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# 146

January -- February, 2012

Contents

"Talkin' Socialism"
December Jobs Report
Empire, Colonialism, and Torture

New Ground 146.1 -- 01.31.2013

0. DSA News

New! DSA! Web Site!
DSA in the News

1. Politics

FAQ on HR6411: the Robin Hood Tax
Wendy's Old Fashioned Exploitation
Black History Month -- Remembering Dr. King
Chicago's Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance
Pensions and the Idiot Media
Southside Trauma Center

2. People

Timuel Black
Kay Meyers, 1915 -- 2013

3. Ars Politica

A Realistic Response to Austerity

4. Democratic Socialism

The "democratic" in Democratic Socialism
Summer Camp Made Me a Commie

5. Upcoming Events of Interest

New Ground 146.2 -- 02.16.2013

0. DSA News

Talkin' Socialism: Episode 24
DSA in the News

1. Politics

Support the Balancing Act
The January Jobs Report
Kids Count
Stop School Closings
Stop the Charges

2. Democratic Socialism

In Defense of Soviet Waiters
Dorner, Shootings, and Socialism

3. Upcoming Events of Interest

New Ground 146.3 -- 03.01.2013

0. DSA News

Save the Date
Commodify Your Dissent

1. Politics

Robin Hood Tax to Reduce Wall Street Greed
How Can Labor Be Saved?
Go Ask ALICE
Poverty and Violence
Stop School Closings

2. Ars Politica

Peace on Earth Film Festival
How Long Will I Cry?
Mess Hall Closes

3. Democratic Socialism

Beyond Warm-and-Fuzzy Socialism
"Death of a Yuppie Dream"
The Political Economy of 3-D Printing
"We the Owners"

4. Upcoming Events of Interest


Fear of Falling

by Bill Barclay

It was the best of deals, it was the worst of deals. It was an agreement reflecting the electoral shift of November; it was an agreement reflecting Republican intransigence. Mostly the "fiscal cliff" deal was just that, a deal limited in political scope and economic impact. A deal that said both sides will live to fight another day ­ and that other day is not very far off.

This situation does not sit well with large numbers of us, both progressives and right wing-nuts. We want that definitive outcome that redefines US politics in our favor -- and I'm there also. Unfortunately, I do not that think that Obama is comfortable with that kind of big risk/big reward politics. He has, at times, seemed to seek a "Grand Bargain" -- but even that often appears to me as simply the desire to put these issues of the political economy behind him so he can move on to.what? climate change? education? It's not clear, at least not to me.

Setting aside these hopes and fears, what did the deal accomplish? And why did it get done?

First, almost all -- over 90% -- of the $620 billion in additional revenue that will be raised over the next decade will come from households with income over $1 million (their average tax payments are projected to increase by over $120,000/year); the remainder of the new revenue will from come from households with income between $500,000 to $1,000,000. (for these numbers see Tax Policy Center). So, that's a good thing and to be applauded by anyone serious about combating the devastating impact of growing inequality in the US. The top 1% and especially the top 0.1% will likely see their after-tax income share reduced somewhat.

This additional revenue is generated not just by allowing the Bush era tax cuts to lapse for high income households but also by increasing the tax rate on dividend income from 15% to 20% for these same high income households. This is a small step towards rebalancing the gross inequity in the treatment of income from labor and income from capital. Also of interest to this group, the Estate Tax (aka the Paris Hilton Tax, see New Ground, March-April 2007 ) rate is raised to 40% from the current 35%. This outcome is in sharp contrast to the efforts of almost all of the GOP and too many Democrats to end the tax. In addition, expanded unemployment benefits were extended for another year. Finally, of course, there is what did not happen: the earned benefits of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were not touched.

The bads are also in the deal. First, the top rate starts at $400,000 ($450,000 for a married couple) so that Jamie Dimon pays the same rate as your heart surgeon. Whatever happened to Adam Smith's idea "that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion." The same problem is found in the Estate Tax where the single marginal tax rate of 45% kicks in at the $10 million level and goes no higher -- even for David Koch's $25 billion. Many progressives are also unhappy about the failure of the deal to continue the 2% cut in FICA. I feel much more mixed about this because it has seemed to me that bargaining over FICA helps keep Social Security in play.

Why did the deal get done? First, it was clear that Obama did not want to go over the so-called "fiscal cliff" even though a strong argument could -- and has been -- made for doing so. This appears to also be true of McConnell and most Senate Republicans. Thus Senate Republicans in effect voted for a tax increase for the first time since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The House is perhaps harder to figure out but there were some interesting patterns. Northeast Republicans, including 6 in NY and 11 in PA, provided much of the 85 Republican votes for the deal. Another 14 Republican votes came from those leaving the House (although 24 of the departing and mostly not to be missed Republicans voted against the deal). Further, it was clear that Republicans were losing the PR war and would be blamed for going over the cliff and thus, since many Americans do not understand what would actually happen, for increasing the deficit. (Of course, going over the cliff would not increase the deficit.) It is, I think, likely that the Republicans believe a fight over the "debt ceiling" may play better with a largely uninformed public that thinks "debt=bad" therefore "increasing the debt ceiling=being irresponsible".

And this is where the "live to fight another day" battle will be joined. Obama has said he won't negotiate here. But, short of a willingness to invoke the never-tested 14th Amendment clause that says "the validity" of US debt "shall not be questioned," the choices appear to be few. Such action would, indeed, be high stakes politics. We shall see.


On Hold in Oak Park

by Bob Roman

Supporters of a Living Wage ordinance in Oak Park were hoping for some movement on the legislation at the January 7th meeting of the Village Board. Over the past several years, they had succeeded in placing an advisory referendum question about the Living Wage on the ballot in the Village. It passed in a landslide. When the Village Board subsequently referred the matter to its Community Relations Commission, supporters held the Commission's hand while it studied the matter. But when the Commission reported favorably on the matter, the Village Board stripped the recommendation to pass a Living Wage ordinance from the report before accepting it. This left the matter in limbo.

At the public comment period that opens most Village Board meetings, four supporters of the Living Wage ordinance spoke at the January 7th meeting.

Tom Broderick pointed out that the values expressed in a Living Wage ordinance were consonant with the values of Oak Park. This was demonstrated when 93% of the precincts in the Village voted for a Living Wage ordinance in the advisory referendum. After briefly outlining the history of Oak Park Living Wage ordinance, he further pointed out that the legislation had been delayed long enough that the figure the Community Relations Commission came up with as being a living wage would need adjustment. It would no longer be adequate.

