METRO DC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

 

UP FRONT THIS WEEKEND: This evening (Friday), MoCo branch Happy Hour; Saturday  Anti-eviction canvass training at 11 and Wage Theft Canvass at 2; Sunday canvassing Uber/Lyft drivers in the AM and our postponed January General Body Meeting at 3 PM with special details immediately below. Plus allied events; see the calendar below.


The Metro DC DSA General Body Meeting, postponed by a snow event, is rescheduled for this Sunday, January 27 at the Friends Meeting, 2111 Florida Avenue NW near Dupont Circle Metro, 3 PM-5 PM. The provisional program: facilitating a strategy forum on electoral organizing. Electoral organizers in our chapter will give a short presentation on our previous work before we divide into break-out groups to discuss member-submitted questions about strategy, accountability, and collaboration. Break out groups will have a chance to share what they spoke about and ask more questions of organizers before we adjourn. Here’s the agenda for this Sunday’s General Body Meeting:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lojkWfPgGTTL0i-FCD6ugcOI6EnSRZi6_rgsERyQtGc/edit

Did you know Metro DC DSA offers child care at general body meetings? Do your part to make DSA a welcoming place for families! Register for the Red Cubs Child Care orientation on February 23, 2-4 PM, at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW! Child care is a great way to get involved in the chapter. Email childcare@mdcdsa.org or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHMOJDsETB3-e6KWllUt0CjL5Q_X08TS4ccH5xgiG08BIPHA/viewform?usp=sf_link


If you see an entry in green type (like this), it means the entry didn’t make it into the Friday morning email but has been added since then. Watch for them.


Sunday Jan. 27 at 10 AM a group of us will be canvassing Uber/Lyft drivers in Crystal City, VA. We will be meeting at 2799 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202. If you plan to join us please email here to confirm. Prepare for cool weather walking; new folks can be paired with experienced organizers. — Michelle S


Shutdown protest leafleting at National Airport initiated by MDC DSA Labor WG folks is now provisionally set for next Wednesday (Jan. 30), probably two shifts covering 1-3 and 3-5 PM. This link will give you the latest on this fluid (to put it mildly) situation: https://goo.gl/forms/4qPkcwOi6fY7Lld62


 

MDC DSA hosts a Regional Conference March 16-17 in preparation for the August national convention. Note that there is an MDC DSA Slack channel for the regional conference; get updates and details, find out what you can do to help and talk about what you would like to see on the agenda. Logically enough the channel is called #regional-conference. If you are on Slack but can’t find it you can add it to your visible list of channels by clicking on the word “Channels” at the top of your list, choose “browse all channels” and scroll down the alphabetized list of availables to JOIN it. BTW national DSA has an FAQ page for the regional conferences.


The MDC DSA Endorsements Committee received endorsement requests from Irma Corado (for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors) and Yasmine Taeb (for VA State Senate). Their endorsements will be getting a debate & online vote at the February GBM, with first reading of the endorsement resolution (below) at Sunday’s January GBM. One Q@A phone call is scheduled; see Jan. 29 listing below.

Here is Irma’s endorsement questionnaire: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1R8W2jp5lIKj13pAkjh3C–uElX3n0YhV

Here is Yasmine’s endorsement questionnaire: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1N6LS8KFHR1Ixuf8AIaU0R-9jk4x7g3PF

Here is an endorsement resolution for both Taeb and Corado. A rationale for endorsement is included in the ‘Background’ section (with all the _whereas_ statements). Please comment with suggested changes. You can also add your name to the sponsor or cosponsor list by commenting in that section. Here’s the draft endorsement resolution: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1skOAHEOhoZljxq81J-1hk9hpSdZMSTMupIMKQdaydQU/edit?usp=sharing


Caucuses and manifestoes are popping up in advance of the national Convention this summer. We noted one last week; here’s another https://socialistcall.com/2019/01/05/were-starting-a-caucus/


MDC DSA EVENTS FOR JANUARY AND BEYOND

Friday JAN 25  6:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹Happy Hour

McGinty’s Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Back by popular demand, we’re having a happy hour on Friday, January 25th at McGinty’s in downtown Silver Spring. Meet us at the upstairs bar! Come socialize with us to kick off 2019!

