratize ComEd, we can serve our communities and the environment instead of investors. We will be canvassing in the 11th Ward to talk to residents about their experiences and what we’re fighting for. Email DemComEd@gmail.com for more information.

  • Election Reflections: CDSA’s Role in Local Elections; 1 – 3 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    The CDSA Political Education & Policy Committee is excited to present a discussion of CDSA’s role in the 2019 elections–and elections in the future–in a candid discussion format with members who worked on all six campaigns. CDSA and 33rd Ward Working Families member Rebecca Burns (In These Times, the Intercept) will moderate a “fishbowl” discussion on the role of our organization in those elections and electoral work in general. Please join us for this open discussion that can help us understand what worked–what maybe didn’t–and how we can start to think of our role in the elections coming up right around the corner!

  • IL-5 Medicare For All Canvass; 1 – 4 PM; City Coffee, 5139 N Damen Ave.

    Join Chicago DSA’s Medicare for All campaign as we knock doors and talk to Chicagoans about Medicare for All and Democratic Socialism, and build pressure on IL-5 representative Mike Quigley to co-sponsor HR 1384! Don’t worry if you’re new to canvassing—we’ll provide a quick training at 1pm, and then hit the pavement to build the movement for Medicare for All!


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

As Always:

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In solidarity,
Caleb Nordgren

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