MDC DSA’s Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for January 2019

UP FRONT FOR THE WEEKEND

Saturday 1/5, the Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting at 1:00 PM; Sunday 1/6, Member Mobilizer Training at 1:30 PM

It’s not quite MDC DSA-official but federal museums are closed so the Socialist Book Group Discussion will almost certainly not take place at 3 PM Sunday (1/6) in the Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery. Watch our Slack channel #socialist-book-group for updates.

Get full details below in the MDC DSA Calendar for January or follow the links.

LATE BREAKING INFO (AFTER THE FRIDAY EMAIL IS SENT) IS BELOW IN GREEN:


A LATE-BREAKING NOTE ON OUR JANUARY GBM: Our January monthly meeting will be something new: a strategy forum on our electoral strategy for 2019! We’ll be discussing various aspects of our electoral engagement, lessons learned from past campaign efforts, and where we go from here. Come out on Sunday, January 13 and help build our electoral program for the coming election cycles. Agenda TBA

And from our NoVA comrade Alex Howe, #regionalamazon,Heads up on an event for next week in Arlington for HQ2 organizing: The Listening Session is a community forum for people to sound off on their concerns about the Amazon deal. It’s on Jan 12th, 9:30-11:30 , (NRECA – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203)–It’s kind of one sided but we were successful in controlling a bulk of the conversation at the last listening session in December. We would love to get more folks to turn out and really get loud and put more pressure on them. More info and RSVP link (which is used to gauge turnout) https://www.arlingtonva.us/events/community-listening-session-amazon-2/

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​ ​e​cosocialist 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.  

 

MDC DSA Family Values: Bring your kids to the (Sunday, January 13) MDC DSA General Body meeting! Pre-register here. Interested in volunteering in the child care working group? Sign-up here and join us on January 12 for an orientation session. Email childcare@mdcdsa.org with questions. It’s how we involve families in our DSA work.

 

PENTAGON IMPERIALISM IN OKINAWA The costly effect of the US military presence on Okinawa has hit a new low, as the destruction of Henoko and Oura Bay to make room for a relocated base began last month, over the objections and vocal opposition of the Okinawan people and government. MDC DSA members are encouraged to sign the petition as a show of solidarity with the Okinawan people, and check out the article in this month’s Washington Socialist that delves more into the issue and the connection between Japanese nationalism and US imperialism. There’s a Jan. 7 Demo outside the White House to protest US imperialist behavior in Okinawa.  — Kaiser F

 

How will Socialism win? Through a strong and organized community. Want to help build MDC DSA’s community? Become a Member Mobilizer! Mobilizers meet with new and less-engaged comrades to help them overcome those potentially intimidating or confusing first steps toward getting more involved in DSA. To become a Mobilizer, come out to this this Sunday’s Member Mobilizer Training at DC’s Northeast library, 1:30 PM. You’ll learn more about the program along with skills and strategies that can make you a better organizer & comrade. You’ll be helping to bring more members into the active mix and thus make our campaigns even more effective! — John G

 

NoVA Branch ANNOUNCEMENTS: the Virginia Statewide DSA Convention happens the weekend of February 23-24 in Richmond. If you are interested in attending (even tentative, leaning to yes) please fill out this interest form to help us create the programming/agenda! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GESxzwJj6d5aqJjOnTloEQNvQcKMMS7LOon1ZL-Jo3Y/viewform?edit_requested=true

And NoVA Branch meeting, just set: January 16th, 7:30-9:00 at Tysons Pimmit library

 

COMP PLAN REVISION UPDATE — In 2018 several MDC DSA members were involved in monthly organizing and education on equitable land use and housing policies through the Grassroots Planning Coalition, led by Empower DC. The coalition is organizing around the city’s ongoing amendment process of the Comprehensive Plan, which governs land use. We posted a series of Twitter threads in October summarizing what’s been happening and what we aim to accomplish. Since then, the director of the DC Office of Planning has been fired and replaced by an interim director, and the DC Council has pushed back its timeline for taking up legislation on this topic, most likely until February. Check out these threads below to get educated and see below for info on our next meeting!

1st thread     2nd thread     3rd thread    4th thread

The Grassroots Planning Coalition meets monthly on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:30pm to 4pm. Join us Saturday January 12th at Union Temple Baptist (1225 W St SE) for the next meeting, with special guest Andrew Trueblood, interim director of the Office of Planning.  — David Poms

 

MDC DSA ROCKS THE CAPITAL

How do we do it? Effort, but more. As the DSA mantra goes, we can’t beat capitalist trash without socialist cash. So help keep socialism in capitalism’s face with a donation, one-off or sustaining, here.

SHOUT OUT (From Adam Pagnucco’s Best and Worst of the 2018 election cycle in Bethesda Beat:

“Newest power players: Progressive Maryland and the Democratic Socialists

Founded by Tom Hucker years before he became an elected official, Progressive Maryland played its biggest role ever in a MoCo election by starting a six-digit super PAC to take on the opponents of its favored candidate, Marc Elrich.  The Democratic Socialists provided critical ground troops to support Elrich’s campaign and also helped to get Gabriel Acevero and Vaughn Stewart elected to the House of Delegates.  The big question now is what they do next.”