Saturday JAN 26  11:00 AM

How to Run an Anti-Eviction Canvass

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

If you’ve ever done a know-your-rights tenant canvass with Stomp Out Slumlords, you know how important it is to introduce new canvassers to the theory and practice behind the project. Come join us this Saturday, 11am-12:30pm at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, to learn about how to lead a canvass of your own. Don’t plan on [follow link for details]

Saturday JAN 26  2:00 PM

Wage Theft Canvass/Training

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

EditWe will be conducting another training and canvass as part of the Labor Working Group’s anti-wage theft campaign. Attendees will first receive an hour-long training on DC wage theft law and how to talk to workers about fighting back and organizing to get what they’re owed. Afterwards we’ll put that training to use in a [follow link for details]

Sunday JAN 27  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 is posted at the head of this Update.

Monday JAN 28  7:00 PM

Energy Democracy Working Group meeting

Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW #600, Washington, DC 20036

As the inspiring work of movement allies continues to build momentum in real time toward a Green New Deal against climate change, Metro DC DSA’s newly-formed Energy Democracy Working Group is figuring out how we can best engage with our local energy systems to advocate rapid & deep decarbonization, while taking on the predatory behavior [follow link for details]

Tuesday JAN 29  8:00 PM

Endorsement Q&A Conference Call with Irma Corado

Remote (via conference call), N/A, Virginia, va

This Meetup event page is for the Metro DC DSA endorsement conference call interview with Irma Corado. Irma is running for the Braddock District seat on the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. You can find the completed questionnaire for this candidate here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R8W2jp5lIKj13pAkjh3C–uElX3n0YhV/view  [follow link for details]

Thursday JAN 31  6:30 PM

Night School: David & Goliath – The Piven/Cloward Framework

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

Join us for another Socialist Night School Thursday January 31st at Cleveland Park Library. The presenter, Margaret McLaughlin, will be discussing the works of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, with a special focus on their book “Poor People’s Movements,” and how social movements can wield their power to log concrete wins for their communities [follow link for details]

Thursday JAN 31  7:00 PM

Socialists of Faith Caucus Meeting

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

Passionate about your faith and socialism? Interested in organizing at the intersection of the two? Come to Metro DC DSA Socialists of Faith Caucus’ first meeting of 2019. We will be reviewing our accomplishments in 2018 and strategizing for 2019. We will be specifically talking about exciting faith-based socialism political education opportunities, creating a DC [follow link for details]

FEBRUARY

Sunday FEB 3  1:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Media Training

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

Looking for help in speaking to press? Want more press coverage on your campaigns? Come out to Metro DC DSA’s Media Training, where we’ll cover talking points, interview prep, and more to help you prepare to put the best face forward to the press. This training is strongly encouraged for anybody in Metro DC DSA [follow link for details]

Sunday FEB 3  3:00 PM

Ecosocialists Caucus Meeting: Urban Farming and Environmental Justice

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

Join us for the monthly meeting of the Metro DC DSA Ecosocialists Caucus! We’ll be meeting to go over active campaigns and discuss the work we’re doing in DC and nationwide to build an ecological, democratic society. This month, our featured speaker will be Coy McKinney, teaching us about the ways we can bring agriculture [follow link for details]

Sunday FEB 3  3:00 PM

Publications Working Group Meeting

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

Sunday, February 3 at 3 PM, at Mount Pleasant Library — join the Publications Working Group to discuss planning for election of a Publications Editorial Board, development of content for publications and platforms, and setting future training events.

