This Week in the CDSA (May 13 – May 20)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

I’ve got a top notch events schedule for you this week. If you stop and think about what makes an excellent events schedule – pacing, variety, balance between work and pleasure, balance between organizing meetings and actual events, creative flair, chutzpah, and then a big party to cap the whole thing off – this week checks every box. Since I’ve started doing these emails, I don’t think I’ve seen such a well crafted week of events. This might be the best one. Definitely top 3. We’ve got 3 working group meetings, a lobbying trip to Springfield, a training, even the craft caucus is meeting this week. It’s like the perfect mix tape, except with socialism instead of music (but this week is so good it has music too!). So don’t miss out! We’re building power for socialism in a ton of different ways and there’s something for everyone.
Take special note of the Debs Dinner. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we still have general admission tickets for sale but they’re going fast. Only 35$ for members. 45$ for non members. Make sure to order yours ASAP. Come listen to the great line up of speakers and honorees, eat some dessert, and then go wild on the dance floor. It’s going to be a blast.
I’ll see you out there, comrades.

Monday, May 14

  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; 150 Lombard Ave. N, Oak Park
    We’re planning for Day In Our Village and transition of branch leadership.

Tuesday, May 15

  • Lift The Ban Lobby Day in Springfield; 6 AM – 5 PM; Springfield, IL
    The Lift the Ban Coalition is going to Springfield! We’re going to remind state legislators that their constituents want rent control, and push them to pass SB3512, which would enact rent control throughout the state.
    Sign up here to get more info and so we can have enough seats on the bus!

Wednesday, May 16

  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave.
    The Electoral Working Group’s monthly meeting will cover planning for our 2019 Vision Forum and is a great opportunity for first time members to check out what we have going on!

Thursday, May 17

  • Rapid Response Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Please join us for the next meeting of CDSA’s Rapid Response group! We’ll be talking security for the Debs Dinner, scheduling trainings for event marshals and direct action, working on video content and the security best practices manual, getting a tech update, crafting our bylaws, and taking your suggestions on how to improve alertness, safety, and security for all CDSA members!

  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; National Public Housing Museum; 625 N. Kingsbury St.
    At this month’s meeting, we’ll discuss our progress with the Lift the Ban campaign as well as other projects in the works. Come early if you want to check out the museum!

Friday, May 18

  • Eugene V. Debs – Lucy Gonzalez. Parsons – A. Philip Randolph Dinner and Dance; Doors for Dinner Tickers – 6 PM; Doors for General Admission – 7:15 PM; Event will end around 12:30 AM; Letter Carrier’s Union Hall; 3850 S. Wabash Ave.
    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 Chicago DSA’s annual fundraiser.
    Join the activists and organizers of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America 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!
    Eugene Debs – Lucy Gonzalez Parsons – A. Philip Randolph Dinner and Dance Committee is excited to honor labor activist Sarah Chambers and Health Care/Single Payer advocate Anne Scheetz. We will also be presenting a service award to longtime DSA members Bill Barclay and Peg Strobel and give a Life Time Achievement Award to Workers’ Rights defender Bea Lumpkin. DSA member and Rock Island’s Fifth Ward Alderman Dylan Parker will be giving the keynote address.
    Click here to order your general admission tickets. This ticket gets you into the event at 7:15 pm. Enjoy cupcakes for dessert while you listen to our featured speakers and honorees. Awards and speeches begin at 7:45 pm. Stick around to enjoy the cash bar and DSA’s own DJ Patrick Wilson as we dance the night away (or at least until 12:30 am when the Letter Carriers kick us out of their union hall)!
    If you purchased a dinner ticket, doors open at 6 pm for a cocktail hour with DSA activists, our speakers and other guests, and music provided by Chicago DSA’s own house jazz band! Dinner will be served at 7 pm. PLEASE NOTE DINNER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.

Saturday, May 19

  • Medicare for All Campaign Kickoff Event; 11 AM – 1 PM; APWU Local 1; 4217 S. Halsted St.
    Join Chicago DSA’s Health Care Working Group as we help kickoff the national Medicare for All Campaign in Chicago! This is a National DSA endorsed free event and will bring together coalition partners from across Chicago to share stories and learn the best ways to fight for Medicare for All! Guest speakers will include our very own Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and State Representative Litesa Wallace!

  • Craft Caucus; 12 PM – 4 PM; Beermiscuous; 2812 N. Lincoln Ave.
    It’s May! Celebrate by spending the afternoon with DSA friends, beer, and making things with your hands. DSA folks work hard – why not practice some art therapy at this drop-in friendly event?

Sunday, May 20

  • Narcan (Narloxone) & Opiate Harm Reduction Training; 2 PM – 5 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Chicago DSA’s healthcare working group and DSA medics are working with Chicago Recovery Alliance to build an opiate harm reduction program within DSA that will prepare DSA members to work with community members and opiate users to save lives through mutual aid and community empowerment.


  • Talkin’ Socialism: Chicago 1968 – 50 Years Later
    It has been fifty years since the summer of 1968, when Chicago was turned on its head by popular action and police violence. This month, we will publish the first-hand accounts of people who lived through that summer. At this year’s May Day march, we spoke to Chicago documentary filmmaker Peter Kuttner, who worked with the Newsreel collective and the Mobe to record images of the protests that overtook the city.
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 Friday, 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