This Week in the CDSA (November 18 – November 25)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Happy Thanksgiving! I think last year this time I wrote about how you should go and talk with your family or friends about socialism or something like that. Do that again! But also this year just like, enjoy the holiday. Relax a bit. Eat some good food. Hang out with people you love. Hopefully, you don’t have to work. Solidarity, if you do. I’ve been there and it sucks. I’ve been looking at the calendar and, if my theories are correct, we’ve got room for like 25 more federal holidays on there that we can add under socialism.
Anyway, because of the holiday, we’ve got a pretty light schedule this week, so I’m going to throw some extra links for some big upcoming events you’re going to want to put on your calendar now. You can find all of the details below.

Sunday, November 18
Monday, November 19
  • Chaos or Community: Lessons in Mutual Aid from Puerto Rico after Maria; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Rossana for 33rd Ward Office; 3248 W. Montrose Ave.
    Who do you turn to in times of ecological and economic crisis? After the US government failed to address much of the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Luis Rodriguez Sanchez, Christine Nieves and their neighbors in Puerto Rico turned to each other. They established Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana, a mutual aid project to restore vital community services in the wake of the storm.
    On November 19th, come hear Luis and Christine, along with speakers from Chicago Boricua Resistance and the Chicago DSA Solidarity Economy Working Group, to learn how we can use mutual aid to respond to the ecological and economic crisis of capitalism here in Chicago as well.
Wednesday, November 21
  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.; 6th Floor South
    Solidarity. Equity In All Dimensions. Participatory Democracy. Sustainability. Pluralism. These are the five principles used by the US Solidarity Economy Network to define the solidarity economy.
    Solidarity is a cohesion developed in the course of common struggle. A solidarity economy is how we build a parallel economic infrastructure in the present which aligns with our vision of a more free, democratic, and humane society that serves people in ways extractive capitalism can not and will not. At this month’s meeting, we will:
    –revisit SEWG governance structure and roles
    –share readings that will grow the groups understanding of solidarity economy
    –brainstorm popular education projects to grow the public understanding of solidarity economy
    –recap Chicago Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition gathering and discuss options for SEWG engagement.
    We’re meeting at Harold Washington Library 6th Floor South
Sunday, December 2
  • CDSA Chapter General Meeting; 1 PM – 4 PM; Crowne Plaza West Loop; 733 W. Madison St.
    Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) is holding its next chapter-wide meeting on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza West Loop (733 W Madison)!
    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. Please RSVP & register to vote here by end of day Friday 11/30/18 If you have questions or agenda requests, please contact our chapter co-chairs, Lucie Macias ( and Leonard Pierce ( Agenda requests need to be submitted to the chapter co-chairs via email by end of day Thursday 11/22/18. The agenda and further information will go out on Sunday 11/25/18.
December 7 – December 9
  • Illinois DSA Meetup; Friday – Sunday; Bloomington-Normal
    Interested in heading downstate to represent Chicago and do some statewide organizing? Join DSA Chapters from all over Illinois in Bloomington-Normal for the first ever Illinois DSA Meetup!
    There will be a social event on Friday evening and organizing Saturday & Sunday. If you’re interested in attending please e-mail for more info.
  • The approved notes from October’s Executive Committee Meeting have been published and can be found on the CDSA website.
  • 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
  • Renew your dues! It’s been two years since the 2016 election which spurred a lot of us into joining. That means that for some of us, it’s time to renew. If that’s you, you can do so here: (Consider switching to monthly too!)
  • 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.
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