MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, December 7, 2018

 

UP FRONT THIS WEEKEND: TODAY (12/7) MoCo Happy Hour with Baltimore comrades 7 PM; TOMORROW (12/8) NoVa Electoral Questionnaire workshop, 3 PM; SUNDAY (12/9) MDC DSA General Body Meeting 3 PM.

A big thing Sunday is our GBM. Here is the agenda.


AMAZON HQ2 UPDATE – On the GBM agenda, we’ll have a presentation about Amazon’s HQ2 and the impact it could have on Crystal City.  Kojo Nnamdi’s town hall on the prospect of Amazon in Crystal City had many people in attendance worried – gentrification and resultant inequality, public funds for the world’s richest company, Amazon’s notorious anti-union stance, and more. We have an account here.

THE NATIONAL DSA ECOSOCIALIST WORKING GROUP HAS ENDORSED THE GREEN NEW DEAL campaign led by the Sunrise Movement and championed in Congress by DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib. This is a huge breakthrough in climate politics—calling for full decarbonization of the US economy in 10 years through a federal job guarantee for all—and DSA is encouraging chapters to support the campaign however they see fit. Metro DC DSA is uniquely positioned to plug in to ongoing Sunrise actions targeting members of Congress at their offices, and members of our chapter’s Ecosocialist Caucus are participating in the national Working Group’s discussions about how we can best organize to make the more radical elements of AOC’s plan politically possible. More info for anyone who’s interested:

AOC’s Green New Deal plan: https://ocasio2018.com/green-new-deal

A resource that NYC’s Ecosocialist WG created that compiles various perspectives on the idea of a “Green New Deal”: http://cjreadings.org/doku.php?id=gndossier

–Ashik S.

ALSO: National DSA Ecosocialist Group will be hosting a webinar in conjunction with Labor Network for Sustainability and 350.org on Monday, December 10 at 8:00PM with a focus on The Financial and Scientific Urgency of Divestment of Union Pension Funds. Invite your friends locally and from around the country to attend the webinar and consider divestment campaigns for their unions, cities and states. RSVP Here.

 

FROM DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE: SAVE PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL

Thanks to the hard work of union members at Providence, workers and leaders at neighboring hospitals, Ward 5 community groups, and the DC JWJ community, Providence Hospital will stay open past the December 15th closure date. Ascension, the billion-dollar non-profit corporation that runs Providence, had planned to close the hospital with just a few months notice to the community and staff.  Thanks to powerful community organizing, Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open until April 30, 2019.

The work is not done. We will continue to work with the staff and community to keep Providence open for the long term!


 

MDC DSA EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Follow links for details

Friday DEC 7  7:00 PM

MoCo DSA Happy Hour with 🌹Baltimore DSA🌹

The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Baltimore DSA is hosting us for a happy hour on Friday, December 7! Please send us a message if you can assist in driving comrades to Baltimore, or if you need a ride. Hope you can join us!

Saturday DEC 8  3:00 PM

Endorsement Committee: Virginia Questionnaire Workshop

Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201

The objective of this workshop is to generate a set of Virginia-specific questions for use on political endorsement questionnaires. If you can’t make it for this meeting, there will still be an opportunity to submit discussion topics and/or draft questions. We will follow this workshop with two other workshops; stay tuned.

Sunday DEC 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.

Tuesday DEC 11  6:30 PM

Ecosocialism (MDC DSA Night School)

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

In this session, we’re talking about ecosocialism, a framework for combining insights from the rich tradition of Marxist social analysis with scientific knowledge of our biosphere. How does ecosocialism help us understand how capitalism and overlapping systems of oppression fuel the kinds of extraction that now undermine basic systems of life on Earth?

Thursday DEC 13, 7-8:30pm @ Mt. Pleasant Library

Ecosocialist Meeting: What’s the Deal with the Green New Deal?

