This Week in the CDSA (July 15 – July 22)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Wow, what a week. If you missed it, Cynthia Nixon, progressive candidate for governor in NY and star of Sex and the City, declared that she was a democratic socialist and reached out to NYDSA for endorsement. While this definitely seems a bit opportunistic surrounding the Ocasio-Cortez victory, it’s really good that we’re starting to get more attention and people are recognizing that socialism is the future of left politics in the state. However, with that said, we also need to make sure that we aren’t compromising our ideals and beliefs as socialists for people who want to benefit from our movement. So, in honor of all the politicians who are suddenly interested in the DSA, I’d like to re-share the Primer Red series that our excellent Political Education Officer Ramsin Canon wrote last year. It’s a great introduction to the ideas at the core of socialism. The first one is on Dialectical Materialism, and you can find links to the rest of the series at the bottom. Highly recommend!
We’ve got a good looking week on the schedule for your enjoyment and fulfillment, very well balanced and spread out. A few working group meetings, a Happy Hour (haven’t had one of those in awhile!) and then on Saturday, the West Cook Branch is hosting a Brake Light Clinic (be sure to check the posting for that to see how you can help). There’s also a big North Side branch meeting on Thursday, which North Siders should try to get to if at all possible because we’ll be voting on bylaws.
I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂


Monday, July 16

  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Co-Prosperity Sphere; 3219-21 S. Morgan St
    We will be discussing the campaign for Medicare for All, updates on local canvassing, local health justice efforts and ways to get involved! All are invited!

Tuesday, July 17

  • CDSA Happy Hour (sponsored by the SocFem WG); 5 PM – 8 PM; The Hideout; 1354 W. Wabansia
    Happy Hour at the Hideout open to all CDSA members! Come by, have a drink or four, join in comradely delights, and meet SocFem Steering Committee Members and see latest projects that Socialist Feminist Working Group has been working on!

Wednesday, July 18

  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave
    Electoral will hold its monthly meeting, possibly the last before we start to interview candidates and vote on endorsement recommendations. We’ll discuss our 2019 plans and debate exactly how badass Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is.

  • Environmental Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    The Environmental Justice Working Group will be discussing next steps for the anti-fracking coalition, follow up on our fundraiser picnic and more.

Thursday, July 19

  • North Side Branch Monthly Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; Hairpin Arts Center; 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave
    This is the general monthly meeting of the North Side Branch. On the agenda, will be discussion and voting on amendments to drafted branch bylaws, a check-in on how our branch is doing on the goals we set for ourselves in January, the upcoming elections for Steering Committee, and planning a branch social event/fundraiser.

Saturday, July 21

  • West Cook Branch Brake Light Clinic; 10 AM – 2 PM; Corner of North Ave and Humphrey Ave, Oak Park
    Getting stopped by the police can be costly, time consuming and can create an unnecessary risk for undocumented immigrants, people of color, and the poor and working class.Get your brake light replaced for free (including tail, turn & license plate)!Also: We need comfort supplies for the Free Brake Light Clinic!

    Water & La Croix

    All ages snacks

    Bags of ice

    Spray sunscreen

    Coffee and/or tea

    Donuts and/or cookies


    We can pick up if possible.  Anything would help the cause! Email:

  • Talkin’ Socialism: Danny Postal Interviews Gilbert Achcar
    DSA member Danny Postel, assistant director of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Northwestern University, interviews author Gilbert Achcar on the subject of the continuing consequences of the Arab Spring and Achcar’s most recent book, Morbid Symptoms. Recorded July 10, 2018 at After-Words Books in Chicago.


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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