This Week in the CDSA (September 16 – September 23)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

What a week! Oh, what a week it’s been. Where do I start?
The Chicago Hotel Strike. For those unaware, workers from 27 different Chicago hotels are on strike and more may join them soon. They’re striking for better health insurance. CDSA has voted to endorse the strike and stand in solidarity with the workers, helping them fight their capitalist bosses. Our members were out standing with them this past week and we’re committed to standing with them as the strike progresses. If you’re interested in helping out with this, please sign up here.
Another big DSA moment this week is that Julia Salazar, a DSA endorsed candidate for state senate in New York, won her primary on Thursday. State Senate may not seem like much, but this was a huge victory for DSA. Salazar’s opponent, a well funded centrist Democrat, launched a vicious and unrelenting smear campaign against Julia. But it didn’t work! Salazar overcame these attacks with a socialist platform (including support for sex workers) and face to face campaigning with an army of DSA volunteers. In the face of adversity, Julia Salazar won. I’m looking forward to Chicago DSA having similar victories in next year’s aldermanic elections. We can win if we put in to work.
And one final thing before we get to events – CDSA was featured in a recent AJ+ video on the resurgence of socialism in the United States. It’s a really well done video so check it out here when you get the chance.
We’ve got a solid week of events coming up, lots of good meetings where you can jump in and start organizing with us. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂


Sunday, September 16

  • Harold Washington – Red Ed Reading Group; 2 PM – 4 PM; In These Times Office; 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    Join us for a re-scheduled September meeting of the Red Ed Reading Group. With so much going on in electoral politics right now, we wanted to get together and talk about a local example in Chicago history: the Harold Washington campaign. While not a socialist, Washington was drafted from a grassroots effort to take on the Democratic machine in Chicago. We’ll read and discuss a few short chapters from Gary Rivlin’s “Fire on the Prairie”, and talk about the potential–and challenges–of building socialist power through elections.
    Excerpts from “Fire on the Prairie” by Gary Rivlin:
    Essay by Timothy Wright about being in Washington’s administration and trying to keep it progressive:

Tuesday, May 18

  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come to the September meeting of the CDSA labor working group! We will be going over our current events planned for the next couple of weeks, as well as any relevant updates. Come get involved and organize with fellow comrades!
  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; 1744 W. 18th St.
    Come check out Chicago DSA’s efforts to fight for health justice and make Medicare for All a reality! We will be discussing our ongoing canvassing efforts, community health efforts, coalition building, and more! All are welcome, non-DSA folks included.

Wednesday, September 19

  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave.
    Electoral is holding its monthly meeting for September and using the meeting to vote on recommending candidates for endorsement! We’ll vote on all candidates we’ve interviewed, with the possible exception of mayoral candidates. Only DSA Electoral Working Group members are eligible to vote.
  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Chicago DSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Monthly meeting of the Environmental Justice Working Group. We’ll be reviewing involvement in anti-fracking coalition and ComEd negotiations proposal. Come on out if you’re interested!
Thursday, September 20
  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; National Public Housing Museum; 625 N. Kingsbury St.
    At our monthly Housing Working Group Meeting, we’ll be talking about new developments with the Lift the Ban Campaign, voting on steering committee changes, and more.
Saturday, September 22
  • New Member Orientation; 2 PM – 4 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 September 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:
  • 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!
  • 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [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