MDC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY MARCH 15 2019
Coming up: A crowded Saturday, with our Regional Conference under way (through Sunday);
and from the #Regionalamazon working group
TOMORROW Saturday March 16 Rally with For Us, Not Amazon Before Arlington Co. Board Meeting Saturday at 12 PM – 5 PM 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-5401;
from the #internationalism working group:
TOMORROW Saturday March 16 National March on the White House: U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! against the Trump administration’s brazen coup — DSA contingent gathers 11:30 AM at Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC. Follow the links above for details.
Last Minute Item — here is the MoCo branch newsletter
National DSA Bernie Endorsement Poll Results
From National Director Maria Svart: On March 5th, DSA’s National Political Committee sent an advisory poll asking all members whether DSA should endorse Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. This poll closed March 12 at noon EST. The response was overwhelmingly in favor: 76% of participants said Yes, and 24% said No.
13,324 DSA members, or 24% of eligible membership, participated in the poll. For such a large national organization, this is impressively high engagement. In fact, it is the most members to have ever participated in a decision in DSA’s history… The NPC, elected at the last national convention, will now vote on whether or not to endorse Sanders’s campaign. The NPC will meet the evening of Thursday, March 21st to consider the membership poll and vote on endorsement. The results of this meeting will be sent to membership via email promptly afterward.
A video conference about chapter participation in electoral work this Sunday, March 17 at 5 PM local time is on offer.
Mon March 18th A group of public housing residents and Empower DC are organizing an action at the mayor’s state of the district address against the privatization of public housing. The head of the public housing authority says we need ~$350 million to repair about 2500 uninhabitable units (for reference the city has about $2 billion in reserve funds). Spread the word to any comrades interested in showing solidarity with these residents through this action. https://www.facebook.com/events/2303470299978573/
Join our 2019 Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for the DC Abortion Fund which helps provide direct logistical and financial support to people in or traveling to DC who are seeking abortion care. Help us raise socialist cash for abortions by donating here, and remember to share this link with your friends and family.
From the #Ecosocialist caucus: Some members of this caucus and some members of the #mutual-aid WG are interested in working on community gardening. We’re currently trying to figure out what level of interest there is for this in the chapter — if doing some dirt-work from time to time sounds like something you’d be into, please fill out this form and we’ll let you know more as things develop!
Zach E, co-chair
Building Power in Virginia: This May, New Virginia Majority is hosting Solidarity Summer, an electoral training and political education program in Northern Virginia. The program is seven days (with one day off) of intensive training from May 15 to May 22, which will give participants the skills they need to run a district-wide electoral program: training staff, using and analyzing data, writing and revising outreach scripts, and more. More info on the program. How to apply.
MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR MARCH-APRIL
Saturday MAR 16 11:30 AM
Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
On Saturday, March 16, thousands of people from all over the United States will march in Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration’s brazen coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there. Please join our DSA contingent for the march at Freedom Plaza at 11:30 AM. From there, we will walk over to the main march.
MAR 16 – 17
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 –more at the link above.
Tuesday MAR 19 7:00 PM
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.
Tuesday MAR 19 6:30 PM
West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037
For our first session of the Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism. • What is capitalism?• What is socialism?• How does what DSA does help us get there?• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA? While everyone is welcome, this session is designed for newer members and those who are less familiar with socialist thought.
Sunday MAR 24 2:30 PM
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Climate change is worse than you think. Much, much worse. Join DSA and Extinction Rebellion for a talk called “Headed for Extinction and What To Do About It” on March 24 at 2:30pm at the Shaw Library. We cover the peer-reviewed climate science of runaway warming. Details at the link above.
Sunday MAR 24 4:00 PM
The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Please read our reading group Participation Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6bDa9rxgCCr5O0QT5dZdKvcSSk8Nwi0B6II5vAvVCQ/edit) and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹 This month, our readings focus on: [topic TBD] [ Readings TBD: You can submit suggested articles anytime — we can build a topic around them! https://goo.gl/forms/Rn7ktzvYmN2ZvEOT2
Monday MAR 25 7:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
A monthly meet-up where we explore the ways in which capitalism has affected us psychologically through meditation, journaling, and sharing. March’s topic will be the relationship between productivity and self worth in a capitalist society. Bring something to write on/with.
