Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, January 24, 2020

Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, January 24, 2020

The MDC DSA Weekend: This weekend, our chapter is knocking doors for DSA-endorsed Janeese Lewis George’s campaign for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council. As a councilmember, Janeese will stand with us in our fight for tenants rights and strong rent control laws. We will be out on the following schedule:


11 AM -1:30 PM, (Lunch break), 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Meet at the campaign office at 6400 Georgia Ave NW.


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Meet at the campaign office at 6400 Georgia Ave NW.

Email Nikko at to RSVP! Be sure to also join the working group by filling out this google form and joining the #dc-ward4-electoral-organizing channel on slack. 

Saturday Jan. 25 — Say NO to Surveillance and Criminalization!
8:30am at  Arlington County VA – Government, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA

NoVA DSA and allies are building to support “For Us, Not Amazon” this Saturday at Arlington County’s board meeting to fight for a future where people and communities keep each other safe, not racist surveillance and policing. Note: Hosted by LaColectiVA and 5 others:

DC Jobs with Justice and allies have a Wage Theft Canvass Sunday, Jan 26; more below.

This Monday evening, experienced organizers from Metro DC DSA’s most successful projects will introduce the first of a five-part training program, So You Want to Organize, with the Socialist Night School. Everyone wants to be an organizer these days—but what exactly does an organizer do? What makes for a good organizer, and a good organizing project? What’s the difference between organizing and activism, and what is the difference between organizing a workplace or apartment building and “community organizing”? Our first session introduces the subject of organizing: its goals, best practices, constituencies, and some history. Join us at the Shaw Library at 6:30PM on Monday 1/27.    — Stephanie B

Results from the MDC DSA special election are in: There were 70 votes cast to elect Nate Sweet to the vacant at-large Steering Committee seat, with 66 voting “Yes” (94.3%) and 4 selecting “Abstain” (5.7%). Congrats and welcome @n_sweet, we’re excited to have you.
–Irene K                                                                                                 

In This Issue: The weekend, and…

Socialist Night School Presents “Ecosocialist Principles for a Green New Deal”

“RENT REBELS” Screening at Colony Club

D.C. Labor Gears Up For 2020 — “Labor In Session” Website for VA action Launches

Canvass With DC Jobs With Justice

DSA 4 Bernie has done some planning

MDC DSA Events for January and February

Events from Our Allies in the DMV

Good Reads

MDC DSA FAQs, info access and publications schedule including TOMORROW’s article deadline for the February Washington Socialist!


Socialist Night School Presents “Ecosocialist Principles for a Green New Deal” Tuesday, Feb. 4

In this Socialist Night School session, we’re talking about ecosocialism, a framework for combining insights from the rich tradition of Marxist social analysis with scientific knowledge of our biosphere. 

How does ecosocialism help us understand how capitalism and overlapping systems of oppression fuel the kinds of extraction that now undermine basic systems of life on Earth? As the broader left in the United States keeps building political momentum for a Green New Deal, how can ecosocialist principles help us navigate through the crises of intensifying climate disruption, economic inequality, and resurgent fascism to build toward a transformative vision of a future in which all people can thrive in societies that regenerate our planet?

The session will be led by Ashik S., steering committee member of DSA’s national Ecosocialist Working Group and co-founder of The Climate Mobilization, on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30pm in the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library CPK First Floor Meeting Room 1.


“RENT REBELS” Screening at Colony Club Sat. February 1 7pm

Come to SOS Movie Night at Colony Club! This time we’ll be screening “RENT REBELS: Resistance Against the Sell Out of the City,” a documentary about the tenant movement in Berlin.

The film is a kaleidoscope of tenants’ struggles in Berlin against displacement, ranging from the occupation of the Berlin town hall to a camp at Kottbusser Tor. A new urban protest movement is on the rise — from tenant organizing against evictions to senior citizens’ struggles to maintain their community center and age-appropriate flats.

Karaoke afterwards at 10pm.   

D.C. Labor Gears Up For 2020

Affiliates of the Metropolitan Washington Council, an AFL-CIO labor council, gathered in early January  to strategize for 2020, according to Union City. About a dozen representatives met at the Teamsters 639 hall on January 16 for a conversation about the 2020 election season in D.C. 

They discussed the calendar of events for the Council’s endorsements of candidates, which will kick off with the candidate education forum scheduled for Monday, February 3. Union City noted that the group also shared its legislative priorities for education, entertainment and health care, and galvanizing  union member involvement in Labor 2020. 

