This Week In The Chicago DSA (November 10 – 17)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

Today, I come before you to pass along a message from Anna Forsher, on behalf of the Logistics & Planning Committee, a committee without which Chicago DSA would very quickly grind to a halt:

Hello comrades. Let’s talk about what’s coming up next month: CDSA’s next chapter-wide general meeting!

  • Our chapter has done some truly phenomenal work this year.
  • We elected 6 socialists to the City Council!
  • We supported our CTU and SEIU 73 comrades through an 11-day strike which they ultimately won.
  • We took critical steps to securing rent control for our housing and public ownership of our power grid.
  • We demanded the immediate release of immigrant children being held in Heartland Alliance facilities.
  • We raised over $12K for the Chicago Abortion Fund.
  • We knocked doors for a guy named Bernie Sanders – you ever heard of him?

But here’s the thing: 2020 is going to be even more important for CDSA. At the general meeting, we will be talking about our plans for next year and why we need each and every one of you in this fight. Let’s make it our biggest gathering yet! Let’s get fired up to win a better Chicago and a better world!

RSVP here then join us at Chicago Teachers Union (1901 W. Carroll) on Saturday December 7; check-in begins at 12:30. See you there!

Keep up the good work, comrades. I’ll see you out there.

Sunday, November 10
  • Anthony Clark for Congress Canvass – Oak Park; 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Happy Apple Pie Shop, 226 Harrison St.

    Join us as we collect petition signatures in the Oak Park community! Help us fight white supremacy & inequality at their root causes by getting CDSA-endorsed socialist Anthony Clark on the ballot for congress. We’re meeting at the Happy Apple Pie Shop! RSVP here:

  • West Cook Branch Meeting; 1 – 3 PM; Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Rd.

    Join the West Cook Chicago DSA Branch to learn more about all the exciting work being done on the West Side. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, November 12
  • Free Heartland Kids Boycott Project Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Chicago DSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    Join the Free Heartland Kids campaign to work toward the abolition of child immigrant detention in Chicago and beyond! This is a meeting for the Boycott Project, one of the current priority projects within the Free Heartland Kids campaign. The Boycott Project is focused on leveraging Heartland Alliance’s donors to pressure Heartland to close their detention centers, free the kids, and reunite them with their families. Come to this meeting to learn about the project, get involved and discuss strategy!

  • Labor Branch Meeting; 7 – 9 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Join the labor branch as we debrief about our recent strike efforts with Chicago teachers and staff. We will also give updates on current contract negotiations, possible strikes to come, and more labor related events on the horizon.

  • Democratize ComEd Political Education Committee Meeting; 7:30 – 9 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    We are working hard to #DemocratizeComEd! We can’t win this campaign unless Chicagoans see public ownership and democratic control of our energy as a viable alternative to the status quo corporate monopoly. This is where the crucial work of political education comes in. Join us if you want to help plan popular education events, write blog posts, make videos, and more! We’ll be meeting at the Harold Washington Library, 5th Floor South Study Room. If you can make it, please RSVP by emailing [email protected] so that we can make sure the space is sufficient for our needs.

Wednesday, November 13
  • AfroSocialists + Socialists of Color Caucus Meeting; 6:30 – 8 PM; 659 S. Diversey Pkwy.

    If you are a person of color and a socialist or just socialist curious please come out to our next meeting. We will be going over what campaigns we should be supporting, while enjoying some good laughs and conversation.

Saturday, November 16
  • Chicago DSA For Bernie Southside Canvass; 10 AM – 2 PM; Location TBD

    Join Chicago DSA for Bernie to talk to our Southside neighbors in our next canvass!

  • Anthony Clark For Congress Canvass – Austin; 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Austin Public Library, 5615 W. Race Ave.

    We’re a small dollar, people-powered campaign fight white supremacy & inequality at their root causes. Join us as at Austin branch CPL, and let’s get a socialist on the ballot for congress! We’ll be at the library on 5615 W. Race Ave. RSVP here:

  • Creative Writing Workshop: An Ode to a Socialist Chicago; 3 – 4:30 PM; Conrad Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

    Join us for a two-part creative writing workshop focused on celebrating our city’s radical history and envisioning its Socialist future! The first workshop on November 16 will include reading and discussion of a few published works for inspiration, followed by a facilitated writing session to get you started on a piece of your own. Continue working on your draft at home and bring it back for the second session on December 14 to get feedback from the group. Then submit your writing for publication to Midwest Socialist and an upcoming zine. All forms of creative writing are welcome, including poems, short stories, song lyrics, protest chants, and anything else your creativity desires!

Sunday, November 17
  • Anthony Clark For Congress Canvass – Garfield Park; 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM; Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

    We’re a small dollar, people-powered campaign fight white supremacy & inequality at their root causes. Join us as at Garfield Park Conservatory, in Horticulture Hall, and let’s get a socialist on the ballot for congress! RSVP here:

  • Democratize ComEd 101; 1:30 – 3 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    What’s in your electric bill? What’s “the grid”? What’s an investor-owned public utility? What does municipalization actually mean? And what do working-class Chicagoans stand to gain by building energy democracy in our city? Join Chicago DSA’s #DemocratizeComEd campaign to learn about where our power comes from! You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of the energy infrastructure that impacts our daily lives and how we can come together to take control of our energy future. We’ll be meeting on the 8th floor, south side, rooms 14 and 15.

  • Marx’s Capital Vol. 1 Reading Group; 6 – 8 PM; U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave.

    Join us for the next meeting of the Capital Vol I reading group! The reading group meets once every three weeks or so, with about 50 pages a session. It hopes to be an opportunity for active organizers and activists to deepen their socialist analysis and broaden their strategic horizons. The next session will discuss chapters 2 and 3. Copies of the reading can be provided if you don’t have a copy of the book. Also, as an optional supplement to the reading, you can check out this video from David Harvey. Given the occasional difficulty of Marx’s texts as well as the complexity of his ideas, the discussion will be facilitated according to feminist processes. We aim for the reading and discussion to be text-based, inclusive, comradely, and above all democratic in spirit. The reading group is not for experts to flex their chops, it is a space for active socialists to discover one of the most important texts in the socialist tradition — and to become better socialists in the process. Note about membership: To keep the reading group welcoming and practical, we will be aiming for attendees who are active DSA members engaged in work in our chapter or nationally. We will also be working to maintain a welcoming gender balance in the space. If you would like to join, please join us, but bear this in mind.

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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.
  • No Sanctions, No War on Iran Ad Hoc Committee Update: The Ad Hoc committee held an educational at the CDSA general membership meeting on September 29. Thanks to all who attended. We have developed both basic background reading and a more developed reading list on Iran, the history of the development of the Gulf states, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, oil and the geopolitics of oil. You can find these here. Please visit, like and invite others to our Facebook page. We are planning to hold more educational and organizational meetings on a few campuses in the coming 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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