Tuesday FEB 5  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. [follow link for details]

Thursday FEB 7  7:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ever wanted to learn about the intersection between disability and capitalist oppression? Interested in making a difference in the local disabled community and beyond? Come out to the first meeting of the MDC DSA Disability Justice Working Group. We will discuss our vision and strategy for 2019. ASL interpretation will be provided. This meeting [follow link for details]

Thursday FEB 7  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150

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, continue discussing our planning for our current actions and campaigns including Migrant Justice action, a future Brake light Campaign [follow link for details]

Saturday FEB 9  2:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Potluck Social

Have you ever wondered what the SOS canvassers you don’t get paired with are like? Have you ever wanted to derail a business meeting into jokes and stories but resisted? Have you ever wanted to stand shoulder to shoulder with your fellow comrades and organize collectively around your desire to eat good food and drink [follow link for details]

Sunday FEB 10  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

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

Please join us for the February general meeting of the Montgomery County branch of DSA. We plan to introduce the candidates for our branch’s very first elected steering committee. Voting will occur online during the week following this meeting. We’ll be in the main meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Silver Spring library [follow link for details]

Sunday FEB 10  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

Friends Meeting House of Washington,, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, Washington, DC 20008

The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America! From 3:00-4:30pm, we’ll be participating in a chapter-wide training to improve our foundational knowledge and cultural competency relevant to the transgender community within DSA. We’re thrilled to be working with a trainer from Reframe Health + Justice, which has over 20 years of collective [follow link for details]

Monday FEB 11  7:00 PM

DSA Mindfulness Caucus: Meditation & Mindful Sharing

 A monthly meet-up where we meditate as a group and then mindfully examine and discuss the ways in which we’ve psychologically internalized capitalism. The theme for February’s meeting will be Love. We will examine the ways in which capitalism benefits from treating love as a commodity, and how we can disrupt this by reclaiming [follow link for details]

Saturday FEB 16  2:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Reading Group Meeting

Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Do you like housing justice? Do you like Marxism? Do you want to learn more about the theory behind Metro DC DSA’s tenants’ rights/tenant organizing campaign? Then join us at the Southeast Neighborhood Library on 2/16 from 2 to 4 PM for the inaugural SOS Reading Group meeting. We will be discussing Friedrich Engels’ “The Housing Question and [follow link for details and access to readings]

Sunday FEB 17  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, ourRusty the Red Panda readings [follow link for details]

Tuesday FEB 19  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. [follow link for details]

 

Saturday FEB 23  2:00 PM

Red Cubs Child Care Orientation 2/23

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

Join us for a Red Cubs Child Care orientation! The child care working group is looking comrades to join our volunteer team. At the orientation, you can learn about our chapter’s approach to child care, engage in discussion about gender division in care work, and make new friends! The next orientation is on February 23, [follow link for details]

 

Wednesday FEB 27  6:30 PM

DSA Happy Hour

Franklin Hall, 1348 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington,

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 [follow link for details]

MARCH

Tuesday MAR 5  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. [follow link for details]

 

Sunday MAR 10  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

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

Please join us for the March general meeting of the Montgomery County branch of DSA. We’ll be in the main meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Silver Spring library. See you then!

Sunday MAR 10  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.

MAR 16 – 17

DSA Regional Conference

DSA USA is organizing regional pre-National Convention conferences from February through April 2019, and Metro DC DSA is hosting one of them. (Venue TBD.) The regional conferences will:* provide earlier and equal access to conversations and information about the National Convention;* encourage the broadest member attendance possible (beyond chapter leaders and convention delegates) [follow link for details]

Sunday, March 17

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting

March’s general body meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America will be held directly after the DSA regional conference the chapter will be hosting all day Saturday, March 16 and ending at noon Sunday, March 17. Location TBD as above; Exact start time subject to change, but we are tentatively planning to begin at 12:30pm Sunday, watch this space for any changes.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Saturday 1/26, 12-3pm

