The current vacancy on MDC DSA’s Steering Committee will be filled by chapter-wide special election in January 2020. First step: nominations, which will open Monday, Dec. 9 and will be announced at this Sunday’s General Body Meeting. A link to the nominations form, open through Monday, Dec. 16, will be sent to all members this Monday. Members may be nominated by others or self-nominate; five nominations are needed to be on the ballot. A Temporary Election Working Group is in formation to administer the election and any chapter member volunteers are invited to join it – indicate willingness in the # steering slack channel or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For the past three months, tenants at 3435 Holmead Place NW have been fighting their slumlord UIP Management, one of the most ruthless and politically powerful developers in DC, to make basic repairs and improve living conditions in the building. They’ve directly confronted the bosses, circulated petitions, strategized together, and much more, all to win what everyone deserves: safe and dignified housing. This month, they’re going on rent strike, and they are calling on the community to support them in this fight.
This building is also rent-controlled, meaning that the fight has even greater stakes: letting this building deteriorate or these tenants be pushed out through constructive neglect would be another blow to our rent-controlled housing stock. Several tenants testified at last month’s hearing on rent control, and some of the problems they face would be addressed by the Reclaim Rent Control coalition’s platform—of which Metro D.C. DSA is a part!
If they win, it will be one of the most important blows against the displacement machine in years. YDSA organizers with Stomp Out Slumlords have been working for months with militant tenants to hold UIP accountable—let’s make sure they all know we have their backs! Meet at 3435 Holmead Place NW (map at link) at 6 PM TODAY, Friday December 6th.
– Stephanie B
LABOR SOLIDARITY — THE LATEST FROM THE TRANSDEV ACTION and strike support opportunities
Our comrade Todd Brogan of ATU provides the latest on the campaign against WMATA’s privatization in this morning’s (Friday’s) issue of Union City. It’s Day 43 of the Cinder Bed strike and Day 1 of ATU’s fair labor practices strike of the Fairfax Connector. See in the article latest calendars for strike support and a shareable strike flyer.
Come join team Janeese Lewis George for a neighborhood canvass this Sunday, meeting at 1 p.m. at Library Tavern (5420 3rd St. NW). There will also be a brief rally before we head out to knock doors to celebrate the endorsements of five incredible progressive organizations in D.C.: Working Families Party, DC for Democracy, Black Lives Matter, Jews United for Justice, and of course, MDC DSA. Child care will be available. Hope to see you there — More details here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/rally-and-canvass-for-janeese?fbclid=IwAR2kqjofipHdD0EB37LK7yn0lRLHvrZXx-jKktTw8CcGwDpNEtwMg0U45qU
ACTION REPORT: DSA 4 Bernie Working Group Update:
Do you love Bernie? Of course you do. Do you want to be part of the movement that stands up to the 1%? Then say it with me: “EVERY. BILLIONAIRE. IS. A. POLICY. FAILURE.”
And join the DSA 4 Bernie team working in metro Washington, D.C. We’re a group of volunteers that are organizing our Capitol-area neighborhoods to support Bernie in the Democratic primary and ultimately send him to the White House in 2020.
If you live, work, learn, or play in the area and want to meet some SuperAwesome people that want to change the world, send us an email to learn more and get involved: DSA4Bernie@mdcdsa.org
Want to take action immediately? Join our canvass this Saturday, December 7th.
DSA 4 Bernie Canvass on Saturday December 7th from 12-3pm. Meet at the Wheaton Metro Station at noon. https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/266789446/
Email us at: DSA4Bernie@mdcdsa.org, Join the convo on Slack: #bernie
Sunday Dec. 8, NOVA Migrant Justice Kickoff at 1 PM at the Arlington Central Library (Ballston Metro stop) in the Wilson room. We are kicking off the new NOVA Branch working group based on migrant justice work, based on our recent brainstorming, votes, and discussions. Discuss how we focus on migrant justice work: what it means, how we act, and how we can fight to protect and empower our communities in NOVA. https://www.facebook.com/events/2031176650318936/
Sunday, December 15— MoCo DSA welcomes two of their members who are also current members of the Maryland House of Delegates – Gabe Acevero and Vaughn Stewart – to brief MoCo members on the upcoming General Assembly session, which opens Jan. 8. They’ll meet in the Silver Spring Library. Get this and other MoCo DSA news, including a Bernie canvass this Saturday (Dec. 7) in their weekly branch newsletter here https://mailchi.mp/mdcdsa.org/join-us-on-saturday-nov-1263388?e=003de9ccab
PREVIEW of the January 2020 Washington Socialist featured articles:
>>Andy Feeney on changes in the political and social landscape of climate activism.
>> and if you missed them, our December Washington Socialist newsletter articles on the Check Your Complicity campaign in NoVA, DC labor history as seen in 1986, and “get on the bus” to drop petitions on management of that local NFL team, demanding a non-racist name.
From the DSA National Director, the December Dispatch. You should have gotten this as an email, but if it passed you by, here’s a second shot. National committee actions including NPC statements, news on Bernie, M4All, national pubs, new chapters and organizing committees — and swag! Read it here.
