This Week in the CDSA (July 29 – August 4)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,
We just finished up a very busy week of socialism. There were lots of working group meetings throughout the week and then we capped it off yesterday with SocFem 101 and a Lift the Ban canvass. Hopefully you were able to make it out to at least one thing. I know that’s always my goal for the week, get to at least one DSA event.

We also had a cool announcement that you might have missed: our newsletter, Midwest Socialist, and our podcast, Talkin’ Socialism, have joined forces and our now working together both under the name Midwest Socialism. This also comes with a new format for the podcast too, so check out the newest episode that’s linked to below to see all the changes that are coming on that front. We’re building a CDSA media outlet to get socialist ideas in front of more and more people. If you want to get involved, I’d recommend coming to the Communications Working Group Meeting! The info for that is posted below as well.

It’s a bit of a lighter week than last week, schedule wise, but there are still plenty of ways to get involved. If you haven’t been to any CDSA events for, we’ve got a perfect one for you on Tuesday.  I’ll see you out there, comrades.

Monday, July 30

  • Communications Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the CDSA Communications Working Group for our July 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.
  • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    We will hear back from members’ efforts in their locals, go over asset maps and continue elaborating strategies for organizing in our neighborhood, discuss the assembly model and municipalist syndicalism.
    Meeting in the 6th Floor Study Room at Harold Washington.
Tuesday, July 31
  • New Member Orientation; 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 July 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.
    Space is limited, so RSVP encouraged:
Thursday, August 2
  • Red Ed Organizing Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join us for the next organizing meeting of Red Ed, the DSA internal political education group. At this meeting, we’ll be planning the next couple of months of reading groups and socialist schools. Hope you can make it! “I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” – Stephen Jay Gould
  • Midwest Socialism podcast: A New Name
    Talkin’ Socialism is now Midwest Socialist! Lucie Macias, CDSA’s newest chapter co-chair, talks about the change and what’s going on with Chicago socialism.

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In solidarity,
Zach Shearer

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