Metro DC DSA Washington Socialist monthly newsletter for June 2019

WELCOME to the June issue of the Washington Socialist, Metro DC DSA’s monthly newsletter

Here’s what’s immediate: the weekend and soon:

FRIDAY May 31, “Call Me Intern” (LaborFest film) Noon-1 PM AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, WDC: RSVP here ;  

 SATURDAY June 1 LaborFest history focus: The Incredible Life & Death of IBEW Founder Henry Miller  11 AM  – 12 PM, 2219 Lincoln Rd NE, Washington, DC FREE; RSVP here.; Note that the Empower DC quarterly meeting and cookout is rescheduled to Sat. June 29 Migrant Justice research/planning; Virginia Primary Canvass, Prince George’s DSA OC;

 SUNDAY June 2 “Radicals in the ‘Hood” Walking Tour, Virginia Primary Canvass, MoCo Branch GBM, Socialist Feminist Reading Group.

 MONDAY, June 3 Mutual Aid Working Group is hosting a business meeting. We will be brainstorming and plugging upcoming projects and opportunities for the group. In preparation for this meeting, we are circulating an interest form for anyone desiring to do mutual aid or solidarity economy organizing. Please take a few minutes to fill it out. – Matt A

Monday June 3rd DC United Against Hate event on fascist threat in Turkey RESCHEDULED TBD


Articles in this issue

LOCAL ANGLE Activists in Prince George’s challenge the County Council to fund its already-passed citizen group on returning citizens, while public conversations elsewhere outline the number of hurdles those returning from incarceration face to resume a life outside.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS As the cozy coalition of Trumpsters and Venezuelan right-wingers falters in its attempt to bring down the elected government in that beleaguered nation, a look at how the mainstream media sugar-coat the one-sided conflict.

CONFLICT ECHOES ON THE DIAMOND – A very divided Boston Red Sox show up to get the Trump blessing for their Series win, illustrating the way Trump has weaponized racism in every aspect of public life beyond even the Jim Crow era.

Not an official MDC DSA article, but our comrade Ben Ross, a MoCo transit activist of long standing, has read the proposed contract for Larry Hogan’s toll lanes on I.495-I.270 (so we don’t have to) and the potential liability of Maryland taxpayers in a number of high-probability outcomes is more than shocking. Remember, Larry said this would all be free stuff. Read it here.


CONVENTION PREP The national DSA Convention is August 2-4 in Atlanta. Follow our local preparations on our new MDC DSA Slack channel # 2019dsaconvention

Here’s the national’s Main page for the convention. Many working groups and caucuses, national and local chapters too, are developing resolutions; when they have qualified we will keep MDC DSA members up on them. Some WG, caucus and campaign channels on MDC DSA Slack are discussing and touting resolutions that need support. DSA members can sign up for a national DSA discussion board that includes resolutions that are under discussion here.

Most importantly we will send 40-plus delegates from MDC DSA to the convention to vote on those resolutions and other matters, including a big national priorities package. Watch for the election process as it unfolds between now and the end of June.


 

ACTION REPORT

From DC Jobs With Justice – DC Council Budget Update

Today [Tuesday, May 28], the DC Council voted on the funds allocated in the 2020 budget. As you know, we [DC Jobs With Justice] have been fighting to restore $25 million in funding cut from United Medical Center. The cut was being pushed through with a poor process and misinformation. Unfortunately, the critical need for UMC was highlighted this weekend, when multiple victims of shootings that occurred east of the Anacostia River were treated at UMC.

We are proud to report that our actions paid off.

In two amendments, the Council voted to restore $7 million to the hospital, working to make sure that the hospital will be able to continue to serve patients in need. Chairman Mendelson restored $4 million to the hospital. Trayon White, Councilmember for Ward 8, identified an additional $3 million which was supported by Councilmembers Nadeau, Evans, Todd, McDuffie, Allen, Silverman, Bonds, Grosso and Robert White (Councilmember Cheh voted “present” to avoid a conflict of interest). We appreciate the work of all of these elected officials to restore funding to UMC.

