This Week in the CDSA (April 14 – April 21)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

I want to extend a huge thank you to everybody involved in putting on the Chicago regional DSA conference that’s wrapping up today. We had a ton of people in this chapter who stepped up in a big way and made this a successful weekend. Whether you hosted someone on your couch for a couple of nights, or if you helped facilitate one of the sessions or even if you just attended and represented our chapter – you’re all true socialists heroes.

Of course, these regional conferences are meant to be lead-ins to the Big Kahuna convention aka the National DSA convention happening in Atlanta this August. Delegates from pretty much every DSA chapter will be attending and, as one of the biggest chapters, we will also have one of the biggest delegations. Information on how to nominate yourself or someone else to be a delegate is below in the bulletin board section. It’s going to be a blast and the socialist energy in Atlanta that weekend is going to be out of control and you should apply to go!

Anyway, in the short term, we’ve got some good events on the schedule this week. Be sure to attend the EJ Working Group Meeting on Wednesday if you want to get connected with the new ComEd democratization campaign. Every other event is going to be excellent as well. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

Tuesday, April 16
  • IRC Heartland Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    Come get involved in ending child migrant detention in the Chicagoland area!
  • Building a Feminist, Working-Class Socialist Movement; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    This panel will focus on the ties between feminism and labor, and how to build power for our socialist movement through explicitly feminist organizing. Panel speakers will include Mayra Cotta de Souza from PSOL in Brazil, Tithi Bhattacharya, author of Feminism for the 99%, and Tammie Vinson, a rank-and-file organizer in CTU.
Wednesday, April 17
  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    Come help us build ecosocialism in Chicago! We’ll be discussing the ongoing ComEd campaign, the Conceivable Futures event with the CDSA Socialist Feminist Working Group, and other topics.
  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 7 PM – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library; 400 S. State St.
    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.
Thursday, April 18
  • Socialist Night School: Neoliberalism and Globalization; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Join your comrades on April 18th at 7 pm at UE Hall, 37 S Ashland, for the third class of the Spring Semester of our Socialist Night School! If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.
    We’ll be discussing neoliberalism, globalization, and the impact they have on workers. The readings are linked here (if you can’t make it through all of them, just do your best!). Our classes are intended to foster discussion and help us all better understand the texts and each other. See you there!
  • AfroSocialist Happy Hour; 7 PM – 9 PM; aliveOne; 2683 N. Halsted St.
    (Note: This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday 4/24!) This is a Black/PoC happy hour to help build camaraderie within the DSA. It is open to both members and non-members, though we are explicitly creating an only Black/PoC space. There is no agenda for the meeting and you are encouraged to bring friends if you so wish!
Saturday, April 20
  • South Side Branch Meeting; 2 PM – 4 PM; Rudy Lozano Branch Library; 1803 S. Loomis St.
    Branch general meeting: Updates from working groups and campaigns, discussion of national convention delegate elections and steering committee elections.
  • Please remember to submit nominations for delegate to the National Convention by Wednesday April 17 at 9PM. To submit a nomination, please fill out this form and if you are nominating yourself email the secretary at your candidate statement of no more than 500 words in a text document like google docs or MS word. If you have any questions please email the secretary.
  • The approved minutes from the March 9 Executive Committee meeting have been posted on the website.
  • 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 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 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