This Week in the Chicago DSA (September 29 – October 6)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

A couple of quick notes off the top:

First, hopefully you’ve all RSVP’d for today’s chapter meeting (see below). We need to make sure we have quorum, so please do come along. The agenda (again, see below) is relatively light, but we’ve got a couple of candidates for U.S. Congress, Anthony Clark and Rober Peters, up for endorsement. We want to make sure all voices are heard as we choose whether or not to endorse them, so again, please come out and make sure your voice is heard.

Second, the Socialist Night School session scheduled for this Thursday, October 3, has been moved to October 10. Same time, same topics, different day. We apologize for any inconvenience, unfortunately U.E. Hall, where the session was set to be held, had a last-minute conflict so we’ve had to regroup. Look for more information on our website and in next week’s email.

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


Sunday, September 29
  • Medicare For All Tabling; 9:30 – 11:30 AM; Morse Red Line CTA Stop, 1358 W. Morse Ave.

    Come join the Chicago DSA Medicare for All Campaign in raising health justice awareness at the Morse Red Line CTA stop! Tabling will begin at 9:30am, and there will be an opportunity for those who are new or curious about the campaign to discuss Medicare for All. We will distribute literature and collect signatures from people interested in fighting for healthcare coverage for everyone.

  • September General Membership Meeting; 1 – 4 PM; Crowne Plaza West Loop, 733 W. Madison St.

    Check-in begins at 12:30 PM; please arrive early so that we can start promptly at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM. This meeting is open to all, though only CDSA members are able to vote. You can find the agenda here.

  • The Strikewave Comes Home: 2012, the Red State Revolt, and 2019; 5 – 7 PM; Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.

    Join Eric Blanc (author of Red State Revolt), Rebecca Garelli (striking Chicago teacher in 2012 who helped lead her fellow Arizona teachers out on strike in 2018), and Micah Uetricht (author of Strike for America) as they discuss the role the 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike played in spurring forward the teachers strikewave of the last two years and how the potential CPS strike fits into this broader movement.

  • Marx’s Capital Vol 1 Reading Group: First Session; 6 – 8 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    The Political Education Committee of Chicago DSA would like to extend an invitation to all members to join a Capital Vol I reading group. The reading group will meet once every three weeks or so, with about 50 pages a session, and we expect to finish the book in about 6 months. This will be a great opportunity for active organizers and activists to deepen their socialist analysis and broaden their strategic horizons. It will also be a great way to engage in longer and open-ended discussions about the nature of our economic system and we can think strategically about challenging it. Note about membership: To keep the reading group welcoming and practical, we will be limiting spots to DSA members who are active and engaged in work in or chapter or nationally. We will also be working to maintain a welcoming gender balance in the space. If you would like to, please join us, but bear this in mind.

Tuesday, October 1
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 – 9 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Monthly meeting of Chicago DSA’s anti-racism working group. We will be talking about our chapter’s ongoing campaigns, news about ongoing anti-racism activism in Chicago, and discussing a short reading.

Wednesday, October 2
  • Free Heartland Kids Campaign Meeting; 7 – 9 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Join the Free Heartland Kids campaign to work toward the abolition of child immigrant detention in Chicago and beyond! We’ll be voting for members of our campaign steering committee and launching next big actions. At this meeting, we’ll also be discussing the latest developments in our Testimony Project as well as going through detailed accounts from survivors and witnesses of Heartland Alliance detention centers. These accounts include descriptions of psychological and emotional abuse, physical abuse, injections, and suicidal ideation. An optional section included in handouts also involves graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. This location is not ADA-compliant and does not have gender-neutral bathrooms.

Friday, October 4
  • #FreeHeartlandKids Friday Action; 4:30 – 6:30 PM; Heartland Alliance 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, October 5
  • Bernie Canvass With IL For Bernie Sanders; 10 AM – 2 PM; North Pulaski Library, 4300 W. North Ave.

    Join members of Chicago DSA and Illinois for Bernie as we begin the petition drive to get Bernie Sanders on the 2020 primary ballot! We will meet at the North Pulaski Library promptly at 10:00am to do a quick canvass training, and then will be off to collect signatures. Once we have put a few hours of canvassing in, we will meet back at 4100 W. North Ave., Apt. 2 between 1:30-2:30pm to get our petitions notarized and to turn them in. RSVP for the event here. Please note: if you can, please download the “Mini Van” app onto your smartphone before you arrive (this will save us time during the canvass training).

  • Winning CPAC Day Of Action; 12 – 3 PM; Multiple Locations

    Community control of the police is an urgent priority for the city of Chicago. On Saturday October 5th, in advance of the next city council meeting, we’ll be talking to neighbors about why we need a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that is democratically elected and accountable to the people, not to the Mayor or the police department. Join us at any one of these locations across the city on this Day of Action:

    Wicker Park – 1st Ward: Damen Blue Line Stop

    Lincoln Square – 40th/47th Ward: At the fountain

    Rogers Park – 49th Ward: Howard Red Line Stop

    Woodlawn – 20th Ward: 63rd and Cottage Grove

  • IL-5 Medicare For All Canvass; 1 – 4 PM; Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Join Chicago DSA, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, PNHP, SNaHP, and our allies in the fight for Medicare for All! We’ll be knocking doors and talking Medicare for All in Jefferson Park. Come help build the movement that will push Mike Quigley to co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act and get us one step closer to true Medicare for All! We’ll have a brief training and go out in pairs, so don’t worry if you haven’t canvassed before!

Sunday, October 6
  • Democratize ComEd 32nd Ward Canvass; 11 AM – 2 PM; Red June Cafe, 2020 N. Leavitt St.

    Do you believe we should own our energy? Join us for a canvass in the 32nd 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 32nd Ward to talk to residents about their experiences and what we’re fighting for. Email DemComEd@gmail.com for more information.


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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.
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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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