Wednesday, December 11 — OUTREACH action for MDC DSA-endorsed Maryland Dist. 5 primary candidate Mckayla Wilkes — Join us for an evening of all-you-can-eat pasta* bar and phone banking for Metro DC DSA’s very own Mckayla Wilkes. Mckayla and her cadre of lovable leftists are trying to pump socialism into the hearts and minds of Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. However, the evil Steny Hoyer is dead set on ruining the fun with planet-threatening climate policy and substandard healthcare. Will our heroes succeed and enjoy an evening of spreading socialism to the working class? Or will Steny extend his 40-year rule of corporate Democrat governance? Come by and find out! 6:30-8:30 PM, 5000 Sargent Rd. NE – walking distance from the Green, Red, and Yellow Lines at Fort Totten Metro Station — Join #mckayla2020 on Slack for updates and details!
SAT January 11 Stomp Out Slumlords Know Your Rights Canvass with DCTU,
Come out and inform tenants of their rights in court, how to get a lawyer, and see if they’re interested in organizing their building–and help build connections with the DC Tenant Union!
Meet at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station near the 7th & Maryland exit – train at 1:30, canvass stepoff at 2. Follow link for details.
Sunday after the GBM, interested comrades can consider the kickoff for Our Rev’s national campaign Sunday DEC 8 Our Revolution’s National Organize to Win 2020 Kickoff Hear National Chair Larry Cohen, Jim Zogby, Jim Hightower, and Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Occoquan Supervisor Kenny Boddye. Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW, DC 5- 7:30 PM RSVP
SOCIALISM: CAN YOU FIND THE WORDS?
Attention all writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, and designers: The Washington Socialist wants you! If you’re eager to contribute your talents to the Publications Working Group, fill out our contributor’s form and we’ll be in touch. We need your help to spread socialist ideas and news about the chapter’s work.
Meanwhile, our publications schedule: This is the last monthly MDC DSA Washington Socialist newsletter for 2019. Weekly Updates in December will be published Fridays, Dec. 13, 20 and (maybe) 27 if urgent fresh info demands it. The January 2020 Washington Socialist will be published Friday, Jan. 3 with an article deadline of Dec. 28. An advance look at two January articles is above in BRIEFS.
Actually existing right-now socialism – This newsletter is published Friday. As the weekend and the week unfold, make sure to keep up with any changes in the events in our calendars by following links we helpfully provide here to Facebook Events pages or Meetup, where the latest information will be found.
MDC DSA Calendar of Events for December and January
Follow link for details
Saturday DEC 7 12:00 PM
Sunday DEC 8 3 PM
Sunday DEC 8 1:00 PM
LIBRARY TAVERN, 5420 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20011 Follow link for details
Monday DEC 9 7 PM
Wednesday DEC 11 6:30 PM
5000 Sargent Rd NE, 5000 Sargent Rd NE, Washington, DC 20017
“Comrades! Join us for an evening of all-you-can-eat pasta* bar and phone banking for Metro DC DSA’s very own Mckayla Wilkes… Follow link for details
Saturday DEC 14 1:30 PM
Sunday DEC 15 1:00 PM
Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Join Metro D.C. DSA’s rent control working group for our next general business meeting Follow links for details
Sunday DEC 15 2 PM
Sunday DEC 15 4 PM
Tuesday DEC 17 5:30 PM
Denizens Brewing Co, 1115 E W Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Follow link for details
Thursday DEC 19 6 PM
Sunday JAN 5 2:00 PM
Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Sunday JAN 5 1:30 PM
Saturday JAN 11 1:30 PM
L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
We’re canvassing tenants with the DC Tenant Union! Follow link for details.
Sunday JAN 12 3:00 PM
Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting – Winter Campaigns Fair
Follow link for details as they unfold.
EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV
Friday DEC 6 7:30 AM
Join Extinction Rebellion DC and the #ShutdownDC Coalition on December 6 as we take to the streets around the UN World Bank Headquarters in DC. We will create massive gridlock during morning rush hour and bring business-as-usual to a standstill, making the consequences of inaction real for those in power. Meet at University Yard, George Washington University, H Street NW between 20th and 21st streets NW.
Friday DEC 6 11:00 AM
On December 6th, we’re going to shut down business-as-usual for the financial institutions that profit off of the climate crisis and immigrant detention. Meet us at 11 AM in Franklin Square (14th St. and I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005) for a rally featuring Jane Fonda and Fire Drill Fridays along with Saket Soni, the Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance, GreenFaith, the Franciscan Action Network and other climate, faith and migrant justice organizers. At 12 noon we’ll march through the streets of DC to visit the banks and financial institutions in DC that are profiting off of the climate crisis and immigrant detention.
Saturday DEC 7 7:30 PM
The chorus will share songs about the labor movement, peace, and justice at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 5312 Connecticut Ave., NW. The event is free and open to the public, is handicapped accessible, and will have sign interpretation.