Metro DC DSA Labor WG coordinator Sam Nelson added “We helped turn out DSA members to talk to council-members about restoring the funding. The unions involved are SEIU 1199, DC Nurses Association/NNU, and 1199 AFSCME. It’s going to be a longer fight, particularly now that the hospital has a deadline for closure that will not allow time for a new hospital to be built, so expect to hear more on this campaign in the coming months.”

DC Jobs With Justice is proud to stand with the workers and community organizations in Wards 7 and 8 that have fought tirelessly for full funding of United Medical Center! We believe that all residents of the District should have access to the care they need in a timely and accessible manner. There is still more to be done to ensure full funding and services at UMC and any hospital that replaces it. The fight continues.  — DC Jobs With Justice Ex. Dir. Elizabeth Falcon


Here’s the latest MoCo Branch newsletter, sent yesterday (May 30)


Local Labor Constituency Group Open House set for Thursday, June 6
[from Union City this morning, May 31]

APALA, APRI, CBTU, CLUW, LCLAA, PAW and YTU. Go behind the acronyms and meet the local labor activists fighting to make a difference at the MWC Constituency Group Open House/Meet & Greet next Thursday, June 6 from 6-8 PM at the Takoma Busboys and Poets; RSVP HERE. The Metro Washington Council’s constituency groups address the challenges that workers from diverse backgrounds face. These groups reach out to the communities they serve, build solidarity, help out with organizing efforts and ensure full participation in our movement. The evening’s program will include brief presentations from each local constituency group and a Q&A session.


NATIONAL DSA NOTES

“NO Shortcuts to Building Power” with Jane McAlevey – three conference calls June 1 and 26 and July 10 with the author and labor organizer. Sign up here.

From National DSA Director Maria Svart: Are you a labor activist and interested in helping Bernie win? The Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) is organizing a Labor for Bernie conference call Wednesday, June 5th, 8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM CT/6:30 PM MT/5:30 PM PT to discuss how you can get involved in the Labor for Bernie movement.


Publications Working Group CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Your hard work and ideas advance socialism in our community, so let’s spread the word about them across the chapter! Opinion pieces, campaign updates, coverage of rallies, socialist illustrations or photo essays — we want it all for this, the Washington Socialist ’s monthly newsletter.
Check our submissions guidelines then send us any and all contributions at least 10 days before the first of the month. No writing background needed — just a passion for socialism.

Publications Schedule: Weekly Updates will be published Fridays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Submit large or small items, preferably by the Wednesday prior, here. The July Washington Socialist will be published Monday, July 1.

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”

— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Yours in solidarity,

The Publications Working Group


 MDC DSA EVENTS/JUNE

Follow individual links for complete entries and details

 Saturday JUN 1  10:30 AM

Migrant Justice: Research Training + Action Planning

1616 P St NW, 1616 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

MDC DSA has marched on the homes of deportation profiteers behind private prisons, surveillance companies, and ICE itself. Join us as we choose our next target and plan our upcoming profiteer action! MDC DSA will provide the research training, snacks, and drinks. Bring your laptop! Come learn our research methods and help us plan our […]

Saturday JUN 1 10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

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. We will meet for lunch between packets, […]

Saturday JUN 1  3:00 PM

Prince George’s Organizing Committee meeting

New Carrollton Branch Library, PGCMLS, 7414 Riverdale Rd, New Carrollton, MD 20784

Come join us as we discuss the local activism that is building resistance and positive programs to address injustices in our County. We’ll be talking about how to take the next step toward building a democratic socialist organization with strong coalition partners in Prince George’s County. We will update this announcement as the agenda and […]

Sunday JUN 2  2:00 PM

Radicals in the ‘Hood — The Adams Morgan Walking Tour

Rabaut Park, 2900 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Enjoy a Sunday late-springtime stroll through a DC neighborhood with a rich radical history. Led by DSA amateur historian Bill Mosley, the tour will include the site of a celebrated 1967 antiwar rally, visit (from the street) homes inhabited by noted 1960s radicals, and end at the Malcolm X Park drum circle. Plus much more! […]

Sunday JUN 2  10:00 AM

DSA Canvass for Virginia Primary

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. We will meet for lunch between packets, […]

Sunday JUN 2 2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please join us for our June 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!