Sydney Baiman spoke in support of the ordinance, noting that it was "only just that workers be treated fairly" in a wealthy community.

Richard Pokorny noted the support the ordinance had attracted from churches in Oak Park. Passing a Living Wage ordinance is "the right thing to do."

Ron Baiman noted Oak Park's long and proud history of activism on social justice issues and said it was time to address economic justice. He outlined who the ordinance would affect and noted its minimal impact on Village finances.

At the end of the Board meeting, the Board Trustees have their own opportunity to comment and make announcements. Trustee Bob Tucker spoke in favor of a Living Wage ordinance and hoped it would be on the Board's agenda. Trustee Glenn Brewer seconded Tucker's comments. Before commenting on other matters, Trustee Colette Lueck noted she concurred with the sentiment.

But nothing had been done.

Cue the elevator music.


Other News

compiled by Bob Roman

 

"Talkin' Socialism"

Episode 22 of the Chicago DSA podcast featured two faculty active in their unions, but at very different stages in the history of organizing on their respective campuses. Holly Graff is Professor of Philosophy at Oakton Community College and Senator in the Illinois Education Association chapter at her college. Joe Persky is Professor of Economics at University of Illinois at Chicago and President of United Faculty. United Faculty is affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, in itself an unusual organizing model.

Oakton Community College's faculty union is an old one while the union at the University of Illinois at Chicago is brand new, not even a contract yet. Graff and Persky discuss how they and their unions can help defend higher education, stressing the importance of a vision of post-secondary education that is democratic and accessible to all in today's political economy. They also talk about the ways in which their unions have been involved with other organized staff on their respective campuses as well as their interaction with the Chicago Teachers Union during the fall 2012 strike. Finally, there are some interesting differences as well, particularly near the end of the podcast, when they talk about their respective bargaining strategies. Recorded 12.08.2012, this episode is moderated by GOPDSA's Bill Barclay.

Links to this episode and all the previous episodes are found HERE.

Talkin' Socialism is usually recorded the second Saturday of each month, 11:30 AM, at the Chicago DSA office, 1608 N. Milwaukee Ave, Room 403 in Chicago. All DSA members are invited to attend these half-hour sessions, but please arrive prior to 11:30. For more information, call 773.384.0327 or email chiildsa@chicagodsa.org .

December Jobs Report

From the Chicago Political Economy Group:

This time last year, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the last of the 2011 jobs report, CPEG warned that the slight improvement in December 2011 was still so inadequate that it would take six years to reach 2007 levels of employment. Now the BLS has released numbers for December 2012, and we have a sense of déjà vu as we note that the average monthly employment growth in 2012 is the same as that in 2011 -- about 153,000 per month. December's employment growth missed expectations -- ADP's showed 215,000 new jobs in December. The economy added 155,000 jobs, leaving the unemployment rate unmoved since September at 7.8%. One year later, we are now five years away, if we continue at this rate of reducing unemployment, from pre-recession level of unemployment. MORE.

 

Illinois Coalition Against Torture
&
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
present

Empire, Colonialism, and Torture

Friday, February 1, 7 PM
Doors open at 6 PM

Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave, Chicago

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Oliver Stone: Academy Award Winning Director and Author
  • Peter Kuznick: Professor of History, American University
  • Jose E. Lopez: Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center
  • Margaret Power, M.C.: Illinois Coalition Against Torture

Premier showing of an episode from the Showtime series Oliver Stone's Secret History of America.

Copies of the book The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick will be available for sale. Authors will sign copies from 6:30 PM to 7 PM.

Admission: $5

For information, call 773.278.6706


Upcoming Events of Interest

Events listed here are not necessarily endorsed by Chicago DSA but should be of interest to DSA members, friends and other lefties. For other events, go to http://www.chicagodsa.org/page9.html.

Friday, January 11, Noon
Close Guantanamo!
Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Press conference and rally to oppose indefinite and arbitrary detention. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, January 11, 5 PM
The Fiscal Freak-Out
Ron's Barber Shop, 6058 W. North Ave, Chicago
Discussion of the fiscal cliff. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, January 11, 7:20 PM
"Genetic Roulette"
DuPage UU Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd, Naperville
Showing of documentary and discussion of benefits of Non-GMO diet. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13
National Strategy Conference for Single-Payer Health Insurance
O'Hare Embassy Suites Hotel, 5500 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Labor campaign for Single Payer Healthcare conference. $100. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, January 12, 2:30 PM
Anthony Dimaggio
Lincoln Park Public Library, 1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago
Presentation on The Lack of Critical Class Consciousness by the American Public in the Aftermath of the 2012 Presidential Election. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, January 12, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Who's Stealing Our Education?
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark, Chicago
Professor Bill Watkins re: corporate model of education reform. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, January 13, 1:30 PM
"As Goes Janesville"
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview
Kartemquin Films documentary, part of a community cinema series. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, January 13, 3 PM
MLKing Day Celebration
West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago
and SOUL public meeting. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, January 14, 7 PM
The Truth & Consequences of Fracking
Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St, Glen Ellyn
Informative discussion on fracking in Illinois. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 PM
Peace March & Vigil
63rd & King Drive, Chicago
Take a stand against violence. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 15, 7 PM
"Why We Fight"
Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St, Lombard
An unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 15, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
The Politics of Guns in America
Logan Center Performance Hall 074, 915 E. 60th St, Chicago
Suits and talking heads on gun violence. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, January 16, 7 PM to 9 PM
The $6 Billion Question
LaGrange Public Library, LaGrange Rd & Cossitt Ave, LaGrange
Attorney David Melton on campaign finance reform. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, January 17, 5:45 PM
Chicago's Ethnic Militias, 1855 - 1880
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St, Chicago
Presentation by Mimi Cohen. Dinner, reception. $25 MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, January 17, 6 PM
Walter Mosley
Harold Washington Library Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State, Chicago
Conversation with Sylvia Ewing and book signing. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, January 17, 7 PM
Remember ALL the Children
DePaul School of Law, 25 E. Jackson Room 341, Chicago
Robert Naiman's Pakistan report. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, January 18, 7 PM to 11 PM
"Devil and a Blue Dress"
Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph St, Chicago
Movie and post-screening Q&A with Walter Mosley. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, January 19, Noon
Money Out! Voters In!
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago
Protest the 3rd anniversary of the Citizens United decision. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, January 19, 5 PM to 8 PM
Walter Mosley
Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St Millenium Room, Chicago
Author reading from new work. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, January 20, 3:30 PM to 7 PM
Community Debt Forum
Multikulti, 1000 N Milwaukee, Chicago
Discussion forum on the growing debt resistance movement. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, January 21, 11 AM
March for Moratorium on Deportations
Washington & Clark to Dearborn & Adams, Chicago
Not one more! MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 22, 6 PM
"The Color of Christ"
Newberry Library Ruggles Hall, 60 W. Walton, Chicago
Authors on the new book. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, January 24, 7:30 PM
"Eslanda"
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago
Barbara Ransby reads from and discusses her book on the large and unconventional life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM to Noon
Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly
First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago
Have your voice and concerns heard by your own legislators. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 29, 6 PM to 8 PM
"The United States of ALEC"
Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago
Screening of documentary; discussion with Lisa Graves. Reservations. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Citizen Watchdogs of Education
Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Training on Chicago Public Schools governance, budget, funding, for school watchdogs. RSVP. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, January 30, 6 PM
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Harold Washington Library Winter Garden, 400 S. State, Chicago
Discussing her new book "My Beloved World". MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, January 31, 3 PM to 5 PM
Cartographies of Violence
UIC Stevenson Hall, Lower Level, 701 S. Morgan, Chicago
Natasha Barnes on making the "Without Sanctuary" lynching photography exhibit. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 1, 7 PM
Empire, Colonialism, and Torture
Roberto Clemente Hight School, 1147 N. Western, Chicago
Panel featuring Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, and Jose Lopez; premier of "Vietnam, LBJ, and Third World". $5 MORE INFORMATION.


