This Week in the CDSA (June 10 – June 17)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I hope each and everyone of you had a lovely week. I know that capitalism often makes it difficult to reach lofty heights like ‘having a lovely week,’ and it’s totally fine if your week was boring or dismal or absolutely putrid but, even still, I’m hopeful that yours was lovely despite the circumstances.

And, no matter how this last week went for you, we’re starting a new one literally right now! (Every new week officially starts when this email gets sent out. I’m pretty sure that’s written into the proposed CDSA bylaws but, if it’s not, I’ll be bombarding Ramsin with amendment requests from now until June 30). So, we’ve all got another shot at having a lovely week! As part of this noble effort, I’d like to suggest some of the events we have on the calendar. There are about one million (actually 7) working group meetings to choose from. And not only that, there’s A DOG PICNIC hosted by the Environmental Justice Working Group, followed up by a fundraiser concert for the Health Care Working Group to raise money for their Medicare for All campaign. All of these events will be very fulfilling and very fun and very socialist. All the information for them is posted below.

I’ll see you out there, comrades


Sunday, June 10

  • West Cook Branch Monthly Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St.
    Our monthly membership meeting, reflecting on our recent tabling, short- and long-term planning for this summer and the future of the branch, including connections with local organizations.

  • Branch Bylaws Q&A with the NSSC; 7 PM – 9 PM; CDSA Slack Channel
    The North Side Steering Committee will be answering questions on the North Side Branch Bylaws as well as giving clarity on how to amend them on the North Side Channel on the CDSA Slack. Please email [email protected] if you are not already on the CDSA Slack.

Monday, June 11

  • Rally for Education and Housing Justice; 10:45 AM – 12 PM; City Hall; 121 N. LaSalle Dr.
    The Lift the Ban coalition is joining the Chicago Teachers Union for a rally to demand statewide rent control and an elected school board. We’re calling out State Senate President John Cullerton for holding up both of these bills and doing Rahm’s bidding instead of what his constituents want. Following the rally and press conference there will be a brief action.

Tuesday, June 12

  • Queer Socialist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave. (Update: This event has been cancelled)
    Join the QSWG for our June working group meeting. We’ll be holding elections, discussing an upcoming fundraiser event, and receiving group updates. 
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    The ARWG will be continuing work and discussion on various projects and campaigns, including #NoCopAcademy, CPAC and police reform, the next Brake Lights Clinic event, and more. 
  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come to the labor working group’s monthly meeting – we’ll have a chance to talk about our ongoing campaigns in the city and elsewhere, connect with other organizers, discuss our upcoming elections for steering committee, and, as always, FIGHT THE BOSS!

Wednesday, June 13

  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8 :30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave.
    The monthly meeting of the Electoral Working Group, open to members and non-members alike! Join us as we recap the Electoral Vision Forum, discuss the possibility of a 2019 platform and discuss aldermanic candidates.

  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come learn about and get involved with our efforts to fight for Medicare for All and health justice! All are welcome!

  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the Environmental Justice Working Group to discuss our upcoming fundraiser at Montrose Beach. We will be discussing planning for this event as well as possible ideas for a community solar project.
    Location still TBD so be on the lookout for announcements about that.
  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; National Public Housing Museum; 625 N. Kingsbury
    We’ll be discussing the progress of Lift the Ban (especially our lobbying in Springfield and the mail in campaign to Cullerton), our plans to expand our canvassing to the Northwest side, and several direct actions related to housing that will be taking place around this time.

Saturday, June 16

  • Montrose Beach Picnic; 1 PM – 4 PM; Montrose Dog Beach; 610 W. Lawrence Ave.
    You are invited to a DSA summer picnic at the lake! The Environmental Working Group will provide refreshments, hydration, and some games. Bring your favorite Earth-friendly picnic dish to share.
    We have extended a distinguished invitation to the members of DSA Dog Caucus and their human partners. Come this day and meet the dogs of DSA!
    This event is alcohol-free and child-friendly. We will be making all efforts to make this a ZERO-WASTE event. Please respect our Earth!
    We will also be raising funds for the Environmental Justice Working Group. $60 in the hat buys us a email address and $110 funds all our compost bucket-related activities
  • CDSA Health Care Working Group Fundraiser Show; 7 PM – 11:30 PM; Co-Prosperity Sphere; 3219-21 S. Morgan St
    Come see your fellow CDSA-ers rock and/or roll out and raise money to support the Health Care Working Group’s local Medicare For All campaign! Event is 18+, 21+ to drink $7
  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast: Propaganda and Media
    Can you trust yourself to know what’s real and what’s fake? What is truth and what is propaganda? Sean Duffy sits down with media critic Adam Johnson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and Citations Needed podcast to discuss how media reinforces capitalism, the fake news moral panic, and more.
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