Metro DC DSA Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for July 2019

A week of right-wing activity — Happy Fourth of July

Here is a capsule of the message sent to MDC DSA members Saturday and referenced in last Friday’s Update:

Please be advised that the upcoming holiday weekend, July 3rd-9th, several far-right personalities and organizations will be in the D.C. metro region. 

  From attending a counter-rally on July 6 to moving the dates of public events for the safety of our comrades, we can all take action that resists the far right and supports our allies. 

  Please see below for several ways you can help:

  Support the July 6 counter-rally by:

Volunteering for support roles

Donating to the AllOutDC fundraiser

Signing up to house out of town comrades

  Inform yourself by:

Filling out a participation form and NLG form to receive information if you might be at or around the action. 

Filling out an informational form to receive updates about threats to safety during the critical period of July 3rd-9th.

  Protect comrades and the community by moving publicly listed events outside of the July 3rd-8th window.

The complete message is here.

 


NOTE THAT NEW ITEMS THAT ARRIVED AFTER THE EMAIL WAS SENT JULY 1 ARE SHOWN IN GREEN… LOOK FOR THEM.


The articles featured in this July issue of the Washington Socialist include one on resurgent labor; two on solving the climate nationally and locally; three takes on gentrification – in Virginia (Amazon-fueled), DC (corrupt planning) and Maryland (MoCo struggles)—plus DC Statehood and a truth-telling museum reopening. Check the full table of contents below.


If it slipped by you, take a chance to review our roundup of “Local and National Governance and the GBM” in last Friday’s Update. It includes materials and links on the MDC DSA June GBM and on the proposals (resolutions and bylaws amendments) approved just last week for debate at the DSA National Convention August 2-4. At the GBM, several of our comrades explained and promoted resolutions they favor as delegates. Our 41 delegates are asking for, and should get, feedback from members about the proposals to be debated in August.

Metro DC DSA is raising funds to help our delegates get to Atlanta for the National Convention. The DSA National Convention will be one of the largest gatherings of the American left in decades and a huge opportunity for us to stake out a bold vision of democratic socialism that can transform the lives of working people in this country and around the world. Help our 41 delegates get to Atlanta to rep MDC DSA. The donation link and more details are here.


ARTICLES FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

Labor and the nation

The hard road back for labor has been cleared by militant teachers around the country, Morgan Fecto writes: https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/sara-nelson-fellow-labor-activists-discuss-the-labor-movements-future-at-labor-strikes-back/

All Socialism is Local

The full impact of Amazon HQ2 gets across to complacent Arlington County officials thanks to the For Us Not Amazon coalition, as Kaiser F writes here: https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/grassroots-vs-segregation-the-ongoing-fight-against-amazon-hq2-in-arlington/

Visitors to the National Capital are educable about climate change whatever their prejudices when rising waters at the Tidal Basin are in view, Andy Feeney recounts https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/the-tidal-basin-diaries-more-adventures-in-using-coastal-flooding-to-start-conversations-with-d-c-tourists-about-the-green-new-deal/

MoCo’s independent socialist newsletter Commonwealth showcases a high school reporter’s account of gentrification and how the slumlords are skewered by DSA’s campaigners https://commonwealthmoco.com/2019/05/21/pushed-out-an-in-depth-look-at-gentrification-in-montgomery-county/

For the first time since 1993, DC Statehood will get a hearing before a US House committee, where it may this time get some traction, as Bill Mosley writes https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/dc-statehood-gets-hearing-in-house-july-24/

DC’s Mayor Bowser, bought and bossed, takes aim at protections against developer gentrification and tenant displacement that are provided by the DC Comprehensive Plan. By Andy Feeney; first published in the June 21 Weekly Update https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/capitalist-gentrification-as-usual-as-dc-mayor-bowser-orders-new-push-to-weaken-land-use-controls-in-the-name-of-increased-housing-construction/

David Schwartzman shows how a Green New Deal would look in a transformed DC political and regulatory climate https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/a-green-new-deal-for-dc/

Arts/Culture

While the Trump administration plays whack-a-mole with the good science still being done in many federal agencies, the new “Deep Time” display in the revamped National Museum of Natural History keeps the truth out front for museumgoers, Bill Mosley writes https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/a-small-victory-for-science-in-deep-time/


The MoCo branch of MDC DSA is pushing to keep the County Council honest, and other matters… https://mailchi.mp/mdcdsa.org/join-us-on-saturday-nov-1263131?e=003de9ccab


“Open Mic for Human Rights”

