This Week in the CDSA (July 1 – July 8)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I’m feeling particularly grand this morning, and I hope you are as well. I’ve got this sense of centered contentedness that usually only comes with things like: a newly organized closet, turning the last page on a good book, or looking out from a mountain vista after a good hard hike. In this particular case, however, it’s come from voting in new bylaws and chapter leadership with over a hundred of my comrades, everybody taking part in democracy. For those of you unable to make the Chapter Convention yesterday, we had an excellent and productive meeting filled with debate and parliamentary proceedings and solidarity and even some snacks too. And at the end of it all, we came out with newly elected leaders and bylaws. Huge congratulations to Lucie Macias and Joe Altura for becoming our Co-chair and Secretary respectfully, and to Ramsin Canon for his re-election as our Political Education officer. I’m looking forward to the places you’ll help take CDSA in the next year. I’d also like to extend a huge thanks to everybody that was involved not only with organizing the meeting but who helped write and edit the bylaws. It was such a good experience all around. You’re all amazing!

We’ve got a well-scheduled week ahead of us. If you’re free on Friday, I highly encourage you to break out your Abolish Ice signs and check out the Stop Gary Deportations protest. We have buses, so don’t worry if you don’t have a car to get you there! You can find the registration information for that below.

If you’ve been wavering and on-the-fence about gettting more involved with DSA, now is the time! With a huge win from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we’ve never had as much momentum and energy as an organization as we do now. But we need you’re help if we want to keep winning 🙂 I’ll see you out there, comrades!



Monday, July 2

  • Community Councils Working Group – First Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    This is going to be the first meeting of our working group. The vision of this new working group is to facilitate to set up self-governed neighborhood level organizations/assemblies that become the platform for people’s empowerment. We want to approach this project as a coalition of groups from the get go.

Tuesday, July 3

  • North Side Branch Steering Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:45 PM; Location TBD
    This is a meeting of the North Side Branch Steering Committee to plan elections process and handle any branch bylaws tasks.
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come meet and discuss ways Chicago DSA can take action on Immigration Rights!

    Also we will have Working Group elections for Co-Chairs and Secretary, and cover updates on our work on #NoCopAcademy, CPAC, and more!

Friday, July 6

  • Stop Gary Deportations Protest; 10 AM – 1 PM; Gary Airport; 6001 Industrial Highway, Gary IN
    Northwest Indiana Resistance is organizing a protest and is asking for CDSA’s help!
    “We must do anything and everything to oppose current immigration abusive practices, especially child abuse in family separations. On July 6 we are planning a protest to stop family separation and stop deportations at the Gary-Chicago International Airport.”
    We have free buses, thanks to Jobs with Justice and SEIU! We need anyone that wants a ride to and from Gary to fill out the form in this link as soon as possible so we can make sure we have everyone covered.

Saturday, July 7

  • Tech Committee Hack-a-thon; 12 PM – 8 PM; Pumping Station One; 3519 N. Elston Ave.
    The CDSA Tech Committee is hosting a day long hackathon for people to meet, code, and collaborate on CDSA’s tech projects. Come and go as you’d please. Snacks will be provided. Please bring a computer.

Sunday, July 8

  • West Cook Branch Monthly Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St.
    Monthly business meeting, including reporting on WGs and convention developments, branch governance and structure, summer actions, and mobilizing.
  • Talkin’ Socialism: Toxic Masculinity
    The noisy socialist feminists are back and they’re talking Incels, Loss memes, lobsters, feminism for men and taking off their shirts. There is a content warning on this episode so make to check that out on the above link before listening!


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