New Ground #146.1

01.31.2013

Contents

0. DSA News

New! DSA! Web Site!
DSA in the News
Talkin' Socialism

1. Politics

FAQ on HR6411: the Robin Hood Tax
Wendy's Old Fashioned Exploitation
Black History Month -- Remembering Dr. King
Chicago's Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance
Pensions and the Idiot Media
Southside Trauma Center

2. People

Timuel Black
Kay Meyers, 1915 -- 2013

3. Ars Politica

An Appropriate Response to Austerity

4. Democratic Socialism

The "democratic" in Democratic Socialism
Summer Camp Made Me a Commie

5. Upcoming Events of Interest



DSA News

New! DSA! Web Site!
Totally revamped and totally second decade. Check it out HERE.

DSA in the News
The New York Times apparently thought the Boston Review interview with Bhaskar Sunkara made him newsworthy (see New Ground 145.3) so they did one too: CLICK HERE. For some reason, Cyprus Today thought it was worth reposting; it is, but what has it to do with Cyprus?

Demonstrating both the incredible "market penetration" DSA has achieved among conservatives and conservatives' utter vacuity, Saki Knafo at the Huffington Post interviewed the president of a gun rights group at Lone Star College shortly after a shooting there.

Talkin' Socialism
Episode 23
-- Jane Addams
Recorded 01.12.2013: Peg Strobel, former director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, interviews Louise (Lucy) W. Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy (2005) and Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (2010). They discuss the work and legacy of Jane Addams, social reformer, co-founder of the most famous settlement house in the U.S., and the first U.S. woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The discussion ranges from settlement houses (what were they?), to Jane Addams and socialism (was she?), to her latter career as a feminist peace activist with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

MP3 (29.2 MB) or OGG VORBIS (34.8 MB).



Politics

FAQ on HR6411: the Robin Hood Tax
A handy pdf Q&A on the pending Federal legislation: CLICK HERE.

Wendy's Old Fashioned Exploitation
Wendy's is the latest target of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW); they've begun a campaign to get the fast food chain to sign on to the fair food program that pays a penny a pound premium to the people who pick the tomatoes. The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a good summary article HERE.

Rather more interesting is a postscript the CIW web site:

The Ithaca delegation was by no means alone in finding a receptive manager. In fact -- in what is almost certainly a first for the Campaign for Fair Food -- a number of delegations sent back pictures of managers proudly holding the letter themselves.

While we have chosen not to share those particular pictures (for obvious reasons), we will say that the supportive response of so many local managers is most likely a reflection of the undeniable logic of the call for Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program at this time. With all of its competition on board, and with the Fair Food Program now an established, widely recognized success, even Wendy's managers realize that the company has no valid reason to continue to fight progress. Seems that it's up to the executives, now, to decide just how long, and how hard, that fight will be.

Black History Month -- Remembering Dr. King
Martin Luther King, Economic Justice, Workers' Rights and Multiracial Democracy
"...when King came to Memphis to support the [AFSCME] strike, a local labor and community struggle became intertwined with his dream of mobilizing a national coalition strong enough to reorient national priorities from imperial war inVietnam to domestic reconstruction, especially in America's riot-torn cities. To non-poor Americans, King called for a "revolution of values," a move from self-seeking to service, from property rights to human rights."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."

Cut Pentagon Pork, Not Public Services:
The easy way to solve the phony deficit "crisis"

"If Dr. King were alive today, he would likely urge us to deepen the struggle against the triple evils of bigotry, poverty and militarism. Dr. King recognized that political and civil rights do not bring about full human freedom absent good jobs and economic security for all."

Chicago's Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance
At Dignity at Work, Adam Kader writes:

As a result of months of collaboration between Arise Chicago and Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th ward), last Thursday the City of Chicago passed an ordinance stating that, should an employer be found guilty of wage theft, the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection could revoke the owner's business license....

The legislation is significant because it makes Chicago the second and largest city in the nation to enact such a policy. The National Employment Law Project's publication on wage theft legislation identifies license revocation policies as a "top pick" for best practices.

MORE.

Pensions and the Idiot Media
At Mayoral Tutorial, Don Washington writes:

Taxpayers are not subsidizing anything. You see: a pension is a deferred payment of wages. A worker says that they will provide the public a needed service at a deep discount and then we, the public, promise that when they are no longer providing that service we will compensate them for the wages we should have paid them then but didn't. They put a little cash in and we put a little cash in and the state manages that cash and all is well in the future. The public employees have not stopped putting cash in and they have not stopped not being paid what their work is worth. Unless you subscribe to the fantastical theory that teachers, firefighters, police officers and others are simply paid far too money now you can't believe they are the problem with our budgets and pensions. After all what has really happened with our budgets and pensions has been particularly revealing.

