This Week in the CDSA (March 10 – March 17)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Folks, it has been brought to my attention that a non-zero number of you are merely skimming my weekly emails instead of reading and absorbing every single word, as is intended. First off, how rude. I expect sincere apology emails from each and every skimmer out there by Monday (jk pls don’t do this, my inbox is swamped enough already). Second, I get it. We’re a big chapter and there’s a lot going on, so the emails seem to get longer every week. Also, I’m not really that entertaining, I know, and why read this all the way when you could be scrolling through twitter or insta instead?

However, this week, there are some important tidbits in here that you won’t want to miss, so maybe skim a little less? Primarily, be sure to read the note about the DSA Bernie endorsement poll in the Bulletin Board section. Also make sure to check out Wednesday’s events – we need people to both turn out on to city council for multiple important votes happening that day and to help out with the Lift the Ban state rep phone bank.

I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

Sunday, March 10
  • Sigcho for 25: Weekend Canvass; 11:30 AM – 6 PM; 1622 S. Blue Island Ave.
    We’re just 12 days away from early voting! Please join us this weekend to volunteer for Sigcho for 25, fighting for fair housing, fully-funded schools, and to put an end to corruption in city hall. After securing 1st place in the first round of elections on February 26, this is our final push to win the runoff on April 2 and elect truly progressive new leadership for the 25th ward. Come learn about our campaign and get involved! All ages are welcome, light refreshments will be served, and be sure to invite your friends and family!
  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; Oak Park Public Library; 834 Lake St., Oak Park
    Join us for the monthly branch meeting for the West Cook branch of CDSA!
  • Andre Vazquez Meet and Greet; 4 PM – 5:30 PM; 5232 N. Damen Ave.
    Please come out on Sunday, 3/10, and meet Andre, endorsed CDSA candidate in the 40th Ward! He’ll be sharing his positions on ward and city issues and will be happy to answer your questions. Meet and mingle with your neighbors, too! Hope to see you there!
Monday, March 11
  • The People’s Ward Night With Rossana; 6 PM – 7:30 PM; Surge Billiards; 3241 W. Montrose Ave.
    Come meet aldermanic candidate Rossana Rodriguez and be a part of the conversation about how we can build a better ward for all.
    Rossana Rodriguez is an educator, mother, artist and activist who has worked with youth and families in the 33rd Ward for the last decade. As an independent, progressive alderman, she will build a ward for the many–a welcoming place for immigrants, seniors, and all working people. Come meet Rossana and the community members supporting her campaign. Share your priorities for the ward and enjoy light refreshments.
Tuesday, March 12
  • Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Come join the Anti-Racism working group as we talk about how we get our sleeves rolled up post-election. Catch up on work AR and IRC have been doing on #StopGaryDeportations, #CPACNow, and more!
  • Socialist Night School Facilitator Training; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave
    The Political Education Committee is organizing a second season of Socialist Night School with a first session penciled in for March 21st with plenty of further sessions to follow. As part of that effort, we are looking for people to volunteer to act as small group facilitators during small group breakout portion of the night school sessions.
    For more information on what being a facilitator means, follow the event link. Even if you are not sure or would like to develop your ability to facilitate, please be in touch as we will be running training for the experienced and inexperienced alike prior to the night school.
  • Labor Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    We are an intersectional group of labor militants who are actively rebuilding the labor movement from the ground-up through organizing the unorganized and strengthening the power of the organized rank-and-file worker. We demand a proactive labor movement, both nationally and locally, that can combat worker exploitation and respond to the new economy of fissured workplaces. We believe that in order to overthrow capitalism we need to build a militant movement of labor activists.
Wednesday, March 13
  • Rally at City Council: The final #NoCopAcademy, #DelayTheTIF, and #HellNoHilco votes; 9 AM – 2 PM; City Hall; 121 N. Lasalle Dr.
