METRO DC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

 

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight! (Friday, April 5) Rally with Irving Street Rent Strikers 6-9 PM Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, supported by the MDC DSA SOS campaign.

Saturday (April 6)  April Labor Working Group Meeting 2 PM;

Sunday (April 7) Introduction to Marxism: Socialist Night School 2:30 PM and MoCo Branch General Meeting 2-4 PM (more in their weekly newsletter, published Thursday).


From Union City Friday morning (April 5): Teachers circulate petition to fully fund DC schools

Warning that many individual neighborhood schools “will lose real-dollars funding if the DCPS approach is adopted,” the Washington Teachers Union is urging all concerned parents and families in the District to sign and circulate a petition to fully fund DC schools. “Educators want equitable funding for all schools across the DCPS system,” says WTU 6 president Elizabeth Davis. “We want realistic school budgets that keep up with enrollment trends and rising costs. And teachers believe the whole budget process should be more transparent and made easier for D.C. residents to navigate and participate—including hearings and other proceedings scheduled when working people can attend.”


Chelsea Manning is being kept in solitary confinement for resisting a Grand Jury Subpoena and she needs legal funds to keep resisting, so donate to her here: Chelsea Manning Needs Legal Funds to Resist a Grand Jury Subpoena — for more, our comrade Chip Gibbons writes in Jacobin about Chelsea Manning’s plight: Let Chelsea Go by Chip Gibbons


LATE MDC DSA SCHEDULE ADDITION Thursday, April 11 Internal Organizing Committee meets, 7 PM at Mount Pleasant neighborhood library. AGENDA

Late entry -Wednesday, April 10- The Resurgence of Public Ownership, panel at IPS including our Ecosocialist co-chair Ashik, 6:30-8 PM; across the Atlantic sphere “there is potential to renew public action and ownership for the good of the people after decades of neoliberal and austerity measures.” RSVP

Aaaand more transAtlantic stuff, Wonky Wednesday — Corbynomics: The Labour Party’s Bold Plan to Transform the British Economy — a briefing sponsored by The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center and Democracy Collaborative   1-2 pm B-208 Longworth House Office Building. More info and RSVP HERE.

NOTE THIS WAS ADDED TO GOOD READS:

Local and regional projects with the lineaments of the Green New Deal are setting the stage for national action https://portside.org/2019-04-05/cities-and-states-are-modeling-what-green-new-deal-could-look

 


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.


Building Power in Virginia: This May, New Virginia Majority is hosting Solidarity Summer, an electoral training and political education program in Northern Virginia. The program is seven days (with one day off) of intensive training from May 15 to May 22, which will give participants the skills they need to run a district-wide electoral program: training staff, using and analyzing data, writing and revising outreach scripts, and more. More info on the programHow to apply.

–Stu K


It had to happen… they’re onto us… https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-form-anti-socialism-caucus


Publications schedule

MDC DSA will publish and email weekly Updates on Fridays, April 12, 19 and 26. The May Day issue of the monthly Washington Socialist will be emailed Wednesday, May 1. Article deadline for the May newsletter is Wednesday, April 24. The April newsletter is here. Want to join the Publications Working Group (or run for the five-member Publications Editorial Board)? Look in on the # publications channel in MDC DSA Slack or email thesocialist@mdcdsa.org. The Publications Working Group meets Wed., April 17, 7 PM at Lamond-Riggs neighborhood library. All are welcome.


Consider applying to be a 2019 WILL Empower apprentice. Applications are now open and are due April 15, 2019. Apprentices will begin work in September, 2019. Find out more in our information guide.  “…a paid opportunity for recent college graduates and rank-and-file activists to explore what it’s like to work for the labor and workers’ justice movement… building power for women workers.”



MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR APRIL

Follow links for details

Saturday APR 6  2:00 PM

April Labor Working Group Meeting

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

Join the Labor Working Group for our April meeting. We will be breaking out to plan organizing workshops and our wage theft canvassing and research. If you’re interested in signing up to help organize canvassing, help with research, or help organize skills workshops, this is the meeting to be at!

Sunday APR 7  2:30 PM

Introduction to Marxism: Socialist Night School

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

“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” This is how Marx, in one of his more literary moments, described the relation between capital and labor. Marx was predominantly a theorist of how capitalism worked, not what a future socialist society may […]

Sunday APR 7  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda,

Please join us for our April 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.

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

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. We will be welcoming new members and continue discussing planning for our current actions and campaigns including support for DSA candidates in Virginia Elections and anti-Amazon-HQ2 action.

