This Week in the CDSA (May 20 -May 27)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

Another week has gone by and, folks, we’re just a little bit closer to socialism in America. If you hadn’t already heard, three women endorsed by the DSA – Summer Lee, Sarah Innamorato, and Elizabeth Feidler – all won their primaries this week. There is an excellent article in the New Yorker on their campaigns that is definitely worth checking out. It’s just more proof that when we engage people face to face, on issues that matter and effect them, socialism prevails. With that in mind, I want to make a special pitch for the 2019 Electoral Vision Forum being hosted by our Electoral Working Group this coming Saturday. Just like in Pittsburgh, we have an opportunity to take power on the left, but we need a good strategy and plan to do so. So come on out and be a part of bring socialism to Chicago!
Of course there are other excellent events on our calendar this week as well. Take a look below and I’ll see you out there, comrades!

Sunday, May 20

  • Narcan (Narloxone) & Opiate Harm Reduction Training2 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.

Monday, May 21

  • Communications Working Group; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the Communications Working Group for our May meeting. We’ll be discussing our website/tech, social media, agitprop, video, podcast, and our print publication. We’ve got a lot of projects to work on, and if you’ve never been to a CDSA meeting before, the smaller working group meetings are a great first meeting attend to get involved.
    Our meetings are open to members and non-members, and we hope you’ll join us!
  • North Side Steering Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8 PM; Location TBD
    The North Side Branch Steering Committee will discuss and decide on the process to present the draft bylaws to the membership, and organize the next branch meeting, besides other things. Please email Bilgesu Sisman for location details.

Tuesday, May 22

  • Socialist Feminist Working Group; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Please join us for our May meeting! We’ll be recapping the Bowl-a-Thon, discussing WG steering committee roles, and getting updates on ongoing projects.

Wednesday, May 23

  • Religion and Socialism Working Group; 7 PM – 8 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Please join us for a discussion of how religion has influenced your socialist beliefs and work. Faith based groups have done community organizing long before the advent of secular Marxism. What can we learn from their activities and the ways they put morality into practice?
    The tentative agenda is to discuss the DSA-endorsed Illinois Poor People’s Campaign, anti-war organizing, and socialist serve-the-people projects. If there’s enough interest, we will develop this into a regularly-meeting working group!
    You don’t have to be active in a faith to participate. Please come if you’re interested.

Friday, May 25

  • New Member Happy Hour; 5 PM – 8 PM; The Hideout; 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
    Are you a new to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America or maybe just CDSA-curious? Are you a member who hasn’t had time to attend events in the past and want to learn more about the chapter?
    Join the CDSA Communications Working Group for New Member Happy Hours to learn more about CDSA, what we’re working on, and meet current members!
    If you have questions, email

Saturday, May 26

  • 2019 Electoral Vision Forum; 10 AM – 1 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    All DSA members are invited to co-create the Electoral Working Group’s plan for the 2019 municipal elections. What issues do we prioritize? What is our platform? What should our capacity be? Join your comrades from all the different working groups and help us decide our direction for 2019.


  • Talkin’ Socialism:
    May ’68 – French Cinema

    All month we’re looking back fifty years at 1968, the year a revolution almost happened, not just in Chicago but all over the world. We talk about three French films and what they have to say about the student revolt in Paris in May ’68 – Chris Marker’s Grin Without a Cat, Alain Tanner’s Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, and Luis Buñuel’s The Milky Way.
    Chicago 1968 – Fifty Years Later – Judy Hoffman
    Chicago documentary filmmaker Judy Hoffman describes her experience working as a protest medic, helping people who were injured by the Chicago PD at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Part of our ongoing series looking back at the events of 1968.
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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