MDC DSA’S WASHINGTON SOCIALIST MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2019

A BUSY WEEKEND starting with Saturday March 2Amazon canvassing 11 AM; Virginia Primary canvassing also 11 AM, a sold-out museum crawl, at 1 PM, anti-eviction canvass at 1:30. Sunday, March 3 Radicalism on your own.

Looking down the list you’ll see a very busy NOTOAMAZON schedule coming up, as well as an Ecosocialism solidarity call and Bowl-a-thon for choice.

W>A>T>C>H> for items in GREEN TYPE; they have been added since the Friday email was sent.


THE AMAZON BOMB

Coming SOON (like, tomorrow): Community Canvassing in Arlington

Saturday March 2nd 10 AM Cafe Sazon 4704 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia 22204

Join us as we continue to engage and educate the community on the incoming Amazon bomb. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/441571829968549/ 

Monday, March 4, D.C. Tech Workers Coalition: What Does Amazon Mean for the DMV? 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  WEE Meeting Room, West End Library 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Coalition partner DC Tech Works Coalition are putting on a forum to ask what will Amazon’s presence in NOVA mean for DMV tech workers? How can we prepare for its arrival? What are the details of the deal and what does it mean for us? What are the practical and ethical effects of its presence? Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/276225486381423/   

Upcoming dates of importance:

Saturday March 9th (10 AM): You guessed it, MORE CANVASSING

Tuesday March 12th (6:30 PM): Tenants and Workers United Forum (This forum will be looking at Alexandria specific impacts from HQ2 and the Innovation Campus)

Saturday March 16th (8:30 AM): PUBLIC HEARING AND VOTE ON THE ARLINGTON INCENTIVES- MARK YOUR CALENDARS- this is the final moment to be heard and demand no money for Amazon.

— Samuel N


The national DSA Ecosocialist Working Group “has released the final version of its principles for a GND. This is the result of a long democratic process that’s meant to lay out a backbone for ecosocialist work going forward,” we hear from Zach E., local Ecosocialist Caucus co-chair. Local members will be urged to study and endorse it.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Nboyoc9Fq_MxE5U_IfGpXP4smQ4pKWp4_AnI7i8IdQ/edit


Late breaking entry: “Join Mutual Aid Working Group Monday, March 4, 6-8:30 PM at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut). We will be having a snack potluck orientation to introduce folks to the concepts of mutual aid, inform comrades about our exciting projects, and give opportunity for some informal mingling. We will also be strategizing on how to run internal skill-share workshops and creating goals for the upcoming DSA Regional Pre-Convention Conference. Event details to be posted shortly.”


The Montgomery DSA group newsletter is here; it includes an update on MoCo’s campaign to revoke the tax advantages enjoyed by the county’s elite country clubs.


Hello 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!” — Francesco R


We will have a planning meeting for the Labor Working Group’s structure and plans for wage theft, solidarity, and organizing workshops for the rest of the year. Saturday, March 9th, 11:30am-2:30pm, Cleveland Park Library Conference Room Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/581776372342747/

–Samuel N


 

ARTICLES FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE OF THE WASHINGTON SOCIALIST:

The Sense of Place

DSA Solidarity Across Virginia – members at large and in local chapters throughout the state met in Richmond a week ago, and Craig Triplett brings back an account of their encounters and engagement.

And “For Us Not Amazon” coalition solidarity in Northern Virginia. Hunter T outlines NoVa DSA’s role in the struggle and the crucial passages coming up.

 DC’s many museums cover the gamut of history and culture, but it takes a sharp and practiced eye to locate the web of exhibits that traces the history of radicalism. Here’s a hint from Bill Mosley, docent of dissent, of what can be found in MDC DSA’s occasional tours.

And speaking of monuments – a collection of observations by W.E.B. DuBois from his voluminous publications, on his birth anniversary in Black History Month, compiled by Lucy Duff and first published here February 21.

The encounter between socialism and faith communities is more congenial than sometimes thought, and MDC DSA’s Socialists of Faith Caucus/Working Group has grown in solidaristic patterns within MDC DSA and the wider radical community. Kaiser F outlines the group’s history and aspirational future.

Alice Leonard, a stalwart of NoVa’s DSA group since the founding of the national organization, has died at age 101. Bill Mosley recounts her life and times and the reason the city of Alexandria made a “day” of her 100th birthday.

