Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, February 14, 2020

Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, February 14, 2020

VALENTINE’S DAY? Yeah, well, St. Valentine didn’t exactly enjoy his transfiguration — martyrdom in the Roman 3rd Century C.E. — but as socialists, whether we are lookin’ for love or not, our goal is justice — which, as Dr. West has said, is what love looks like in public. So happy Valentine’s Day, comrades, as we pursue that revolution, and let’s build our tools for power by refreshing ourselves on last Sunday’s GBM on labor activism as it is configured today. Here is the excellent slide deck that accompanied our Labor WG hosts Caleb and Sam … https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mH50Ca_-3IkvZwOhgaF99m-Ajjwy2tDtKHJmIINdnd0/edit#slide=id.g6eb9e29f00_0_0

THE WEEKEND

Sat Feb 15: DSA for Bernie VA Canvass (Meet at 12:30pm at East Falls Church Station): 

Let’s keep the momentum going! Bernie needs YOU to join our energized group of supporters this Saturday. We’re knocking on doors in the communities surrounding the East Falls Church Metro Station. We cut a lot of turf so we’re counting on our team to show up. Bring your friends and family! Only 3 weekends left before Virginia votes on Super Tuesday on March 3rd. 

Leave your mark on history: Be a part of the revolution that will put the first socialist in the White House!

https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268285730/

UP FRONT

New items submitted since the email version was sent Friday morning will appear here in green text.

 

Here’s the MoCo branch newsletter for this week, with Bernie canvass details and other Maryland events.

The Internationalism Working Group has set a meeting Tuesday, February 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Library: 3160 16th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20010 — it is should turn up on Meetup soon. New details: “We will hear from one of the Venezuela Embassy Protectors, discuss Rep. Ilhan Omar’s new foreign policy package, and make plans for new Internationalism campaigns.”


DSA for BERNIE  Post-NH Path Forward

***IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH AND WANT TO WIN THE LATINX VOTE FOR BERNIE IN METRO DC, EMAIL US TO GET INVOLVED: DSA4Bernie@mdcdsa.org***

See updated location for Feb. 22 NoVA canvass: Parking Lot at Huntington Metro Station

—Accomplished—

Feb 7 New Hampshire Debate Watch Party: Bernie Made a Winning Pitch to New Hampshire Voters

Almost 90 Bernie fans packed into Penn Social Friday night to watch our dude make a helluva case for why he should win New Hampshire voters’ support. Pic HERE

Feb 8 Canvass: MDC DSA 4 BERNIE **SMASHES** 5K DOOR-KNOCK GOAL! RAISES THE BAR TO 15K!

Last Saturday, over 80 (!) comrades with the MDC DSA 4 Bernie group knocked almost 4,000 (!!) doors in the Alexandria, VA communities around King Street Station. Afterward we partied on the first and second floor of a nearby bar and caught up with regular canvassers and made tons of new friends. 

We have now knocked nearly 9,300 (!!!) total doors for Bernie in Metro DC–join us THIS Saturday at East Falls Church Metro Station at 12:30pm for what may be the biggest canvass yet! Details linked above and listed below. Help be a part of the effort to reach our new goal of 15k doors!

Pic of the 80 Bernie supporters who crushed all those doors last Saturday HERE.

Feb 11: New Hampshire Election Night Watch Party: Bernie Won!

Over 110 people came through Penn Social to join fellow comrades in rooting for Bernie Sanders on election night. Bernie took the lead immediately and was declared the winner around 11pm at night. There was tons of cheering, a minor amount of booing for non-Bernie individuals, and we all made new friends. 

Pictures HERE and HERE and a celebratory video HERE!

—COMING UP—

Request: If you speak Spanish well enough that you feel comfortable canvassing with Spanish-speakers OR if you have a car and are willing to drive people to doors, send us an email at dsa4bernie@mdcdsa.org

Request: Knocking so many doors means that we’re handing out our beautiful literature very quickly. To fully prepare for our upcoming canvasses and the big Get Out the Vote weekend of 2/29 – 3/1, we’ll need to buy more literature! Please consider donating to the cause HERE.  

Sat Feb 15: VA Canvass (Meet at 12:30pm at East Falls Church Station): 

Let’s keep the momentum going! Bernie needs YOU to join our energized group of supporters this Saturday. We’re knocking on doors in the communities surrounding the East Falls Church Metro Station. We cut a lot of turf so we’re counting on our team to show up. Bring your friends and family! Only 3 weekends left before Virginia votes on Super Tuesday on March 3rd. 

