This Week In The Chicago DSA (November 17 – 24)

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Good Morning Chicago DSA,

So, the calendar says this week will be a short (though plenty busy) one, but I would caution everyone to keep an eye out for new events that come up during the week. I suspect that there will be at least one or two that go up sometime after this email is sent out.

I will take this opportunity to remind everyone that any event that you would like included in this email (or TWITCDSA, as I like to call it) must 1) Be either an inward-facing event run by an existing CDSA working group, committee, or campaign, like a meeting, or a more outward-facing event that has been endorsed by the chapter (which means events run by an already-endorsed chapter campaign are, by definition, endorsed); and 2) submitted via the event promotion Google form that you can find linked all over the place, including this email, no later than the Friday before the corresponding TWITCDSA is sent out. If you have any questions — and you probably do, given how wordy that explanation is — I am happy to answer them.

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

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.

Monday, November 18
  • Free Heartland Kids Campaign Meeting; 7 – 9 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! We’ll be discussing our next big direct action steps. We’ll also be discussing updates on our big research project.

Tuesday, November 19
  • Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Chicago DSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    Please join us for our monthly meeting! We’ll be discussing projects that we’re working on and you’ll learn how you can get involved.

Wednesday, November 20
  • A Free Heartland Kids Counter-Gala; 4 – 6 PM; Swissotel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Ave.

    Heartland Alliance is throwing its annual fundraising gala, and the Free Heartland Kids campaign is teaming up with Little Village Solidarity Network and Rogers Park Solidarity Network to hold our own counter-gala outside!:

  • Solidarity Economy Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

    Our working mission to educate, advocate, and build a community of practice in Chicago around a vision of a democratic economy. 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, revisit shared project assignments for zine/pamphlet highlighting Chicago’s solidarity economy initiatives, recap proposal for #RadTalks event to coincide with launch of zine/pamphlet release, and evaluate the work of Co-operate WNC and their connection to the work of Western North Carolina New Economy Coalition. We’re meeting at Harold Washington Library 7th Floor North. The library is ADA accessible however it does not have gender neutral bathrooms.

  • Electoral Working Group Meeting; 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Chicago DSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    Come get involved with the CDSA Electoral Working Group as we prepare for 2020! We’ll be discussing our ongoing involvement with the Anthony Clark campaign as well as discussing other potential endorsements for the 2020 cycle.

  • CDSA For Bernie Debate Watch Party in Oak Park; 7 – 10 PM; Avenue Alehouse, 825 S. Oak Park Ave.

    Join Chicago DSA for Bernie for the next Democratic Debate watch party with our comrades in the West Cook Branch! The Avenue Ale House is just a block off the Oak Park Blue Line stop!

Thursday, November 21
  • Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting; 7 – 8:30 PM; Chicago DSA Office, 3411 W. Diversey Ave.

    Monthly membership meeting of the Environmental Justice WG. We will be continuing our ongoing reading group as well as electing new leadership for next year.

  • The US Healthcare system sucks. That’s not news. But we want to hear from you on exactly why you believe we need Medicare For All. Tell us your story of how insufficient or exploitative or expensive healthcare radicalized you! We will be publishing some stories on Midwest Socialist, so be sure to keep an eye out!
  • If you would like to receive our Red Star Bulletin, providing you with news and analysis from all over Chicago, fill out this form.
  • 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 member 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]

As Always:

  1. Fill out this form immediately if you have CDSA organized/sponsored event you want on the calendar. Submissions must be in by the preceding Friday at the latest to make this email.

  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,
Caleb Nordgren

If you have an event that you want promoted on CDSA calendar & social media accounts, please fill out this form as soon as possible.