MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, June 7, 2019

MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday June 7 2019

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday June 8: Stomp Out Slumlords; Labor Working Group; Last Virginia GOTV weekend push; Community garden work day. Sunday, June 9: Last Virginia GOTV weekend push. NOTE June GBM is Sunday, June 23

MDC DSA delegates to the national convention will be chosen in an election conducted today (Friday, June 7 through Tuesday (June 11). MDC DSA members in good standing should receive an Opavote email today.

SOLIDARITY ASK – our comrade Ginny Diamond of NoVa Labor highlights rallies for Justice for Janitors action, could coordinate with GOTV work Tues 11th among some of the most oppressed workers in the DMV… “A commercial cleaners contract is up October 15 this year,” she reports; “we have over 10,000 members covered under this contract in the metropolitan area that we will be negotiating in just months with a lot of different union signatories and even though we talk to them every day, it’s always a big fight every four years as we try to gain better protection, benefits etc. for members… with that said, we are starting to bring some heat on the streets to begin with celebrating Justice for Janitors Day in the first and second weeks of June in which we will love to see your support and others along with our janitors members, majority Latinos, hardworking people and lowest pay.”

 Tues June 11th – @ 901 N Stuart ST Arlington, VA. Ballston Metro station (4:30 p.m); Justice for Janitor Rally & contract surveys to members at corner of N Stuart ST & 9th ST

Wed June 12th – @ Farragut Square Washington D.C. Corner of 17th St NW & K ST NW time TBD                  Rally and march to K&S nonunion site in Dupont Circle WDC. Metro (Farragut North, red line & Farragut West, blue/ silver/ orange line)

Thurs June 13th – @ 1800 S Bell ST Arlington, VA (Crystal City Metro station) 4:20 – 5:30 or till we get kicked out — Justice for Janitors rally in front of a union employer & Amazon HQ!

From the MDC DSA Labor WGThe minimum wage goes up for tipped and non-tipped workers on July 1st, so help us make sure workers of DC know! We will be having a wage theft train the trainer on June 26th, and city-wide Know Your Rights outreach on June 29th and 30th. Details to follow but save the dates! This will be done in collaboration with the DC Just Pay Coalition. – Sam N

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Saturday JUN 8  1:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting

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

Join the Stomp Out Slumlords campaign for our June business meeting. We’ll be planning out the next few months of canvassing and discussing how we can improve the effectiveness of our project. If you want to get more deeply involved in data collection and analysis, court support, building-level organizing, or any other aspects of the project.

Saturday JUN 8  2:00 PM

June Labor Working Group

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

Come join the MDC DSA Labor Working Group for our June meeting! We will be discussing changes to the wage theft project and strategizing how to move forward. The meeting will be held in the basement meeting room of the Shaw Neighborhood Library.

Saturday JUN 8  10:00 AM

DSA GOTV Canvass for Virginia Primary

Delicioso, 7867 Heritage Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

PLEASE RSVP HERE: Get out the vote (GOTV) is the most important part of a campaign! It all builds up to this one weekend, where we try to talk to every voter that we met with during the campaign to remind them to vote. We hope you can join us! This is the FINAL push.

Saturday JUN 8  2:00 PM

Community Garden Work Day

643 G St SE, 643 G St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Work on our garden space is moving along! Now that the site is cleared, it’s time to start some seeds and to talk strategy & plans for the season, including things like raised beds, resources, planting schedule, and more!

Sunday JUN 9  10:00 AM

DSA GOTV Canvass for Virginia Primary

Delicioso, 7867 Heritage Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

PLEASE RSVP HERE: Get out the vote (GOTV) is the most important part of a campaign! It all builds up to this one weekend, where we try to talk to every voter that we met with during the campaign to remind them to vote. We hope you can join us! This is the FINAL push.

Tuesday JUN 11  6:30 PM

Internationalism Working Group Meeting

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

Join Metro DC DSA Internationalism Working Group to learn how to get involved in the chapter’s international solidarity organizing. During this meeting, we plan to examine the impacts of our Venezuela Solidarity work. We also plan to discuss upcoming anti-war actions and other solidarity efforts

Wednesday JUN 12 MDC DSA Steering Committee remote meeting, 7-8:30 PM – see #steering Slack channel for remote link.

Saturday JUN 15  11:00 AM

Grrrls* x Queer Caucus brunch

Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, 555 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

The Socialist Feminist and Queer caucuses are putting on a joint brunch to get to know other members outside of our usual zones. The breakfast buffet at Freddie’s is $14.99pp and includes one glass of champagne, coffee, pop/soda, or juice; additional glasses of champagne are $2. All are welcome to attend who’ve been to one of the Socialist Feminist Caucus’ previous Grrrls* Night events.

Wednesday JUN 19  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave # 215, Alexandria, VA 22305

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 and continue discussing planning for our current actions and campaigns including support for DSA candidates in Virginia Elections, anti-Amazon-HQ2 and more.