The state has not only stopped putting enough money into pensions but has systematically shifted the tax burden from corporations to people and from rich people to poor people. The state also has stopped managing a lot of this money and gave it to our friends on Wall Street and the unspeakable things these people have done to the welfare of pensions and the financial security of every man, woman, child and small furry mammal with a retirement plan should have us repossessing their Bentleys and hurling them into tiny prison cells but such is life. There is plenty of money out there our state is simply not willing to raise it because that would mean standing up to entities like the CME Group and the cabal of vicious banks and investment firms that populate its Fortress of Evil -- I'm sorry, the Board of Trade.

MORE.

For more background on Illinois pensions, CLICK HERE.

Southside Trauma Center
A trauma center for south side Chicago at the University of Chicago has been on STOP Chicago's agenda for some time now. See, for example, "Strike Vote" in New Ground 135.3. A peaceful demonstration at the University of Chicago Hospitals ran afoul of UofC campus police -- janitors with guns, we used to call them, back in the day. Fearless Leading by Youth issued this statement (with video clips) about the demonstration and the 4 arrests.



People

Timuel Black
DSA member and 2009 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Awardee Timuel Black was honored by the City of Chicago's first Champion of Freedom award at its 27th annual Interfaith Breakfast. Coverage HERE and HERE. Chicago's right-wing was not amused.

Kay Meyers, 1915 - 2013
The obituary in the Kenosha News doesn't mention DSA, but she had been a member up until a few years ago and likewise a regular at the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner.
MORE.


Ars Politica

 



Democratic Socialism

The "democratic" in Democratic Socialism
At The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Shawn Gude writes:

For democratic socialists, the qualifier -- "democratic" -- is fundamental. It's not something insouciantly slapped on, but a description of strategy, a core animating principle, and a distinguishing characteristic.

MORE.

Summer Camp Made Me a Commie
At Vice, Charles Davis writes:

At 15, I didn't know a whole lot about life. In many ways I was a typical teenager, which is to say: stupid. And to be honest, I was pretty much fine with that. Unless it involved the physical act of love, I really wasn't all that interested in learning about anything. I certainly didn't have any firm ideological convictions outside of a general, since-proven-correct sense that everything is kind of terrible. But that changed after I spent a week of my young dumb life at a summer camp for losers learning about the power and glory of free enterprise that explored both the philosophical arguments for capitalism as well as the practical reality of it.

By the end of the week I was a communist.

MORE.



Upcoming Events of Interest

Events listed here are not necessarily endorsed by Chicago DSA but should be of interest to DSA members, friends and other lefties. For other events, go to http://www.chicagodsa.org/page9.html.

Friday, February 1, 7 PM
Empire, Colonialism, and Torture
Roberto Clemente Hight School, 1147 N. Western, Chicago
Panel featuring Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, and Jose Lopez; premier of "Vietnam, LBJ, and Third World". $5 MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 1, 7 PM to 11 PM
Pepe Palacios
Mestli Gallery and Cultural Center, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave, Chicago
LGBT leader and activist re: opposing Honduran death squads and dictatorship. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 2, 1 PM
"USA vs Al Arian"
Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park
Showing of documentary and discussion. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 2, 8 PM
Sara Feigenholtz
Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
$3 tuition plus meal. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 3, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Public/Private
Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Poetry re: celebrity culture and surveillance society. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 5, 3 PM to 5 PM
The Forgotten Guantanamo Detainees
Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago
Forum featuring Marc D. Falkoff, Omar Farah, Patricia A. Bronte. RSVP. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 5, 7 PM to 9 PM
Building Bridges with Food
McHenry County College Luecht Conference Center, 8900 US 14, Crystal Lake
Linda Mallers of FarmLogix. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 5, 7 PM
Adlai!
Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Dr, Lincolnshire
Joe Bean on Adlai Stevenson. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, February 6, 12:45 PM
Songs of Celebration and Protest
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green St, McHenry
Bucky Halker on Woody Guthrie. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, February 6, 5 PM to 7 PM
Mining the Heartland
Duke's Ale House and Kitchen, 110 N. Main St, Crystal Lake
Multi-media presentation on coal mining in Illinois. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, February 6, 7 PM
The Militarization of America
the Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton
Rev. Sam Smith of Chicago FoR. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, February 6, 7 PM
School Closings
Arturo Velasquez West Side Technical, 2800 S. Western Ave, Chicago
Protest possible closing of Pilsen Academy, Orozco Cooper and Jungman. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 7, 5 PM to 8 PM
Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out
Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Photographer Edmund Clark, opening reception and talk. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 7, 6 PM
2nd CD Candidate Forum
Governors State Center for the Performing Arts, 1 University Parkway, University Park
League of Women Voters forum for candidates in 2nd Congressional District MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 8, 6 PM to 9 PM
Labour and Medicine
PNHP Office, 29 E. Madison, Suite 602, Chicago
UK physician Dr. David Wrigley and Unite activist James Sorah on the fight to preserve Britian's National Health Service. RSVP REQUIRED MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Is the FBI Criminalizing Anti-War Activists?
St. David's Episcopal Church, 2410 Glenview Rd, Glenview
Sarah Smith and Newland Smith on this assault on civil liberties. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 9, 12:30 PM
Chicago DSA Executive Committee
Chicago DSA, 1608 N. Milwaukee Ave, Room 403, Chicago
All DSA members are welcome. Note: we may start a bit early. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 9, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Who's Stealing Our Education Part II
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark St, Chicago
Focus on UNO. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 9, 4 PM to 6 PM
"Invisible War"
Thousand Waves, 1220 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Screening of documentary and discussion. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 9, 7 PM
Songs of Celebration and Protest
North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Rd, Deerfield
Bucky Halker on Woody Guthrie. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 9, 8 PM
Home Economics
Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Nik Theodore on the invisible and unregulated world of domestic work. $3 tuition plus meal. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 10, 11:15 AM
Drum Majors for Justice
Saint Sabina, 78th Place & Throop, Chicago
A celebration of African American history featuring Dr. Cornel West. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 10, 1 PM
Adlai!
The Stevenson Center on Democracy, 25200 N. St. Mary's Rd, Mettawa
A celebration of Adlai E. Stevenson II. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 10, 2 PM
"On the Bridge"
Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd, Brookfield
Documentary re: PTSD stereotypes and stigmas. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 12, 4 PM
Sustainable Justice for Marginalized Communities
Elmhurst College Frick Center Founders Lounge, 190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington on environmental justice in Chicago. $10. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 12, 6 PM
Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime
UIC School of Public Health Auditorium (room 109), 1603 W. Taylor St, Chicago
Presentation by No More Deaths re: boarder issues and immigration issues manifest as public health issues and praxis. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 PM
Songs of Celebration and Protest
Watseka Public Library, 201 S. 4th St, Watseka
Bucky Halker on Woody Guthrie. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 12, 7 PM to 9 PM
Our Taxes: Who Profits?
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago
Town meeting on TIFs featuring Ben Joravsky, Tom Tresser, Dr. Richard Dye. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 12, 7 PM to 9 PM
Fracking 101: What, Where, and WHY?
McHenry County College Luecht Conference Center, 8900 US 14, Crystal Lake
Jack Darin of the Illinois Sierra Club. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17
Students Fighting Austerity
Brooklyn, NY
The annual Winter Conference of the Young Democratic Socialists. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 15, 6 PM to 9 PM
Occupations and Tent Cities
Art In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave 2nd Floor, Chicago
Opening reception of exhibition project in conjunction with AREA 13. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 16, 9 AM to 5 PM
Climate Crisis Mobilization Chicago!
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St, Chicago
A full-day working conference that will provide each participant with specific take-aways on the issue. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 16, 2 PM to 4 PM
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Jane Addams Hull House Museum Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago
Dr. Erica Meiners, Jane Hereth, and Lewis Wallace discuss their essay. MORE INFORMATION.


