This Week in the CDSA (June 17 – June 24)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Folks, it’s hot. Popsicle eatin’ weather, some might say. Picnic and softball weather, others might add. Or democracy weather, a few others might declare. Nothing like heading out in the heat to cast a vote!  I know what you’re thinking. But Zach, the next election for us to vote on isn’t until November when we have to choose which billionaire gets to be our governor! My friends and comrades, I am pleased to inform you that this is incorrect. In just 13 days, CDSA is holding our yearly membership convention, complete with all the voting you could ever dream of! Voting on new bylaws. Voting for positions on the CDSA Executive Committee. Voting for whether or not Malort should become the official drink of CDSA (just kidding, but it totally should). However, in order for our votes to count, we need to make quorum. That means that you need to be there. Yes, you. Be there. Vote! Help shape CDSA’s future and turn us into a socialist organization that can be a real force for change in Chicago. Mark it down on your calendars now. June 30. Hairpin Arts Studio. It’s democracy weather, after all. You gotta do it.

As for the picnic and softball weather, we’ve got that covered too. Just look below for the Crosstown Classic for more info! It’s just one of a great list of events on the schedule for the next 7 days. Please note that the Soc. Fem. WG meeting has been moved up to this week.

I’ll see you out there, comrades



Sunday, June 17

  • DSA Tabling; 10 AM – 3 PM; Logan Square Farmer’s Market; 3107 W. Logan Blvd.
    The HC WG will be tabling today at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market along with other DSA folks too. Everyone’s invited to join or stop by!

Tuesday, June 19

  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    Come to the monthly meeting of the Socialist Feminist Working Group! We will be discussing survey results, planning future infrastructure for our working group, discussing events/actions, and more!

Wednesday, June 20

  • New Member Orientation Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    New to DSA, DSA-curious, or just trying to figure out how to get involved? Come to our bi-monthly orientation for an exciting introduction to the organization! Meet elected leaders, active members, and other newbies, and learn about our ongoing work and how you can be a part of it. Snacks provided
    Space is limited, so RSVP encouraged:
  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Do you want to learn more about the Solidarity Economy? Do you have a project idea? Come to our monthly meeting where we can grow an alternative to capitalism!
    The meeting is on the 6th floor of the Harold Washington Library on the south side of the building.

Saturday, June 23

  • Chicago DSA Crosstown Classic; 4 PM – 9 PM; Harrison Park; 1824 S. Wood St.
    Join Chicago DSA’s city branches in a display of friendly branch sectarianism. (We’re grilling and playing softball in a park!)
    Please fill this form out if you plan to attend and want info on t-shirts for this event. Keep an eye out for more details as the event gets closer! Word on the street is that there might be some basketball and/or soccer happening as well.

Sunday, June 24



  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast: Virtual Economies

    We talk to Ryan Smith of the Chicago Reader about the economics of video game development and distribution, and Sean Callot discusses models of economic systems within video games, including Civilization, SimCity and the Sims.

If I missed an event, please let me know ASAP at
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