MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, March 8, 2019


ON FOR THE WEEKEND: TODAY (Friday, March 8): Metro-DC DSA NOVA Branch Coffee/Happy Hour 🌹 Saturday, March 9 9-12 AM For Us, Not Amazon Community Canvassing;11:30 AM Labor Working Group Planning Meeting ; 3 PM MDC DSA Publications Working Group ; Sunday, March 10 2 PM MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting … more details, of course, in the MDC DSA calendar, below.



An update from Migrant Justice:

The Migrant Justice Working Group is back! After a successful meeting, we have plans to expand our work exposing deportation profiteers and pressure officials to investigate those responsible for the abuse of migrants. On Saturday, March 30, we will be hosting a research training. After the training, we will break for lunch and come back to plan our next actions. Location TBD, keep an eye on the Facebook and Meetup page for updates. – Allison H.

And watch for announcements that came in after the Friday morning email version of the Update was sent — they’ll be signaled by green type.

IF YOU ARE A DSA MEMBER you should have gotten the national director’s emailed Dispatch for March, which arrived Friday afternoon. It has important stuff including two deadlines — one is Sunday March 10 at midnight and is your last chance to join one of the subcommittees planning the August national convention — there’s a link in the Dispatch for that. The other is next Tuesday March 12 at 12 noon and is the deadline for casting your ballot on the question of endorsing Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race.  If you can’t find your email that contained your voting code, but did get the Dispatch Friday afternoon, you will find the info you need at the bottom of the Dispatch (and it’s a long way!). If you got neither the vote-enabling email or the Dispatch, call the DSA national office at (212) 727-8610 or email so national staff can help you out, as long as you are a DSA member in good standing or within one year in arrears as of February 20.

Here’s this week’s MoCo DSA branch newletter:


And, well, we were supposed to repeat this one and we forgot:

Hey Comrades, 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.


The EcoSocialism working group/caucus meeting Wednesday night (March 6) had the DSA Convention (August) with preliminary conferences (next weekend) in view.

Forty-plus members in attendance were walked through the national Ecosocialist Working Group’s final statement amplifying the Green New Deal and putting a DSA stamp on it. Here is the full statement of principles:

The discussion focused first on the meeting’s response to the seven sections of the goal statement: Decarbonize the economy fully by 2030; Democratize control over major energy systems and resources; Center the working class in a just transition; Decommodify survival (by guaranteeing access to necessities); Reinvent our communities to serve people and planet, not profit; Demilitarize, decolonize, and strive for a future of international solidarity and cooperation; and Redistribute resources from the worst polluters.

The meeting then shifted to discussion of how the climate imperative should get expanded discussion in the regional conference hosted by the MDC DSA local chapter (March 15-17) and be included in the August convention’s short list of top priorities for activism – as near the top as possible.

The agenda for the meeting, with notes about the discussion, is here. See a roundup of hopes for a Green Jobs bill moving forward in the Maryland General Assembly here.

– Woody W

Appeal for housing for the DSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Our DSA chapter is hosting this conference in the DC area next weekend, from Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. 

We’re still looking for volunteers to offer housing so that all 100+ out-of-town comrades from other chapters have a place to stay for the weekend. Can you provide overnight housing for Friday, March 15, and/or Saturday, March 16? If so, please fill out this form:

The full details here: — Stu K

DC United Against Hate coalition is planning a rally on March 17 beginning at 12:30 PM in Lafayette Square to protest Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to DC to meet Donald Trump.

In preparation for the march 17 rally DC UAH is inviting people to an informational meeting and art build on Tuesday March 12 starting at 7 pm in the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library to engage in art/sign making, plug into roles for the rally and meet the organizers.

In addition, our comrades from Brazilians for Democracy and Social Justice – DC have asked us to promote the following events that commemorate the life and tragic death of Marielle Franco, a queer black socialist councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, who was assassinated on March 14 2018

The first event is a screening of the documentary entitled ‘I, a Black Woman, Resist!’ followed by a Q&A with Dr. Sharrelle Barber who was with councilwoman Franco just before she was assassinated. This event will take place Monday March 11 at Busboys & Poets Takoma (235 Carroll St. NW) at 7 pm. 

The second event is a candle light vigil and tribute at the White House on March 14 at 6:30 pm on the one year anniversary of Marielle Franco’s death. ” – Francesco R

FOR US NOT AMAZON – The next two weeks are going to be very important in the For Us Not Amazon Coalition.  We will need the support of everyone we can get in DSA to help fight against Amazon and our local leaders selling us out.  Whole neighborhoods will likely be displaced by the developments spurred by HQ2 so we need to rally together to prevent Amazon from receiving any incentives from the county and for them to actively work to protect against displacement and gentrification.

