MDC DSA Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for February 2019

Who was it said “Winter is coming”? The Polar Vortex has come and is just passin’ thru, but we are still working through the bump of having a snow-driven postponement of our January GBM until this past Sunday. This coming Sunday is packed with meetingsrescheduled as a follow-on. After tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Anti-Eviction Canvass , Sunday (Feb 3) jams in Media Training at 1 and both Ecosocialist Caucus and Publications Working Group at 3 (different libraries, alas).


Submissions since the Friday email version was sent are shown in green below; check them out

 

The Pre-Convention Conference Is Coming March 16th and 17th

Metro DC DSA is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Pre-Convention Conference this March! Fellow DSA members from across the country will be coming to DC to prepare for the National Convention in August, discuss regional issues and strategy, participate in trainings, and share what their local chapters are doing in the fight for democratic socialism.

Our Steering Committee has already begun preparing for the logistics of hosting the conference, but we can not do it without your help!

There are three things we need chapter members to pitch in with to ensure that we can have the best conference ever; signing up to be a host for housing DSA members who are travelling into DC, signing up to be a volunteer to help put the convention together, and signing up to run for delegate to represent Metro DC DSA at the August 2-4 convention, in Atlanta.

MDC DSA organizers will be sending more details in a separate chapter-wide email TODAY (Friday, Feb. 1) so watch for it.


NEW ENTRIES:

Tuesday, February 5 Venezuela and The Bellicose Return of the Monroe Doctrine 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM with James Early and Danny Glover. Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor

Wednesday, February 6 The General Strike: Back to the Future?6:00 – 8:00pm
Busboys and Poets 5th & K; 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
FREE; RSVP here  The program includes a DC premiere screening of “Labor Wars of the Northwest,“ followed by a discussion led by labor historians Joe McCartin and Julie Greene, moderated by Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect 

Electoral work in NoVA

The Endorsement Committee has introduced a resolution to come up at a future GBM on endorsement of two Northern Virginia candidates, and this week members of the committee and interested members held an endorsement Q&A conference call with Irma Corado (Tuesday, January 29). Irma is applying for our chapter’s endorsement of her Fairfax Board of Supervisors campaign. Here’s the audio from Irma’s call: 

https://soundcloud.com/user-626940752/irma-corado-metro-dc-dsa-endorsement-conference-call-january-29-2019  “  –Stu K

An endorsement Q&A is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 PM with Yasmine Taib, candidate for the District 35 seat in the Virginia State Senate. District 35 covers parts of Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Get more information here.

 

Canvass Uber/Lyft drivers with fellow DSA members and drivers on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 PM in Crystal City. Please email driveuniteddc@gmail.com to RSVP and receive the address location of where we will meet – or RSVP at the above link. – Michelle S

 

A group of us MoCo branch folks handbilled at the Silver Spring Metro in recent days to educate County residents about the outrageous, multi-million dollar tax breaks that elite country clubs in MoCo have been getting for years. If you want to join us at our next handbilling action, please let us know!

MoCo members are also working with Progressive Neighbors allies on the local Just Cause Eviction bill. Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins (D20) has introduced a House bill on “Just Cause Eviction” (MC-2219) which would require that the landlord give a valid rationale before someone could be evicted. Not only does it need to pass at the state level, our County Councilmembers need to vote to implement it as well. This bill contains important protections for renters, who currently can be evicted for any reason – or no reason at all – in MoCo. Please contact your councilmembers to demand they support this bill!

 — Elissa L.

 

And News from NoVA: We are pleased to announce the 2019 Executive Board Officers of the NoVA Branch: Co-Chairs Alex H. and Maria B. and Secretary Hunter T!  Thank you to all of our candidates – we look forward to an exciting year of organizing and continuing to grow in NoVA.

– the Outgoing 2018 Officers — Erin M., Elizabeth S., and Mike T.


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE

Bill Mosley examines the long-standing right wing rationale behind the late, great and once and future (?) Shutdown – further eroding public confidence and trust in government.

Josh Silver notes that the next big battle to persuade the local NFL owner to Change the Name – the racist name of the football team – will be fought in Montgomery County, and it may represent a tipping point. MDC DSA members, he says, can help in that project.

As political Maryland swings into another General Assembly session where Democrats face a second-term GOP governor, the shape of things political in a divided state is sketched by Woody Woodruff through a variety of examples.

What if Bernie announces for sure? National DSA is already mapping how the organization will respond in a very different political landscape from that of the last election cycle. A message from the National Director.

Good Reads – What about that high marginal tax rate proposal? Where did this US favorite in Venezuela come from? And more in our Good Reads.


