This Week in the CDSA (May 6 – May 13)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

I hope you all had wonderful weeks and spent lots of time frolicking around in the sunlight, appreciating this city at the height of its beauty. Perhaps you did this at the May Day rally. I wasn’t there, but I imagine that there was at least a little frolicking going on. After all, nothing goes hand in hand more than building solidarity with workers around the world and a nice frolic. Thanks to everybody who went and represented CDSA, you’re doing great work. Check out a few of the photos taken from that event by clicking on the link above!
If you missed out on the frolicking this last week, never fear! We’ve got plenty of events for you lined up this week (including a Chicago River Clean Up even courtesy of the EJWG that seems like a prime opportunity to get some more sunlight.) There are a plethora of working group meetings, a fundraiser and a Medicare for All Campaign planning meeting that you should really try to get to if you live on the North Side. We’ve also got a pretty great podcast episode come out this week. And, as always, make sure to grab your Debs Dinner tickets! Time’s a running out! See you out there comrades!

Sunday, May 6

Tuesday, May 8

  • Queer Socialist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Join the QSWG for our May meeting. We’ll be discussing upcoming initiatives, fundraising, and more.
  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come to CDSA’s Labor Working Group May meeting to learn about and get involved in our ongoing campaigns and educational events. Connect with other organizers and, as always, FIGHT THE BOSS!

Wednesday, May 9

  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come out to the EJWG’s May meeting. We will be discussing Chicago River Day, an anti-fracking coalition that is in the works, understanding more about community solar projects in Illinois, and more!
  • Health Care Working Group; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Co-Prosperity Sphere; 3219-21 S. Morgan St.
    Come hear about our on-going campaign to organize for Medicare for All and health justice, and how you can get involved! We will also be debriefing from our Day of Action for Medicare for All on April 21, discussing coalition building and more! All are welcome.

Friday, May 11

  • Support Dylan Parker!; All Day; No Location except the Internet
    This is a one-day, on-line fundraiser organized by CDSA’s Electoral Working Group for our comrade and fellow DSA member Dylan Parker, who was elected alderman in Rock Island, Illinois in 2017. Dylan will be this year’s keynote speaker at CDSA’s Debs Dinner on Friday, May 19th! In his brief time on city council, Dylan has helped build a formidable working-class activist base in city and regional politics. Let’s help him continue to do this work as we build power statewide!
    The members of CDSA’s Electoral Working Group have pooled together $500 to do a matching funds challenge! Let’s match that, and more! Our people don’t take campaign contributions from developers or corporate interests. Therefore, our support is vital. Please contribute $10, $25, $50, or even $100, if you can!
    We will go live with a link to directly submit your contribution to Dylan’s campaign fund on Friday!

Saturday, May 12

  • CDSA River Clean Up for Chicago River Day; 9 AM – 12 PM; River Park (West side of the river); 3024 W. Argyle
    Join the Environmental Justice Working Group and our Chicago neighbors and make our river beautiful! We’d like as many people as possible to come remove garbage and make this stretch of river in Albany Park the most pristine in the city! Tools and gloves are provided and last year we got free T-shirts!
    Please register by following this link.
    This event is sponsored by Friends of the Chicago River as a part of Chicago River Day 2018.
    If you would like to participate in River Day 2018 but can’t make it to this location, you can register for a different spot here.



  • 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: FOSTA/SESTA
    For this episode we talked to a Chicago based sex worker about her experiences and the effect that the recently passed FOSTA/SESTA legislation has and will have on her and other sex workers. Because sex work is stigmatized, to protect her identity we are calling her by the pseudonym Kit.
    For the first half of the podcast we discuss her views on the FOSTA/SESTA legislation specifically, and in the second half we talk more about sex work as physical and emotional labor. As a feminist anarchist, Kit brings a unique perspective to the topic.
    ***CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses topics including human trafficking, sexual assault and abuse. It has not been censored for content or language.
    For more information on how to fight FOSTA/SESTA check out @supporthosechi and @SWOPchicago
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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