Leave your mark on history: Be a part of the revolution that will put the first socialist in the White House!

https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268285730/

Tuesday, February 18 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
DSA for Bernie WG Meeting: Post Super Tuesday Plans

1301 Connecticut Ave NW

After winning Iowa and New Hampshire, help us plan our slate of March events and canvasses and learn about how you can plug in to our work to get Bernie elected as president. We’re also working hard to get Spanish-language canvasses off the ground. Follow link for details.

Sat Feb 22: NoVa Canvass (Location Parking lot at Huntington Metro Station): https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268285340/ 

Sat Feb 22: Nevada Caucus Watch Party (Location TBD): https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268323507/ 

Tues Feb 25: Debate Watch Party (Location TBD): https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268286080/ 

Sat Feb 29: Get Out the Vote Canvass in NoVa (Location TBD): https://www.meetup.com/mdcdsa/events/268285105/ 

Bring to the canvass: Please bring a smartphone fully charged, with data, and MiniVAN app pre-downloaded. A portable charger (charged!) is great. Appropriate clothes and shoes are a must. You’re welcome to bring friends! 

Again, if you speak Spanish or have a car and are willing to drive people, email us at dsa4bernie@mdcdsa.org

Contact us to get involved or learn more:

  • Email us at: DSA4Bernie@mdcdsa.org
  • MDC DSA Members, please join the convo on Slack: #bernie

—Kristen B.


MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY

Tuesday FEB 18 | 6:30 PM
Queer Caucus Happy Hour
The Bronson Bierhall, 4100 Fairfax Drive #100, Arlington VA 

Come take a breather and have a few drinks with the Queer Socialists Caucus. We will be having our monthly happy hour, for all queer, trans, and nonbinary comrades as well as our allies and accomplices. The event is open to the public and DSA membership is not required.

Tuesday, February 18 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
DSA for Bernie WG Meeting: Post Super Tuesday Plans

1301 Connecticut Ave NW

After winning Iowa and New Hampshire, help us plan our slate of March events and canvasses and learn about how you can plug in to our work to get Bernie elected as president. We’re also working hard to get Spanish-language canvasses off the ground. Follow link for details.

Wednesday FEB 19 | 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Simpsons Trivia Night to Support Mckayla Wilkes

Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th St NE, Washington DC 

Come on down to the dank pit known as The Dew Drop Inn for an evening of Simpsons Trivia! Test your knowledge of the golden age of The Simpsons (Seasons 2 – 9). Who knows? A donation of ANY amount to the Mckayla Wilkes Campaign serves as your RSVP to a night of fun, two popsicles, and you get to keep this broken bird cage!

Thursday FEB 20 | 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Disability Justice Working Group

1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC

Come join us for the December Disability Justice Working Group meeting at the Festival Center at 6pm. We’ll be diving into plans for a Disability Town Hall, disability narratives/comics, and reading groups.

Thursday FEB 20 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

NOVA Branch DSA Organizing Meeting

Thomas Jefferson Library, Meeting Room 1, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church VA

Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. We will be welcoming new members and continue discussing planning for our current actions and campaigns including support for DSA endorsed candidates (including Bernie Sanders) as well as expanded efforts to connect with local groups. As always, we will address any current issues from our communities and allied organizations, including efforts against the alt-right.

Saturday FEB 22 | 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Nevada Caucus Watch Party

TBD (Penn Social Lounge WORKING)

Join us on February 22nd as we await the results of the Nevada Caucus! To raise additional funds, we will also be playing a short round of Election Trivia. DSA 4 Bernie is fundraising to purchase new Virginia literature so that we can knock doors before Super Tuesday!

Saturday FEB 22 12:30 PM
DSA for Bernie NoVA Canvass
Parking lot of Huntington Metro Station

Bernie needs YOU — this canvass takes place 10 days before the Super Tuesday primary.

 

 

Sunday, FEB 23 1:30-4:30pm
Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass Update 
L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station

Come help us connect tenants facing eviction with legal resources! Follow link for details.

