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On the morning of Saturday, August 18, more than 50 members of the Lift the Ban Coalition and the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) coalition marched to State Senate President John Cullerton’s house in Ravenswood and camped out until afternoon. Cullerton has blocked legislation for statewide rent control and an elected school board for Chicago. The coalition’s… Read More

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Thanks to everyone that made it to our August Executive Committee (EC) Meeting! After our chapter bylaws vote at our last convention, we are still welcoming new EC members! The August EC saw new EC members from our South Side Branch, serving as EC Representatives for their branch. We voted to approve the August meeting… Read More

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By Sean Duffy Last month CDSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group hosted their first educational event, Socialist Feminism 101. A crowd of roughly fifty gathered at the Manning Branch Library, a midpoint between the North Side, South Side, and West Cook branches, and were led by members of the SocFem WG through a robust primer covering… Read More

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We recently held our first CDSA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting with our newest officers and under our new chapter bylaws! The meeting started with a review of feminist process, before we voted to approve the July meeting agenda and approved the minutes from the previous EC meeting in June. You can find the approved minutes… Read More

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The CDSA Bowletariats seized the means of reproduction and raised $10,380 (so far*) for this year’s National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local and virtual events that allow individuals and teams to raise funds for their local abortion fund. The Bowletariats raised funds for the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF), which has… Read More

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Chicago may not have an elected school board yet, but Our City, Our Schools candidates injected some democracy into Chicago Public Schools’ Local School Council elections and won 15 seats across the city of Chicago! Our City, Our Schools candidates included Chicago Democratic Socialists of America members and ally partners. They ran on a platform… Read More

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A message from one of CDSA’s 2018 Bowletariats bowlers & CDSA Socialist Feminism Working Group Co-Chair, Rachel Zibrat: It surprises many people to learn that there are anti-abortion protesters outside abortion clinics in Chicago. Surely, they say, this can’t be a problem in a huge and notably liberal city. This is a misconception: anti-abortion protesting… Read More

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A message from one of CDSA’s 2018 Bowletariats bowlers, Laura Colaneri: March 10 was National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. Doctors and nurses that provide abortion often do so under not just pressure and stigma, but threat of violence from anti-choice extremists. Their courage and dedication to providing necessary healthcare puts me in awe. I honor… Read More

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A message from CDSA’s 2018 Bowletariats Co-Captains, Adriana Scurto and Mimi Stern: Come to any general membership or branch meeting and it quickly becomes clear – Chicago Democratic Socialists of America is a big tent organization, baby! It’s part of what makes us so strong, part of what reminds us of just how powerful collective… Read More

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Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) is pleased to announce our endorsement of Anthony Clark, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 7th Congressional District. As a teacher, community organizer, and veteran, Clark has demonstrated a commitment to building a just and equitable society, and combating the power and policies of the political and economic elite… Read More