New Ground #146.2

02.16.2013

Contents

0. DSA News

Talkin' Socialism: Episode 24
DSA in the News

1. Politics

Support the Balancing Act
The January Jobs Report
Kids Count
Stop School Closings
Stop the Charges

2. Democratic Socialism

In Defense of Soviet Waiters
Dorner, Shootings, and Socialism

3. Upcoming Events of Interest


DSA News

Talkin' Socialism
Episode 24
-- Sex Workers of the World
Recorded 02.09.2013: In which we interview two activists from the Sex Workers Outreach Project -- Chicago (SWOP - Chicago). What is sex work? Who are sex workers? What part does SWOP - Chicago play in organizing them? For readings, CLICK HERE.

MP3 (29.6 MB) or OGG VORBIS (36.7 MB).

DSA in the News
DSA used Boulder's Left Hand Books as a meeting place, noted the Daily Camera in a story about the bookstore's closing. David Anderson, a DSA activist who helped found the bookstore in the 1970s, has a brief history of the store in the Boulder Weekly. DSA was used as an example of why changing demography will not lead the Democratic Party to victory in a commentary in the Memphis Flyer. (The Memphis DSA Organizing Committee posted a response.) Kent State University's Kent Wired noted YDS' participation in demonstration against Andrew Sullivan's presentation on campus, with interviews. WSLR's A Community of Voices program interviewed DSA National Director Maria Svart about socialism.


Politics

Support the Balancing Act
On February 5, 2013, ten members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced the Balancing Act that would cancel the across-the-board "sequester" budget cuts, replacing them with an equal amount of revenue ($948 billion) by closing some flagrant corporate and individual tax loopholes. The bill would also cut some $300 billion from the most wasteful Pentagon spending boondoggles (a lesser cut than under the current sequester), reinvesting it in job creation in infrastructure and education. MORE.

The January Jobs Report
From the Chicago Political Economy Group:

If austerity economics, focused on reducing the national debt, prevails, which unfortunately looks increasingly likely, the current stagnation could very well turn into an economic decline comparable to the 1930's world depression. We seem to be in a moment comparable to 1937, when the Roosevelt administration, in a panic over government debt, put the screws on expenditure, leading to a second downturn. It is chilling to recall that this "second depression" was only overcome through WW2.

MORE.

In related news, the Chicago Alternative Schools Network released a report on teen employment:

During the past decade in both the nation and Illinois, teens have encountered extraordinarily severe declines in their employment rates.

In the nation, the teen employment rate fell significantly from 45% in the 1999-2000 period to just 26% in 2011-2012, a decline of 19 percentage points or 42%. This 26% teen employment rate was the lowest in the nation's entire post-World War II history.

Teen employment rates also declined sharply in Illinois over this same time period. The teen employment rate fell from just under 50% in 1999-2000 to 36% in 2007 and to only 28% in 2012, the lowest in the past 42 years for which such state teen employment data exist.

MORE.

Kids Count
Voices for Illinois Children has released its annual report, Kids Count 2013, examining the quality of life facing children and families in Illinois. The report examines 10 policy areas important to children's well-being, their current state and how they have changed over the past 25 years.
MORE.

Stop School Closings
Ever since the September strike, the Mayor's office and Board of Education have threatened to close up to one hundred of our neighborhood schools. The Mayor's hand-picked CEO, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, formed the Commission on School Utilization to legitimize the process by which the Board would decide which schools to shutter. MORE.

Stop the Charges
In New Ground 146.1, we noted the latest demonstration for an adult trauma center for the south side of Chicago resulted in the arrest of four of the demonstrators. You can learn more about the campaign, and sign a petition to have the charges dropped HERE.


Democratic Socialism

In Defense of Soviet Waiters
The latest episode of Talkin' Socialism included a brief discussion of what is called "affective labor". At Jacobin, UofC YDS alumnus Peter Frase examines the concept in the context of a planned economy HERE.

Dorner, Shootings, and Socialism
At North Star, Pham Binh writes:

"Going postal."

It's a truly American expression born of America's gun culture, one that simultaneously captures the overblown dysfunction of the U.S. Postal Service and the predominance of individualist violence over collectivist action by  working people fed up and pushed to the brink.

The mass shooting in Columbine, Colorado in 1999 during NATO's air war on Serbia marked a turning point in what has become the history of mass shootings in the U.S. What made Columbine different was the killers' demographic (well-off white males) and the setting (a suburban school instead of a workplace), a pattern repeated at Sandy Hook in 2012. The Postal Service could not be blamed, so new villains were found: Marilyn Manson, outcasts wearing trenchcoats to school, video games like Mortal Kombat, and Hollywood.