DC COPE will fashion a labor questionnaire that will go out to D.C. City Council candidates by February 25. The next monthly DC COPE meeting is Thursday, February 13 at 4:00 pm. The Metro Washington Council encourages union members affiliated with the council to attend, Union City reported.                                       

“Labor In Session” Website Launches for Virginia effort

In an effort to empower more union activists and allies to advocate for pro-worker legislation, the Virginia AFL-CIO launched its “Labor In Session” website at the start of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session. 

“We must take full advantage of this moment to push a robust pro-worker agenda focused on moving Virginia from the worst state for workers to the best,” said Julie Hunter, Virginia AFL-CIO Campaign Manager, according to Union City. 

Activists can find and contact their state senator and delegate, take rapid action on  in-progress legislation, and volunteer to lobby for labor at the General Assembly. 

Canvass With DC Jobs With Justice 

Join DC Jobs with Justice and Many Languages One Voice this Sunday, Jan. 26, as we reach out to immigrant communities in Columbia Heights about wage theft and their rights at work. 

The Wage Theft Canvass will begin at Church of the Sacred Heart at 3211 Sacred Heart Way at noon and will commence at 2:30pm.

 Sign up here and email Nikko Bilitza at with questions. 


What we’ve done

Primary Season Planning Group Successful!
We had a great turnout of volunteers join the working group to plan out and assign tasks for upcoming actions. The group planned canvasses, watch parties and more for February, March, and beyond. Join us next Tuesday the 28th for our Work Party to get a lot of our planning implemented. 

Coming Up

Work Party on January 28 (Location TBD)
Want to get more involved with the DSA 4 Bernie efforts? Join us next Tuesday (likely same location as last week) to implement plans and meet great people. Bring your laptop!

 Canvass for Bernie in Arlington on Feb 1st
We’ll meet at 12:30 at the Arlington Court House Metro Station. We’ll provide training, fliers, and a canvass buddy. Try to arrive with a fully charged smart phone with the MiniVAN app installed, and dress for the weather.

 Iowa Caucus Watch Party
Join us February 3rd at 7:30 pm to watch the Iowa Caucus! Location TBD, keep an eye out for Meetup and Facebook events!

 Canvass every weekend in February in Northern Virgina! 
Keep an eye on the MDC DSA pages on Meetup and Facebook to learn exact locations and details. 

 Shameless Plug: Can you spare a dollar?
We have — well, not enough — in the DSA 4 Bernie working group bank account and we want to raise $3,000 to purchase the literature we need for canvassing through the primary season. We’re printing in both English and Spanish and we need your support. 

Can you make a donation of $5, $10, $27, or any other amount to support Metro D.C. DSA’s Bernie Working Group? Here’s the link to donate.

Reach out to us at

MDC DSA Events for January and February

Follow links for details! 

Monday JAN 27  6:30 PM

So You Want to Organize #1: Socialist Night School
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Part 1 of 5: What Is an Organizer Anyway? Follow link for details

 Tuesday JAN 28  7:00 PM

Participatory Budgeting Planning Meeting
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Help plan our chapter’s participatory budgeting process. Follow link for details

 Wednesday JAN 29  7:00 PM

Steering Committee Meeting
Remote-only meeting of the Metro DC DSA Steering Committee. All members are welcome to attend via Zoom; details in Slack: # steering. Follow link for details

 Thursday JAN 30  6:00 PM

Labor Working Group Happy Hour
Lyman’s Tavern, 3720 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Join labor activists, unionists, et al. Follow link for details 

Friday JAN 31  6:00 PM

DSA MoCo 🌹 Happy Hour
Not Your Average Joe’s, 8661 Colesville Rd Suite C-153, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Downtown Silver Spring get-together. Follow link for details




Saturday FEB 1  12:30 PM

DSA for Bernie Canvass in Arlington, VA!
Court House, Arlington, VA 22201
ONE MONTH until Super Tuesday; make sure Virginia shows up for Bernie.

Follow link for details

Saturday FEB 1  7-midnight

Stomp Out Slumlords Movie Night
Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Screening “RENT REBELS: Resistance Against the Sell Out of the City”, a documentary about the tenant movement in Berlin. Follow link for details

 Sunday FEB 2 2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting
Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814Monthly planning and organizing meeting. Follow link for details

 Sunday FEB 2  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.  Follow link for details

 Tuesday FEB 6:30 PM

Ecosocialist Principles for a Green New Deal
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Socialist Night School session. Follow link for details

 Friday FEB 7  6:00 PM

Libertarian Socialist Caucus (LSC) Happy Hour
1314 9th St NW, , Washington, DC 20001 Follow link for details

Sunday FEB 9  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. Follow link for details

Wednesday FEB 12  7:00 PM

Steering Committee Meeting
Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW #600, Washington, DC 20036
All members are welcome to attend, inclrsday FEB 20  6:30 PM

Disability Justice Working Group
The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Planning and organizing meeting. Follow link for details

Thursday FEB 20  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting
Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Follow link for details

Wednesday FEB 26 7:00 PM

Steering Committee Meeting
Remote only meeting
Get Zoom info at Slack: # steering Follow link for details

Events from Our Allies in the DMV

Follow links for details! 