Wednesday JUN 19  7:30 PM

Strike Wave Panel ft. Sara Nelson

Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Join Metro DC DSA in a panel discussion with Sara Nelson (president, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO), Eric Blanc (author, Red State Revolt), and Emily Gasoi (member, DC State Board of Education) on the teacher strike wave of 2018, how teachers in the area have organized and won in recent local struggles,  and the power of feminized labor/pink collar organizing.

Saturday JUN 22  1:00 PM

Ecosocialists Caucus Meeting: Strategy Session

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

It’s been about nine months since the Ecosocialists Caucus was started, and (if you’ll forgive the organizer writing this the immodesty) we’re proud of the climate and environmental awareness we’ve brought to Metro DC DSA in that time. We’ve forged links with the internationalism working group, started a community garden, and hosted several discussions linking ecosocialism/GND to cognate issues.

Sunday JUN 23  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

Monday JUN 24  6:30 PM

Socialists and the Labor Movement (Socialist Night School)

West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

After decades of retreat for both the left and the labor movement, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of both labor militancy and a renewed interest in socialism. But what in the relationship between socialism and unions? In this Night School Session, we will be covering the history of leftists in the US trade union movement and the implications for today.

Monday JUN 24  7:00 PM

Housing and the Green New Deal

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Cities are more expensive than ever, with an urgent need for affordable housing hitting DC and communities all over the country. At the same time, the climate crisis is forcing us to rethink how we build and order our lives. Together, these pressures offer an opportunity — the chance to use frameworks like the Green New Deal for comprehensive change.

Monday JUN 24  8:30 PM

An Open Mic for human rights

Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House, 2475 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Join your comrades from for an evening of music and poetry, bread and roses, and communal rants about horrible bosses. Performers can claim a spot the night of via a sign-up sheet. Covers of “This Land is Your Land” are highly encouraged!

Thursday JUN 27  6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

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

Join Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for our monthly meeting. Learn how to get involved in the various campaigns to empower and liberate the disabled community from the oppressive capitalist system. We meet on the first floor of the ADA-compliant Festival Center. ASL interpretation will be provided on request. Please aim to submit […]

Thursday JUN 27  6:30 PM

DSA Happy Hour

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

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.


TODAY Friday, June 7 Join CODEPINK and Anti-War Student Activists protesting the war on Yemen at the White House! 4 PM 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500  RSVP Here

Saturday June 8 DC Grassroots Planning Coalition meets in monthly session to plan for action as DC Council will vote in midsummer on framework Comp Plan, 1:30-4:00 PM Union Temple Baptist Church 1225 W St, SE DC 20020. MDC DSA is a member of this coalition, which fights to keep developers’ influence from taking inconvenient public protections out of the existing plan.

Sunday, June 9, Toxic Contamination at Military bases: Another Threat to our Environment — 2:30 to 4:30 pm Presented by Pat Elder, at Adelphi Friends Meeting  2303 Metzerott Road Adelphi, Maryland 20783

SUN Jun 9 Juneteenth Art Build 2-5 PM 313 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003-3808

Hosted by Stop Police Terror Project DC:  SNACKS, MUSIC, GREAT COMPANY, ART BUILDING! Come on out! Will you be bringing art supplies and/or snacks? Let us know by flagging it here

SUN Jun 9  SURJ MoCo General Meeting 2-4 PM  Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA Showing Up for Racial Justice, Montgomery County – new member orientation 1-2.  Discussion of police and prison abolition. Resources at link.

MON Jun 10 People Over Profit: Amazon and the Fight for Justice in Virginia 7:30-9:30 PM

Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N Jackson St, Arlington, VA 22201 — Hosted by For Us, Not Amazon: Informational forum to explore the impact of Amazon’s HQ2 on low-income residents of color in northern VA. We’ll be joined by a panel of organizers and researchers .

Monday, June 10 Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Connie Morella Library on Arlington Road, in Bethesda. The Environmental Sustainability Group at Bethesda Friends (Quaker) Meeting is sponsoring the workshop. No RSVPs needed; workshop scope requires on-time attendance. See Sunday, June 10 entry for additional info.

Wednesday, June 12 Raising Incomes in America: Debating the Best Path Forward, 9 to 11 AM, Spire, 750 First Street NE, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20002  — What are the best ideas to achieve a high-wage America? Panel of economists plus a keynote address from Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA). RSVP. Will be webcast

 Wednesday, June 12  Annual “Zero Waste” Potluck & Discussion– Greenbelt Climate Action Network,
7:00 – 9:00 PM Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD

Thursday, June 13 – Poor People’s Campaign regional monthly meeting
The Poor People’s Campaign in Montgomery County will have its monthly meeting in Takoma Park – more info here.

Thursday, June 13 DC United Against Hate antifascist coalition meets to discuss a planned response to the July 6 fascist rally in Freedom Plaza., 7-9 PM at the Cleveland Park Library.