The Publications Working Group hosted an “Open Mic for Human Rights” at Songbyrd Music House on June 24, and more than 30 people turned out for a night of entertainment and community-building. The event featured lively performances from singer-songwriters, rappers, poets, orators, and more. It wouldn’t be a socialist open mic without some classic labor singalongs, and the crowd came together in harmony for spirited renditions of “This Land is Your Land” and “Solidarity Forever.” All in all, it was a wonderful way to unwind on a Monday night and enjoy the company of our talented comrades! [Dan S]


Chelsea Manning has been jailed since May 17 for refusing to testify in a grand jury investigation against Julian Assange. You can read her very thoughtful letter to Judge Trenga on why she is resisting this process here. Chelsea is still facing escalating legal costs so please consider donating to her legal fund here, and consider sharing this appeal with family and friends. There are also other costs Chelsea’s incurring while incarcerated; funds are needed to move her belongings to long term storage until she can get out of jail. [Francesco R]


PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE

Friday Updates are scheduled for July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and the August Washington Socialist will appear Friday, August 2 with an article deadline of Friday, July 26. Check our submissions guidelines then send us the expression of your hard work and ideas, which advance socialism in our community.


MDC DSA EVENTS FOR JULY 2019

Tuesday JUL 2  6:30 PM

Campaign Council

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

Little slow out of the gate with the changing of the guard in leadership but this is our monthly campaign’s council. This meeting will serve as both our standard campaign updates but also a chance for Brandon to introduce himself as the new IOC chair.

Sunday JUL 7  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Please join us for our July 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! Follow link for details.

Sunday JUL 7  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. Follow link for details.

Monday JUL 8  6:30 PM

Unequal Relations: The US Road to Neocolonial Empire in Latin America (Socialist

West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Today often referred to as merely the US’ “backyard”, this talk will follow the unequal and changing relationships between the United States and Latin America from their respective colonial eras all the way to Neo-Colonial Empire. Follow link for details.

Wednesday JUL 10  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote only)

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. You can find the Zoom link in the #steering channel in the chapter’s Slack. Follow link for details.

Wednesday JUL 17  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl, Potomac Falls, VA 20165

Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Follow link for details.

Thursday JUL 18  5:00 PM

Queer Caucus Happy Hour

A League Of Her Own, 2319 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Queer caucus (for all LGBTQIA+ comrades and our allies/accomplices) will be having our monthly Happy Hour at League of Her Own, a Lesbian/Queer bar (attached to Pitchers, an inclusive gay men’s bar) on Thursday, July 18th from 5-8(?). We’ll be downstairs (the ALOHO side) Follow link for details.

Sunday JUL 21  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting & PICNIC!

Rock Creek Park, , Washington, DC 20008

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America for July will be a picnic in Rock Creek Park! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting.

Monday JUL 22  6:30 PM

Socialists and the Labor Movement (Socialist Night School)

West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

After decades of retreat for both the left and the labor movement, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of both labor militancy and a renewed interest in socialism. But what in the relationship between socialism and unions? In this Night School Session, we will be covering the history of leftists in the US trade union movement. Follow link for details.

 Wednesday JUL 24  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. Follow link for details.

Thursday JUL 25  6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

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

Join Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for our monthly meeting. Learn how to get involved in the various campaigns to empower and liberate the disabled community from the oppressive capitalist system. We meet on the first floor of the ADA-compliant Festival Center. ASL interpretation will be provided on request. Follow link for details.

Thursday JUL 25  6:30 PM

DSA Monthly 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 Follow link for details.

Sunday JUL 28  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. If you’ve never canvassed before Follow link for details.

Sunday JUL 28  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. 🌹 Follow link for details.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Monday, July 1 DC Climate Coalition meeting! Join us at 6:30 PM in Mount Pleasant for a potluck get-together (MDC DSA is a coalition member). Draft agenda:  DC Climate involvement in Play-In for Climate Action;  Bylaw development; Green bank nominations; Building Energy Performance Standards. This will be a potluck! Bring something to share. RSVP at link above and exact address will be messaged.

Tuesday, July 2 RALLY TO PROTECT IMMIGRANT CHILDREN – STOP THE ABUSES AND DEATHS!
10-11 AM, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Outside U.S. Customs & Border Protection)– demand that this administration provide safe and sanitary housing and care for all immigrants detained by DHS, respect the Flores Decree and stop the devastating family separations.

Wednesday, July 3 DC United Against Hate planning meeting for July 6 event,  6:30 PM at the Petworth neighborhood library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011.

