This Week in the CDSA (September 8 – September 15)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,


I hope everybody had an excellent week. I know many of us had a particularly excellent Tuesday when we found out that our terrible, no good, very garbage mayor Rahm Emanuel would not be running for a third term in office. There’s still a lot of time between now and the elections but it’s an exciting time to be a progressive in Chicago. The time is ripe for us to win power and chip away at the neoliberal machine that’s been systematically tearing apart our city. But if we want to do that, we’re going to need all the help we can get. If you want to see CDSA have an impact on this city, now’s the time to get more involved! Come to an event! Make a donation! Organize! However you’re willing to help with whatever means you have – we will gladly accept it.
Before we get to the events this week I’ve got a couple of quick notes
So, I may be a tad bit biased making this claim but one of the hardest working and most talented parts of CDSA is the Communications Committee. Once a month I get the joy of meeting with passionate, fun, and incredibly capable comrades to plan and develop our chapter’s communications. And at our most recent meeting, I’m happy to announce, we voted on new officers! And bylaws too. Please check out the official announcement here. If you’re at all interested in getting involved with our ragtag group of commsrades shoot me an email at
We also had our September Executive Committee Meeting yesterday which was very productive session. One of the first things we passed was approving the minutes from the August EC meeting. If you’re interested in looking over the August EC meeting minutes, you can find those posted here.
There are some great events on the calendar coming up. You’ll find all of them listed below. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂


Sunday, September 9
  • Anti-Nazi Cookout; 12 PM – 4 PM; Kilbourn Park; 3501 N. Kilbourn
    Earlier this year, neo-Nazis placed swastika stickers around Kilbourn Park with razor blades hidden underneath. We can’t allow white supremacists to intimidate people of color in our city. So we’re holding a community event with free food and inviting both DSA members and our neighbors in the Kilbourn Park/Irving Park area to celebrate our community and reject white supremacy. We believe Chicago has room for everyone — all races, genders, and ethnicity — and no room for white supremacists.
  • West Cook Monthly Branch Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St.
    Monthly meeting, including branch business and planning for brake light clinics and future actions.
    We’ll be meeting at Oak Park Library on the First Floor in the Community Engagement Space.
Monday, September 10
  • Immigration Rights Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    The Immigration Rights Committee will be discussing and working around deportations and the needs of immigrants in our communities. Research sub-committees have significant report backs to help in our fight to abolishing ICE. 
Tuesday, September 11
  • Health Care Policy Reading Group; 6 PM – 7:30 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Come out to reading short healthcare research and policy papers to expand our knowledge of the sector to assist in our Medicare for All Campaign!
    We’ll meet on the 6th floor of the library.
Saturday, September 15
  • South Side Branch Monthly Meeting; 12 PM – 2 PM; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library; 3436 S. King Drive
    Monthly South Side branch meeting. This meeting will feature discussion of an article on socialist strategy, a conversation about what constitutes a socialist campaign, and updates on campaigns being run by our branch and working group members. The meeting will be followed by a social event; details TBA!
  • The Health Care Working Group is out in force canvassing for Medicare for All! If anyone is interested in joining their fight for universal healthcare they canvas every Saturday from noon to 3pm at both the Division Blue line stop and the 18th street Pink line stop (except this Saturday, 9/18 when they will be having a data entry party from the signatures they’ve collected). The goal of this canvassing is to get folks to sign a petition in support of H.R.676 and S.1804 which they use to lobby local House Reps to support Medicare for All. If you’re interested, please fill out this form to the best of your current knowledge. You can always come back and fill the form out again with updated dates that do/don’t work for you so long as you use the same email. Thanks!
  • Midwest Socialist Podcast: Cooperative Economy
    Sarah sits down with three leaders of Chicago’s blossoming cooperative economy: Renee Hatcher – Director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at John Marshall Law School, Mike Strode of the Kola Nut Collaborative and Termaine Davis of Together Systems. What steps are people in Chicago are taking toward creating a solidarity economy? What is a solidarity economy? Also, neoliberalism, de-growth, the problem with TIF (Tax Incremement Financing) funds and Sarah debuts her plan to convince Jeff Bezos to turn Amazon into the world’s largest co-op.

  • Grievance Policy
    If you ever feel you are being harassed by another member of DSA, or made to feel uncomfortable by a member, or have a conflict with another member, please reach out to to get in touch with our chapter’s Harassment and Grievance Officers. Additionally, there is a National Grievance Officer you can reach out to as well. Her name is Paula Brantner, and her email is If you’re interested in learning more about DSA’s grievance policy, and good resource is Resolution 33 that was pass at the National DSA Convention in 2017
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