Conservatives used the shooting to go after these targets while liberals aimed for more gun control. Neither side had anything to say about the bullying and peer orientation that created the context in which a Columbine could happen. Both took the easy route by fighting over how to treat the symptoms of a deeper social malaise rather than exploring the human psyche's darker, more sinister dimensions in the cultural context of modern-day capitalism.

MORE.


Upcoming Events of Interest

Events listed here are not necessarily endorsed by Chicago DSA but should be of interest to DSA members, friends and other lefties. For other events, go to http://www.chicagodsa.org/page9.html.

Sunday, February 17, 11 AM
Protest Keystone XL
Grant Park, Michigan & Congress, Chicago
Protest in solidarity with national demo in DC. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 17, 1 PM to 2 PM
Fourth Wave Feminism
UofC Logan Center Seminar Terrance 801, 915 E. 60th St, Chicago
Natalie Reed on trans-feminism, feminism and intersectionality and more. MORE INFORMATION MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 17, 2 PM to 4 PM
Day of Remembrance
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St, Chicago
Commemoration of the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, February 18, Noon to 1 PM
Pharmageddon
Rush Medical College, 600 S. Paulina, Room 976, Chicago
Dr. David Healy on pharmaceutical companies' malign influence on health care. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, February 18, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Poverty and Education: To What End?
International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St, Chicago
CTU Pres. Karen Lewis on reforming Chicago's education system to promote equal opportunities for all public school students. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 3 PM to 5 PM
Prescription Drugs and Violence
UIC University Hall 2028, 601 S. Morgan St, Chicago
Dr. David Healy on pharmaceuticals, suicide, and violence. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Challenging High Stakes Testing
DePaul College of Education, Student Center 120B, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago
Winter Forum panel discussion. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 6 PM to 8 PM
Eslanda and Black Women's International Solidarity
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, Chicago
A conversation with Barbara Ransby. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 PM to 8 PM
How Safe Are Your Prescription Drugs?
Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago
And what you can do about it. Dr. David Healy. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 7 PM to 9 PM
Citizen Watchdogs of Education
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Training on how to watchdog Chicago Public Schools. REGISTRATION.

Tuesday?, February 19, 7 PM to 9 PM
Egypt and Morocco
Citizen Advocacy Center, 182 N. York St, Elmhurst
Maryam Judar returns from visiting Egypt and Morocco. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 7 PM to 9 PM
Appreciating Social Networks from Our Hearts
Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St, Lombard
David Karcher on how to make the peace movement more integrated and cohesive. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Between the Ballot and the Bullet
International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St, Chicago
Panel on theories of resistance in international relations between states and non-state actors, between states themselves, and between non-state actors. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Weather / Whether
LaBruquena Restaurant, 2726 W. Division, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Bi-lingual poetry from Palabra Pura. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 21, 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Fuel: Searching for a Miracle
Global Citizenship Experience, 1535 N. Dayton St, Chicago
Exploring the true costs of continued reliance on fossil fuels. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 21, 4 PM
Born Colored: Life Before Bloody Sunday
Manning Public Library, 6 S. Hoyne Ave, Chicago
Author Erin Goseer Mitchell describes life in the south during time of segregation. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 21, 6 PM
"Chicago Defender"
Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted, Chicago
Myiti Sengstacke Rice discusses her book. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 21, 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Seeing Through the Smoke Screen
Northern Illinois University, Illinois Room of Holmes Student Center, 1425 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb
Kathy Kelly on Gaza after Operation Pillar of Cloud. Also Syria. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, February 22, 11 AM
Day of Action for Worker Rights in Mexico
Mexican Consulate, 204 S. Ashland, Chicago
Picket in support of worker rights in Mexico. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 23, 10:30 AM to 5 PM
A Peoples Hearing on Police Crimes
Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St, Chicago
Focus on the problem of police crimes, how this affects violence in the communty, between the community and police. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, February 23, NOON
1000 Days
Pritzker Park, State & Van Buren, Chicago
Protest the 1000th day of Bradley Manning's imprisonment. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 24, 2 PM
"Beneath the Blindfold"
Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park
Showing of documentary followed by Q&A with filmmakers. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, February 24, 8 PM
"Thrive"
Multi-Kulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Showing of documentary after Environmental Meetup at 5 PM. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, February 25, 8:30 AM to Noon
Building a 21st Century Transit System
UBS Tower Conference Center, 1 N. Wacker Dr, Chicago
Riders for better transit summit. $25. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, February 25, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Privacy in a Digital Age
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave, Glencoe
Panel discussion featuring ACLU's Colleen Connel and Ed Yohnka. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 26, 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Shooting from the Hip
Adler School, Community Hall, 17 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Facts and opinions about guns, an open forum. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, February 26, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Undestroyed: One Man's Journey to Afghanistan
Uri-Eichen Art Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St, Chicago
Ian Pounds' monologue in the tradition of Spalding Gray. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 28, 6 PM to 9 PM
Reframing Ruin: A Prelude to the Bloomingdale Trail
Center for Neighborhood Technology Energy, 1741 N. Western Ave, Chicago
Opening reception to photography exhibit re: Bloomingdale rail to trail. RSVP MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 28, 7 PM
"Green Fire"
Warrenville Public Library, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville
Documentary on Aldo Leopold. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, February 28, 7 PM
The Politicization of Justice
Elmhurst College Frick Center Founders Lounge, Elmhurst
Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Marsha Ternus. $10. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 1, 7 AM
Coming Out Undocumented
Broadview Detention Center, Broadview
morning vigil and coming out of the shadows event. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 1, Noon to 1 PM
How to Hide an Empire
Northwestern University Buffett Center, 1902 Sheridan Rd, Evanston
Krzysztof Kozubski on empire and the interpretation of history. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 1, Noon to 2 PM
"Beneath the Blindfold"
Northwestern University McGaw Pavilion Williams Auditorium, 240 E. Huron, Chicago
Showing of documentary on the consequences of torture. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 1, 7 PM
Seeing Through the Smoke Screen
Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted, Chicago
Kathy Kelly on war and peace in Afghanistan. MORE INFORMATION.