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:

International Focus:

Caroline DGilets Jaunes – the worker rejection of Macron’s neoliberal regime

Kaiser FHow nationalism and US militarism skews Okinawa’s politics

Ecosocialism in practice

Andy FeeneyThe Green New Deal and the House Dem establishment

Woody WoodruffEcosocialist organizing and the regional decarbonization pacts

MDC DSA evolves

Matt AIntroducing the Disability Working Group

Kurt StandPrince George’s DSA growing pains, emerging among allies

Labor activism – in Silicon Valley?

Dan AdkinsWorkers in Big Tech seizing agency?

Books

Bill Mosley – Reviews a new analysis of identity politics, with surprises

December Redux

Bob Guldin – Amazon is 800-pound gorilla at town hall event on Crystal City impact (first appeared in the Dec. 7 Weekly Update)

DSA National Director’s December Dispatch – Regional conferences and August convention details (first appeared in the Dec. 21 Weekly Update)

Special Feature: 2016-2018 Washington Socialist Article Index and Archive

GOOD READS – curated info for socialists selected from web sources


Publications Calendar for January 2019 –  We’ll publish three Weekly Updates on Fridays in January –Jan. 11, 18 and 25 – and the February issue of the Washington Socialist will be published Friday, February 1. Send submissions to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org


MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 2019
Follow links for full details

Saturday JAN 5  1:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting

Join the Stomp Out Slumlords campaign for our January 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 our work.

Sunday JAN 6  1:30 PM

Member Mobilizer Training

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

Interested in building our chapter by helping members get connected and more excited about DSA’s work? You can by becoming a Member Mobilizer. This training is to prepare MDC DSA members to become Member Mobilizers. It will explain:-What the program is and how it’s designed to work,-What the roles & responsibilities of a Mobilizer are; and more.

Sunday JAN 6  3:00 PM

Socialist Book Group Discussion

Due to federal museum closures, probably CANCELED. Get updates on DSA Slack channel #socialist-book-group for new date and/or venue, so we can continue discussing Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation by Chris Williams and Fred Magdoff.

Monday JAN 7  7:00 PM

Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting

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

Join Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America for the first meeting of the Mutual Aid Working Group. We will discuss:– What is mutual aid?– Mutual aid’s role in combatting oppression in the capitalist system– Applying mutual aid for the benefit of DC’s working poor and marginalized communities– Brainstorming an inaugural mutual aid project .

Tuesday JAN 8  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.

Saturday JAN 12  2:00 PM

Childcare Training

Northeast Library, 330 7th St Ne, Washington,

Did you know Metro DC DSA offers child care during general body meetings? Help us build-up our child care volunteer force so we can expand to other events and meetings! We’ll meet to get volunteers comfortable with engaging with children and establishing a shared understanding of communal child care. Enroll here for our next training!

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, above the street.

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

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.

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

Sunday JAN 20  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. 🌹 This month, our readings topic is 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 .

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 with ecosocialist characteristics.

FEBRUARY

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.

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.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Saturday Jan 5 Progressive Alliance meets with new MoCo exec Marc Elrich – 1:30-4 PM at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda 20814. Flier and details here. The Progressive Alliance, a formation spreading from MoCo into the state, is a working compact among MDC DSA’s MoCo branch, Our Revolution, Progressive Maryland, and Progressive Neighbors.

Monday, Jan 7 – IPS presents a discussion on the Lac-Megantic rail disaster at the IPS office, 1301 Connecticut Ave, 6th floor from 6-8 PM. See discussion details in the Busboys Jan. 8 entry, immediately following.

Tuesday, Jan 8 – “The Lac-Megantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied” — at Busboys and Poets (Takoma), 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC, 6-8 PM — FREE; RSVP here http://bit.ly/dclf-lac-megantic  — Bruce Campbell, former Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives speaks about his new book on the 2013 destruction of an entire Canadian town and many of its inhabitants by a runaway oil train —  and the safety implications for U.S. residents as more oil moves through the country by rail. Event page

Saturday, January 12 DC GRASSROOTS PLANNING COALITION Monthly Meeting 1:30-4:00 PM Union Temple Baptist Church 1225 W St, SE (Anacostia Metro, onsite parking). Special guest Andrew Trueblood, Interim Director of DC Office of Planning. Discuss the Comprehensive Plan rewrite with him. An Empower DC project.

Saturday, January 12 Join Tenants and Workers United, DSA NoVA Branch, Grassroots ALX, SURJ NoVA, and LaColectiva in sending a message to Alexandria’s Sheriff and newly-elected City Councillors: ICE is not welcome in our community! We will be meeting at 9am on Saturday, January 12th at the Old Town Farmer’s Market in Alexandria. Please sign up at http://goo.gl/Yx3fUc

Sunday, Jan 26 “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​ ​e​cosocialist 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.  
 

 

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