Tuesday FEB 25 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Steering Committee Meeting
Remote Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/649424602

Meeting of the Metro DC DSA Steering Committee. All members are welcome to attend. Meeting agenda will be distributed via Slack; to request an agenda item, use reddesk.mdcdsa.org

Tuesday FEB 25  | 7:30 PM
DSA for Bernie 2/25 Debate Watch Party

Join us for the last Democratic debate of February! The SC primary will be right around the corner on the 29th, and Super Tuesday just after that. We always say the debates are ones not to miss, but this is REALLY one you do not want to miss. Location TBD. Follow link for details

MDCDSA members march carrying a banner that says "Capitalism is killing the planet"Wednesday FEB 26 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ecosocialist Caucus February Meeting

Shaw Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington DC

Topics include next steps for our energy democracy and climate strike campaigns, as well as breakout sessions to focus on a wide range of topics. New and old members welcome!

Thursday FEB 27 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Trumpism and All-American Nativism: Socialist Night School

Cleveland Park Library, Meeting Room 1, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future. Follow link for details.

Thursday, February 27  6:30-8pm

February Labor Working Group
1616 P St NW

Join the Labor Working Group for updates on our Bust the Boss wage theft and organizing project, Virginia labor law reform, ride share organizing, Labor for Bernie updates, and upcoming solidarity!

Saturday FEB 29 12:30 PM
February 29 Get Out the Vote Canvass

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to reach voters before Super Tuesday, and we need to do everything we can to make sure Virginia shows up for Bernie! Help us reach our goal of knocking 5,000 doors in Virginia by the end of February. We will be in canvassing in Virginia, location TBD. Follow link for details.


INFO ACCESS 

PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE: The final Update for February will be sent Friday, February 21, and the March issue of the Washington Socialist will be sent Friday, February 28 with an article deadline of Saturday, Feb. 23. Send article submissions to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org 

New article in last week’s Update https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/on-being-an-autistic-socialist/

FAQ

>How many newsletters, updates and articles have we published? Articles on what topics? Check our Index here.

>What does the MDC DSA local chapter do, week in and week out? See our working groups, caucuses and campaigns in the DMV here.

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EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Saturday  FEB 15  Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents  3 – 4:30pm  Sankofa Video, Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Book talk and signing with Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley.

Saturday FEB 15 Our Revolution MoCo meets, 1-3 PM, Council Office Building in the Cafeteria, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

Monday, FEB 17 — “Reel & Meal” will feature Jacqueline Olive’s 2019 documentary, Always in Season. Its focus is the traumatic U.S. history of lynching, especially brutal events of 1934 and 1946.  https://www.newdealcafe.com/events/reel-and-meal. 6:30 pm — plant-based buffet at $14 7:00 pm — free film showing begins — New Deal Café, 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center), Greenbelt

Tuesday FEB 18 MORE Network Community Meeting , 6-9 pm  Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Hosted by MORE Network – Montgomery County Racial Equity Network and 3 others: Engage and connect via an overview and update on the Racial Equity and Social Justice bill/ Bill 27-19;  and plan next steps.   https://www.facebook.com/events/202636414255374/

Wednesday FEB 19-20 – Take action against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Permitting the climate crimes  Join Beyond Extreme Energy and other groups in taking direct action against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. February 19-20.

Thursday FEB 20 JwJ Movement and Margaritas 6-9pm at Haydee’s Restaurant* – 6303 Georgia Ave NW * RSVP *Be sure you go to the Haydee’s in Brightwood not the one in Mt Pleasant
All of the funds you raise will go towards sending a diverse group of DC organizers and community activists to Atlanta for the 2020 Jobs with Justice conference.

Thursday FEB 20 at 7pm—Video Roundtable – Local and Front Line Organizers Leading the fight.  Join us for a round table to hear from the youth, local and front line organizer leading the fight for climate justice. Everyone is welcome but click here to register!

Friday  FEB 21 – NoVA Labor Airport Union Caucus – 2 pm Unions representing airport workers will meet to discuss issues of concern. At new ALPA headquarters:7950 Jones Branch Dr #400s, McLean, VA 

Monday FEB 24 Monthly Restaurant Worker Meeting  1:00pm – 3:00pm Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC Hosted by ROC-DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/2483401995210664/  share stories & grievances, build solidarity and talk through how we can address the challenges of the restaurant industry and build our power.

