MDC DSA’s Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

It’s May Day, comrades, and there are events to take note of.

There’s a fracas at the Venezuelan embassy in Georgetown; under cover of the coup going on in that country, the US-backed bogus regime of Juan Guaido is trying to take over the embassy. Activists are preventing it, and looking for support. https://www.facebook.com/events/337390753635369/ Keep up with events on our #Internationalism Slack channel.

DC organizers around May Day will have a Rally and Festival today (May 1); rally at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (14th and Kenyon NW) at 4 PM and festival at Malcolm X Park (16th and Euclid NW) from 5 to sundown. And a May Day rally at noon in front of AFL-CIO HQ in support of the OPEIU Local 2 workers who are attempting to negotiate with the AFL-CIO. http://www.opeiu-local2.org/afl-cio.html

DC LaborFest kicks off tonight with the film “Support the Girls,” at AFI in Silver Spring “A Winning, Rambunctious Comedy About Work in America.” Click here for tickets: bit.ly/dclf-afi2019 .  SEE Metropolitan Washington Council’s CALENDAR  for complete listings. Here’s the whole LaborFest program in PDF and you can check out our local chapter sponsor ad on page 53.

And tonight (May 1) Metro DC DSA’s “Grrrls* Night” unfolds at The Wet Dog Tavern, convenient to MX Park and the festival.

Look for new entries added after the email went out Wednesday — they’ll be in this tasteful green hue… there’s one down in “Good Reads”…

 

MDC DSA THIS WEEKEND

Saturday May 4 at 2 PM, MDC DSA’s Wage Theft campaign and canvass works the Eastern Market area.

Sunday, May 5, MoCo DSA Branch has its monthly general meeting, 2 PM at the Silver Spring library, and there’s a potluck for the Stomp Out Slumlords crew, 4 PM; slow down, eat and get to talk to your canvass comrades.

Inside Organizer School May 3-5
The next Inside Organizer School (IOS) weekend retreat will take place May 3-5 at the ATU’s Tommy Douglas Center in Silver Spring. The IOS brings together experienced labor organizers with workers who are interested in becoming organizers. Some scholarship money available. Send inquiries to Richard Bensinger at insideorganizerschool@gmail. com or call 703-928-1597.

ORGANIZE WITH THE BEST

Learn organizing tips and campaign strategies that you can take back to your union, and meet and network with DC area rank-and-file organizers and activists at the Secrets of a Successful Organizer training on May 18, put on by Labor Notes, famous for their “Troublemakers Schools.” The all-day session is scheduled out at Local 400 in New Carrollton, Md., walking distance from the New Carrollton Metro (Orange Line, last stop). Workshops include “Beating Apathy,” “Assemble Your Dream Team” and “Swing into Action.”


FEATURED ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE

SOCIALIST PERSPECTIVES

>>The elite posture as an electoral appeal – “Polished Pete and the Meritocracy” is not the name of a band.

>>The internal fuss about primary challenges against Dem incumbents misses the most important reason they are vulnerable in the first place.

THE LOCAL ANGLE

>>The Cherry Blossom gambit – can DC’s love for its splendid trees be parlayed into a Green New Deal acceptance campaign?

>>DC’s tax policy should reflect an effort to protect residents against the effects of Trump’s venal tax cut.

>>Dan Snyder, he with the racist-named NFL team, is looking for his next stadium boondoggle. But that name…

>>Today (May 1) the Maryland House of Delegates is to choose a new Speaker. Will they choose the same tool of business interests who just wrecked many a progressive bill in the 2019 Session?

HISTORY:

>>Scanning May Day from Vietnam to “today” (actually, 2015); and a coda about the holiday’s origins And adding this because today. Hobsbawm on the origins of May Day.

>>AND DON’T FORGET as the Democratic contest to be Trump’s 2020 opponent takes shape, DSA’s endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders has implications for all local chapters. Our comrade Brian has outlined some of those factors in a tidy five-part series published in this newsletter; here’s the first one,with links to the rest provided.


See all of May’s MDC DSA events at our Meetup. Our Friday Update (sent May 3) will include the full calendar for May and beyond.


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.


Inquiring Minds: How do you find out more about Metro DC DSA?

You can map out MDC DSA’s activity and process at the “Structure and Campaigns” page on our website (https://mdcdsa.org/) . You can subscribe to our publications whether you are a member or not. Current DSA members can join our Slack, where a lot of our activist work and info is in regular exchange in many committee, working group or caucus channels.  Join our Meetup page to get regular notifications about our chapter and working group meetings.


Publications schedule

Weekly Updates are scheduled for Fridays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24 and the June newsletter will be sent Friday, May 31. Want to join the Publications Working Group? Look in on the # publications channel in MDC DSA Slack or email thesocialist@mdcdsa.org.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Thursday, May 2Progressive Cheverly forum, “Challenging Mass Incarceration, Organizing for Criminal Justice and Police Reform in our County.” Speakers will include Qiana Johnson, Executive Director, Life After Release and Del. Erek L. Barron, (D-24) 7:00 PM, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. Cheverly.

Thursday, May 2 May Day Solidarity Fundraiser 6 PM – 9 PM 1822 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Hosted by Sanctuary DMV Details https://www.facebook.com/events/2265372316857508/

Thursday, May 2 — Green New Deal Town Hall at 8 PM in the Prince George’s Room in the Stamp Student Union at UMD College Park! Sponsors include Sunrise Movement; speakers include a representative from Labor Network for Sustainability and DSA member Del. Vaughn Stewart. RSVP at: bit.ly/cpgnd  Facebook event: ter.ps/cpgnd

Friday, May 3 – Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara talks about his new book, The Socialist Manifesto, with WaPo columnist Elizabeth Bruenig, 7-8 PM at Politics and Prose Union Market, 1270 5th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Friday May 3 “Home For Good,” SURJ-DC sponsors a fundraiser for EMPOWER DC, with dinner and two drinks, $15 6:30-9, St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. RSVP and info

Friday May 3 Jean Wyllys, a comrade of Marielle Franco who had to flee Brazil and seek asylum in Germany because of death threats, is going to be hosting a conversation about solidarity in the age of Bolsonaro with queer/Afro-Brazilians/socialists in Brazil. 9:30 AM — Delegate Gabriel Acevero, Metro DC DSA member and gay Afro-Latino Maryland Delegate, will be facilitating the conversation. The organizer of the event is the Center for Economic and Policy Research. If interested in attending please email Colin Brineman (brineman@cepr.net). —Brian W

Saturday, May 4 Re-imagining Safety: A Wards 1 & 4 Speak Out and Resource Fair 3:00 – 7:00 PM Bruce Monroe Community Garden 3012 Georgia Ave NW, DC 20001  https://www.facebook.com/events/811371622558695/ Please join us for this community speak out and resource fair on May 4th to engage with your neighbors, tell your story, and let us all re-imagine together what true safety could look like!

GOOD READS

Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’? Only in America is the word freighted with so much perceived menace.  “In every other free society with a functioning market economy, socialism is an ordinary, rather general term for sane and compassionate governance of the public purse for the purpose of promoting general welfare and a more widespread share in national prosperity.” But not, apparently, in the US. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/opinion/sunday/socialism.html

And adding this because today. Hobsbawm on the origins of May Day.

And from the NYT‘s Tom Edsall: The right understands the role and importance of labor better than the left, and knows what to do while the left dithers.

Cornel West and Adolph Reed Jr. brought together for Bernie in one byline, presumably mind-melded over Joe Biden…

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