MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

MDC DSA Weekly Update for Friday November 23 2018

Comrades, this holiday week is slow, for sure. But fasten your socialist seat belts, next week we launch into… um, well – the full-on “Holiday Season,” where the effort-cost of being a left activist in the DMV or anywhere else in capitalism-land ratchets up still higher – for both celebrants and skeptics — in the toils of the time-suck Santa Zone. [Sound of sci-fi-ish engine/device dopplering down]…

Nevertheless our MDC DSA local chapter and our allies have actions and conversations ahead in late November into December as you see in the calendar(s) below. Action will follow, into 2019. (2019?!?!)

So note that between now and New Year’s there are two Socialist Night School events, MoCo (legislative briefing) and Nova branch meetings, MoCo branch get-together with Greater Baltimore DSA comrades, training and canvassing for Stomp Out Slumlords’ anti-eviction action, several book or reading groups, wage theft campaign planning with Labor WG, white collar organizing training, Socialists of Faith caucus gathering, a workshop on future electoral endorsement questionnaires, a dashing-through-the-snow variation on Happy Hour devoted to Hot Chocolate and of course the General Body Meeting Sunday, Dec. 9.

Something to fit into every socialist’s holiday dance card. See that calendar below.


PUBLICATIONS NOTES

Our next appearance in your inbox will be the December issue of the Washington Socialist, which will be sent Friday, Nov. 30. If you are planning your article now, please submit it to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org by this Sunday night (Nov. 5) for best consideration and treatment. Notices and briefs for the Update part of that larger newsletter may be submitted according to the usual schedule.

Publications Working Group folks – please check the #publications Slack channel for a link to choose our next meeting, where we’ll begin choosing leadership.

After the Calendar there are Good Reads, but right here, access points to the Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir for your Friday Noir enjoyment.


MDC DSA CALENDAR – EVENTS AND ACTIONS IN NOV-DEC

NOVEMBER

Tuesday NOV 27 6:30 PM

Socialist Night School: Repression of Dissent and the US Left

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

Part of the Socialist Night School. Red Squads, COINTELPRO, McCarthyism. Throughout its history the US left has aroused anger from the powerful, who have sought to silence them. This presentation will cover the history of law enforcement surveillance of political activism, the legacy of McCarthyism, and just how much has and hasn’t changed today.

Tuesday NOV 27  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 NOV 29  6:30 PM

DSA Happy Hour

The Midlands, 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 NOV 29  7:00 PM

Socialists of Faith Caucus Meeting

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

Join Metro DC DSA’s Socialists of Faith Caucus for its monthly meeting. Learn about the various socialist faith-based work of the chapter. We will also be having a discussion of new ideas to engage with other MDC DSA working groups and other organizing groups.

Friday NOV 30  6:30 PM

November Labor Working Group Meeting

1616 P Street NW, Suite 150, 1616 P Street NW, Suite 150, Washington, DC

We will be going over updates for our longer term projects: wage theft canvassing and organizing trainings, as well as solidarity campaigns. We will be meeting at 1616 P St NW, Suite 150.

Friday NOV 30   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!

DECEMBER

Saturday DEC 1  2:00 PM

White Collar Organizing Discussion

Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Have you thought about unionizing your job but you’re not sure what to do? Come to this discussion! We will demystify the unionizing process, talk about the general organizing strategy, learn about employer opposition, and more! This is the third discussion offered by MDC DSA to help comrades organize their workplace.

Sunday DEC 2  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 1:30; canvass step-off at 2.

Sunday DEC 22:30 PM

Metro DC DSA Endorsement Committee workshop
 Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

A workshop to generate a set of standard questions for chapter-wide use on political endorsement questionnaires. RSVP at above link.

Sunday DEC 2  3:00 PM

December Socialist Book Club

Kogod Courtyard (at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portait Gallery), 8th and F Streets, Washington, DC 20390-0001

We will be reading Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams. “…more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing them.”

Tuesday DEC 4  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.

Wednesday DEC 5  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Arlington County Library – Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

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.

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!

Sunday DEC 9  3:00 PM

Rusty the Red PandaMetro 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? More, plus reading suggestions, at link.

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 the legislative outlook in the 2019 General Assembly.

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 1:30, canvass step-off 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. Follow link for more, and readings access.

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. More at link.

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. No agenda, no work, and no politics… well, maybe a little politics. Important details at link.

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

Friday, Nov. 23 Fairfax For All is having an action-y canvas/canvas-y action around the county’s collaboration with ICE tomorrow in Reston, with the meeting time and place being 10:30a at the Reston Regional Library. If you’d like more information or are interested in attending, please let me know!

Saturday, December 1 Summit on Peace with Iran 9 AM-5 PM First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street NW Washington, DC 20001 Cost sliding $10 – $100
Join us to highlight the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran that could lead us into another war, and examine how to reverse course. Find out more »

Sunday, December 2, Maryland Legislative Coalition Pre-Legislative Summit — 10am to 5pm
UMBC Engineering Building-Lecture Hall. Sponsors Maryland NOW, presenters Indivisible Towson and Montgomery, Takoma Park Mobilization,Together We Will Baltimore Area, WISE (Women Indivisible Strong Energetic) — Register here . For more information contact Maryland Legislative Coalition at mdlegislativecoalition@gmail.com

Maryland comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful activist calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/


Good Reads: 

>>IPS Contributor Jumps on Bandwagon for “Green New Deal,” But Only With Labor Rights.  In a Nov. 15 article posted to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) web site, veteran labor activist Lauren Burke, who is associated with the Labor Network for Sustainability, hails Sunrise Movement activists and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for proposing a Green New Deal to address the urgent problem of climate change.  Burke praises AOC, who has posted a draft proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal on her website, for her “willingness to embrace the dynamic and confrontational mobilization of the Sunrise Movement,” which conducted a well publicized protest on Nov. 13 at Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding a Democratic Party push for a Green New Deal.  AOC’s draft plan for such a program  “contains bold provisions for achieving 100 percent renewable energy, a federal jobs guarantee, a commitment to mitigate racial, regional and gender-based wealth and income inequalities,” Burke writes.  But so far, the proposal is missing “any terms for protecting — let alone strengthening — the right to organize.”  And “without strong labor protections,” Burke warns, “a Green New Deal is likely to create the sorts of low-paid, precarious work that has increasingly defined the American job since President Reagan.”  For more of Burke’s commentary, click here:  https://inequality.org/research/green-new-deal-union-rights/ .. –Andy F.

>>A couple of dispatches from the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace, including one from our friend Sam Pizzigati:

Marc Elrich has a mandate

A pre-election poll about issues — imagine that, actual issues — at play in the MoCo executive race shows “Marc Elrich not only won the election but also a mandate for his development agenda,” David Lublin writes in Seventh State. Respondents favored “making developers pay more towards the county infrastructure needed to support the expanded population that development brings.”

Congress is back. Can the US House “go bold” and make change?

With the return of Congress featuring a flip to Democratic control in the House come January, Progressive Breakfast asks if the risk-averse Democrats can make real change. “That all depends — on their eagerness to think big and bold,” says Sam Pizzigati, “on their willingness to challenge the concentrated wealth and power that’s keeping things from changing. … Just pushing for such legislation … would send all of America the empowering message that meaningful change can conceivably happen.”

>>Amazon aftermath – a recommendation from a comrade on the # ANC channel, with a local DMV perspective: “I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city. Here’s what worries me.”

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/11/20/18103065/amazon-hq2-finalists-long-island-city-crystal-city

>>Another chapter in the real “invasion”: AOC and The Squad “confound the House Democrats” — TX to comrade Jules B.

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