MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, January 11, 2019

What’s on this weekend

Saturday, Child Care Training IMPORTANT CHILD CARE TRAINING has been canceled due to illness in advance of Sunday’s new-look General Body Meeting strategy session. And Sunday, the MDC DSA Montgomery Branch has its monthly meeting.

Also Saturday, two coalition events – an HQ2 opportunity in Arlington and a Grassroots Planning Coalition monthly meeting in SE DC.

As always, late-breaking events and actions that came too late for the Friday email will be added here in green type as they arrive.

>>A reminder: the two-year article archive and index of the Washington Socialist 2016-2018 is now completed and available on our website. Of course you can also scroll backward into the yesterdays of the newsletter and Updates “until backward reels the mind…”  starting from here. 


FIRST, THIS SUNDAY’S MDC DSA GENERAL BODY MEETING

Our monthly general body meeting will look slightly different this month. Instead of our usual schedule, we will primarily be facilitating a strategy forum on electoral organizing. Electoral organizers in our chapter will give a short presentation on our previous work before we divide into break-out groups to discuss member-submitted questions about strategy, accountability, and collaboration. Break out groups will have a chance to share what they spoke about and ask more questions of organizers before we adjourn. This is a great opportunity for members to discuss our work, and we encourage you all to come out! At 3 PM, Friends Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave. NW.
–Allison H


ACTION REPORTS

SHUTDOWN SOLIDARITY INFO FROM MDC DSA LABOR WORKING GROUP

Federal Worker Solidarity: contact Carl Goldman

Volunteer with DC JWJ to assist federal workers: Sign up here 


CHANCE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT HQ2 IMPACT

The second – and currently last – opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns about the Amazon HQ2 deal will be TOMORROW– Saturday ( Jan 12) from 9:30am-11:30am at the NRECA building (4301 Wilson Blvd). You can let us know if you’re coming here: https://www.facebook.com/events/366679370818672/

FYI- We’ll be rallying up to prep people at 8:30 at Republik Coffee and then moving into the NRECA space. The county board will be at the session, but their primary purpose is to *listen* to community members as they bring up questions or concerns they might have about the deal, though they will likely answer any factual questions.  Contact Alex Howe – phowe85@gmail.com for any questions. While the county has not yet scheduled the formal public hearing – after which the board will vote on the incentive package – it is most likely to be on Feb 23rd.
—Alex H


CAMPAIGNS COUNCIL PRE-MEETING INFO REQUEST.

In preparation for the inaugural meeting of the Campaigns Council (Thursday, Jan. 17) we are issuing a survey to assess the training needs and training capacity of the chapter. We hope to use this information to facilitate a discussion at the meeting on identifying future trainings, skill shares, or other forms of collaboration that the Campaigns Council could host.

Please fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/NyIliQX4BNAV22dh1

The Campaigns Council will meet next Thursday, January 17th, at 6:30 PM at Institute for Policy Studies (1301 Connecticut Ave).

Campaigns Council? Wait, what? The Campaigns Council is a new body in MDC-DSA. It was established by amendment of our chapter’s bylaws at the MDC-DSA convention this fall. The Campaigns Council aims to provide opportunities for cross-campaign work and collaboration. Campaigns Council will serve as a meeting place for lead campaign organizers to share skills, disseminate information regarding upcoming campaigns, and recruit new members. We will be using these meetings to deliver trainings on such things as security culture, recruitment, and retention, as well as to discuss directives from both the local Steering Committee and National DSA, and to find ways that chapter resources can be used to assist and serve the campaigns. At the first meeting, we will discuss the year ahead as it relates to National DSA, what organizing skills we have to offer AND would like to learn from each other, and sketch out a rough schedule for the rest of the calendar year.
–Doug T


OF NOTE:

Norman Birnbaum, a longtime friend of our local chapter who was a guest speaker of surpassing insight on the European left and other topics for us on numerous occasions, died last week at 92. The WaPo obit is very respectful, and this review of Birnbaum’s own memoir nearly a year ago by Jamie Galbraith in Dissent enriches our understanding, as does a retrospective by the editors of his most regular outlet, The Nation.


MDC DSA members: You probably got the National DSA January Dispatch by email yesterday – but if you missed it you’ll find it here, on our website. It includes some new staff bios, updates on the now-final schedule for regional meetings before the August convention, upcoming YDSA conference and more…


MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR JANUARY AND BEYOND

Saturday JAN 12 2:00 PM

Childcare Training HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO ORGANIZER ILLNESS

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR RESCHEDULING

Saturday JAN 12 1:30 PM

Monthly Grassroots Planning Meeting w/ DC Planning Office Director

Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020

DC GRASSROOTS PLANNING COALITION Includes Metro DC DSA as a partner organization. Access: Anacostia Metro, onsite parking. Prepare for upcoming Council struggle over affordability of housing and neighborhoods with Acting Director of Planning as guest.

Sunday JAN 13 2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda,

Please join us for our January branch meeting! Help us build our vision for equality, democracy, and socialism in Montgomery County. Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to a local bar for a social hour. See you then! (Directions: The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center is located on the plaza level on Edgemoor Lane.

 

Sunday JAN 13 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 — Electoral Strategy discussion, see above.