Sunday JUN 2  4:00 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹

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

Please read our reading group Participation Guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L6bDa9rxgCCr5O0QT5dZdKvcSSk8Nwi0B6II5vAvVCQ/edit) and join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism. 🌹 As we look forward to Pride, we’re reading about how respectability politics, gatekeeping, and recuperation undermine liberation movements. =========================================================== “Normal as a Political Weapon: On Queer Assimilation and Pride Season,” RM Barton in Wussy, […]

Monday JUN 3  7:00 PM

Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting

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

Join Metro DC DSA Mutual Aid Working Group for its next business meeting. We will be discussing ways to plug in to our ongoing projects as well as get involved in new efforts. For new attendees, we will be providing our usual “What is mutual aid?” presentation during the first few minutes of the meeting. […]

Wednesday JUN 5  7:00 PM

MMT and the Green New Deal

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

Come learn about what Modern Monetary Theory EVEN IS — and how socialists might envision managing a Green New Deal macroeconomically! We’ll be chatting with Nathan Tankus, a comrade, research scholar with the Modern Money Network, and research fellow at the Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell Law.

Thursday JUN 6  6:30 PM

The Palestinian Struggle Against Apartheid ​(Night School)

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

At this Socialist Night School session, we will be joined by Noura Erakat to discuss the century-long legacy of Palestinians protesting for their rights and freedom. As Israel and the Trump administration are trying to make permanent the exclusivist apartheid regime of racial and religious supremacy imposed upon Palestinians, Palestinians continue to struggle for their […]

Saturday JUN 8  1:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting

Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Join the Stomp Out Slumlords campaign for our June 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 the […]

Saturday JUN 8  10:00 AM

DSA GOTV Canvass for Virginia Primary

Delicioso, 7867 Heritage Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

PLEASE RSVP HERE: http://tinyurl.com/MDCDSAElectoral2019 Get out the vote (GOTV) is the most important part of a campaign! It all builds up to this one weekend, where we try to talk to every voter that we met with during the campaign to remind them to vote. We hope you can join us! This is the FINAL […]

Saturday JUN 8  2 PM

June Labor Working Group
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library 1630 7th St NW · Washington, DC

We will be discussing changes to the wage theft project and strategizing how to move forward.

Sunday JUN 9  10:00 AM

DSA GOTV Canvass for Virginia Primary

Delicioso, 7867 Heritage Dr, Annandale, VA 22003

PLEASE RSVP HERE: http://tinyurl.com/MDCDSAElectoral2019 Get out the vote (GOTV) is the most important part of a campaign! It all builds up to this one weekend, where we try to talk to every voter that we met with during the campaign to remind them to vote. We hope you can join us! This is the FINAL […]

 

SUNDAY JUNE 23 IS MDC DSA’S GENERAL BODY MEETING

MORE OF MDC DSA’S JUNE CALENDAR IS HERE OR AT OUR MEETUP PAGE


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

 Friday, May 31 The Politics of Abolition 6-8 PM Solid State Books, 600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002.

What is policing in America? How do we address the racism at the heart of our criminal legal system? What do we mean by abolition and how do we make abolition a part of our political framework in every city? Panelists Thomas Harvey, Derecka Purnell, and Alex Vitale sponsored by The Advancement Project; Jacobin DC Reading Group co-sponsoring. https://www.facebook.com/events/432205184239027/

 

Sun, June 2, Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown by Takoma Park Mobilization Environmental Committee (TPMEC) 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Takoma Park Community Center (Azalea Room) 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 — Pachamama research has identified and modeled the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming – workshop and motivation.

.Monday June 3 DECRIM NOW — “Sex Work Is Work” – News conference and re-introduction of measure to decriminalize sex work. 4-6 PM, John S. Wilson Bldg., 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

 

Wednesday June 5 DECRIM NOW Pride Happy Hour 5:30-9 at Sudhouse DC, 1340 U St. NW.

 

Wednesday June 5 Fair Budget Coalition’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser at Hawthorne,

1336 U street Washington D.C 20009 6-9 PM – MDC DSA is a member of the Fair Budget Coalition. RSVP Here

 

Thursday, June 6Progressive Cheverly forum, “More Highway Lanes? Toll Roads?  Transportation Proposals and Alternatives” — Nicholas Orrick, member of the Transportation Committee of the Sierra Club Maryland chapter will be speaking. ASL interpretation provided.  Light refreshments will be served. 7:00 – 9:00 PM — Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. Cheverly

 

Thursday June 6 Community Forum on Policing in Montgomery County sponsored by SURJ MoCo Hosted by County Executive Marc Elrich & Councilmember Will Jawando 6-9 PM John F. Kennedy High School 1901 Randolph Rd Silver Spring.