It’s been an exciting month in climate politics! Join Metro DC DSA’s Ecosocialist Caucus to talk about the momentum suddenly building around a Green New Deal, what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s plan actually entails, how folks are organizing around it in DC, and how you can plug in. More on Facebook event page.

 Sunday DEC 16  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

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

Please join us for our December branch meeting! Help us build our vision for equality, democracy, and socialism in Montgomery County. **SPECIAL GUESTS** will be our MoCo DSA comrades who were just elected to the Maryland General Assembly – Gabriel Acevero and Vaughn Stewart! Gabe and Vaughn will join us for a discussion of legislative prospects.

Sunday DEC 16  1:30 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass

L’enfant Metro Station, 7th Street and Maryland avenue entrance, Washington, DC

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. Training at 1:30, canvass beginning at 2.

Sunday DEC 16  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group: recognizing and resisting fascism

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

Please read our updated reading group Participation Guide () and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹This month, our readings focus on recognizing and resisting fascism.

Tuesday DEC 18  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 DEC 20  6:30 PM

Hot Chocolate Happy Hour

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

We’re doing happy hour a little different this month! Join us at the Festival Center for a hot cocoa happy hour and cookie exchange! This is family friendly event and a great chance to meet and mingle with fellow comrades.

Wednesday DEC 26  6:30 PM

DSA Happy Hour

Franklin Hall, 1348 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington,

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is a great chance to meet and mingle with fellow comrades. No agenda, no work, and no politics… well, maybe a little politics. Happy hours, like most MDC DSA events, are open to members and non-members alike! Come join us in an informal setting to learn more.


 

EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Saturday, December 8 — ONE DC annual Member Appreciation event held 3PM-6PM at the Thurgood Marshall Academy (2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE).  The program will feature a highlight of our 2018 wins, a special award ceremony and a deeper introduction of our creative Reconstruction period.
The program will be followed by an after party that will feature performances by local musical artists at the Black Workers and Wellness Center (2500 Martin Luther King, Jr Ave SE) from 6pm to 9pm.  Click here to RSVP

 

SAT DEC 8 Our Revolution Prince George’s General Meeting, 2-4pm at New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, (113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center) Please bring your ideas and energy and join us for a conversation and discussion. Topics may include accelerating the timeline for Public Financing in the county, the new leadership of MD Dems and stopping the abuse of “sample ballots” by slates, and legislative priorities for the Assembly session.  Bring your own ideas.

 

Saturday DEC 8, 1:30-4pm

DC Grassroots Planning Coalition monthly meeting
The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition (DCGPC) is a citywide network of individuals and organizations who are committed to furthering racial, economic and environmental justice by challenging rampant development which contributes to gentrification and displacement of existing residents. The Coalition supports community-led development which creates uplift, opportunity and ownership for low income communities of color. Email davidpoms@gmail.com to plug into MDC DSA’s working group around the GPC’s work on DC’s Comprehensive Plan for local development.

Sunday DEC 9, 6-9pm 

Monday DEC 10, 8:30am-1pm @ US Capitol

Tell Democrats: We Need a Green New Deal

The Sunrise Movement of youth climate organizers is mobilizing support for the Green New Deal proposal championed by DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib—the first plan presented in Congress that actually deals with the scale and speed of action we need against the climate emergency. The current session of Congress ends on December 13, so this is our last chance to put the Green New Deal on the agenda for 2019. We’re within reach of making that a reality, but we need to make some noise! That’s why hundreds of us are descending on the U.S. Capitol to tell all Congressional Democrats: Reject fossil fuel money and support a Green New Deal. This plan wasn’t even on the map before November 13, and we’ve made it the talk of the nation. Now is the time to keep pushing. RSVP on Facebook and sign up here! More info on the Sunrise Movement’s campaign: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/gnd

 

Monday, Dec. 10 The Mondragon Story. Democracy @ Work DC is hosting a speaking engagement featuring Michael Peck, the North American Delegate for MONDRAGON Corporation, a multi-million dollar federation of worker cooperatives employing more than 80,000 people globally. Defeat your Monday blues by joining us on December 10th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Shaw Library to see how cooperatives can achieve spectacular success. RSVPs are appreciated.

