Good Morning Chicago DSA,
Besides the consistent and crucial work being done with our CDSA endorsed candidates for the February election – sign up at http://bit.ly/CDSA2019 – there are some great things to lift up from this past week, like:
- All the new folks who showed up to the Labor Working Group
- Supporting a protest against ‘Predatory’ Development In Pilsen
- Three great articles penned by DSA members to inspire and teach
As we get close to the end of the year, let’s remember both our victories and setbacks from 2018. We are building an organization and a movement for the long term and everyone should be proud of the work we have done and will do next year. After this week’s events, let’s return in 2019 with a renewed passion to fight for socialism and justice for all!
- Socialist Night School: Imperialism and Palestine (RSVP on FB); 1:00PM-3:00PM; U.E. Union Hall, 37 S Ashland 60607
The first semester of Socialist Night School closes it out with a session on imperialism and Palestine!
- Community Councils Working Group (RSVP on FB); 6:30PM-9:00PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, 60605
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.
- Queer Socialist Working Group Meeting + Potluck(RSVP on FB); 7:00PM-8:30PM; CDSA office, 3411 W Diversey Ave Suite 7, 60647
Join us for our monthly meeting, which will also be a potluck! Please bring food to share if you can. We will be discussing the Working Group’s short term and long term goals. Look for CDSA on the call box menu and take elevator to second floor. See you there!
- Socialist Feminism Sock Hop (RSVP on FB); 7:00PM-11:59PM; Cafe Mustache; 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60647
Get ready to shake, rattle, & roll for Socialist Feminism! We will be raising money for the March for Life Counter-Protest, as well as other projects planned for the coming year. There will be a raffle with some amazing prizes, and a $5 donation is suggested at the door. Readings will begin at 7:00 – let us know if you’d like to read so that we can add you to the list. 50’s sock hop attire is strongly encouraged!
- Striking To Win! Lessons from the Acero Charter Educators; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center Room 254, 2320 N Kenmore Ave 60614 The 500 Acero charter school teachers and paraprofessionals, represented by the Chicago Teachers Union Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (CTU ACTS), have defied all odds and made history! Please join us for this critically important panel, with strikers from Acero and other charter school educators in Chicago, as well speakers from United Teachers from Los Angeles (UTLA) and many others.
- Solidarity Economy Working Group; 7:00PM – 9:00PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, 60605 – 6th Floor South
At this month’s meeting, we will: 1. Begin monthly readings with“Solidarity Economy: Building an Economy for People & Planet” by Emily Kawano for The Next System Project. 2. recap recent developments in Chicago’s solidarity economy landscape. 3. discuss ways to introduce solidarity economy concepts during the upcoming electoral cycle. 4. brainstorm popular education projects to grow the public understanding of a solidarity economy
- Comms Committee Hang Out (RSVP on FB); 7:00PM-9:00PM; Crown Liquors, 2821 N Milwaukee Ave, 60618
Due to the holidays, our monthly committee meeting is changed to a happy hour / hang out. We’ll talk a little shop and share some ideas but it’s going to be very casual and all are welcome. Please RSVP if you want to go so that we can let the bar know how many folks we’re expecting.
- 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: https://act.dsausa.org/donate/membership/ (Consider switching to monthly too!) Look out for some exciting news about dues renewal pins coming soon.
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