Saturday Jul 6 Peoples’ Right to Housing Mini-Assembly noon – 2 PM, ONE DC Black Workers Center, 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Hosted by ONE DC: build our skills so we can fight back against predatory landlords and developers, and create collective power. RSVP: www.onedconline.org/miniassembly

TUE July 9 County Council Hearing on a Police Citizen’s Advisory Council, 7:30 PM, Council Office Building 100 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850  Montgomery County Council will be hearing testimony on creating a Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Policing Policy. Progressive Neighbors urges turnout and advocacy. Here is the press release, bill, and signup site.

TUE, July 9 Community Conversation on Racial Equity & Social Justice in Montgomery County Public Schools 6:30-9:30 PM at Georgian Forest Elementary School, 3100 Regina Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906 — Sponsored by Progressive Maryland and MCEA. Join us as we assemble students, parents and guardians, teachers, school support staff, and community members to share experiences and discuss ways to improve racial equity and social justice in our schools! RSVP

WED July 10 School Desegregation Discussion–Impact Silver Spring and other groups are joint-hosting a forum on changing school boundaries to help desegregate the schools. Begins 6 PM at Arts on the Block Pop-Up Studio, 8510 Fenton Street Silver Spring MD 20910 See these Spanish and English flyers.

SAT Jul 13 Orientation + Welcome session for SURJ DC 2-4 PM, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA — Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC—Register here for an introduction to SURJ, SURJ-DC and our culture; reflection on our role as white people in a multi-racial movement; ways to get involved with SURJ DC and our partner organizations
Questions? Email Sarah at surjdc+welcoming@gmail.com.

MON Jul 15  Mental Health & Wellness Fair for Restaurant Workers!  Noon- 6:00 PM Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC) Register here.

THUR Jul 18 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers! 1– 5 PM 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC) RSVP HERE: calendly.com/roc-dc/legal-clinic  and get answers to questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace

SUN Jul 21  Deep Canvass with SURJ 1-7 PM (Northern Virginia) Come join us for a full day of canvassing at All Saints Episcopal Sharon Chapel in Alexandria! Sign up here Details are at the event link above.

SUN Jul 21  Maryland Legislative Coalition Forum, Legislative Education Series on Immigration. Delegates Joseline Pena-Melnyk and David Fraser-Hidalgo discuss the challenges involved in getting immigration legislation passed in Maryland. 1:30-4:30.  Avalon Room, Ellicott City Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042, RSVP


GOOD READS

Black Socialist Scholar Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor Lauds Bernie’s Speech on Democratic Socialism. In his Wednesday, June 12 speech on democratic socialism, Bernie Sanders “showed why the mainstream media and the leadership of the Democratic Party have tried to marginalize his electrifying presidential campaign,” black socialist scholar Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor writes in Jacobin. “In the course of a single speech, Sanders demonstrated the existential threat he poses to the political status quo in the United States by exposing the roots of the hardship and deprivation that roil wide swaths of the country. He named capitalism as the culprit and democratic socialism as a solution. What a breathtaking turn of events,” Yamahtta-Taylor continues.  She adds that the speech “bowled through the diminished expectations of twenty-first century liberalism” as well as the “cruelty of right-wing demoguery” and “provided a powerful counter–narrative to the entire political establishment, which has situated blame any and everywhere for the social and economic catastrophe that is unfolding in working-class and poor communities — except the economic system undergirding it all.”  For more of the review, see https://portside.org/2019-06-18/bernie-sanders-democratic-socialism-speech-was-landmark . [Andy Feeney]
 
 

The news conundrum: from The Guardian, “In the US efforts have ventured beyond anchoring audiences to business models, and into the realm of rethinking what a journalistic organisation ought to do.” https://www.theguardian.com/media/commentisfree/2019/jun/30/how-can-we-lure-back-all-the-people-who-avoid-news?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX01lZGlhQnJpZWZpbmctMTkwNzAx&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=MediaBriefing&CMP=media_email

This dispatch from Popular Resistance, hq in Baltimore jus’ down the road, is a good roundup of where we are and the roots of social change today. https://popularresistance.org/popular-movements-are-the-invisible-hand-of-social-change/

Adolph Reed Jr. “…part of what you are trying to do is generate accounts about what’s fucked up,” an interview in Public Books. https://www.publicbooks.org/public-thinker-adolph-reed-jr-on-organizing-race-and-bernie-sanders/?fbclid=IwAR3jXLsCkFx-hmOn59ImH8Symit5grRnHA5tCeSJz5-uq4I0ASmmvsehg6o


Send Good Reads – articles of interest on the left, with links and no paywall, to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org

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