This Week in the CDSA (November 25 – December 2)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Woof, what a week it’s been (for holiday-themed Netflix original movies – there are a lot of them up now!). While this past week was a little DSA-light, we have quite the week coming up that’s full of organizing meetings, educational events, reading groups, fundraisers, etc. Truly, you name it, we’ve got it! There’s even a general meeting on Sunday which, if you have to choose, is the event to be at (RSVP here please!)

As the seasons and the Twitter display names change once again, we must not give in to both the cold weather and the capitalism. As we enter into “true winter”, never mind that it snowed like every day last week, we must also enter into a time to renew our commitment to socialism, and to a better, fairer, and more just world for all. Now is the time to come out to a working group meeting! Or to text that friend who said they wanted to see what all this “DSA stuff” is all about. Maybe one of those cousins I know you all radicalized this past Thursday afternoon? There’s no better time to walk or take a train or a bus out to a meeting than when it’s consistently dropping below 30. Gotta get out of the house somehow.

I’ll see you out there, comrades!

Monday, November 26
    • Communications Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; 180 N. Lasalle St.; 37th Floor
      Join the CDSA Communications Committee for our November 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 so we have a good idea of how many people are coming. See you there!


    • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 9:00 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.


  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    All are welcome at the monthly meeting of the Socialist Feminist Working Group! We will be finalizing plans for our December fundraiser and moving forward with our projects for 2019.
Tuesday, November 27
  • Queer Socialist Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    Join us on Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm for the monthly Queer Socialist Working Group meeting! We will be discussing plans for 2019. All are welcome!
Wednesday, November 28
  • New Member Orientation; 7 PM – 8:30 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 November 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:
Thursday, November 29
  • Climate Change Reading Group; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Join us for the second meeting of the Climate Change Reading Group. We’ll be talking about Chapters 5-11 of the Shock of the Anthropocene (Bonneuil/Fressoz). Please get in touch with Grant for updates if you plan to attend.
Friday, November 30
  • Housing Advocates for Byron Fundraiser – 25$ for the 25th Ward; 7 PM – 10 PM; Casa Michoacan; 1638 S. Blue Island Ave
    Housing is one of the most pressing concerns of the 25th Ward. For decades, the lack of affordable housing has forced families and communities often out of the only place they call home. Alongside families, activists and community organizations, Byron has fought to reverse this displacement, blocking 100’s of evictions and preserving housing when leadership turned its back on our communities.
    It’s clear that fighting back is not enough: we need to take this fight to City Council so that we can fight for all the things the community needs. We need to elect Byron as our Alderman – and we need your help. We are not taking donations from developers or big corporations. Instead, our movement is funded by the generosity of our team of supporters. Join us at Casa Michoacan on November 30th! There will be an open bar (courtesy of our friends at 5 Rabbits) as well as food to nibble on. Volunteers & community members who would like to attend at a discounted rate can reach out to Thank you for your support and sí se puede!
Saturday, December 1
    • CDSA does the Dusable Museum: Visit and Reading Discussion; 1 PM – 4 PM; 740 E. 56th Place
      Come join the CDSA Anti-Racism working group on a trip to the DuSable Museum of African American History. We will be meeting in the front of the DuSable at 1:00pm to enter the museum as a group. Admission for Chicago residents is $8 dollars and regular admission is $10. Folks can explore the exhibits together at their own pace and this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow CDSA members! We will regroup and have our reading discussion around 2:30 (location to be announced.) Be sure to find the link below. We will be discussing “Slavery, Race. and Ideology in the United States” by Barbara J. Fields.
      This event isn’t just for CDSA members, so we encourage all interested folks to turn out!


  • Socialist Night School: Electoral Politics; 1 PM – 3 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    Eugene Debs and the Socialist Party of America were once an insurgent political force that threatened Democratic and Republican hegemony alike in electoral politics. While SPA is no more, DSA (itself a distant relative of SPA) is building off the momentum of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and electing democratic socialists to office like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Julia Salazar, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and many more into congress, state houses, and into city councils across the country. In our third session of Night School, we examine the role of electoralism in Socialist politics, and the corresponding challenges, strategies, and critiques of building a mass working-class party like the one outlined by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto.
    Readings for this session:
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 please contact our chapter co-chairs, Lucie Macias ( and Leonard Pierce (
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 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.
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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