Wednesday MAR 27 6:30 PM
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 […]
Thursday MAR 28 6:30 PM
The Barking Dog, 4723 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814
Please join us for a DSA social event at the Barking Dog in downtown Bethesda! Stop on by & enjoy some leisure time with your comrades…. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sunday APR 7 2:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” This is how Marx, in one of his more literary moments, described the relation between capital and labor. Marx was predominantly a theorist of how capitalism worked, not what a future socialist society might look like. For details follow the link.
Sunday APR 7 2:00 PM
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda,
Please join us for our April 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.
Tuesday APR 9 7:00 PM
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 APR 14 3:00 PM
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.
Monday APR 15 7:00 PM
Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA 22204
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 activism and more. Complete details at the link.
Monday APR 22 6:40 PM
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Session three of the Socialist Night School. In this session, we will discuss what social reproduction is, how many current and seemingly divergent struggles are intertwined with struggles over social reproduction, and how social reproduction is a crucial concept for understanding capitalism in general and our current moment in particular. More details at the link.
PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE: MDC DSA Weekly Updates on Friday, March 22 and 29; monthly Washington Socialist newsletter Monday, April 1 (article deadline Sunday, March 24); April’s Updates are Friday, April 5, 12, 19 and 26. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV
Saturday, March 16 Community Action Forum on Busting High Drug Prices with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin. Learn how the system set up by corporations works against us — and how we can work together to fix it. 4-6 p.m; Auditorium, Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring, Md. Sponsored by Common Cause and and Right Care Alliance D.C.
Sunday March 17, DC United Against Hate plans a rally to oppose Brazil’s Pres. Bolsonaro and his visit to DC. 12:30 PM at Lafayette Square.
Monday, March 18 The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides with authors Robin Esser & Mitchel Cohen. 6:30 pm at Busboys and Poets 450 K St. NW. The book takes a fresh look at the politics underlying the mass use of pesticides and the challenges people around the world are making against Monsanto’s most dangerous creation, glyphosate –— better known as “Roundup” — and the campaign that ended with glyphosate declared as a cancer-causing agent. https://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/th-evt-8335503/
Monday, March 18 Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents The Invisible Vegan , a 90-minute independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices. Vegan meal at 6:30 for $14, film at 7 is free. New Deal Café on Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt, 113 Centerway. RSVP here. Guest panelists include restaurateurs, cooks and advocates Naijha Wright-Brown, Antonio Simpson, and Brenda Sanders.
Tuesday, March 19 Marching to Freedom’s Land: Liberation from Gaza to DC 7-9:30 PM Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 5301 N Capitol St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20011 Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro
Europe’s fight against the far-right by Shane Burtley and Patrick Strickland in ROAR Magazine. Across Europe, far-right parties and movements have been gathering steam over the past years — anti-fascists have been organizing in response.
Some familiar comrades try to repair the damage inflicted by the pawky NY Mag article on socialism as socializing and DSA as party scene: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-socialism-books.html?fbclid=IwAR17NCkK5Bmh-ODxvTgO3_R1TVio_nVv73jUdIqMrc0fFxUOIJn60MEf8lw
Detroit pioneering Green New Deal community focus; here is local coalition statement and statement from Metro Detroit DSA https://medium.com/dsa-detroit-newspaper/make-detroit-the-engine-of-a-green-new-deal-294575e6ace8
For the record: How a ‘strange hobby’ became a public service by Molly Conger in C-VILLE: “I never intended for my strange hobby to become a public service, but the combination of having the time and tenacity to sit through dozens of hours of [Charlottesville city] meetings per week and no editorial board asking me to tone down the emotional intensity of my coverage has created a unique public record that I am still shocked to find so many people rely on for their city government news.”