MDC DSA Weekly Update for July 13-20 2018

MDC DSA Weekly Update for July 13-20, 2018 Of Note for this weekend: NoVa Branch Coffee Hour TODAY (Friday, July 13); Grassroots Planning Coalition meets TOMORROW  (Saturday, July 14); Stomp Out Slumlords Canvassing, Matchbox employees support action and ANC Campaign Info Session SUNDAY (July 15). All are listed below in detail. Stomp Out Slumlords activists […]

MDC DSA Weekly Update for July 6-13

Your early-July complete roundup of actions and events — socialism in the DMV.

July 4 All-Member Organizing Letter: Hope in Dark Times

Dear comrades, I never thought the New York Daily News would publish an op ed from me about democratic socialism, but they did Monday! I’ve linked to it below, along with some updates from the national office. But first, let’s think about the bittersweet and extraordinary political moment in which we find ourselves and our […]

The Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for July 2018

Atop the monthly newsletter, the Weekly Update — events, reports, the calendar and links to all articles.

>>The Right to the City<<

It’s the fights at the local level that define and refine our socialism in the DMV

MDC DSA Amazon Critic assails local government “tax-break race to the bottom” at Town Hall

As a corporation, Amazon’s interests begin and end with their own wealth and influence. Any promises of “corporate responsibility” or community benefit not nailed down in ironclad legal contracts should be considered empty.

With Grassoots, City-Wide Coalition, DSA Activists Pressure Council to Fight Gentrification, Save Land Use Planning in DC

Local DSA members have been involved for more than a year now in the [Grassroots P:lanning Coalition’s] monthly organizing meetings around protecting the DC Comp Plan and making it better able to protect low-income housing in the District while promoting greater racial, social and economic equity in the District. The effort has been endorsed by MDC DSA’s Steering Committee.

The War Against Displacement: A Tale of Six Neighborhoods

Today’s galloping gentrification is only the latest chapter in a decades-long saga in which the powers that be have sought to remake Washington, DC at the expense of the people who have made it a living, breathing city. A cross-section of that story is told in “A Right to the City,” a current exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum…

Democracy, Block by Block: The ANC Elections Working Group

Some of [what happens in ANCs] is minutiae that you may not be interested in, but it is the real nuts-and-bolts of self-governance at work. Socialists should care about these matters, because we know that preventing climate catastrophe and building a city that works for the many starts on the smallest scales.

>>THE RIGHT TO A LEFT FUTURE<<

Recent events in Maryland elections (and elsewhere) and on the streets of DC frame discussions of pushing back productively from the Left