MDC DSA EVENTS IN FEBRUARY 2019

Follow links for details

Saturday FEB 21:30 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Come help us connect tenants facing eviction with legal resources! Tenants we speak to are twice as likely to go to court and fight their eviction, so every volunteer can make a big impact. We’re meeting at the L’Enfant metro — 7th St and Maryland Ave Exit. Train at 1:30, canvass at 2.

Sunday FEB 31:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Media Training

Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Looking for help in speaking to press? Want more press coverage on your campaigns? Come out to Metro DC DSA’s Media Training, where we’ll cover talking points, interview prep, and more to help you prepare to put the best face forward to the press. This training is strongly encouraged for anybody in Metro DC DSA .  

Sunday FEB 33:00 PM

Ecosocialists Caucus Meeting: Urban Farming and Environmental Justice

Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Join us for the monthly meeting of the Metro DC DSA Ecosocialists Caucus! We’ll be meeting to go over active campaigns and discuss the work we’re doing in DC and nationwide to build an ecological, democratic society. This month, our featured speaker will be Coy McKinney, teaching us about the ways we can bring agriculture sustainably into the urban landscape.

Sunday FEB 3  3:00 PM

Publications Working Group Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Sunday, February 3 at 3 PM, at Mount Pleasant Library — join the Publications Working Group to discuss planning for election of a Publications Editorial Board, development of content for publications and platforms, and setting future training events.

Tuesday FEB 5  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote meeting)

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. This is a REMOTE ONLY meeting: please RSVP and message the hosts so we can make arrangements to get you the appropriate videoconferencing URL.

Wednesday FEB 6  6:30 PM

Endorsement Q&A Conference Call with Yasmine Taeb

Remote (via conference call), N/A, Virginia, va

This Meetup event page is for the Metro DC DSA Q&A endorsement conference call with Yasmine Taeb. Yasmine is running for the District 35 seat in the Virginia State Senate. District 35 covers parts of Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Falls Church You can find the completed questionnaire for this candidate here:

Wednesday FEB 6  7:00 PM

Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Join Mutual Aid Working Group for its monthly meeting. In this meeting, we will discuss: • What is Mutual Aid? • Continue conversations and provide new members the opportunity to coalesce around a shared vision and set of goals for mutual aid work. • Receive updates from mutual aid comrades on ongoing mutual aid projects.

Thursday FEB 7  7:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ever wanted to learn about the intersection between disability and capitalist oppression? Interested in making a difference in the local disabled community and beyond? Come out to the first meeting of the MDC DSA Disability Justice Working Group. We will discuss our vision and strategy for 2019. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Thursday FEB 7  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150

Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Please take a minute to read our short, brief, not very long, sort-of-illustrated NOVA DSA Socialist Meeting Participation Guidelines . We will be welcoming new members, continue discussing our planning for our current actions and campaigns including Migrant Justice action, a future Brake light Campaign  and more.

Thursday FEB 7  7 PM – 9 PM

Uber/Lyft Canvass        

Crystal City ( Arlington, VA) — Join DSA members and drivers to canvass Uber/Lyft drivers about improving working conditions. Follow link for RSVP and directions.

Saturday FEB 9  2:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Potluck Social

 Have you ever wondered what the SOS canvassers you don’t get paired with are like? Have you ever wanted to derail a business meeting into jokes and stories but resisted? Have you ever wanted to stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow comrades and organize collectively around your desire to consume good food and drink.

Sunday FEB 10  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Public Library, 900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Please join us for the February general meeting of the Montgomery County branch of DSA. We plan to introduce the candidates for our branch’s very first elected steering committee. Voting will occur online during the week following this meeting. We’ll be in the main meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Silver Spring library.

Sunday FEB 10  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting House of Washington,, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, Washington, DC 20008

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America! From 3:00-4:30pm, we’ll be participating in a chapter-wide training to improve our foundational knowledge and cultural competency relevant to the transgender community within DSA. We’re thrilled to be working with a trainer from Reframe Health + Justice.

Monday FEB 11  7:00 PM

DSA Mindfulness Caucus: Meditation & Mindful Sharing

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

A monthly meet-up where we meditate as a group and then mindfully examine and discuss the ways in which we’ve psychologically internalized capitalism. The theme for February’s meeting will be Love. We will examine the ways in which capitalism benefits from treating love as a commodity, more at link.

Tuesday FEB 12  6:30 PM

Socialist Night School: Police and Prison Abolition

Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

Policing and prisons are ubiquitous features of our world, yet these institutions, widely seen as both necessary and oppressive, have not always existed, nor played as great a role as they do today. We will discuss: what abolition means, what abolitionists do, how abolitionist approaches differ from more mainstream critiques (like mass incarceration), and the relationships between capitalism and the carceral state, and abolition and socialism.

