This Week In The CDSA (April 29 – May 6)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

Finally, springtime has arrived in Chicago and just in time for May Day! As one of socialism’s favorite holidays (along with MLK Day, Labor Day, and Halloween), I hope you all are ready to celebrate International Workers’ Day on Tuesday. We’ve got a nice slate of events to get you busy and filled with solidarity. Marches, rallies, a party with Irish fiddlers, and more. What more could you want?!
We also have a couple of good educational events coming up this week for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about socialism. And really, nobody knows everything there is to know about socialism, which means there isn’t really a good excuse to not come out. So get your learning shoes on and head out to those next weekend.And hopefully you’re looking to do some organizing this week too. Luckily for you, we’ve got meetings on the schedule this week for both Anti-Racism and our Medicare for All Campaign. So, come on out and help us continue our fight for justice and equality! Looking forward to seeing y’all out there

Tuesday, May 1

  • Chicago May Day 2018; 2:30 PM – 6 PM; Haymarket Monument; N Des Plaines St. and W. Randolph St.
    Chicago Jobs With Justice and other partners are coordinating May Day events for 2018:
    Meet at the Haymarket Monument at Randolph and Des Plaines at 2:30 PM. Afterwards there will be a march to the Thompson Center at Randolph and Clark at 4:00 PM, followed by a march to ICE at Congress and Clark at 4:30 PM and a rally at ICE at 5:00 PM. Celebrate working people everywhere and continue the fight against injustice!
  • Chicago Mother Jones May Day Birthday Party; 6 PM – 9 PM; Irish American Heritage Center; 4626 N. Knox Ave.
    Connect and celebrate May Day and Mother Jones, the grandmother of all working class agitators, with Irish fiddlers, birthday cake, Professor Eliot Gorn, toasts and testimony!

Wednesday, May 2

  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    May meeting for the ARWG, where we will be discussing the latest City Hall events around CPAC, #nocopacademy, Gary Airport Deportations, the Save Our Schools project, the latest updates in the Ale Pablos campaign, and more!

Friday, May 4

  • Solidarity Economy 101; 7 PM – 9 PM; In These Times; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Worker Owned Cooperatives. Community Land Trusts. Mutual Aid Associations. Community Currencies. Timebanking.
    What is the common thread running between all of these structures? Solidarity is a cohesion developed in the course of common struggle. A solidarity economy is how we build a parallel economic infrastructure in the present which aligns with our vision of a more free, democratic, and humane society that serves people in ways extractive capitalism can not and will not.
    Join us for this launch of our Solidarity Economy 101 series where we will explore ideas for transforming your neighborhoods and workplaces.
    On hand, we will have a fair mix of cider and beer to fuel the subversive yearnings of the discontented masses.

Saturday, May 5

  • Intro to Democratic Socialism; 12 PM – 3 PM; National Nurses United; 850 W. Jackson Blvd. #750New to or interested in DSA? This introduction gives background on the basics of democratic socialism in theory and practice, as well as the history of democratic socialism as a political movement. Come meet other people interested in learning more about Democratic Socialism and be prepared to ask questions and discuss!

Sunday, May 6

  • 2018 Eugene V. Debs – Lucy Gonzalez Parsons – A. Phillip Randolph Dinner & Dance; May 18th; Letter Carrier’s Union Hall; 3854 W. Wabash
    This year’s Debs Dinner is going to be one to remember! With a new location, an exciting dinner menu featuring local culinary creations, a silent auction, a DJ and dance party and more fun tidbits to be announced, you won’t want to miss CDSA’s annual fundraiser. Join us as we celebrate our past, our present, and our future at the Letter Carrier’s union hall at 3850 S. Wabash on May 18th!
    Join the activists and organizers of the Chicago chapter of the DSA as we celebrate another year of building democracy and socialism in Chicago! This year, our historic dinner will include a delicious menu from Unforgettable Edibles, a cash bar featuring local beers as well as mixed drinks, limited edition posters, t-shirts and buttons for sale and a silent auction with amazing items!
    Get more information on how to purchase tickets by following the links posted above! Really looking forward to seeing everybody out for this.
  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast: My Big Fat Socialist Wedding
    André and Eleanor attempt to have a wedding that aligns with their politics. We touch on themes of the personal as the political, tradition versus individuality, and the challenges of making a life together under capitalism.

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

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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