    This is it y’all. This Wednesday, City Council will take the final votes on these three projects in an attempt by Rahm and friends to push these racist neoliberal projects through before he leaves office. City Council is ignoring our popular, city-wide demand for #NoCopAcademy, a CDSA endorsed coalition that our ARWG has been working on. We will also be there in solidarity with our friends from #HellNoHilco & Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) resisting the HilCo development poised for final approval, and others who have been working to #DelayTheTIF and stop the Lincoln Yards mega-development. Rahm is proving his commitment to corruption and racist displacement in his final days in City Hall so we need to make this final stand and show up on Wednesday to give him hell.
  • Lift the Ban Virtual Phone Bank; 10 AM – 6 PM; Location is wherever you can make a phone call from
    We’re targeting State Representatives and telling them to Lift the Ban on rent control! We need as much support in state government as possible, and ensuring reps know this is a priority could have real impact. On Wednesday, we are calling Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst at (217) 782-5981. Join our virtual phonebank on Wednesday the 13th and tell Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst Illinois needs Rent Control Now!
  • Discussion on the GEO Strike hosted by UIC YDSA; 6 PM; 1250 S. Halsted St.
    With the Graduate Employee Organization at the UIC planning to go on strike on March 19 the UIC YDSA is planning on doing a discussion event for our members and other interested campus groups. The grad student union will have someone there to talk. There will also be someone from the CDSA Labor Working Group speaking as well. The GEO strike has been endorsed by CDSA.
Thursday, March 14
  • Women’s Herstory Month Fundraiser for Rossana and Jeanette!; 6:30 PM – 9 PM; 2643 W. Chicago Ave
    March is Women’s Herstory Month and in Chicago we have an unprecedented opportunity to elect two women of color to the Chicago City Council with deep herstories of grassroots activism for social and economic justice – Rossana Rodriguez in the 33rd Ward and Jeanette Taylor in the 20th Ward.
    Join us for a screening of Salt of the Earth (1954), a film that explores the intersection of our struggles for women’s rights, workers’ rights, and racial equality; and the pivotal leadership role women of color play in our movements for liberation. Immediately following the film we will be joined by Rossana and Jeanette for a panel discussion. The runoff election is April 2 and all ticket sales from the event will directly support the election of Rossana and Jeanette: Doors open at 6:30PM and the movie will begin promptly at 7:00PM.
  • Health Care Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer CPL Branch (updated location!)
    Come check out Chicago DSA’s efforts to fight for health justice and make Medicare For All a reality! We will be discussing our ongoing work to canvass, support community health, build coalitions, and more! All are welcome, including non-DSA folks.
  • Want to look awesome on your next picket line, union meeting, or just make it clear to your boss that he can kiss your ass? Check out this amazing new t-shirt the labor working group is selling. The sale closes on March 18th, and t-shirts will ship in April
  • The Strike and Solidarity Committee is looking for strike captains! If you’re interested in being a strike captain (no experience required!), fill out this survey about the times and areas where you could help. They have also 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.
  • National DSA is polling members on whether or not we should endorse Bernie Sanders. Be sure to check your emails (especially your spam and promotions folder) for an email sent out on March 5th for information on how to vote in the poll and info on what a national endorsement would entail. The poll closes on March 12. If you have any questions about the poll or the endorsement, email [email protected]
  • Chicago will be hosting a regional DSA conference on April 12-14. We will need people to host out of town DSA members (we’re expecting 150 people so we need A LOT of people to step up. Please complete this form if you’ve got an extra bed, couch, or air mattress and can host a comrade on April 12-14.
  • Our Socialist Feminist Working Group has started fundraising for the Chicago Abortion Fund through the annual Abortion Bowl-A-Thon! Last year, the team – the Bowletariat – raised over ten thousand dollars for abortion access. To find out more about the team and why they’re raising money and to then be in such awe that you want to donate money and also maybe join the team, check out the team’s donation profile!
  • If you aren’t on the CDSA Slack Channel yet, but would like to be, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll get you set up with it.
  • 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.

As Always:

  1. Fill out this form immediately if you have CDSA organized/sponsored event you want on the calendar. To get the event on this email, it must be submitted by the preceding Friday.
  2. Check out the events page on our website for the most up date list of events.
  3. Forward this email to your friends!


In solidarity,
Zach Shearer