MDC DSA Weekly Update and Local Elections Special for Friday, May 17, 2019

Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday May 17 2019

The chapter General Body Meeting is this Sunday (May 19), 3 PM at the Friends Meeting House –with campaign reports, updates on the electronic election for chapter leadership that begins TONIGHT (May 17), ratification of the MoCo branch charter, chapterwide media training and a Happy Hour at the Board Room after. Here is the full agenda as of Friday.

Also this weekend — well, lots. Chapter leadership elections, conducted electronically, begin today, end Tuesday (May 21) – see below.  TONIGHT, a MoCo branch Happy Hour; SATURDAY, canvassing for the Virginia Primary and in Chinatown for the Wage Theft campaign plus Socialist Night School’s session with Bill Fletcher on Anti-racist Struggle and Socialism; SUNDAY another chance to canvass for the Virginia primary and a meeting of the Community Gardening Working Group, followed by the GBM (above).

MDC DSA Leadership Elections

Voting begins today for 9 At-large Steering seats, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Internal Organizing Committee Co-Chair seats (only one candidate qualified for IOC). 

Voting will take place online; members in good standing will receive an email today (May 17) from OpaVote with an online ballot.  Voting concludes at 8 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 21.  If you do not receive this email on the 17th and you think you should, please contact

Below is a list of candidates who will appear on the ballot.  Some have also submitted statements on their candidacy which are linked to below.  You can also read the candidates’ responses to the election questionnaire as well as find out other useful election info on the 2019 Local Election resource page.

Cassandra C, At-Large Steering – Statement

Chip Gibbons, At-Large Steering – Statement

Elizabeth Golden, At-Large Steering – Statement

Stuart Karaffa, At-Large Steering – Statement

Irene Koo, At-Large Steering – Statement

Kim Lehmkuhl, At-Large Steering – Statement

Drew-Marie Lewis, At-Large Steering (uniform questionnaire response is included with others at

Aaron Marks, At-Large Steering – Statement

Gabriel Rodriguez, At-Large Steering – Statement

Nate S, At-Large Steering – Statement

Eric Sommers, At-Large Steering — Statement

Danny Turkel, At-Large Steering (uniform questionnaire response is included with others at

Ben Davis, Secretary & At-Large Steering – Statement

Zach E, Secretary & At-Large Steering – Statement

GPaul Blundell, Treasurer & At-Large – Statement

Brian Wivell, Treasurer & At-Large – Statement

Brandon Hinke, Internal Organizing Committee Co-Chair


MDC DSA members can engage with lots of discussion by candidates and others on the #2019-local-election channel of our chapter Slack.


OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY SEIZED — Five MDC DSA members of our recruitment task force passed out DSA flyers to some 1,500 people lined up for the youth-led Sunrise Movement rally at the Howard University auditorium May 13.  The spirited rally for the Green New Deal was headlined by Senator Bernie Sanders, and by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, the two co-sponsors of the Green New Deal. You can catch it on the video here. The Recruitment Task Force is working inside the Publications Working Group to refine our brochures and get them in the hands of potential allies at interesting progressive events. Check the # publications channel on our chapter Slack. – Calvin Zon

National Director Maria Svart writes “for the DSA International Committee. Read on for more about their work and how you can get involved. And be sure to check out their new website!

Join the DSA International Committee!

Rising right-wing authoritarianism, forever wars, immigration abuses, harmful trade policies, trillions stashed in offshore tax havens by multinationals and billionaire tax dodgers, inaction and obstructionism in the face of the mounting climate crisis.

This is the state of the world run by the few at the expense of many. To take on these forces, the need for a truly progressive global solidarity has never been more pronounced.

To this end, DSA’s International Committee serves to help DSA and its membership to connect and build in solidarity with like-minded activists, workers, movements, and parties worldwide. While serving as an interim body leading up to DSA’s National Convention in August 2019, the International Committee is currently opening up membership to an additional 25 DSA members. We invite you to apply to join.

Inquiring Minds: How do you find out more about Metro DC DSA?

You can suss out MDC DSA’s activity and process at the “Structure and Campaigns” page on our website ( . You can subscribe to our publications whether you are a member or not. Current DSA members can join our MDC DSA Slack, where a lot of our activist work and info is in regular exchange in many committee, working group or caucus channels.  Join our Meetup page to get regular notifications about our chapter and working group meetings.

