This Week in the CDSA (August 5 – August 12)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

We had over 100 socialists at the New Member Orientation last week, which, if you’re one of those new member’s and you’re getting this email for the first time: welcome! We’ve grown so much as an organization just in the last couple months and it’s been amazing seeing so many new people stepping up and getting involved. Fills my heart with joy and solidarity. My biggest piece of advice for everyone who is new and wants to get involved but isn’t necessarily sure how yet is to come out to more events and meet your comrades and make friends. We have so many wonderful people in this organization and when multiple wonderful people get together and start talking and sharing ideas and developing connections, that’s how we start to grow power at the most fundamental level. And from that foundation we can start to really organize and grow. So, come on out to one of our events this week bbq on Thursday, maybe?) or pop on the Slack channel and introduce yourself (reply to this email, or reach out to if you aren’t on the Slack channel yet). They don’t call us “social”-ists for nothing.

Another exciting announcement we have this week is that CDSA now has some cool new t-shirts for sale! You can find more info on tho linked to below in the Bulletin Board. We’ve got some seriously cool designs this time though, and everything is union made, so definitely make sure to check those out.

One last thing I want to make everybody aware of is our new fancy FAQ page on the website. If you’re new and have questions, or know somebody who’s interested in getting more involved you can send them there. Disclaimer: I wrote the FAQ page so maybe “fancy” was a little bit of hyperbole but you know what, I’m proud of it, so I’m sharing it.

Anyway, all of this week’s events and happenings are listed below. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂


Tuesday, August 7

  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come out to hear about work and actions the Anti-Racism Working Group and Immigration Rights Committee are cooking up! Civilian Police Oversight, Anti-Nazi community Events, and Anti-ICE work!

Thursday, August 9

  • First Thursdays for Fair Housing BBQ; 5 PM – 8 PM; Harold Washington Park; 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
    A BBQ to raise community awareness of the fair housing/lift the ban campaign and collect signatures. It will also double as a DSA South Side picnic.

Saturday, August 11

  • CDSA Executive Committee Meeting; 12 PM – 2 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come to the August meeting of CDSA’s Executive Committee!
    This month, we will hear reports from officers and standing committees, begin planning for our September general meeting, and discuss proposal brought to the EC.
    If there is a proposal you would like to bring to the EC, please email the Chapter Co-Chairs ( & before the end of day 8/5/18. Thank you.
    All CDSA members are welcome, but only EC members can vote.

Sunday, August 12

  • Healthcare Reading Group; 11 AM – 1 PM; Blue Sky Bakery; 3720 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Come to the second installment of the Healthcare reading group. We have two articles on the docket. The first is the state single payer system put forward by Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed and the second is about discrepancies in life expectancy by neighborhood in Chicago. The links can be found on this reading spreadsheet.
    I have been told that the bakery is ADA accessible and that you should not feel obligated to purchase anything, but obviously you are welcome to if you wish. Please continue to add any readings you think are appropriate to the reading list.
  • West Cook Branch Monthly Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St.
    Monthly business meeting, including reporting on member reports on working groups, West Cook organized Break Light Clinic, and continued branch reorganization, including voting on steering committee positions for 2018-2019.
  • Executive Committee Voting; August 12 – August 16; Online
    As was announced last Sunday, Lillian Osborne is running for Campaign Coordinator and Zach Shearer is running for Communications Coordinator.
    You can find their candidate statements by following the link above.
    We will be holding our election electronically in a similar fashion as the elections at the June Convention. If you registered to vote at the June Convention you will already be registered to vote in this upcoming election. If you didn’t register for the convention or don’t remember doing so, please register here.
    Registered members will receive an email with the necessary information to vote on Sunday August 12 and voting will end Thursday August 16.
    Again, if you haven’t please register.
    If you have any other questions please email
  • Chicago DSA T-shirt Presale
    Chicago DSA is pleased to offer four union-made and printed t-shirts, hand-delivered to your door by unionized USPS workers.
    Look great at your next DSA Branch meeting with a black t-shirt repping Chicago DSA and our socialist tradition, with our own Michelle Favia’s take on Eugene Deb’s 1912 campaign logo.
    Want to show off your solidarity on the picket line or at your next union meeting? Want to make sure the boss knows exactly where he fits into your worldview? Our kick ass red t-shirt will let everyone know that you’re with the workers.
    And you can definitely take sides by taking democratic socialism to the ballpark (or just your favorite bar) with two fresh takes on our city’s baseball teams.
    Shipping is $6.50 anywhere in the US, and whether you order one piece or all three, it’s a flat rate.
    This sale will close on August 14th, so make sure you get your order in right away.
  • Midwest Socialist Podcast: Electoral Reform
    On this episode of the podcast @sarahjhurd and Midwest Socialist editor and chief @charlesraustin talk to newly selected chair of Chicago DSA’s Electoral Reform Committee Jamal Abed Rabbo about his efforts to bring ranked choice voting to Chicago (and everywhere else). We spent the first 13 minutes discussing a commentary published in the Tribune called “It’s the Spoiled Children of America Who are Drawn to Socialism”. So, if you’ve heard enough half-baked critiques of the new left, feel free to skip to the “technocratic babble” which starts at 13:30.
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