Maryland Miscellany

Our comrade Larry Stafford Jr. notes that it took radical activism to bring about significant change in the Maryland General Assembly, now in its 2019 session.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan brings a garden-variety GOP framework to his plan for privately-owned toll lanes on the Beltway, conveniently dumping mass transit options and creating significant pushback in MoCo.

And Hogan’s budget, imposed on the General Assembly in a strong-executive state, does not stand up to analysis testing its value to poor and working Marylanders and their families.

International

Adam Strømme’s roundup on the Venezuela situation through the historical lens of US habits of intervention — as of Feb. 14, when we first published it.

Books

Andy Feeney continues a series of review essays on food production under capitalism and its impact on climate change – Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, still the benchmark account of our hegemonic US export. And here is Feeney’s earlier review of books on capitalism and food, “Eating the Future,” first published February 7.

Kurt Stand reviews our comrade David Schwartzman’s newly released ecosocialist analysis and David’s discussion of it at Busboys – first published February 7.

National DSA’s Director’s Dispatch for February, including recent info on regional gatherings. First posted February 7.


 

MDC DSA’s website has expanded resources on our chapter Campaigns, WGs and Caucuses – check it out here. Is your campaign, caucus or working group represented?


MDC DSA Publications Schedule

In March, we’ll publish Updates on Fridays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, and the April Washington Socialist newsletter will be published Monday, April 1. The nominal deadline for April articles will be Sunday, March 24.

Thinking about writing an article but wondering if the subject has been covered here, and how recently? You can find out in the Index for 2016-18. The 2012-2015 issues are collected in per-month PDFs; look at the Archive section on the right of the mdcdsa.org website’s  Washington Socialist page.


MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR MARCH

Saturday MAR 2  1:00 PM

DSA Afternoon at the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gallery Pl-Chinatown Station, 630 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Kick the late-winter blues with veteran DSA member and museum prowler Bill Mosley for an exploration of artworks inspired by political and social struggle in the two Smithsonian museums that occupy the historic Patent Office building. We will meet in the building’s Kogod Courtyard near the café

Saturday MAR 2  1:30 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

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.   

 Saturday MAR 2  11:00 AM

Canvass for Virginia Primary with DSA

Fairfax County, , VA, VA

PLEASE RSVP HERE: http://tinyurl.com/MDCDSAElectoral2019  Come canvas for our DSA-endorsed Virginia candidates! We have a unique opportunity to reshape the state this year. Join us! Further details on location, time, etc. will be announced later. Please bring weather appropriate clothing, a small bag bag for walk cards, and water.

Monday MAR 4  6:30 PM

Palestine Solidarity Working Group Meeting

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

The Palestine Solidarity Working Group has its next meeting to discuss the Occupation Free DC Campaign and the AIPAC Conference.

Monday MAR 4  6-8:30 PM

Mutual Aid Working Group 
Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut). We will be having a snack potluck orientation to introduce folks to the concepts of mutual aid, inform comrades about our exciting projects, and give opportunity for some informal mingling. We will also be strategizing on how to run internal skill-share workshops and creating goals for the upcoming DSA Regional Pre-Convention Conference. Event details to be posted shortly.

Tuesday MAR 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.  

Wednesday MAR 6  7:00 PM

Ecosocialists Caucus Strategy Meeting

Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This March, the Ecosocialists Caucus will be having our monthly meeting to discuss our visions for how ecosocialism fits into DSA’s larger strategy, and how we want to make it a deeper part of our organization’s work. How can we fight for a Green New Deal, elect candidates who recognize the climate crisis, support workers and more.

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!  

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 and more.

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

Sunday MAR 17  12:30 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

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

March’s general body meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America will be held directly after the DSA regional conference the chapter will be hosting all day Saturday, March 16 and ending at noon Sunday, March 17. **Exact start time subject to change, but we are tentatively planning to begin at 12:30pm Sunday, watch this space for updates.

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.  

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 a topic TBD – participate in topic selection here:  https://goo.gl/forms/Rn7ktzvYmN2ZvEOT2

 

Wednesday MAR 27  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.

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. If you would like to submit an item for the agenda, please create a Red Desk […]

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.

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 (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V2-YNCRW-Ya2tFzapwLMPMbqWAJZNw4qE40cIWqZti8/edit?usp=sharing). 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 […]

 

EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

 

Saturday, March 2 Defend Public Housing! Empower DC Quarterly Membership Meeting

– 2-4 PM Christ United Methodist Church – 900 4th St, SW (Entrance on EYE St) Join us for a briefing and call to action in defense of over 2,500 units of DC public housing at-risk of loss due to privatization. Get informed so you can take action!