Monday, December 17 — Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents The Unafraid , which follows three DACA-eligible immigrants in Georgia as they try to get an affordable college education and win rights for their families and communities. Film at 7, followed by discussion led by local advocates for immigrants’ rights. We offer a delicious vegan meal for $14 at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to reelandmeal@newdealcafe.com if you are joining us for dinner. The free film starts at 7 PM, New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
For more about this month’s program contact Lucy Duff at justpeacepg@earthlink.net.


 

GOOD READS

Rusty the Red PandaGood Read:  San Francisco DSA Wins Plaudits for Helping Homeless During Recent Air Pollution Emergency.  During a November air pollution emergency caused by smoke from the huge Camp Fire in northern California, members of San Francisco DSA distributed thousands of protective N95 face masks to homeless people in the city.  According to an admiring article in SFWeekly, DSA members led by organizer Dale Smith raised funds to purchase some 2,600 masks that were given out to homeless people and homeless advocacy groups over the Nov. 16 – Nov. 18 weekend.  Along with local allies, DSAers also planned to distribute another 3,500 masks over Thanksgiving week.  San Francisco’s city government meanwhile distributed just 1,600 of the masks to the homeless, promoting SFWeekly to headline its story “Democratic Socialists Distribute More N95 Masks Than the City.”  In comments quoted by reporter Ida Mojahad, Smith also took the opportunity to comment on the conditions that are widely agreed to have contributed to the Camp Fire’s destructiveness. “Obviously, we’re on the brink of climate catastrophe on a global scale,” Smith said. “This should be a wake-up call.”  DSA activists worked with the city’s Coalition on Homelessness and the Homeless Youth Alliance in the mask distribution drive. http://www.sfweekly.com/news/democratic-socialists-distribute-more-n95-masks-than-the-city/Andy Feeney

 

LOCAL MDC DSA COMRADES ELABORATE ON THE NECESSITY OF ANTIFASCISM. They also go over the reasons to vote for Resolution 1: supporting Antifascist organizing within MDC DSA this coming Sunday at the general body meeting. https://medium.com/@press.shutitdown/is-mdc-dsa-antifascist-why-its-coming-to-a-vote-on-sunday-2352198c7978

 

Good Read:  Newly Elected Democratic Socialists Are Changing the Conversation on Affordable Housing, Says GOVERNING Magazine.  In his 2016 presidential bid, Sen.  Bernie Sanders helped to bring ideas like Medicare for All and a higher minimum wage into the political mainstream, reporter Graham Vyse writes in the Nov. 29 issue of GOVERNING: THE STATES AND LOCALITIES. Now that some 40 democratic socialists, many of them DSA members, have gained political office in 2018, several are working to move the needle politically on another crucial issue: affordable housing.  As an example, Vyse cites Vaughn Stewart, recently elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, who is planning to introduce a bill in Maryland to create a state trust fund to finance the creation of “social housing” that would be available to people of all income levels.  The housing market, Stewart says in Vyse’s article, is a “perfect example of where unfettered capitalism has failed us.”  A second DSA-backed candidate who recently won election to the Maryland House of Delegates, Gabriel Acevero, also ran at least partly on housing issues.  Yet another recently elected DSA-backed candidate, State Senator-elect Julie Gonzales in Colorado, says she’s hoping to repeal a state law that bans rent-control ordinances at the local level.  In New York, State Senator-elect Julia Salazar, one of the highest-profile democratic socialists to win office this year, says she ran “very explicitly … to fight for stronger rent laws, to protect tenants, and to fight for truly, deeply affordable housing.” Along with other newly elected DSA-backed lawmakers, Vyze writes, these socialists may succeed in shaking up politics on many social issues in statehouses and city halls around the country. http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-democratic-socialists-rent-affordable-housing.html. – Andy Feeney

 

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