This Week In The Chicago DSA (April 1 – April 8)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA


We’ve got a light schedule this week. A couple of working group meetings. A panel on Food and Socialism (Highly recommend, btw!). And that’s it! If I’m being honest, I kinda appreciate that, at least for just one week. It makes writing this email a lot easier, that’s for sure.


Since you all have so much extra time on your hands, I’m going to suggest a couple of things to fill your evenings and days.

First off: Check out our podcast! Our team does a really top notch job working on it and there are some great episodes, especially recently. And we’re always looking for producers so if you have a topic or story you really want to tell, get in touch with us! Just email [email protected]!

Second: Starting this week, I’ll be posting all the “This Week” emails on our website. In fact, it’s quite possible you’re reading these words from the website right now! It’s got fancy graphics* and you can post it on your friend’s Facebook wall, the friend who you’re like so close to radicalizing and getting them to join already but they’ve always ‘already had plans.’ They’ll love it. I promise. So, go and check out the website already! There’s a lot of cool stuff on there and should be more coming soon!

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for you. See you all out there, comrades!


Tuesday, April 3

  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    The April meeting of the Anti-Racism Working Group is going to be significant! We turned one year old as a working group! We will be holding elections for two co-chairs and a secretary as well as discussing what types of projects we are interested in taking on in the upcoming year. New and non-members are welcome.
  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Hairpin Arts Center; 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Please join us for a Q & A with State Rep. Will Guzzardi, updates on Medicare For All Canvassing and more!

Thursday, April 5

  • Food and Socialism: An Intersectional Panel; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; In These Times; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Join the Environmental Justice Working Group for a panel event exploring the intersections of food and socialism.Panelists from Urban Canopy, Growing Home, Cooperation Operation, and Red Giant Union will discuss the importance of access to food, growing food in an urban setting, locally sourced food, and more.Please bring a canned food item for a Chicagoan in need!

Important Upcoming Event: Sunday, April 15

  • CDSA General Membership Meeting; 1 PM – 4 PM; SEIU Health Care; 2229 S. Halsted St.
    CDSA will hold its first General Membership Meeting of 2018 on April 15th. We will be electing a new chapter treasurer (more details coming soon!), discussing ongoing chapter work, and hearing from our Working Groups about what they’ve been working on.The meeting will be open to all, but only current dues paying members will be allowed to vote.


  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast: The Rojava Revolution and Illinois Primary Recap
    We had two excellent episodes released this week.In the first, Rojava Revolution, Chicago DSA’s Charles Austin speaks about the movement for democracy and equality in Syria with activists in Chicago and a member of the YPG combat forces in Rojava.In the second, the Electoral Working Group churns through the results of last week’s primary results.
  • Laura’s Bowl-a-Thon Story
    Check out this story by Laura Colaneri, a member of the CDSA Bowletariats. She tells us about her time as a clinic escort at the Troy Planned Parenthood.The Bowletariats are currently raising money for the Chicago Abortion Fund and need your help to reach their goal! You can donate here. Also mark off April 14 on your calendars for a night of beer, dancing, and reproductive justice.

*Big props to Zayne H. for the graphics. For now they’ll be website only but should be incorporated into the email soon too.

If I missed an event, please let me know ASAP at [email protected]

If you have an event that you would like added to the CDSA event calendar, please fill out this form. If you want this event included in this email make sure to submit your form before the preceding Saturday, at the latest.

For a more complete list of events and DSA-adjacent events check out the events page on the Chicago DSA website. 

In solidarity,

Zach Shearer