DC Extinction Rebellion Day 1: RIP Planet Earth  Pershing Park, 15th Street & Pennsylvania Ave NW

Funeral service for all extinct species will be held at the Museum of Natural History to commemorate the end of natural history on Earth. Funereal garb is appropriate. Only with direct action and civil disobedience can we save the plants and animals and humans that are still alive. Join us to defend those who cannot defend themselves! Contact extinctionrebellionDC@protonmail.com for info or RSVP here:   


Sunday JAN 27 Jamming for Justice at 6 PM – 8 PM     Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ     5301 N Capitol St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20011 Musical event hosted by Luci Murphy and others for the DC Poor People’s Campaign… more here

 

Thursday 1/31, 7-9pm Brazil’s Bolsonaro and the Fight Against Fascism  Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW  Join D.C. United Against Hate for a panel discussion that will focus on the newly elected President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and the impact his far right government will have on indigenous people, the environment and LGBTQ community. Trump has invited him to the White House. We hope to have one or two people skype in from Brazil to talk about what is happening on the ground. The panel will also talk about the global rise of the far right with speakers from other countries experiencing far right governments. The event will end with concrete next steps for opposing Bolsonaro’s visit to DC and ways to plug into ongoing anti fascist organizing in DC. After the speaker there will be plenty of time for questions and open discussion with the audience.

Wednesday, February 6 The General Strike: Back to the Future? ⋅6:00 – 8:00 PM, Busboys and Poets 5th & K; 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 — FREE; RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-general-strike-back-to-the-future-tickets-54774243236

The program includes a DC premiere screening of “Labor Wars of the Northwest,“ followed by a discussion with labor historians Joe McCartin and Julie Greene, moderated by Harold Meyerson. The 1919 Seattle General Strike sparked a tumultuous era of post-World War I labor conflict. What lessons from Seattle in 1919 can be applied in 2019? – A monthly labor culture series, featuring films, music, speakers about work, workers and worker issues. Hosted by the DC LaborFest.

THURS February 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm War with Russia?  Stephen Cohen in conversation with Katrina vanden Heuvel at Busboys & Poets 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW The Soviet Union is gone, but the two nuclear superpowers are again locked in political and military confrontations exacerbated by Washington’s war-like demonizing of the Kremlin leadership and by Russiagate’s unprecedented allegations. In War With Russia?, Stephen F. Cohen gives readers a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War.

Fri Feb. 8 and Sat Feb 9 — The Future of American Labor: Initiatives for a New Era at Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001– Confirmed speakers include:     Rep. Pramila Jayapal,  Randi Weingarten, Mary Kay Henry,  Larry Cohen, Sarita Gupta, Harold Meyerson (other confirmeds at link).  Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute —conference is free, but registration is required: Register at this link

Wednesday, February 20 Gentrification and Affordable Housing: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Way Forward 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. D.C. Bar, 901 4th Street NW More info here.


  GOODREADS<>GOODREADS<>GOODREADS

 

More validation from notable economists for AOC’s tax reform proposal — https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/ocasio-cortez-taxes.html

A report from Britain’s Red Pepper on the prospects for radical frontline ecosocialism: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/confronting-extinction/

For the many of us who were awed by the methodical perspectival walk-through of Envisioning Real Utopias, we note the death of Erik Olin Wright Jan. 23 and post this memorial from Dissent. Those of us who are on page 172 will need to get back on the trail. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/remembering-erik-olin-wright

FROM Jules Bernstein, one take on avoiding future shutdown agonies: https://prospect.org/article/how-make-sure-federal-workers-wont-go-unpaid-ever-again

Five Thirty Eight discovers the partying Left, including an “Overton Window Mover.” https://portside.org/2019-01-24/young-lefts-anti-capitalist-manifesto

Our comrade Zach Eldredge highlights this disturbing but unsurprising piece from Bloomberg Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change

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