Saturday, Jan 25
15th Annual CCAN Polar Bear Plunge

Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: National Harbor, 141 National Harbor Boulevard, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Note: CCAN is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Jan 25
Cop Watch Training and Orientation 
Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
Note: Copwatch is a group that monitors the police on the streets to prevent, follow up on and expose brutality and misconduct. Organized by Black Lives Matter DC.

Saturday Jan. 25
Say NO to Surveillance and Criminalization!
Time: 8:30am
Location: Arlington County VA – Government, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA

Note: Support For Us, Not Amazon this Saturday at Arlington County’s board meeting to fight for a future where people and communities keep each other safe, not racist surveillance and policing. Note: Hosted by LaColectiVA and 5 others:

Sunday, Jan. 26 
Medicare 4 All Town Hall 
Time: 2 – 4pm
Location: Stanton Community Center, 92 W Washington St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Note: Informational session on the failures of the U.S. healthcare system.


Sunday, Jan. 26
Jamming for Justice hosted by DC Poor People’s Campaign
Time: 4 – 7pm
Location: 5233 North Capitol Street NE, Washington D.C. 20011
Note: RSVP via link. Instrumentalists and singers welcome for the open mic and collaboration. Sign up begins at 3:30pm.

Monday Jan. 27
January Pay Stub Clinic
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: 2437 15th St NW, Washington DC
Note: Come learn about your rights at work and how to protect yourself from wage theft. Bring a pay stub if you have access to one! RSVP  Hosted by DC Jobs With Justice and 3 others:

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Group Name Change Hearing Sign Up 
Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm
Location: 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington DC 20001 
Note: Informational sessions and assistance provided to DC trans residents who need help navigating the name change process. Organized by No Justice No Pride (NJNP). 

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Poor People’s Campaign We Must Do M.O.R.E. National Tour 
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW Washington D.C.
Note: The talk by Revs. Theoharis and Barber  will be preceded by a gathering and march at 5:30pm. RSVP for details.

Thursday, Jan. 30

interoperability: breaking down the walled gardens of digital platforms
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L Street Northwest Conference Room, Washington, DC 20037
Note: Organized by the DC Tech Workers Coalition.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Right to Housing Committee Meeting
Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: ONE DC, 614 S St NW, Washington DC
Note: Discuss our tenant rights, and build power to fight displacement and gain community control of land and housing for low-wage, long-standing Washingtonians. Hosted by ONE DC:

Friday, Jan. 31

Prison Pipelines and Detention Centers panel discussion
Time: 6pm
Location: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Note: Organized by They/Them Collective. Details provisional; follow up at event page or email: 

Friday, Jan. 31 

Progressive Cheverly Annual Legislative Forum
Time: 7pm
Location: Multipurpose Room of Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School, 3324 64th Avenue, Cheverly MD
Note: Join District 47 representatives — MD Sen. Malcolm Augustine and Dels. Diana Fennel, Julian Ivey and Wanika Fisher — who discuss the legislative issues that will be on the agenda for the upcoming Assembly session.

Saturday, Feb. 1 

Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St NW  Washington, DC 20009 
Note: Participatory gathering of DC residents where we will set the priorities for ONE DC’s Right to Housing and Right to Income Campaigns in 2020 — help us shape our work for the coming year so we can build power and take action to take back DC! 

Sunday Feb. 9
February SURJ DC Orientation + Welcome Session
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Cleveland Park Public Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC
Note: Hosted by SURJ-DC:
New to SURJ? Been getting our emails for a while and not sure of your next step? Join us for this 2-hour introductory event RSVP

Saturday, Feb. 15

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

Good Reads



  • Maryland socialists may want to while away some time on Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed budget, which is actually not getting too much pushback yet from the Dem establishment. Kevin Kinnally of Conduit Street, the newsletter of the Maryland Association of Counties, has a roundup on the Budget Briefing presented to legislators by the Department of Legislative Services. It is more than you ever wanted to know, but features outstanding explanatory graphics.



PUBLICATIONS SCHEDULE: The February Washington Socialist will be sent Friday, January 31 with an article deadline of Saturday, January 25. Updates for February will be sent Fridays, February 7, 14 and 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 


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