Saturday FEB 16  2:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Reading Group Meeting

Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Do you like housing justice? Do you like Marxism? Do you want to learn more about the theory behind Metro DC DSA’s tenants’ rights/tenant organizing campaign? Then join us at the Southeast Neighborhood Library on 2/16 from 2 to 4 PM for the inaugural SOS Reading Group meeting. We will be discussing Friedrich Engels’ “The Housing Question” – follow link for access to readings.

Sunday FEB 17  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009

Please read our reading group Participation Guide  and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹 Topics and readings at link.

Tuesday FEB 19  7:00 PM

Steering Committee

Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. Please RSVP and message the hosts if you would like to join by videoconference so we can make arrangements to get you the appropriate URL

Thursday FEB 21  7:00 PM

Campaigns Council

Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW #600, Washington, DC 20036

Join us for the February Campaigns Council meeting! We will have reportbacks from campaigns on their current work and ways to get involved, AND we will have a training on how to facilitate a great meeting. Join us!

Saturday FEB 23  2:00 PM

Red Cubs Child Care Orientation 2/23

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Join us for a Red Cubs Child Care orientation! The child care working group is looking comrades to join our volunteer team. At the orientation, you can learn about our chapter’s approach to child care, engage in discussion about gender division in care work, and make new friends

MARCH

Tuesday MAR 5  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote meeting)

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. This is a REMOTE ONLY meeting: please RSVP and message the hosts so we can make arrangements to get you the appropriate videoconferencing URL.

Sunday MAR 10  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Public Library, 900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Please join us for the March general meeting of the Montgomery County branch of DSA. We’ll be in the main meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Silver Spring library. See you then!

 

MAR 16 – 17

DSA Regional Conference

DSA USA is organizing regional pre-National Convention conferences from February through April 2019, and Metro DC DSA is hosting one of them. (Venue TBD.) The regional conferences will:* provide earlier and equal access to conversations and information about the National Convention;* encourage the broadest member attendance possible (beyond chapter leaders and convention delegates… follow link for more.

Sunday MAR 17  12:30 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC

March’s general body meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America will be held directly after the DSA regional conference the chapter will be hosting all day Saturday, March 16 and ending at noon Sunday, March 17. Follow link for start time updates.


PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE: MDC DSA will publish Weekly Updates on Fridays — February 8, 15, 22 – and the March Washington Socialist will be published Friday, March 1. Send action reports and notes from campaigns, working groups and caucuses to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org. Articles for the March newsletter should be sent to that address by Sunday, Feb. 24. A reminder that a complete index to newsletter articles 2016-2018 is on mdcdsa.org.


CALENDAR EVENTS FROM PROGRESSIVE ALLIES IN THE DMV

Monday Feb. 4 Maryland Sierra Club Webinar at 7 PM on the just-introduced Pipeline and Water Protection Bill in the Maryland General Assembly to require the state of Maryland to do a complete review of the water implications of any proposal to build a pipeline in Maryland, as set forth in section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Keep fracked gas out of Maryland’s waterways. Info and RSVP here.

Tuesday, February 5 Venezuela and The Bellicose Return of the Monroe Doctrine 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM with James Early and Danny Glover. Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor

Wednesday, February 6 The General Strike: Back to the Future?6:00 – 8:00pm
Busboys and Poets 5th & K; 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
FREE; RSVP here  The program includes a DC premiere screening of “Labor Wars of the Northwest,“ followed by a discussion led by labor historians Joe McCartin and Julie Greene, moderated by Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect.  

Friday Feb. 8 The Inside Organizer School will hold another session on Feb. 8-10 at the ATU’s Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring, MD. The training/retreat for novice and advanced organizers is coordinated by a group of organizing directors from ATU, SMART, and Unite Here, as well as Richard Bensinger, former Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO and founder of the Organizing Institute. The session — which starts at 1p on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday –will focus on strategy and tactics for current campaigns, and includes a diverse group ranging from people with no organizing experience to lead organizers. For more information contact: insideorganizerschool@gmail.com.

Fri Feb. 8 and Sat Feb 9 — The Future of American Labor: Initiatives for a New Era at Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001– Confirmed speakers include:     Rep. Pramila Jayapal,  Randi Weingarten, Mary Kay Henry,  Larry Cohen, Sarita Gupta, Harold Meyerson (other confirmeds at link).  Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute —conference is free, but registration is required: Register at this link

Wednesday, February 20 Gentrification and Affordable Housing: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Way Forward 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. D.C. Bar, 901 4th Street NW More info here.

Sunday, February 24,  Book Talk: Michael G. Long – We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States & Michael Walzer – Political Action: A Practical Guide to Movement Politics – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, DC 2008
Long’s anthology collects the voices of nonviolent American resistance that standard histories have mostly omitted. Walzer’s classic handbook is as relevant—even essential—today as it was when it was first published in 1971. Free, no RSVP required. Click here for more information.

 

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