Wednesday APR 17  7:00 PM

Publications Working Group Monthly Meeting

Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC 20011

Finalize Publications Editorial Board election procedure and timeframe. Plan all aspects of publications activity.

Monday APR 22  7:00 PM

DSA Healing Caucus: Meditation & Mindful Sharing​

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

Join us on Earth Day as we hold space for ecological grief. We plan to meditate and then unpack the way capitalism has encouraged us to deny our interconnection with nature through journaling and mindful sharing. Bring something to write on/with.

Monday APR 22  6:40 PM

Social Reproduction: Socialist Night School

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

Session three of the Socialist Night School. In this session, we will discuss what social reproduction is, how many current and seemingly divergent struggles are intertwined with struggles over social reproduction, and how social reproduction is a crucial concept for understanding capitalism in general and our current moment in particular.

 

Tuesday APR 23  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 APR 24  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.

APR 26 – 28

2019 Socialist Feminist Convergence

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Socialist Feminist Convergence is a regional conference that brings together feminists on the left to build power & solidarity. This event, hosted by the Philly DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group and endorsed by the DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group at the national level, aims to bring together leftist feminists from across the country. More at the link.

Sunday APR 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. 🌹 This month, our readings topic is TBD: You can submit suggested articles anytime — we can build a topic around them!


EARLY MAY HIGHLIGHTS – follow links for more

Wednesday MAY 1  6:00 PM

Grrrls* Night

Wet Dog Tavern, 2100 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Sunday MAY 5  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Public Library, 900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

 

Tuesday MAY 7  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote meeting)

 

Saturday MAY 11  1:00 PM

Ward 3 Socialist Potluck

 

Sunday MAY 12  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

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


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Saturday-Sunday April 14-15“Socialism in our Time” conference 2019, New York City, sponsors are Jacobin and Historical Materialism.

Sunday, April 14 ONEDC Learning Circle, discussion of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, 3-5 PM at  ONE DC Black Workers Center 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

Sunday April 14 SURJ DC orientation session 2-4 PM, Northeast Neighborhood Library 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 — Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC:

Thursday April 18: The Next Recession – morning-long symposium, 8 AM-1 PM, with keynoter from Christina Romer, plus participants Heather Boushey, Josh Bivens, , the AFL-CIO’s William Spriggs and others. Co-sponsors EPI and the Groundwork Collaborative. AJAX, 1011 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP and more info.

Thursday, April 18 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers1-5 PM, 1100 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20009 — Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC): https://www.facebook.com/events/1893144787451173/

Saturday, April 20 Active Bystander Training w/SURJ MoCo — 2:30 – 4:30 PM at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church – learn how to stand up and to de-escalate when neighbors face threats. 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

Sunday, April 28 –Tuesday, April 30The People’s Wave: People’s Action 2019 Convention — Omni Shoreham Hotel , Washington, DC REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY, Friday, April 5.


GOOD READS

Liberal political philosophy’s failure on the role of race

A review in the journal Marx and Philosophy Review of Books of Charles W. Mills’s Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism on how ideal types of society portrayed in political science neatly sidestep the role of white supremacy at its core. “… when it comes to models of who we are as a people, or how best to achieve justice and fairness in a population, old models can prove resilient so long as they remain useful for those in power. . … older interpretations of American history still remain useful to the elite, for they continue to provide a narrative that defines civil rights activists, feminists and labour leaders as outsiders, alien influences to be distrusted or even destroyed.”

The review continues that the problem is “…the entire field of political philosophy, which has so reconstructed the history of the West ‘that race and racial domination and the emancipatory struggles against them have been eliminated from the record in an intellectual purge, a feat of documentary falsification…’ “

https://portside.org/2019-04-03/black-rightswhite-wrongs-critique-racial-liberalism

And here’s another take, not tonally different, by Christopher Lebron in The Nation, with a little more context on the author’s role in the growth of these forms of study. https://www.thenation.com/article/up-from-rawls/

 

The MoCo DSA Branch weekly newsletter, mentioned above, also has some Good Reads; check it out.

 

Steve Early in New Politics reviews two books by veterans, and asks “Can the Military be Reformed? https://newpol.org/can-the-military-be-reformed/

Local and regional projects with the lineaments of the Green New Deal are setting the stage for national action https://portside.org/2019-04-05/cities-and-states-are-modeling-what-green-new-deal-could-look

 

 

 

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