New Ground #146.3

03.01.2013

Contents

0. DSA News

Save the Date
Commodify Your Dissent

1. Politics

Robin Hood Tax to Reduce Wall Street Greed
How Can Labor Be Saved?
Go Ask ALICE
Poverty and Violence
Stop School Closings

2. Ars Politica

Peace on Earth Film Festival
How Long Will I Cry?
Mess Hall Closes

3. Democratic Socialism

Beyond Warm-and-Fuzzy Socialism
"Death of a Yuppie Dream"
The Political Economy of 3-D Printing
"We the Owners"

4. Upcoming Events of Interest



DSA News

Save the Date:
Friday, May 3, is the date of 2013's Debs -- Thomas -- Harrington Dinner. More details soon!

Commodify Your Dissent
with membership in the Democratic Socialists of America. Chicago DSA members, incidentally, get a break on our annual Dinner, and if you join through the Chicago office (PDF), we have a special membership rate for those of you flat out busted. But you can join online HERE.



Politics

Robin Hood Tax to Reduce Wall Street Greed
Senator Bernie Sanders on S.410:

A tax on Wall Street speculators responsible for the worst recession since the 1930s was proposed today [02/28/2013] in Congress.  Sen. Bernie Sanders cosponsored a bill that Sen. Tom Harkin introduced in the Senate. A companion measure by Rep. Peter DeFazio was filed in the House. "Both the economic crisis and the deficit crisis are a direct result of the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street," said Sanders. "This bill will reduce gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the job-creating productive economy, and significantly reduce the deficit.  At a time when we have a record-breaking national debt, the very least we can do is demand that Wall Street pay its fair share in taxes." 

The tax would generate an estimated $352 billion over 10 years, according to the Congress's Joint Tax Committee.

Ordinary, long-term investors would not be affected by the measure, which would place a small financial transactions tax (three cents per $100 in value) on non-consumer financial trades in stocks, bonds and other debts after an initial public offering.  For example, there would be no tax on a loan to a company, but if the financial institution traded the debt, the trade would be subject to the tax.  The fee would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost. 

MORE.

How Can Labor Be Saved?
The Nation has put together a collection of essays on this topic ("How can labor turn this dire situation around?") by Josh Eidelson, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Suresh Naidu and Dorian Warren, Larry Cohen, Bhairavi, Maria Elena Durazo, and Karen GJ Lewis. You can find it HERE.

Go Ask ALICE

"When [a] crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around." -- Milton Friedman

The American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, or ALICE, is a one-stop, web-based, public library of progressive law on a wide range of issues in state and local policy. As the name may suggest, ALICE may be understood as a very partial antidote to ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), the corporate-backed group that has for nearly 40 years provided model state law and connection to corporate lobbyists to its nearly 2,000 state legislator members. MORE.

Poverty and Violence
From Stand Up! Chicago:

The third in a series of reports commissioned by Stand Up! Chicago to address the crisis of low-wage work facing Chicago's communities, this report, produced in partnership with the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between low wages, income inequality, and the current epidemic of violence in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods.

Our analysis demonstrates clearly that high levels of poverty and income inequality are strongly correlated with elevated levels of violence, and that raising wages for Chicago's low-wage workers, along with other targeted anti-poverty and employment programs, is the most effective means of achieving safer streets and stronger communities across the city.

MORE. (PDF)

Stop School Closings
The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally and march to protest school closings on March 27, 4 PM, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington in Chicago. MORE INFORMATION.


Ars Politica

Peace on Earth Film Festival
was established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent filmmakers from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance. The 2013 festival will take place in the historic Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, beginning Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10, 2013. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, CLICK HERE.

How Long Will I Cry?
A performance woven together from interviews gathered by journalist Miles Harvey and his students at DePaul University gives "voice to those who know the tragic consequences of violence first-hand -- families of the victims, residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods, and especially young people." Between March 11 and March 16 there will be performances at seven Chicago public libraries. The tour schedule is HERE.

Mess Hall Closes
As of March 31, Mess Hall will no longer exist. MORE.



Democratic Socialism

Beyond Warm-and-Fuzzy Socialism
At Jacobin, Bhaskar Sunkara provides a transcript of the talk he gave at the Young Democratic Socialists' national winter conference.

Socialists don't believe people should be held hostage to accidents of birth. We believe in a society with equal respect for all, one that will bring to fruition frustrated Enlightenment values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

But importantly, I think these "warm-and-fuzzy" goals have to be rooted in class antagonism.

MORE.

"Death of a Yuppie Dream"
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC office has published an extended essay by Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich revisiting the concept of a "professional-managerial class" HERE. (PDF 1.8 Mbytes)

The Political Economy of 3-D Printing
Re-Public currently has a collection of speculative essays on the consequences of 3-D printing technology HERE.

"We the Owners"
What does it mean to be an owner? In We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream, employee owners from New Belgium Brewing, Namasté Solar and DPR Construction answer this important question. MORE.



Upcoming Events of Interest

Events listed here are not necessarily endorsed by Chicago DSA but should be of interest to DSA members, friends and other lefties. For other events, go to http://www.chicagodsa.org/page9.html.

Saturday, March 2, 1 PM to 4 PM
War Is Costly, Peace is Priceless
Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St, Lombard
Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 2, 2 PM to 5 PM
Material Production of Cultural Spaces: Cooperatives
Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood, Chicago
Cooperatives as practical and political experiments in creating shared resources and shared ownership. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, March 3, Noon to 2:30 PM
International Sex Worker Rights Day
near the Southport L station*, Chicago
Informal potluck brunch to celebrate local, national and international struggles to secure human rights for individuals in the sex trade. *RSVP MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, March 3, 3:30 PM
Immigration Reform Conference
St. Nicholas Parish Oldershaw Hall, 806 Ridge Ave, Evanston
Featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky. Strategy and information especially for religious leaders. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, March 4, 6:30 PM
Deconstructing Homelessness
UIC 106 College of Medicine West, 1853 W. Polk st, Chicago
The face, the culture, the stories of the unseen. MORE INFORMATION (PDF).