Publications schedule

Weekly Update is scheduled for Friday May 24, and the June Washington Socialist newsletter will be sent Friday, May 31, with an article deadline of Sunday, May 26. Want to join the Publications Working Group? Next meeting is Tuesday, May 21 – for more, look in on the # publications channel in MDC DSA Slack or email


Follow individual links to Meetup for full information

Friday MAY 17  6:30 PM

DSA MoCo 🌹 Happy Hour

Silver Branch Brewing Company, 8401 Colesville Rd #150, Silver Spring, MD 20910


Saturday MAY 18  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Saturday MAY 18 2:00 PM

Wage Theft Canvass/Training: Chinatown

Gallery Pl-Chinatown Station, 630 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001


Saturday MAY 18  3:00 PM

Anti Racist Struggle and Socialism (Socialist Night School)

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


Sunday MAY 19  1:00 PM

Community Gardening Working Group Meeting

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


Sunday MAY 19  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Sunday MAY 19  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

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


Monday MAY 20  7:00 PM

DSA Healing Caucus: Meditation & Mindful Sharing

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


Tuesday MAY 21  7:00 PM

MDC DSA Publications Working Group Meeting

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


Wednesday MAY 22  6:30 PM

DSA Happy Hour

The Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010


Wednesday MAY 22  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015


Saturday MAY 25  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Sunday MAY 26  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Sunday MAY 26  1:30 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass

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


Sunday MAY 26  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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


Thursday MAY 30  6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

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



Saturday JUN 1  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Sunday JUN 2  2:00 PM

Radicals in the ‘Hood — The Adams Morgan Walking Tour

Rabaut Park, 2900 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Sunday JUN 2  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

Fairfax County, , VA, VA



Sunday JUN 2  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910


Sunday JUN 2  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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


Monday JUN 3  7:00 PM

Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting

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


Wednesday JUN 5  7:00 PM

MMT and the Green New Deal

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


Sunday JUN 9 3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

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

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting.



 Friday, May 17, Victor Grossman speaks at 6:30-8:30 PM at the Goethe Institute at 1990 K Street, NW (interviewed by Marc Fisher). Grossman defected to the Soviet Union in 1952 while a US Army draftee stationed in Germany.

Saturday, May 18, Victor Grossman speaks at 2:30-5 PM at the Nation Magazine Discussion Group in DC at the Cleveland Park Public Library at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Saturday, May 18Prince George’s County First Ever Brake Light Clinic — volunteer training in preparation for the County Brake Light Clinic scheduled for June 22. Noon — 3:00 pm 9201 Basil Court Largo — Learn a new skill and get involved in our community!  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Qiana Johnson, Life After Release:

 Monday, May 20, the “Reel & Meal at the New Deal” features Blood on the Mountain, an historical account of the coal industry’s grip on workers and entire mining communities of West Virginia that also probes the rippling effect of environmental and economic injustice felt by many other American workers and regions. The free screening starts 7 PM, after an optional vegan meal priced at $14 and served from 6:30, all at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt. The program is jointly sponsored with DC LaborFest. Representatives of EarthJustice and Maryland Sierra Club will co-lead a discussion of the film. 

Tuesday May 21 Forum “Philippine Democracy Under Fire” as we take a stand against Pres. Duterte’s illegitimate consolidation of his power and his further attacks against Philippine democracy. Sponsored by Malaya movement DMV at the Cleveland Park Library at 6:30 pm:

Thursday, May 23 The Antifascist coalition DC United Against Hate, which Metro DC DSA members helped start, is having an open meeting to plan for an upcoming educational event on the rise of fascism in Turkey.  Cleveland Park Library at 7 pm:

Friday, May 24 Social Justice Iftar: We Are Our Best Defense – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center – 1816 12th St. NW
Hosted by Justice for Muslims Collective — Join us for Justice for Muslims Collective’s annual iftar celebrating a year of resistance! RSVP

Sat., May 25 Maryland Poor People’s Campaign Prince George’s County Regional Meeting: 12-2pm, Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD

Tuesday May 28th For Us Not Amazon coalition has a social event for coalition members to meet up, talk a little about the future of the larger campaign but mostly hang out and socialize. 7 PM in Arlington. Check the # regionalamazon channel in the chapter Slack for more details and location and RSVP there or email

Monday June 3rd DC United Against Hate invites you to a public panel with thoughtful speakers and a Q&A on the rise of fascism in Turkey. Join others who are concerned about the growing fascist threat in the United States and around the world to better understand the situation developing in Turkey at 7 at the Petworth library:


>Gizmodo explores what many commentators on the Uber IPO have said – Uber expects to own automated future transport. Note: the article was published before Uber’s IPO showed itself tanksville. Solutions: nationalize Uber or create a co-op for drivers using socialist-designed freeware. The latter will make the former much easier.


>An interview with Frances Fox Piven, whose decades of argument that poor people should demand the rights they have under law never ceases to alarm, even panic the Right…


>A longish read from the Guardian about the history of nationalist sentiment in the wide EU; “surveys show that populist radical right parties do not primarily take voters from social democratic parties. And voters who abandon social democratic parties do not primarily move to populist radical-right parties.”  but  “misconceptions about populist radical-right voters have had serious consequences for centre-left politics.” Because correlation is not causation.

>A generation war? About time. This article brought a surprised positive reaction from Doug Henwood, not ordinarily a fan of co-author Niall Ferguson…


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