Canvassing: We have one more canvass to engage community members in South Arlington to raise awareness of HQ2 and how they can get involved in the fight. 
Canvassers should meet up at 9 AM at Cafe Sazon in Arlington.  
Facebook link:
You can also sign up for canvassing here: 
Community Forum in Alexandria: Our friends in Tenants and Workers United are working to mobilize residents in the Chirilagua neighborhood.  This part of Alexandria is ripe for redevelopment and we need to ensure that HQ2 doesn’t erase this neighborhood off the map.  TWU has asked for our support with running the forum, we will need people to help run sign in tables, take notes during discussions and help sign up people for future actions.  Spanish speakers are in high demand.  Please contact me directly if you can help out on Tuesday!
3512 Old Dominion Blvd Alexandria, VA 22305)
6:30-8pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Finally- we have the vote itself.  On Saturday March 16th, the Arlington County Board will be holding a public hearing and final vote on the incentive package for Amazon.  This is our final moment to be heard and to force the board to do the right thing.  We’re still working on the details so please mark your calendars for Saturday morning.
Please contact us ( if you have any questions about getting involved.  This is a great moment for the local to make an impact in NOVA and stand in solidarity with people who stand to be harmed by the failures of our elected leaders as they collude with Amazon. — Alex H

See more details below in “Events from our Allies.”

Bernie Watch: national DSA has sent an email survey about endorsements to paid-up and slightly lapsed DSA members nationwide. If you didn’t get an email about it, check the MDC DSA Slack #announcements channel for how to proceed.

Just posted! The Socialist Night School, back, new and improved Introduction to Marxism  Sun Apr 7, 2:30 – 4:30 PM at Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010). Complete details at the link.


Follow links for complete details

Friday MAR 8  6:00 PM

Metro-DC DSA NOVA Branch Coffee/Happy Hour 🌹

Detour Coffee, 946 N Jackson St, Arlington, va 22201

🌹No issues, no work, no worries – like a Red Panda, we can escape to just relax and enjoy socializing with our NOVA DSA friends. New members and friends are welcome!

Saturday MAR 9  11:30 AM

Labor Working Group Planning Meeting

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

Join the Labor Working Group as we plan our campaigns for 2019! We’ll be discussing the working group as a whole, followed by breaking out into groups focused on Solidarity, Wage Theft, and Organizing Workshops. If you’re interested in helping build any of those aspects, please come out! We’ll have plenty of opportunity for work.

Saturday MAR 9  3:00 PM

MDC DSA Publications Working Group

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

The Publications WG will finalize election process for the Publications Editorial Board and workshop periodicals content and website management and maintenance; outreach print materials will also be finalized.

Sunday MAR 10  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

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

Please join us for the March general meeting of the Montgomery County branch of DSA. We’ll be in the main meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Silver Spring library. See you then!

Wednesday MAR 13  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170

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 […]

MAR 16 – 17

DSA Regional Conference

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; and encourage the broadest member attendance possible (beyond chapter leaders and convention delegates).

Tuesday MAR 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.

Tuesday MAR 19  6:30 PM

Introduction to Socialism: Socialist Night School

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 relatively new to socialism.

Sunday MAR 24  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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

Please read our reading group Participation Guide  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!

Monday MAR 25  7:00 PM

DSA Healing Caucus: Meditation & Mindful Sharing

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

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.  


Tuesday APR 9  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.

Sunday APR 14  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.

Monday APR 15  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

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 actions and more.


MDC DSA PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE — March Updates are Friday, March 15, 22 and 29 and the April Washington Socialist newsletter is published Monday, April 1. Article deadline for the April newsletter is March 24. Send submissions for Updates or the newsletter to

Want to find out more about MDC DSA publications and how you can participate? Attend the Publications Working Group meeting tomorrow — Saturday, March 9 — at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.


Saturday, March 9  Affordable Housing & the Comprehensive Plan  — DC Grassroots Planning Coalition monthly meeting 1:30-4:00 PM First Baptist Church 712 Randolph St, NW (at New Hampshire) (2 blocks north on New Hampshire from Petworth metro) — The focus this month is a deep dive into how to achieve deeply, permanently affordable housing for families by strengthening and enforcing DC’s Comprehensive Plan. More at


Saturday March 9  For Us, Not Amazon Community Canvassing 9 AM – 12 PM  Cafe Sazon   4704 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia 22204  Hosted by For Us, Not Amazon, DSA NoVa and 5 others. Details at event page link.

Tuesday MAR 12 Amazon is Coming: Community meeting on Amazon 6:30 -8  Beverley Hills Community United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd, Alexandria, Virginia 22305 . Show Map  · Hosted by Tenants and Workers United – Inquilinos y Trabajadores Unidos and DSA NOVA


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



>>Historian and biographer (Dorothy Healey, Michael Harrington) Maurice Isserman reviews the latest account of the life of Eugene Victor Debs, whose middle name begins to look shiny again these days after the long, slow slog through Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes. Veteran lefty activist/scholars Paul Buhle and Steve Max (with illustrations by Noah Van Sciver) produced Eugene Debs: A Graphic Biography. Here is Isserman’s review, carried on the blog of national DSA:


>>Recommended by our NYC comrade Rosa Squillacote: Wilson (and Giuliani’s) “broken windows” theory of urban policing was always a shuck, designed at criminalizing whole neighborhoods for the purposes of capital and its captive political lackeys. Read more of this CityLab article.


>>A beautiful read from The Guardian. posted in PortSide Thursday, for contextualizing our struggle’s historical roots — not least because it is grounded on work by Christopher Hill, the great left historian of the English Revolution. Hill also noted of the short-lived Diggers/Levellers moment that after 1649 (the year Charles I was beheaded and Cromwell went from general toward Lord Protector) Cromwell and his aristocratic cronies settled once and for all the direction of change in England: it would be grounded on property ownership and its sanctity, not on human freedom.









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