Tuesday, March 5, Noon to 1 PM
"Behind the Kitchen Door"
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago
Labor practices, working conditions, wages in restaurants: a conversation with Saru Jayaraman and others. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 5, Noon
Civil Society in Egypt and Morocco
DePaul University, 14 E. Jackson, Room 1601, Chicago
A lively discussion with 4 U.S. participants in Citizen Bridges International Legislative Fellows Program. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 5, 4 PM
In Defense of Narcissism
Elmhurst College Founders Lounge Frick Center, Elmhurst
Laura Kipnis delivers the Genevieve Staudt Guestship Lecture. $10. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 5, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
"Behind the Kitchen Door"
Harold Washington Library Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St, Chicago
Saru Jayaraman discusses her new book. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 5, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Inside the World of Campaign Fundraising
International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St, Chicago
Julianna Smoot, Obama for America, and Spencer Zwick, Romney for President advisor. MORE INFORMATION and REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Wednesday, March 6, Noon to 1:30 PM
Jane Addams and the Gritty Side of Chicago
Women's Center, 2000 Sheridan Rd, Evanston
Louise Knight on the effect Chicago had on Addams and vice versa. RSVP MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 6, 3 PM to 7 PM
"Jai Bhim: Comrade"
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago
Showing of documentary, panel, Q&A with filmmaker. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 6, 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Undoculove
UIC Latino Cultural Center Lecture Center B2, Chicago
Ruth Gomberg-Munoz on the ethnography of people trying to legalize their immigration status. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 6, 6 PM
"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners"
Logan Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St, Chicago
Documentary screening followed by panel. MORE INFORMATION. (PDF)

Wednesday, March 6, 6 PM to 8 PM
Housing Discrimination and Segregation
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago
Town Hall featuring Jesus Garcia, Larry Suffredin, Robert Steele. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 6, 6 PM to 7 PM (?)
Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We?
MCA, 220 E. Chicago, Chicago
How do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking? Two panels. $12. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 6, 7 PM
Investing in People Who Invest in Themselves
Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton
Ed Coleman on Bethel New Life. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Citizen Watchdog Training
Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave, Chicago
Ins and outs of the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, March 7, 7 PM to 9 PM
Rage Is Back
Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Writing on the page and writing on the wall, a conversation with Adam Mansbach. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, March 8, 8 AM to 9:30 AM
The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum?
Women's Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Int'l Women's Day celebration featuring former NOW president Karen DeCrow and panel. RSVP & MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, March 8, Noon?
Combating Islamophobia
8th Day Center for Justice, 205 W. Monroe, Ste 500, Chicago
Brown bag luncheon series: Lynne Jackson one of the founders of Project SALAM. RSVP & MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, March 8, 6 PM to 8 PM
People's School Board Meeting
First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn, Chicago
All children first. Respect. Community-based. Accountable. MORE INFORMATION.

Friday, March 8, 7:20 PM
"When PROGRESS Isn't! Then What?"
DuPage UU Church, 1828 Old Naperville Rd, Naperville
Documentary film and discussion re: beyond our short-term oriented, consumption and profit-driven society. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 1 PM to 3 PM
Let's Talk TIFs!
Mt. Nebo Church, 354 W. 71st St, Chicago
Tom Tresser on tracking the dollars and speaking up. RSVP MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 1 PM to 5 PM
Not About Bombs: Art & Identity Beyond Conflict
National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Opening reception, panel discussion. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Who's Stealing Our Education?
Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N. Clark, Chicago
Pauline Lipman & Todd Price discuss the significance of the Chicago experience. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 2:30 PM
"Scrappers"
Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Documentary on Chicago metal scavengers plus Q&A with Co-director Brian Ashby. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Gentrification, Detention and the Foreclosure Crisis in Chicago
DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago
A discussion about efforts to re-think and re-shape Chicago. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 6 PM to 10 PM
Peace War and More War
Out of Line Art Gallery, 2812 W. Chicago, Chicago
Opening reception of art show with music and readings. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 9, 9 PM
A Women's REVOLUTION
Multikulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
20 visual and musical artists celebrate International Women's Day. MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, March 10, 11 AM to 1 PM
Out of the Shadows March & Rally
11 AM March beginning at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, Chicago
NOON Rally @ Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams, Chicago
Immigrant rights MORE INFORMATION.

Sunday, March 10, 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Common Sense, Common Good
Willye White Field House, 1610 W. Howard St, Chicago
Don't let corporate greed ax our investments in the common good. MORE INFORMATION.

Monday, March 11, Noon
Jane Addams: the Civic Responsibility of Educated Women
North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Prof. Beth Kelly on Addams as a women ahead of her time. $20 Reservation required by 3/8. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Killer Kilowatts
UIC School of Medicine Room CMW 423, 1853 W. Polk, Chicago
Ann Alexander of NRDC on how our energy policies are making us sick. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 12, 6 PM
"American Shooter"
Harold Washington Library Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State, Chicago
Gerry Souter discusses his new book on U.S. gun culture. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 12, 7 PM
"October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard"
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St, Chicago
Leslea Newman on the impact this hate crime has had on the world and on herself. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 PM
"Trashed"
Hokin Hall @ Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash, Chicago
Garbage by air, land, and sea, and consequences. Chicago premiere. $8. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 13, 10 AM to Noon
Labor & Race Relations Today
begins @ Clarence Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park, Chicago
75th anniversary of Clarence Darrow's death. Brief ceremony at the bridge, symposium in Museum of Science & Industry New Columbia Room. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 13, 12:15 PM to 1 PM
Chicago's Forgotten Women Artists
Harold Washington Library Authors Room, 400 S. State, Chicago
Art historians Wendy Greenhouse and Susan Weininger with a slide presentation. MORE INFORMATION.

Wednesday, March 13, 7 PM to 9 PM
Restoring Fair Elections: Undoing Citizens United v. FEC
6214 N. Glenwood, Chicago
Panel including Joe Moore, Karla Chew, Terry Grace, Sharon Sanders. MORE INFORMATION.

Thursday, March 14, 6:30 PM
"Captive Audience"
Harold Washington Library lower level multipurpose room, 400 S. State, Chicago
Susan Crawford discusses her book on the telecom industry and monopoly power in the new gilded age. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 16, 9 AM to 4 PM
War and Peace: A Public Health Perspective
UIC School of Nursing & Public Health, 700 S. Halsted, Rm 158, Chicago
A day-long forum to explore the health consequences of war. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 16, 1 PM to 3 PM
Mental Health Community Forum
North Shore Baptist Church, 5244 N. Lakewood, Chicago
MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 16, 2 PM to 5 PM
DuPage County Out of the Shadows
1 Friendship Plaza, Addison
Stories of undocumented students and families affected by deportation and immigration policy. MORE INFORMATION.

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 PM
"Trashed"
Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St, Chicago
Garbage by air, land, and sea, and consequences. $8. MORE INFORMATION.


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