Plus:
– Campaign updates (Crummell School, Comp Plan, Racial Justice)
– Prepare for Action on the DC Budget  

– Join or renew your 2019 membership dues ($10/yr)
All are welcome, child care available. RSVP to Sabiyha at (202) 234-9119 x 107 / sabiyha@empowerdc.org.  

Sunday, March 3 Our Revolution Prince George’s general meeting from 2-4 pm at the  Spauldings Branch Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Road, District Heights.  On the Agenda: Bernie Sanders’ Presidential candidacy, Maryland’s Fight for $15 bills with lead House sponsor Diana Fennell & long time union organizer Jimmy Tarlau; Clean Energy Jobs Bill with CCAN organizer Emily Frias and Sierra Club staffer Matt Dernoga. Invite your friends!  For more information email: our.revolution.prince.georges@gmail.com

 

Monday, March 4, DC Tech Workers Coalition has scheduled a panel and town hall type event on “What Does Amazon Mean for the DMV?” 6:30-8:30 PM at the West End Library. Event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/276225486381423/

Wednesday, March 6 Charting a Progressive Foreign Policy for the Trump Era and Beyond Hosted by Congressman Ro Khanna.  2 PM Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325 – with panelists: Peter Beinart, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Andrew Bacevich and others. RSVP here

Thursday, March 7Progressive Cheverly’s monthly forums resume at 7 PM with a discussion on policing in Cheverly. Please join us for an evening with Sgt. Jarod J. Towers, Acting Police Chief since October 2018. He will share his vision for Cheverly and its Police Department, followed by a Q&A. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) in Cheverly

Saturday, March 9th   Affordable Housing and the Comprehensive Plan  – 1:30-4:00 PM
First Baptist Church – 712 Randolph St, NW (at New Hampshire)
2 blocks north on New Hampshire from Petworth metro — How to achieve deeply, permanently affordable housing for families by strengthening and enforcing DC’s Comprehensive Plan. Plus – defending DC’s public housing, at-risk of privatization. RSVP / More info / Request child care to Parisa at Empower DC, parisa@empowerdc.org pr (202) 234-9119 x 100   

 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/252598192338163/?ti=cl 

Thursday, April 4 Let’s Talk: Gentrification, Urban Politics, City Planning – 6:30-9PM

The Potters House – 1658 Columbia Road NW  Join us for a discussion about gentrification, urban politics, and the pernicious merger of city planning and real estate capital. In his new book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State, Samuel Stein looks at the way urban planning functions under these conditions.
Stein will be joined by Caitlin Cocilova (Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless) and Parisa Norouzi (Empower DC) [Note: Caitlin and Parisa are part of the leadership of the Grassroots Planning Coalition, which MDC DSA is a member of – David P]


 

GOOD READS

>>Well, this one is kind of for the toy fans in our #sci-fi caucus – or maybe you have been reading The Uninhabitable Earth late at night and having dreams like this… Andy Feeney has written for our publication on climate-fueled wildfires and their aftermath, so it’s no surprise he has tipped us on this one, from that leftist rag Popular Mechanics: “The Tank That’s Tougher Than Wildfire … a glimpse into the future of apocalyptic firefighting?”

>>Dissent magazine is honoring DSOC founder Mike Harrington’s birthday last Sunday with a half-off subscription offer to DSA members https://mailchi.mp/dissentmagazine/dissent-and-dsa-on-michael-harringtons-birthday?e=f683e47381 – good for the next 30 days

>>And also courtesy of Andy Feeney, another from Popular Mechanics, cornucopia of alarmism: Rapid Decline in Insect Numbers Signals Ecosystem Collapse, According to Popular Mechanics.

  According to a Feb. 19, 2019 article in Popular Mechanics by Jill Kiedaisch, “The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse.”  Citing a recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation, Kiedaisch writes that its result largely validate what science writer Bill McKibben wrote several years ago about the growing vulnerability of global ecosystems to destructive interference by human civilization.  She adds that the authors of the study urge a “rethinking of current agricultural practices” in favor of “sustainable, ecologically-based practices” to “safeguard the vital ecosystem services they provide” and avert global disaster.  The Washington Socialist hopes to publish an article on this topic in the near future.  In the meantime, details from Kiesaisch’s article are available at https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a26323324/insect-population-ecosystem-collapse/ .

 

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