This Week in the CDSA (August 18 – 25)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Not gonna say much today, because we’ve got a heavy week on our hands, culminating in two big ones next weekend (plus two canvasses and facilitator training for the fall semester of our Socialist Night School): Candidate interviews for our 2020 endorsement process, and our Socialist Summer BBQ!

Savvy readers may remember that the BBQ was originally scheduled for last month, but we had some issues with venues and thus it was moved and thus it comes again. Each of our chapter campaigns will be presenting at the BBQ and I highly encourage you to come out. It should be a great time.

As for the candidate interviews, if you are a candidate running for election in 2020 or you are somehow involved with one, and you don’t get consideration for this round of endorsements, there will be more. Contact our Electoral Working Group ([email protected]) for more information.

Sunday, August 18
  • Winning a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC); 1 – 3 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Alongside members of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), who have been leading the fight for real police accountability in Chicago, Chicago DSA is having a strategy meeting to help win a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). We will be discussing how to counter weaker alternatives that have been put forward, why CPAC is important to advocate for, and next steps for Chicago DSA in this fight. Please RSVP here! (and sign up to stay plugged in & help win CPAC even if you can’t make it:

Monday, August 19
  • Community Councils Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    Community Councils Working Group is a catalytic space to facilitate discussion and development of such self-governing institutions as necessary platforms 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. Contact us to receive notifications about other CCWG events: [email protected] | 872.760.4616 We will be meeting on the 5th floor on the south side of the library.

  • Political Education Committee Meeting; 6:30 – 8 PM; Video Conference

    The Political Education Committee teams are meeting to report back on plans for the Night School and the Red Star Bulletin and to consider some future political education events for the chapter. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP here:

  • IL-9th Congressional District Medicare For All Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse Ave.

    Join members of Chicago DSA’s Health Care Working Group as we plan our fight for Medicare for All in Illinois’s ninth 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 ninth district and non-DSA members. Please note, the meeting will take place at Pub 626 in the Teal Room. The location is just off of the Morse Red Line CTA station. The pub has tasty drinks/food for purchase!

Tuesday, August 20
  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; CDSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    Time for another meeting with your friendly Socialist Feminist Working Group. Join us to learn more about the projects we’re working on and how you can get involved and discuss post-convention news! The CDSA office is located at 3411 W Diversey. There is a buzzer next to door, look for CDSA on the menu to call and someone will buzz you in. (If no one picks up, you might be early!) Once you’re inside take the elevator to the second floor. The meeting will be down the hallway to your left when you exit the elevator. It is wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, August 21
  • North Side Branch Meeting; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

    We will be electing the new Northside branch Steering Committee! Please come and listen to the candidates, get some updates on ongoing campaigns and find out what happened at the national convention in early August.

  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 7 – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    At this month’s meeting, we will recap recent developments in Chicago’s solidarity economy landscape, discuss personal ways we are working to further the solidarity economy, brainstorm shared projects to grow public understanding of a solidarity economy, seek writing and research for sections of a zine/pamphlet highlighting Chicago’s solidarity economy initiatives, discuss how the Boston Ujima Project is employing a solidarity economy framework in their democratic investment fund and its adjoining ecosystem. We’re meeting at Harold Washington Library 6th Floor South [exiting elevator head straight and make right at back wall]. The library is ADA accessible however it does not have gender neutral bathrooms.

Thursday, August 22
  • Housing Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 8 PM; National Housing Museum, 625 N. Kingsbury

    We will be continuing discussions on new committees and projects, as well as workgroup rules and procedures. We encourage you to join in the debates and help us to choose where we focus our efforts in bringing Housing For All to Chicago.

  • Healthcare Working Group Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

    Come check out Chicago DSA’s efforts to fight for health justice and make Medicare For All a reality! This will be the monthly meeting of our Health Care Working Group and chapter Medicare for All campaign, where we will be discussing our ongoing work to canvass, support community health, build coalitions, and more! All are welcome, including non-DSA folks.

Saturday, August 24
  • 2020 Early Endorsement Interviews; 11:30 AM – 2 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    This cycle Chicago DSA is doing a round of early bird endorsements for candidates that want DSA involved in the foundation building of their 2020 campaign. Eligible candidates will be interviewed by Chicago DSA members in an open meeting on August 24th at 11:30am. Chicago DSA members are encouraged to come and get to know potential candidates and their positions on important issues. Video of these interviews will be available by request to members of Chicago DSA.

Sunday, August 25
  • Lift The Ban North Side Canvass; 11 AM – 2:30 PM; 33rd Ward Working Families, 3248 W. Montrose Ave.

    It’s time to organize the working class of Chicago to fight gentrification and the power of corporate landlords. We’ll be building a working-class movement around housing by enlisting neighbors in Alderman Rossana’s ward. It’s us against the real estate lobby, and our power comes down to the coalition we can build from our neighbors. We’ll do introductions, a brief training, grab lit and hit the streets!

  • IL-5th Congressional District Coalition Medicare For All Canvass; 11 AM – 2 PM; Heritage Bicycles and Coffee, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Join Chicago DSA, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, PNHP, and our allies in the fight for Medicare for All! In our first 5th district coalition canvass, we’ll be knocking doors and talking Medicare for All in Rep. Mike Quigley’s neighborhood. Come help build the movement that will push Mike Quigley to co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act and get us one step closer to true Medicare for All! Whether it’s your first time canvassing or your 100th, we can use your help! If climbing stairs isn’t for you, some of us will be going out to talk to folks around some nearby churches. And for those who are interested, our DSA contingent will be going to Chicago DSA’s Socialist Summer BBQ en masse after the canvass!

  • Socialist Summer BBQ; 1 – 5 PM; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia

    Join the CDSA chapter campaigns on August 25th for brats, bags, burgs, and Bernie! (he probably can’t make it, sorry). We will be grilling on the patio of The Hideout, there are a few steps to get inside where the bathroom is located. Families are welcome, as long as underage persons are accompanied by an adult.

  • Political Education Facilitator Training; 1 – 3:30 PM; CDSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    The Socialist Night School team of the Political Education Committee will be holding a facilitation training for members interested in learning the skills of facilitation. If you’re interested in being a group discussion facilitator for the Night School, or would like to learn facilitation skills for political education events, please RSVP here: We will be discussing a reading and will be sending the reading out to interested members who RSVP, so it is important that you RSVP!

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  • 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.
  • The Electoral Working Group would like to announce that its endorsement questionnaire is now available! Requests can be sent to [email protected].
  • If you are a CDSA meber but aren’t on the CDSA Slack Channel yet, and 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.
  • Announcing the No Sanctions, No War on Iran Ad Hoc Committee: The Trump administration pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement and imposing sanctions on Iran brought us to within minutes of a shooting war. The threat still exists and will continue to do so as long as sanctions and the US’s campaign of “maximum pressure” continues. Chicago can’t afford another war! The Ad Hoc committee plans to: 1) provide education on Iran, the history of the region and US intervention, the effect of sanctions, and how to avert war; 2) reach out to organizations like anti-war veterans’ groups and homeless advocates, labor unions, mental health advocates, and others who are affected by another potential war; 3) reach out to our DSA Alderpersons for a letter of support and a possible resolution introduced to City Council. The committee will officially start work in a couple of weeks. If interested to find out more or to work with the committee, contact: Saman at [email protected] and Sophie at [email protected]

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In solidarity,
Caleb Nordgren

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