This Week in the CDSA (April 8 – April 15)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

I hope everyone had a most excellent week. I know quite a few of you are currently attending the Labor Notes conference this weekend and, let me just say, your social media posts are making me jealous. It’s really exciting to see such a large DSA presence there. Socialism isn’t going to win without the labor movement, so hopefully you all are out there building lots of solidarity!

If, like me, you didn’t attend Labor Notes (or even if you did) and are looking to attend some large meetings with lots of socialists, we’ve got you covered! There’s a lot on the schedule this week, including a packed Wednesday, but keep your eye out for this coming weekend. The Seize the Means of Reproduction fundraiser for the Bowletariats is gonna be lit (I’ll be there and probably more than a little buzzed). And more importantly, we have a chapter wide General Meeting on Sunday! Come and participate in democracy with all your comrades from across Chicago (I’ll be there and probably a little hung over). Make sure to register to vote using this form before you arrive!

Tuesday, April 10

  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    After a busy March, we’re back again to talk about the Bowl-a-Thon (go Bowletariats!) and our plans for spring.

  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come to the Labor Working Group’s April meeting to debrief the Labor Notes conference, connect with other organizers, learn about our ongoing projects, and, as always, FIGHT THE BOSS!

Wednesday, April 11

  • Post-Primary Panel: What Happened, Why and What’s Next; 6 PM – 7:30 PM; McCormick Tribune Lounge in Reynold’s Club; 5706 S. University Ave.
    Electoral Working Group Steering Committee Member John Tryneski will be representing DSA on the panel, talking about what makes DSA’s approach to politics and elections different from other groups on the left and where our goals and interests intersect.

  • Meet and Greet with DSA National Director Maria Svart; 6 PM – 7:30 PM; Cafe Mustache; 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Come and meet the DSA’s National Director Maria Svart and socialize with fellow Chicago DSA members!

  • The New Terrain of Class Struggle: A Conversation with Kim Moody; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; Grace Place; 637 S. Dearborn Ave.
    Come hear Kim Moody discuss his latest book, On New Terrain, and the prospects for working class resistance that goes beyond the ballot box. Chicago DSA’s Labor Working Group, Chicago ISO, and Haymarket Books are all co-sponsoring the event.
  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Harper Memorial Library; 1116 E. 59th St.
    Please join us to reflect on our April Panel Discussion event and continue progress on our ongoing projects and campaigns. New and returning members are welcome to join!

Saturday, April 14

  • Seize the Means of Reproduction; 7 PM – 10 PM; Lo Rez Brewery; 2101 S. Carpenter St.
    Join the CDSA Bowletariats for a night of beer, dancing, and reproductive justice! The evening will feature live music from True Crew Collective, local beer, and the La Comodita Food Truck will be parked outside to fulfill all your late night munchie needs. This event is open and free to the public, but a $5-10 suggested donation at the door supports funding for reproductive justice. Remember to tip your bartenders and bowlers!Lo Rez closes at 10:00, so it is a hard end at 10:00. Please try and be on time! Get there early to snatch one of our ***limited edition*** Bowletariats patches!

    If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the Bowletariats Abortion Bowl-a-thon Team here:

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 out 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.  Please –> register to vote here <– to receive your ballot! An absentee ballot is available for those who can’t make the meeting. You must register to vote online even if you’re attending the meeting!


  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast: Religion and Atheism and Religion and Socialism: CDSA Speaks
    This week was another two episode week for the Talkin’ Socialism podcast. On the first episode – “Religion and Atheism,” Philip Dinolfo leads a roundtable on religion and atheism in socialism where we speak to Kimball Avenue Church pastor Bruce Ray and lead organizer for Seminarians for Justice, Samantha Nichols. In “Religion and Socialism: CDSA Speaks,” DSA members talk about their own relationships to religion.
    Note: The Talkin’ Socialism Team is always looking for volunteers to help with episode production. If you’ve got a socialism related story to tell or a topic that you want to explore and share, don’t hesitate to shoot us a message at [email protected]
  • Rachel’s Bowl-a-Thon Story
    Check out this story by Rachel Zibrat, a member of the CDSA Bowletariats. She writes about her experiences as a clinic escort in downtown Chicago.
    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.


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

If you have a CDSA organized or sponsored event that you would like added to the 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