This Week in the CDSA (June 24 – July 1)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

It’s been quite the week for the DSA as an organization, especially on immigration. If you haven’t been keeping up, not only did Metro DC DSA protesters ruin Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s dinner, but Portland DSA protesters actually shut down an ICE facility. If you’re wondering what Chicago DSA has been doing to help fight against the terrorist organization known as ICE, we’ve been talking with local immigration rights groups and this July 6, we’ll be supporting NWI Resistance and heading out to protest deportations at Gary Chicago International Airport. I don’t normally promo events this early but for this protest, if we get a good idea of how many people are heading out there, we can better coordinate transportation. So please RSVP on the facebook page!
Another very important event that we have this week is the 2018 Membership Convention! We’ll be voting on new bylaws as well as a electing a co-chair, secretary, and political education officer to the executive committee, but we need to make quorum for the votes to stick! There’s more information further down the page but go ahead and click here for all the information you need. We need you there, folks! So, please come!
That’s all I have for you this week. All of our events for the next 7 days are listed below. As always, I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂



Sunday, June 24

  • Red Ed: The Meaning of 1968; 11 AM – 1 PM; In These Times; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    You’re invited to our first reading group as DSA Red Ed. Our topic is the year 1968 and its struggles for socialism. 50 years after 1968, let us look back on the successes, failures, and legacy of this pivotal year in left politics.
  • CDSA Convention Turnout Phonebank; 1 PM – 5 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    We’re phonebanking to help turnout members to our convention on the 30th! Get more info about CDSA’s 2018 Membership Convention and why it’s important!
  • My Birthday; All day
    This isn’t really an event, but it’s my birthday today and I’m not above using this platform to shamelessly bring attention to myself, so here we are.

Monday, June 25

  • Communications Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the CDSA Communications Working Group for our June meeting. We’ll be discussing our website/tech, social media, agitprop, video, podcast, and our print publications. 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!

Wednesday, June 27

  • North Side Health Care Working Group Meeting; 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM; Wicker Park Library; 1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    We will be giving updates on the ongoing Medicare for All campaign, talk about canvassing, Northside organizing and ways to get involved! All are welcome!
  • Libertarian Socialist Caucus Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come ask your questions about libertarian socialism, get updates on the recent power & privilege accountability training (aka Men’s Accountability Training), talk about where we’re at on projects related to skillshares, community councils, and FOSTA-impact mitigation. Discuss recent rulings about drones, ICE tactics, #NoCopAcademy, and hear about recent and upcoming direct actions, and more. Oh and as always, strategize about how we can mutually support other caucuses and working groups. Childcare provided, contact us ([email protected]) in advance to let us know your needs.

Saturday, June 30


  • Talkin’ Socialism podcast
    Crack of Bat, Roar of Crowd
    Lucie, Zach (that’s me!) and Mary came to the CDSA office to talk about baseball. The Crosstown Classic CDSA softball game is June 23, 4 PM at Harrison Park.

    International Sports
    We talked with Alícia Hernandez Grande about the great international sports events: the World Cup, the Olympics and corruption. Recorded live on location in a Chicago pub during the Denmark-Peru game.


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