Monday FEB 24  2020 Mayoral Forum on Environment & Equity at 6pm at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church (2821 Reisterstown Rd). Hosted by Baltimore Blue Green Just, Charm City mayoral candidates and their visions regarding environmental and social justice issues in Baltimore. Moderators: local radio host Tom Hall and UMD associate dean Dr. Sheri Parks. Doors open at 5:30pm  register online

Monday, FEB 24 Economic Justice for Women panel discussion, 4-7 pm at The Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle in Annapolis — Sponsored by Job Opportunities Task Force and others, with legislators as panelists.

Tuesday  FEB 25 NoVA Labor/Coalition to Repeal Right to Work with KRYSTAL BALL – 7 pm to 9 pm at Shirlington Busboys & Poets — Krystal Ball is the noted tv host, political commentator, and author. A native of Virginia, she ran for Congress in 2010. She will discuss progressive movements in Virginia and nationwide. 4251 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA. 

Tuesday, FEB 25 We Own The Future: Democratic Socialism — American Style  Book Discussion and Luncheon, noon, at The American Prospect headquarters, 1225 Eye St NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20005 with co-author Michael Kazin plus Harold Meyerson and Bob Kuttner. Lunch is free! Signed books available at the event. CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND/OR RESERVE YOUR BOOK-We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism–American Style gives readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.

Saturday FEB 29 All Hands On Deck DC! Part 1 1-4 pm, 300 A St NE, Washington, DC 20002-5938 — first of a multi-part event series aimed at educating, organizing and mobilizing to end mass incarceration and displacement. Hosted by LinkUp and Brookland Manor/Brentwood Village Residents Association:  info and RSVP.

Saturday FEB 29-1-4pm – #ShutDownDC Direct Action Training Southeast Neighborhood Library—Click here for more details or to RSVP! We’ll cover the basics of working together in a small group (affinity groups), moving in the streets together, how to plug in with the action framework, your legal rights and what to do if you’re arrested, and staying healthy and safe in the streets!

Friday MAR 6-15 – Appalachian Climate Action Camp
10 days of learning, training and taking direct action to disrupt the systems that are destroying our climate hosted by Appalachians Against Pipelines. If you’re planning on heading out from DC, contact us at info@ShutDownDC.org so we can help coordinate rides!

Sunday, March 8 —
Prince George’s County Our Revolution monthly meeting to discuss current actions and events. 2:00 — 4:00 pm New Deal Cafe 113 Centerway Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt

SAVE THE DATE: Virginia Tribute to Labor Dinner will be on Friday May 15 at 6 pm at the Sheraton Tysons.  

SAVE THE DATE: Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara will speak at Shirlington Busboys & Poets on Tuesday March 24 at 7 pm for NoVA Labor/Coalition to Repeal RTW March monthly meeting.


Baltimore progressives, Check in on the wide-ranging Baltimore Activist Alert calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/


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GOOD READS

At hearing on the future of public housing in DC, more questions than answers

Feb 5, 2020

The DC Line

Morgan Baskin

Federal housing projects within the city – which house up to approximately 20,000 people, are derelict and untenable. The city will begin inviting private developers to renovate or buy properties as a means to curate financing for maintenance. Crucially, as repairs are made, many of these low-income workers will be required to leave their homes.

Here’s What You Need to Know About DC’s FY 2021 Budget Season

Jan 30, 2020

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Guide from the DCFPI reviewing the budget process in DC. Good information to know as the budget process begins 

The Tragedy of the Worker: Towards the Proletarocene

Jan 31, 2020

Salvage Zone

Salvage Zone Editorial Collective

Long but extraordinary review of capitalism’s failure to appropriately address, acknowledge, or salve the climate crisis. A wonderful essay that can help orient how to think and talk about environmental issues from within a class based context.

Why the Shadow Inc. App Failed

February 6, 2020

Jacobin Magazine

Common Knowledge Worker’s Cooperative

A review of the Democratic Party’s failure to deliver Iowa Caucus results with confidence. There is little evidence of direct influence or tampering, but the debacle shows how imposing new processes into long-established processes can backfire in surprising ways. Gathering localized context is imperative for implementing new processes into political activities to ensure veracity.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/opinion/bernie-sanders-campaign.html/ 

February 12, 2020

The New York Times

Michael Kazin

Our comrade compares historical insurgents who changed the US party systems. “…the first self-declared socialist in American history to have a realistic chance at both [nomination and election]  is likely to achieve a different kind of victory, one few actual presidents ever have: transforming the ideology and program of a major party.”

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