This Week in the CDSA (June 3 – June 10)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I hope everybody had a lovely week. We had some excellent events yesterday like the Comms Skill Share and the Labor 101: Social Work event. Hopefully you were able to make it out to one or more of those last week. If not, you’re in luck! We’ve got another good schedule coming up this week.

Among other things, we’re starting to gear up for our upcoming membership convention, where we’ll be voting on a few open spots in the Executive Committee as well as on new bylaws. I’d urge everyone who is interested to follow along with the process on our 2018 Membership Convention page. And also be sure to make it to the Membership Convention Discussion on Tuesday where you can learn about Robert’s Rules of Order and elements of the proposed bylaws as well. This is a very exciting time of year for us and you should all get involved! This is where the ‘Democratic’ part of the Democratic Socialists is in full display and it’s really cool to take part in it.

And before we get to the events, I also want to add a gentle reminder to all you beautiful organizers of the CDSA to please get your communications requests in as early as possible! The sooner we put it on the schedule, the more people can make room for it in their own calendar. The form to do this is always located on the bottom of these emails as well as at the top of the CDSA events page. We want as many people to come out to your wonderful events as possible but we need your help to make that happen! Thanks!
See you out there this week, comrades!


Sunday, June 3

  • Red Ed – First Organizing Meeting!; 12 PM – 2 PM; In These Times Office; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Red Ed (formerly Jacobin Chicago Reading Group) is the new standing committee for political education in the Chicago chapter of DSA. We will get together to read articles about different areas of work related to our working groups and campaigns, focusing on history of socialist organizing, social movements, and class struggle. We use feminist discussion process and encourage non-sectarian discussions where we can explore ideas together. Come to this meeting if you’d like to help us build a playful, radical, and thoughtful space for our fellow members!
    Sorry, the space is not wheelchair accessible, let us know if that presents a problem for you and someone will reach out.

  • North Side Branch Steering Committee Meeting; 2 PM – 4 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    We’ll be following up from our last branch meeting, preparing our bylaws amendments and discussion process, and discussing support for the new member orientation.

  • Power, Privilege and Accountability Facilitator Training; 5 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Organizers from the Libertarian Socialist Caucus and Socialist Feminist Working Group are holding a training event for CDSA members to become facilitators for power, privilege and accountability meetings, help with event deescalation, and feminist process at CDSA meetings.

Tuesday, June 5

  • Membership Convention Discussion; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411. W. Diversey
    The Bylaws Committee presents a look into the day of the Membership Convention. This is an opportunity for members to ask questions around what the convention will be like, learn about elements of the proposed bylaws, and rehearse using Robert’s Rules of Order (including a mock parliamentary session). Please bring your most pressing questions and funniest motions.Get more info about CDSA’s 2018 Membership Convention here!

Wednesday, June 6

  • Rebuilding Our Communities – Economic Framework Workshop; 5 PM – 7:30 PM; Chinatown Library; 2353 S. Wentworth Ave.
    Come to this workshop presented by the CDSA Solidarity Economy Working Group. Minority communities are suffering from a myriad of issues that cannot be solved with a single project. Therefore Termaine Davis introduce a frame that addresses a significant portion of the problems unique under-resourced communities. Almost all issues that exist in under-resourced cities in the United States exist in every under-resourced community around the world. Therefore, there are systematic issues that need to be solved systematically. This framework addresses social issues from an economics viewpoint and provides a list of steps and processes that should be directed by organizations working together to build economically stronger communities.
  • Preserving Pilsen: Future of Green Space and Affordable Housing; 6 PM – 8 PM; National Museum of Mexican Art; 1852 W. 19th St.
    The CDSA Housing Working Group has endorsed a project to influence the city of Chicago’s 5 Year Plan for housing. As part of that project, our coalition will be holding multiple townhalls throughout the city all summer to gain input from the community for what should be in the city’s 5 year plan to bring tangible investments in making Chicago a livable city for the residents who call this city home. This event is the first of our summer community meetings. Please join us and our community partners Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 6pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art to outline a community driven plan to preserve Pilsen future of Green Space, Affordable Housing and Equitable Economic Development. This event will discuss how we can help maintain Pilsen historic culture and how to best address developments along El Paseo trail. Major projects like 18th and Peoria, the Gentry, Mural Park and Hilco (former Fisk Coal Plant) all pose significant challenge for Pilsen to maintain affordable housing, community driven economic development and preservation of green space. Please come and participate with us! Event is open to the public and is accessible!

Saturday, June 9

  • CDSA Executive Committee Meeting; 12 PM – 2 PM;  Wicker Park Library; 1701 N Milwaukee Ave.
    The CDSA Executive Committee are the elected officers of Chicago DSA. At Executive Committee meetings, officers receive proposals from members, hear reports from the treasurer, plan general meetings and conduct other important CDSA business. Executive Committee meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month. At the June Executive Committee meeting, we will be finalizing the agenda for Membership Convention on June 30.
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