This Week in the CDSA May 12 – May 19

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Before we get into the events for this week, I have a quick call to action from members of the Labor and Environmental Working Groups:

We are asking all Chicago area DSA members to register your opposition to a bill — HB 1633 — now moving swiftly through the Illinois legislature which seeks to put new punitive measures on peaceful assembly and free speech. Here, from the Illinois Environmental Council, is a summary of the bill. The Executive Committee of Chicago DSA has recently voted to condemn this dangerous, discriminatory bill and we’d like you to take just a few minutes to take crucial action to oppose this truly bad bill.

1) Use this form, from the civil liberties group Defending Rights and Dissent, to communicate to your state senator and Governor Pritzker your opposition to HB 1633. Once you fill in your address, the form will automatically direct your message to your state senator. You can send their message or customize the email with your own words.

2) Fill out a witness slip to register your opposition. Choose “opponent” and “record of appearance only” in the appropriate spots. You may indicate “none” or Chicago DSA in the “representation” box.

HB 1633 will be heard by a Senate Committee next Tuesday (5/14) so time is of the essence here. Once you’ve done your part, please forward this message to all those you know, and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (the Defending Rights and Dissent form can be utilized that way). And here is a fact sheet with more information on these phony “critical infrastructure bills.”

We’ve got a lot of great events on our agenda this week so I’ll just jump right into them. I’ll see you out there, comrades 🙂

