This Week in the CDSA (September 30 – October 7)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Chicago, just in time for a couple of north side Lift the Ban canvasses yesterday. Kudos to everybody who was out there knocking on doors in the chill air. If you missed out on yesterday’s fall weather canvassing, you’re in luck! There’s another one today in Roger’s Park, starting at noon. Details are below.

Of course, canvassing isn’t the only way to contribute and get involved in CDSA. For instance, there are working group meetings that you can attend and discuss/organize around a specific issue. As far as I’m aware, all of the working groups are welcoming and will help you get involved if you’re interested. Working group members – I love you and you’re all beautiful.

There are also internal committees that are working to build CDSA as an organization in a variety of ways that can always use help. If you’re interested in research, we’ve got a research team. I co-chair the Communications Committee and we can always use more help (if you’re good at graphic design and wouldn’t mind lending us your skills every now and then, hit me up. Even if you’re not a graphic designer and just want to help in another way, hmu). And there’s also small, rag tag development committee. Are you good at raising money? Got an idea for a fundraiser? Let us know! Committee members – I love you and you’re also all beautiful!

Finally, one of the best way to get involved with CDSA is coming to our general chapter meetings! Chapter meetings are where the democratic part of being a Democratic Socialist come into play. At chapter meetings, we vote on the direction of the chapter and if you’re a DSA member, you can vote. By pure coincidence, there just so happens to be a chapter meeting this week – Sunday, Oct 7. We’re going to be voting on CDSA endorsements for the upcoming alderman races, so you won’t want to miss it. Details are below.

If you have any questions regarding anything I just mentioned, please let me know ([email protected]). I’ll be happy to get you connected with the right people. And make sure to come out next week! See you out there, comrades! 🙂


Sunday, September 30
  • Lift the Ban – Roger’s Park Canvass; 12 PM – 4 PM; Ellipsis Coffeehouse; 1259 W. Devon Ave.
    Join our Rogers Park Lift the Ban canvass! We’ll be knocking on doors to talk to our neighbors about supporting the referendum to lift the state-wide ban on rent control, on the ballot in the 49th ward this November. We’ll also be talking about how rent control fits into a broader fight for housing for all.
    We will meet at Ellipsis Coffee at 12pm on Sunday and hold a short canvassing training before we hit the doors – inexperienced and experienced canvassers welcome!
Tuesday, October 2nd
  • North Side Health Care Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library; 4455 N. Lincoln Ave
    Meeting to discuss ongoing Medicare for All campaign among other goings on in the Healthcare Working Group. Meet in community room!
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    October monthly meeting of the CDSA Anti-Racism Working Group. Come check out projects we’re working on currently like CPAC, #StopGaryDeportations, JAPAC, #NoCopAcademy, plus a report back on the hit Anti-Nazi BBQ! Join us in discussion as we work to shape the post-Rahm political landscape and fight for equity of all people.
Wednesday, October 3
  • The Teacher Strike Wave Continues! A Panel; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    An evening with journalist Eric Blanc and Chicago teachers. This event has been endorsed and helped organized by the CDSA Labor Working Group. Eric Blanc, a writer for Jacobin Magazine, will provide updates and analysis on the teacher movement highlighted in his upcoming book, Red State Revolt. Kenzo Shibata, CPS teacher and a member of the CDSA Labor Working Group, will discuss developments in teacher organizing in Illinois. Stacy Davis Gates, CTU’s Vice President, will discuss the political situation and teaching conditions in Illinois and what potential there is for state-wide action. We’ll have pizza! Sponsored by: The Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE), In These Times Magazine, The Chicago DSA Labor Working Group, Jacobin Magazine
Sunday, October 7
  • CDSA General Chapter Meeting; 12-30 PM – 4 PM; Hairpin Arts Center; 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) is holding our next chapter wide meeting on Sunday, October 7! Check-in begins at 12:30 PM; please arrive early so that we can start promptly at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM. This meeting is open to all, though only CDSA members are able to vote. Light snacks and water will be provided, and there will be post-meeting socializing. Please RSVP & register to vote here by end of day Friday 10/5/18
  • 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