SAT Jun 15  Deep Canvass with SURJ Northern Virginia 11 AM-5 PM Follow link to sign up. Deep canvassing is a long-term, research-based strategy that SURJ is using to invite our neighbors to re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. No canvassing experience necessary, our script and training will guide you. To volunteer email

SAT Jun 15 Juneteenth event: ONE DC – Organizing Neighborhood Equity, 614 S St NW, Washington, DC 20001 1-5 PM Festival celebrating Juneteenth to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Also see June 19 event below.

TUES Jun 18 If Not Now, When? A Discussion on Reparations (Black space only) 6-9 PM,

Peace Fellowship Church 1047 45th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019.  Hosted by Stop Police Terror Project DC: RSVP at link above. Stay tuned about additional events happening for the Juneteenth Week of Action and Celebration at

June 17-June 19 – Poor People’s Campaign: A Moral Action Congress in Wash, DC
The Poor People’s Campaign will hold a Moral Action Congress at Trinity Washington University from June 17-19. Poor people, moral leaders, activists, and advocates from over 40 states across the U.S. will convene to strategize, learn and build power together. More info here.

WED Jun 19, 2019 — Juneteenth EventONE DC – Organizing Neighborhood Equity will host a Juneteenth Community Learning Event at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW, Peter Marshall Hall). From 6 to 9 PM.

THU Jun 20 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers! 1-5 PM at 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC

THU Jun 20 M4BL DC General Assembly on Reparations 6-9 PM, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, 3845 S Capitol St SW, Washington, DC 20032 Hosted by DC Movement For Black Lives Steering Committee and 2 others:

FRI Jun 21 Liberation Fundraiser 6-9 PM, Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017, Hosted by Stop Police Terror Project DC: SPTP-DC works to expose and root out systemic racism and brutality in DC’s Metropolitan Police

Friday, June 21 – film “Decade of Fire” – “In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.” With discussion by the filmmaker, Vivian Vasquez; Doors open at 6:15 – Movie (free) at 6:30 Christ United Church – 900 4th St, SW, DC 20024 co-sponsors include Empower DC, the Latino Economic Development Center and others.

SAT Jun 22  Juneteenth Community Celebration & Resource Fair 11 AM-4 PM Marvin Gaye Park 5200 Foote St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20019 Hosted by Stop Police Terror Project DC —  meet your neighbors, enjoy the food, and dance to some Go-Go!

MON Jun 24 ROC DC Monthly Meeting!  1-3 PM Restaurant Opportunity Center DC, Second Floor, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, meet to build worker power in order to improve wages and working conditions in the DC restaurant industry! 

Monday, June 24 DC Gentrification and Black Cultural Loss — panel discussion about the impacts of gentrification on Black culture in DC. With Michelle Chatman, Shellee Haynesworth and Natalie Hopkinson, 6:30-8:30 PM, Empower DC Action Hub, 1256 Pleasant St. SE, DC 20020

Tuesday, June 25, “Taxing the (Very) Rich,” day-long extravaganza from EPI and IPS jointly, with many participants including Barbara Ehrenreich, 9-5 at the Mayflower Hotel. Info here, with RSVP link.


>>Jacobin’s new issue is all about housing, lots of stuff; don’t overlook subscribing or donating if you haven’t; the magazine is not quite at the commanding heights of the economy – yet.

>>Our comrade Andy Feeney sends this: Good Read:  “Limbic Capitalism” and Addiction to Online Gaming Described in New Book Excerpted by QuilleteWhen young men grow obsessed to the point of addiction with online role-playing games, they resemble compulsive gamblers in being victims of “Limbic Capitalism,” writes David Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business, published in 2019 by Harvard College.  In a book excerpt featured recently in the for-profit weekly Quillette, Courtwright finds the pleasure-seeking functions of the brain’s limbic system, which are essential to feeling and quick reactions to stimuli, to be essential to human survival and the slow development of civilization.  However, “limbic capitalist” businesses, often with the collaboration of governments, have hijacked the limbic system’s neural pathways to boost profits, by addicting customers to behaviors that often work against survival.  The liquor industry and purveyors of addictive drugs have done the same thing for centuries, creating a model that the online gaming industry has adopted.  For more details, see .

>>Book review from the Guardian – Optimism? FALC yeah! But “The problem is political: the stranglehold of short-termist corporations over most economic life and governments.”  Guess that’s where we Unwinders and Dismantlers come in: political success equals a demonstrable soft landing for capitalism…

>>Joe Stiglitz on climate change as the World War III of our time  ‘When the US was attacked during the second world war no one asked, “Can we afford to fight the war?” It was an existential matter. We could not afford not to fight it. The same goes for climate change.’

>>IPS’s Phyllis Bennis in Jacobin argues that there’s an essential antimilitarist component to a successful Green New Deal

>>Is the capitalist hierarchy catching on about climate faster than the general public? “Under pressure from shareholders and regulators, companies are increasingly disclosing the specific financial impacts they could face as the planet warms … . Early estimates suggest that trillions of dollars may ultimately be at stake.” A piece by Brad Plumer in the NYT


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