This Week in the CDSA (March 24 – March 31)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

This has been on the bulletin board the last few weeks but I wanted to highlight it: the Soc Fem Working Group’s Abortion Bowl-a-thon bowling team, the Bowletariats, is raising money for the Chicago Abortion Fund. They have a goal of $10000 and are a little over half of the way there. Folks. Help them get that goal! Donate! Women deserve free abortion on demand and that’s something we can’t give any ground on. 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!

We’ve got a busy week this week. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved with our various endorsed campaigns throughout the week, but especially next weekend when we’re having a big GOTV effort. Be sure to check out the details for that below. We need as many people knocking doors and phone banking leading up to April 2nd as possible so please volunteer as much time as you can.

I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

All Week in Oak Park
  • Tim Thomas, DSA member and CDSA endorsed candidate for Oak Park Trustee, needs your help! Leading up to the trustee election on April 2, we need people to come and help canvass and phone bank for Tim. There are canvasses pretty much every day and a phone bank on Monday. Please check our FB event page or our website calendar for more details. If you are unable to make it out to Oak Park, please consider supporting Tim financially and donating to his campaign. And for more information on who Tim is, why he’s running for Trustee and what he stands for, be sure to check out his website:
Sunday, March 24
  • Conceivable Future House Party: A Discussion on the Intersection of Environmental & Reproductive Justice; 2 PM – 4 PM; 1445 W. Belle Plaine Ave.
    One of the primary concerns we face in light of the ongoing climate crisis is what the future will look like for the generations that come after us.
    In this event, co-hosted by the CDSA Socialist Feminist and Environmental Justice Working Groups in partnership with Conceivable Future, we look at the intersection of climate change and reproductive justice, and share how our environmental concerns shape our decisions to have or not have children. The event includes a reading and discussion of a socialist response to the argument that population growth threatens the environment, breakaway discussions on how climate change has influenced our own family planning decisions, and an optional opportunity to record your story for the Conceivable Future testimonial project. The event will conclude with presentations from the Socialist Feminist and Environmental Justice Working Groups on current and future campaigns and actions to get involved with to fight for an environmental, feminist, and, as always, socialist future. To learn more about Conceivable Future, visit
Monday, March 25
  • The People’s Ward Night w/ Rossana Rodriguez; 6 PM – 7:30 PM; Son of a Butcher; 2934 W. Diversey 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, and share your priorities for the ward.
  • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    Community Councils Working Group is a catalytic space to facilitate 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 5th Floor South
  • Communications Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Join the CDSA Communications Committee for our March meeting! We’ll be discussing 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.
    Our meetings are open to members and non-members, and we hope you’ll join us!
Tuesday, March 26
  • Phone Bank for Andre Vasquez; 6 PM – 8 PM; 5232 N. Damen Ave.
    The Andre Vasquez for 40th Ward Alderman Campaign invites you to connect with neighbors at our weekly phone bank. We will be calling our 40th Ward neighbors and talking to them about the municipal elections on APRIL 2ND!!! We will also be inviting people to our many upcoming volunteer opportunities, because it’s time to make “The Chicago Way” a thing of the past. It’s our ward, our moment!
Thursday, March 28
  • Medicare for All IL-5 Campaign Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library; 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Join members of Chicago DSA’s Health Care Working Group as we plan our fight for Medicare for All in Illinois’s fifth congressional district! Help us build the movement that will defeat the health care profiteers and win a future where health care is a universal human right. All are welcome, including those living outside the fifth district and non-DSA members.
Saturday, March 30
Sunday, March 31
  • Medicare For All Canvasser Training; 2 PM – 4 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library; 4455 N. Lincoln Ave
    Spring is almost here, and that means CDSA members are preparing to go out in force to canvass and organize Chicagoans around Medicare For All and Health Justice! Come learn some M4A basics and buff up your canvassing skills. All are welcome!
  • Chicago will be hosting a regional DSA conference on April 12-14. We’re looking for folks who can help out with child care during the actual conference. If you’re free that weekend and can spend 4 or so hours hanging out with some rad kids, please reach out to [email protected]We are also in need of a few more solidarity housing hosts.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!
  • 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.
  • 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