This Week in the CDSA (May 27 – June 3)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA

It’s been a week of beautiful weather for us here in Chicago. Unfortunately, it’s also been a pretty dismal week of news (except for Ireland, they’re killing it). We learned horrifying story after horrifying story about ICE and how they’ve been separating parents from children. And here in Chicago, despite inspiring efforts from the #NoCopAcademy movement including our Anti-Racism Working Group, city council moved ahead with funding a new police academy in West Garfield Park, instead of using that money to reopen schools or mental health facilities.
More than ever we need to make our voices heard, and we need to act to bring about change. We’ve got a pretty light week on the schedule in front of us, but there are chances to build socialism everyday. Keep talking with your friends, with your neighbors, with your family members. Keep bringing light to the many injustices surrounding us. And then show up to events. Go canvassing! Learn new skills! Meet new comrades! There’s a long fight in front of us, and we need each and every one of you.
See you out there, comrades!


Tuesday, May 29

  • May General Meeting (North Side Branch); 7 PM – 9 PM; Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee
    Join us for the May meeting of the North Side branch of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. We’ll be discussing campaigns within the branch and chapter, our progress on branch by-laws, and next steps for developing the branch. More information to come! Look out especially for information on the location of the meeting.

Wednesday, May 30

  • Libertarian Socialist Caucus Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Monthly meeting of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus. We’ll recap May Day activities, check in on the work of other local libertarian socialist groups, get updates on collaborative projects like the queer emergency housing network, medic trainings, men’s accountability group, and SESTA/FOSTA fallout mitigation, and more!
Saturday, June 2
  • Communications Skill Share; 10 AM – 3 PM; Manning Branch Library; 6 S. Hoyne Ave.
    CDSA’s communications experts are presenting a day of 5 skill share sessions to arm the wider CDSA membership with a wide range of communication skills!
    Each session will be 45 min, 101-type sessions of approachable training for any level. The skills covered will include: Media Outreach/PR/Op-ed, Social/Digital Media, Visual Communications, Audio/Podcasting, and Action Network software. We want to help you spread your messages, promote your events and candidates, and effectively communicate the good DSA word!
    We recommend bringing a laptop and/or notebook, as well as snacks or sack lunch.
    For a complete schedule of the different sessions, please follow the link above. Feel free to attend all the sessions or come and go to certain sessions!
    Questions? Email [email protected]
  • Labor 101: Social Work; 11 AM – 2 PM; Logan Square Library; 3030 W. Fullerton
    A special labor 101 brought to you by CDSA’s Labor Working Group for people in the social work field or are thinking about becoming a social worker!


  • Talkin’ Socialism:
    Youth With Youth
    It’s our month-long consideration of the 50th anniversary of the youth uprisings in 1968. Today Sarah and Jessica talk about being socialists in their 20s, organizing over Twitter, memes, podcasts, and growing up in the shadow of George W. Bush. It’s the youth!
    Chicago 1968 – Fifty Years Later – Fred Klonsky

    Fred Klonsky, co-host of Hitting Left (, talks about his 1968 summer: Los Angeles, Chicago, Bulgaria, Moscow, London.
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