This Week in the CDSA (October 21 – October 28)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I hope everybody had a lovely week this week. It’s finally really actually autumn (fingers crossed) so we can pull our sweaters, gloves, and knit hats out from the closet and enjoy the break from the oppressive heat as we’re out canvassing or tabling or going to or leaving from a CDSA event or meeting. These people know what I’m talking about.
If you haven’t been keeping up, Midwest Socialist, the Communications Committee’s podcast and newsletter has been putting out some really good content lately. When you’ve got a few spare moments this week make sure to check out this article on police accountability in Chicago by Sean Duffy and then watch the series of interviews with participants of the Co-op Economy Summit from a couple months ago. There’s also a great podcast on Salvadore Allende. If you’re interested in getting involved with Midwest Socialist and the Comms Committee you should come out to out meeting on Monday! Info is below.
There are a lot of really great events on the calendar this week, so be sure to scroll all the way through. I’ll see you out there, comrades!

Multiple Dates
  • Lift the Ban Canvassing; Rogers Park and Logan Square
    Chicago DSA is going full steam ahead in our fight to Lift the Ban on rent control in Illinois. We’re out every weekend (and some weekdays too!) canvassing in Rogers Park and Logan Square. Check out the links for a list of exact dates and locations and if you’re interested in getting involved please sign up here.
Monday, October 22
  • Research and Policy Subcommittee Meeting; 6 PM – 7:45 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave. 
    The Research and Policy Subcommittee will meet to discuss two drafts of proposals pertaining research and archival policies that will serve as references for research work done by the subcommittee and the chapter.
  • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Community Councils Working Group is catalytic space to facilitate a discussion and development of self-governing neighborhood assemblies as a platform for collective democratic empowerment. Our approach involves coalition building within our own communities while using group meetings to share best practices and improve our local organizing strategies. Harold Washington Library 6th Floor South
  • Communications Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; 180 N. Lasalle St.
    Join the CDSA Communications Committee for our October 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 way to get involved.
    We’re going back to our more central location this month. It’s in an office building downtown. When you arrive just let security know that you’re there for the meeting on the 37th floor. Please RSVP on FB so we have a good idea of how many people are coming. Our meetings are open to members and non-members, and we hope you’ll join us. See you there!
Thursday, October 25
  • Climate Change Reading Group (1st Meeting); 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Regenstein Library; 1100 E. 57th St.
    Join us for our first Climate Change Reading Group meeting! For this meeting, we will be reading chapters 1-4 of The Shock of the Anthropocene (Bonneuil/Fressoz). Since we’re just getting started, this is a great time to get involved and shape the group. Get in touch with Grant Macdonald –
Friday, October 26
  • An Evening With Tim Faust: Beyond Single Payer; 7 PM – 10 PM; Co-Prosperity Sphere; 3219 S. Morgan St.
    Over the past year and a half, Tim Faust has been traveling the US speaking with folks about health justice. He’s a fierce critic of the heavily-commodified, limited-coverage, multi-payer model we currently have, and is a staunch advocate of Medicare for All. Nearly one year ago to the day, Tim spoke in Chicago to spread that message. He’s been to thirty other cities since. What’s changed?
    Friday, October 26th you’ll get the chance to find out as the Chicago DSA Health Care Working Group hosts An Evening with Tim Faust: Beyond Single-Payer. The evening will also feature special guests Comedian Arish Singh, Susan Aarup from ADAPT, Luke Kula, the field coordinator of CDSA’s health care working group; and a musical performance by La Cosa. We will be discussing barriers to access beyond insurance coverage, the structural determinants of health, and what we can do in the fight to end our national healthcare crisis. Our gracious hosts at Co-Pro will be serving beer (cash only) and we’ll be continuing the discussion at Maria’s (960 W 31st St) afterwards. Hope to see you all there!
Saturday, October 27
  • #DumpCoghlan: Early Voting Site Day; 1 PM – 5 PM; Cook County Early Voting Sites
    CDSA has recently endorsed the effort to dump Judge Matthew Coghlan, who’s up for a retention vote on November 6th and is…well, pretty darn terrible. (Just google “Judge Matthew Coghlan”.)
    Now’s the time where we need the biggest push, including through solid coverage of early voting (EV) sites around Cook County. To this end, we’re helping to organize an EV coverage day on Saturday, October 27, with shifts running from 1-3pm and 3-5pm. We need your help to get as much coverage as possible! If you’re interested, below is a link to a form that asks you (1) which shift(s) you’re willing to cover, and (2) where in Cook County you live, so that we can try to figure out the most convenient place to send you, to the extent possible. Please fill it out ASAP so that we can start to plan accordingly for next weekend.
  • Energy 101; 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    This collaborative event with Citizen’s Utility Board will be an open space to hear about how our energy system works, and brainstorm opportunities for intervening in the system (including an upcoming contract negotiation with Comed, Chicago’s local distribution utility). There will be a presentation/education element, and we also want to have plenty of time to answer questions from folks in the room!
Sunday, October 28
  • Socialist Night School: On Marx; 1 PM – 3 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    CDSA’s Political Education and Policy Committee presents the introductory session in the first semester of our new Socialist Night School program. Comrades come rally as we dive into Marx and Marxism, perhaps the most essential foundation of socialist theory and praxis. Our main reading will be Marx and Engels’ landmark Communist Manifesto, with a few short supplemental readings TBA.
    Manifesto link:
  • The Strike and Solidarity Committee has set up an SMS system to keep people posted about strike and solidarity actions. People that want to get updates should text SOLIDARITY to 55222 
  • The meeting minutes from the September Executive Committee meeting have been approved and posted online. You can read them here. 
  • 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!

  • Please consider donating to CDSA! I know we’re socialists and most of us don’t have much in our bank accounts but we appreciate donations of any amount. Your one-time or monthly recurring donation will help CDSA continue building democratic socialism in Chicago!
  • 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
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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