Saturday DEC 7 Noon – 2:30 PM
Hosted by DMV De-escalation Collective at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave, NW (Thomas Circle). This public de-escalation training is open to everyone! De-escalation skills equip us to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations. We aim to create moments of pause in which people can make choices about their own safety. We also provide resources (emotional support, companionship, money, food, etc) that increase access to safety, especially for marginalized people. “Calming people down” and ending conflicts is part of this work, but not all of it! RSVP here.
Saturday DEC 7 10 AM –
ACLU of Maryland – Annual Grassroots Legislative Leadership Day RSVP and free ticket — The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Md.
Sunday DEC 8 7 – 9 PM
In time for the holidays: join SURJ Northern Virginia at UUCF, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., for a facilitated meeting where we will discuss and practice initiating and sustaining conversations about systemic racism. If you’ve ever struggled to help connect with friends and family while advancing anti-racist ideas, this event is for you! We will also be decorating holiday cards for incarcerated folx through Black and Pink’s holiday program.
Sunday DEC 8 1:30 – 4 PM
Meeting will be held at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library System, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 21042.
Tuesday, DEC 10 6:00 PM
ONE DC Member Orientation
614 S Street NW, ONE DC Office
We welcome all supporters of ONE DC, whether long-time members or new volunteers, to join us for our next Member Orientation, where you will learn about: ONE DC Mission, Vision, & Values; our organizing model and principles; our history, shared leadership model, and organizational structure; and what it means to be a ONE DC member.
Click here to RSVP
Tuesday DEC 10 DC Jobs with Justice PAY STUB CLINIC at 6:30 PM, Bread for the City @ 1525 7th St NW — help folks spot wage theft on their pay stubs and ensure their rights at work are being respected; learn more about DC’s labor law. Join us in canvassing for the event this weekend. Come learn about how to use your pay stub to protect yourself from wage theft. RSVP: https://forms.gle/Zv4t9qZPZ95186rJ9 Volunteer Food and interpretation will be provided
Wednesday, December 11 7 PM
Greenbelt People Power with Prince George’s Peace & Justice Coalition and allies planning meeting — Room 114 at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road. Greenbelt. Immigration topics, Police accountability and transparency, Topics and goals for the 2020 Maryland and Prince George’s County legislative sessions.
Thursday, DEC 12 — Our Revolution MoCo — Celebrate the Season, our December meeting will be a Happy Hour 4-7 PM at Bar Louie,150 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850 (Rockville Town Center). Help us continue to build a vital local progressive community!
Thursday DEC 12 Better Buses, Better Cities: a book talk | Georgetown University
from 6 -8:30 PM RSVP SPONS Coalition for Smarter Growth, Georgetown University Urban & Regional Planning Program
Saturday DEC 14 10 AM — 3 PM
Build and Mobilize a Stronger Union workshop at NoVA Labor
Free seminar taught by Rutgers University Labor center faculty on how to build a stronger union and mobilize your members to take action. Workshop to be held at 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA. RSVP to VirginiaDiamond24@gmail.com.
Saturday, DEC 14, 9 AM -4 PM, “Rebuild Maryland: Climate Action Summit”, Stamp Union, Univ of MD. (jointly sponsored by many environmental organizations)
Sunday DEC 15 10 AM — 5 PM
Legislative process, lobbying, agenda-setting and more at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville.
Monday DEC 16 1 – 3 PM
ROC DC Monthly Meeting!
Come together at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC and meet other restaurant workers in DC who want to build worker power in order to improve wages and working conditions in the DC restaurant industry! Lunch is provided and children are welcome!
¡Vengan y conozcan a otros trabajadores de restaurante en DC que quieran desarrollar el poder de los trabajadores para mejorar los salarios y las condiciones de trabajo en la industria de restaurantes de DC! Se proveerá la cena y nenes son bienvenidos!
Tuesday DEC 17 6 — 10 PM
“International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” is not just about ending violence against people engaging in sex work — it’s also about ending violence against Trans people, against people of color, against people who use drugs, against people living with HIV, against people experiencing homelessness, and the communities who love and support sex workers. Ki Ki Ball (as seen on T.V. hit series Pose) will raise awareness about the violence our communities face and continue funding the expansion of our support services. Eastern Market North Hall located at 225 7th Street SE, Washington DC, 20003 – info and tickets at link.
Saturday JAN 25, 2020, 10 AM -2 PM, CCAN Polar Bear Plunge, https://us-p2p.netdonor.net/2883/polar-bear-plunge
Sun Jan 26, Medicare 4 All Town Hall in Annapolis 2-4 PM at Stanton Community Center, 92 W Washington St, Annapolis, MD 21401 among co-sponsors, Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition.
>> In advance of the UK election Dec. 12, the Labour Party Manifesto published in late November with a forward by Corbyn – thanks to our comrade Dave Richardson for passing this along – it should keep you busy.
>> Yesterday (Thursday) the American Prospect mag rolled out a climate crisis issue in a Capitol Hill event. Here’s the lead and table of contents of a pretty rich issue https://prospect.org/topics/climate-crisis/