 

Friday June 7 “Jazz Night at the ‘Lift – Funding In/fusion”   Community Forklift fundraiser with music, food and drinks  6:00 – 8:00 PM Community Forklift 4761 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston

 

Saturday June 8 DC Grassroots Planning Coalition meets in monthly session to plan for action as DC Council will vote in midsummer on framework Comp Plan, 1:30-4:00 PM Union Temple Baptist Church 1225 W St, SE DC 20020. MDC DSA is a member of this coalition, which fights to keep developers’ influence from taking inconvenient public protections out of the existing plan.

 

Sunday, June 9, Toxic Contamination at Military bases: Another Threat to our Environment — 2:30 to 4:30 pm Presented by Pat Elder, at Adelphi Friends Meeting https://adelphifriends.org/directions/  2303 Metzerott Road Adelphi, Maryland 20783

 

Sunday June 9 SURJ MoCo monthly meeting, Cedar Lane UU, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814.

 

Monday, June 10 Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Connie Morella Library on Arlington Road, in Bethesda. The Environmental Sustainability Group at Bethesda Friends (Quaker) Meeting is sponsoring the workshop. No RSVPs needed; workshop scope requires on-time attendance. See Sunday, June 10 entry for additional info.

 

Wednesday, June 12 Raising Incomes in America: Debating the Best Path Forward, 9 to 11 AM, Spire, 750 First Street NE, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20002  — What are the best ideas to achieve a high-wage America? Panel of economists plus a keynote address from Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA). RSVP. Will be webcast

 

Sat, Jun 15 ONE DC — Juneteenth in DC 2019, events celebrating Black liberation and justice! Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865. 1 PM at 2500 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast Adjacent Lot, Washington, DC 20020 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-in-dc-festival-2019-tickets-58396643934

 

Friday, June 21 – film “Decade of Fire” – “In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.” With discussion by the filmmaker, Vivian Vasquez; Doors open at 6:15 – Movie (free) at 6:30 Christ United Church – 900 4th St, SW, DC 20024 co-sponsors include Empower DC, the Latino Economic Development Center and others.

 

Monday, June 24 DC Gentrification and Black Cultural Loss — panel discussion about the impacts of gentrification on Black culture in DC. With Michelle Chatman, Shellee Haynesworth and Natalie Hopkinson, 6:30-8:30 PM, Empower DC Action Hub, 1256 Pleasant St. SE, DC 20020

 

Tuesday, June 25, “Taxing the (Very) Rich,” day-long extravaganza from EPI and IPS jointly, with many participants including Barbara Ehrenreich, 9-5 at the Mayflower Hotel. Info here, with RSVP link.


GOOD READS

>Solid and cogent article about Bernie’s just-launched German-style worker board representation proposal, with references to our comrade Matt Bruenig’s ideas. Quoting Bernie, “We can move to an economy where workers feel that they’re not just a cog in the machine — one where they have power over their jobs and can make decisions… . Democracy isn’t just the opportunity to vote. What democracy really means is having control over your life.” http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/bernie-sanders-gets-pragmatic-by-getting-more-socialist.html

And here is the direct stuff from Bruenig https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/2019/05/29/bernie-sanders-gives-the-nod-to-funds-socialism/?fbclid=IwAR3sFrg-Krwc5XgQDqKwn51itAwn7M185PAq5u6aFrCNMGXbQwWal9wAiqo

 

>A podcast from our comrade Jules Bernstein, “A New York Times Podcast on Socialism (30 minutes) with Michelle Goldberg interviewing Bhaskar Sunkara and an excellent follow up discussion. Well worth listening to and distributing. A useful opportunity to listen to questions and issues regarding which we socialists are confronted and asked by non-socialists. A primer on developing what we need to say to others [instead of having internal arguments].”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/opinion/the-argument-socialism-bernie-sanders.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

 

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