Sunday, May 12
  • South Side Convention Delegate Forum; 1 PM – 4 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave;
    Hear from candidates for convention delegate as they go into detail on where they stand on the issues that will be debated at convention.
Monday, May 13
  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 300 S. Ashland Ave.
    Join the Chicago DSA Electoral Working Group this Monday! We will be discussing the formation of our new Political Digest, involvement in the Bernie Sanders campaign, IPO’s and more!
  • Immigration Rights Committee Meeting; 7 PM – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office; 3411 W. Diversey Ave.
    We welcome members and friends to join us as we work on immigrant defense projects. We’ll be working on the latest updates regarding restricting immigrant detentions, halting deportations, and fighting against child detentions here in Chicago.
Tuesday, May 14
  • Labor and Bernie 2020; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave.
    Interested in discussing how the Bernie 2020 campaign can help build labor and how labor can help the DSA’s Bernie 2020 campaign? This meeting will feature both speakers and group discussions on topics such as: How can the Rank and File push for a democratic endorsement? How did Bernie 2016 drive Labor militancy in union? How can the Labor Working Group work with a CDSA 2020 campaign? What would a Bernie presidency mean for the labor movement?
Wednesday, May 15
  • Democratic Socialism at the Local Level; 6:30 PM – 8 PM; Levy Senior Center Foundation; 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston IL
    Join Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid and members of Chicago’s new class of “Democratic Socialist” council-members for a policy discussion on democratic socialism. Panelist will dissect democratic socialism and provide context for it’s application at the municipal level.
    The Evanston City Clerk’s Office regularly host community discussions on municipal functions and the ideology guiding policy. The goal is to increase the adroitness of local political discourse. This is the first in a planned series of events discussing political ideologies and their municipal context. Featuring: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward Alderman); Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd Ward Alderwoman-Elect); Lucie Macias (Co-Chair of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America)
    Get you free tickets here!
    **NOTE: The Solidarity Economy Working Group is foregoing their normally scheduled monthly meeting and encouraging all of their members to attend this event instead.
Thursday, May 16
  • Socialist Night School: Commodification of Health Care; 7 PM – 9 PM; UE Hall; 37 S. Ashland Ave
    For this last class we’ll be discussing Marx and the idea of “commodification”–how labor and necessities turn into things to be sold for profit–and health care as healing instead of a profit center. We’ll also be discussing our chapter and DSA’s work on Medicare for All and health care justice.
    If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP hereThe readings for the class can be found here.
Friday, May 17
  • The Stonewall Rebellion: Lessons for Today; 7 PM – 9 PM; Berger Park Cultural Center; 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
    Please join the Gay Liberation Network for a forum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion to learn from its example and apply those lessons today.
    Speakers include: ** LaSaia Wade, founder & Executive Director, Brave Space Alliance ** Samer Owaida, queer Palestinian activist ** Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network. Music provided by legendary performers Scott Free and Jenny Urban!
Saturday, May 18
  • Cover-Ups; Black Sites; Surveillance: The State of Policing in Chicago; 2 PM – 4 PM; Columbia College; 600 S. Michigan Ave.
    The Chicago Police Department has been given an enormous amount of power through their budget and consistent lack of accountability for their violent behavior against residents. From the cover up of police murders by the City to the hyper-surveillance of communities of color, Chicago could easily be considered a police state.
    Join us and BYP100 Chicago for a panel discussion and breakout strategy sessions that will lay out the full scope of policing and begin setting a People’s Agenda for safety in Chicago.
  • Green New Deal Town Hall; 2 PM – 3:30 PM; Logan Center for the Arts; 915 E. 60th St.
    We’re bringing the #GreenNewDeal to Chicago! Join us for the final, city-wide event in our Chicago area town hall series.
    We’ll be discussing the #GreenNewDeal and what it can mean for Chicago. Panelists range from local activists to big-name policy makers. Stay tuned for speaker announcements! This is gonna be big, folks. Hundreds of Chicagoans will be coming together in support of the bold and transformative climate policy our nation needs. We want you to be a part of it. If the ticket price is a barrier to you attending this event, please enter discount code SUPPORT. We want this Town Hall to be accessible for all. Get Tickets!
  • AfroSocialist + Socialist of Color Happy Hour; 5 PM – 8 PM; Flo and Santos; 1310 S. Wabash Ave.
    AfroSocialists + Socialists of Color will be hosting our second happy hour! (Please note that this event is only for Black/People of Color fam.) Come hangout and exchange ideas and experiences with other progressives! This event also proceeds (though is not associated with) the BYP100 event ‘Cover-Ups, Black Sites, Surveillance: Policing in Chicago’ at Columbia College earlier that day.
    This location is ADA compliant though no gender neutral bathrooms are available. If you are masc identifying and wish to use the male bathroom, there will be someone to help protect you against harassment if you would like. Currently looking for someone for womxn’s bathroom. Our last happy hour was a success and hope you can make it to this one!
Sunday, May 19
  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 1 PM – 3 PM; 1009 S. Clinton Ave.
    Join the West Cook Branch at its monthly meeting!
  • CDSA Lift the Ban Committee Meeting; 5 PM – 7 PM; 1622 S. Blue Island Ave.
    Join the Chicago DSA Lift The Ban On Rent Control committee to formulate our plans and strategy to aid the state-wide coalition for rent control and further a socialist agenda for housing justice.
Every Weekend
  • Chicago DSA is going to be out canvassing for Medicare For All pretty much every weekend (as long as the weather is good. Sign up for and find information about times and locations for the canvasses here.
  • The call for nominations for our Chapter’s Executive Committee (EC) Officer elections is now open. The positions open to nominations for the 2019-2020 term are:
    • Co-Chair 1
    • Co-Chair 2
    • Secretary
    • Political Education Coordinator
    • Communications Coordinator
    • Campaigns Coordinator

    Nominations will be accepted for all open positions until 12PM CDT on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Late nominations will not be accepted. Any member of CDSA in good standing can nominate themselves or another member to run for one of the EC Officer positions, so long as that member consents to running for the position. To nominate yourself or a comrade for an open EC Officer position fill out this form​, and, if nominating yourself, attach a brief candidate statement.

  • Make sure to register to vote in the upcoming convention delegate election. Ballots for the election to select 41 delegates of the 70 candidates will be sent out midnight, Wednesday, May 15 and polls will close 11:59PM, Friday, May 17. Candidate statements can be found here.
  • 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