Tuesday JAN 15 6:30 PM

Organizing Uber/Lyft Drivers: Informational meeting

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

Have you heard that DSA is helping organize Uber/Lyft and other app-based drivers? Are you interested in helping out? If so come meet with organizers and learn how you can plug-in with our efforts. We will give some background on what’s been happening, provide some basic training on how to organize drivers.

Tuesday JAN 15 7:00 PM

Palestinian Solidarity Working Group Meeting

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St Nw, Washington,

Join MDC DSA Palestinian Solidarity Working Group for its first meeting of the year. We will review the progress we made in 2018 and lay out a plan to expand our work in 2019.

Wednesday JAN 16 7:30 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church,

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 JAN 17 6:30 PM

Campaigns Council

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

Inaugural Campaigns Council Meeting Details and Agenda TBA; see above for pre-meeting survey link.

SundayJAN20 4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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. Topics and readings TBD

Tuesday JAN 22 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.

Wednesday JAN 23 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.

Saturday JAN 26 2:00 PM

Wage Theft Canvass/Training

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

We will be conducting another training and canvass as part of the Labor Working Group’s anti-wage theft campaign. Attendees will first receive an hour-long training on DC wage theft law and how to talk to workers about fighting back and organizing to get what they’re owed. Afterwards we’ll put that training to use in a workplace visit.

Sunday JAN 27 3:00 PM

Ecosocialists Caucus Meeting: Urban Farming and Environmental Justice

Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street SE, Washington, DC

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 into the city and its environmental implications.

Sunday JAN 27 4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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

Please read our Socialist Reading Groups: Participation Guide () {{under revision}} and join us as we explore and discuss topics and readings (TBA) within Socialist Feminism 🌹

Thursday JAN 31 6:30 PM

Night School: David & Goliath – The Piven/Cloward Framework

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

Join us for another Socialist Night School. The presenter, Margaret McLaughlin, will be discussing the works of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, with a special focus on their book “Poor People’s Movements,” and how social movements can wield their power to log concrete wins for their communities.

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.

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.

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! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting.

Sunday FEB 17 4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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.

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.

Wednesday FEB 27 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.


ALLIED EVENTS IN THE DMV

Sat, Jan 12th, 9:30-11:30 AM , Arlington County Board “listening session” opportunity to discuss HQ2 impact — at NRECA – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203 RSVP see Action Report above for details.

Saturday, Jan 12 11:30 AM Mt. Pleasant Library —  Extinction Rebellion (XR DC) discussion called “Headed for Extinction and What To Do About It”. It’ll cover the gritty details of the climate science that suggests that runaway warming is imminent, the consequences that will have, and how we can respond.
  https://www.facebook.com/events/329652007883934/

Mon January 14 — American Constitution Society forum, “Flipping the Narrative: Taking the Voting Rights Struggle from Defense to Offense” 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm , at Jenner & Block LLP, 1099 New York Avenue NW, #900, Washington, DC 20001 “Much of the narrative around voting and representation over the last decade has focused on efforts to shrink the electorate and gerrymander political districts, and the progressive response to those efforts. Yet, innovative ideas have been proposed to expand the electorate and to ensure that representatives better resemble their state constituents.” Discussion of an affirmative agenda for voting rights. RSVP

Sunday, Jan 27 “The Earth is Not for Sale” — book talk at  Busboys, 14th and V St NW, 6-8 PM. MDC DSA member David Schwartzman discusses his recently published ecosocialist analysis, which Climate and Capitalism calls ” A thought provoking and documented examination of solutions to social and economic inequality, ecological tipping points, and the threat of climate catastrophe, focusing on renewable energy systems, agroecology, and social organization.” The book is co-authored by David’s son Peter, also an environmental scientist and activist.  


GOOD READS

>>From Jacobin, a supplemental account of the requirements of ecosocialist action that relates to two articles in our January issue:

https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/green-new-deal-fight-a-short-term-political-loss-but-huge-publicity-gains-for-ocasio-cortez-allies/

and

 https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/multistate-decarbonization-compact-offers-window-for-ecosocialist-activism/

 >>And a Guardian essay that tracks with another Washington Socialist article from January:

  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/24/technology-capitalists-unionised-workforce-tech-sector  (notice that Dan Adkins’ article appeared first…)

>>From Jules Bernstein, a reminder that Rashida Tlaib’s curiously damped-down media presence is particularly a problem because of the value of her full-throated role of “defending liberal democracy from Trumpism.” By Jeffrey C. Isaac from Public Seminar  

>>And also from Bernstein, a review of a book on Debs’s rail workers’ strike against the Pullman company, one of the great labor uprisings – in the New York Times “Dealbook” section, no less. One important figure is George Pullman, eponymous owner and mock-Owenite benevolent boss who built a seemingly ideal company town, but who nevertheless “would rather see the town and possibly the nation burn than accept any limitations on the inherent prerogatives of ownership.”

>>And an LA Times column about AOC’s proposal, rapidly getting traction, for a 70 percent top marginal tax rate. “Conservative heads exploded”… . largely because “the wealthy have become used to getting their own way on tax rates ever since the top rate started to come down sharply under Ronald Reagan, and they now think they’re owed what is virtually a free lunch.”

>> Two articles from Black Agenda Report; one is on the Green New Deal, with some history: and the other is on the buzz about socialism (read: AOC) keylinedIt’s good that there are now plenty of young people that like the idea of socialism. But if they don’t really know what socialism is, they also don’t know what capitalists will do to resist it.”

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