Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, July 19, 2019 — Picnic postponed by weather

Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday July 19 2019

 For the Weekend: Saturday JUL 20  After the DC Tenant Townhall, (see below) Stomp Out Slumlords will host an SOS Screenprinting Party  At 4:30 PM. And Sunday JUL 21  Migrant Justice Action: Art Build I is at noon. More details below and in the calendar.

Most importantly, here is what is NOT happening: the MDC DSA Picnic, which will be rescheduled.

“This Sunday’s July Picnic Is Cancelled Due To Adverse Weather

“Due to the extreme heatwave that is predicted for the Washington DC area this weekend, the Steering Committee has decided to cancel and reschedule this Sunday’s Metro DC DSA Picnic. Temperatures on Sunday are predicted to be a high of 98 degrees, and when combined with humidity feel like 113 degrees. The Committee is always looking out for the safety and health of our members at our events and has determined that hosting the picnic in these conditions could put members’ health at risk. The Steering Committee plans to reschedule the picnic for a different date and will let chapter members know when the new date is finalized.”

In Solidarity, Metro DC DSA Steering Committee


Join Stomp out Slumlords this Saturday, July 20, at the DC Tenant Townhall. The Townhall is at All Souls Church (1500 Harvard St NW) from 12PM-3PM. Tenant associations leaders from Congress Heights to Cathedral Heights to celebrate our victories in the past year, discuss our vision for the city, form neighborhood-based chapters, an elect leaders for a new organization. SOS will be screenprinting t-shirts nearby after the event, come join us for class struggle and summer fun.

AND mark your calendars: the Migrant Justice Working Group will be confronting another deportation profiteer on August 15. Come and make posters for the action 12-2 PM this Sunday, July 21, at 501 3rd St NW. DSA will provide the posterboard, paint, and snacks. You bring your best anti-ICE slogans! – Allison H


AIRLINE FOOD WORKERS INVITE MDC DSA ALLIES TO JOIN INFORMATIONAL PICKET LINE JULY 23 TO DEMAND THAT ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH

 Tuesday, July 23 UNITE HERE National Airline Food Workers Informational Picket Line, 5 PM at Reagan National Airport.  RSVP here. MDC DSA’s Steering Committee has voted to endorse the action. Solidarity supporters mass at DCA Terminal B South Terrace upper level at departures from 4:30-5:15, then on to the historic Terminal A lobby at 5:30 for the rally. Confirmed speakers include Pres. Sara Nelson of the Association of Flight Attendants, as well as Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Support UNITE HERE members who prepare and load the food served on American, Delta and United Airlines planes in D.C. and across the mid-Atlantic. In June, 11,000 airline catering workers nationwide voted to authorize strikes when released by the government. Nationally, the majority of the food workers serving these airlines still earn less than $15 per hour – and health care has become unaffordable.

The week of July 22, catering workers nationwide will mobilize to end poverty in the airline industry, anchored by this informational picket at Reagan National Airport. Workers who prepare food for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines flights at sixteen of the country’s biggest airports have all taken strike authorization votes. National actions will be taking place at airports all through the week of July 22nd; stay current here. UNITE HERE, which last year took 7,700 Marriott workers on strike, is committed to ending poverty in this industry once and for all. For more info about solidarity action contact Damiana Dendy or RSVP here.


CONVENTION DRAFT SCHEDULE RELEASED — New info keeps turning up on the 2019 DSA Convention website including just a few days ago a draft convention schedule; check out all the new stuff hereAnd Metro DC DSA is raising funds to help our delegates get to Atlanta for that Aug. 2-4 National Convention, now just two weeks away (!!) Info and donate link is here. 


DC Statehood Hearing Postponed

The House of Representatives hearing on DC statehood, originally scheduled for July 24 (as reported in the July Socialist) has been postponed until the fall at a date to be determined.

The hearing, to be held by the Committee on Oversight and Reform, was postponed so as not to conflict with the congressional testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which was rescheduled for the same date. 

The Socialist will post a report when a new time and date for the statehood hearing is announced. – Bill Mosley


Amazon Impact: the effects of Amazon’s breakneck takeover of Crystal City include breakneck gentrification of established communities, including Chirilagua, a strongly LatinX neighborhood in Arlandria. Read about it in this new report.


It is easy to forget that Chelsea Manning has been jailed since May 17 for refusing to testify in a grand jury investigation against Julian Assange. You can read her very thoughtful letter to Judge Trenga on why she is resisting this process here. Chelsea is still facing escalating legal costs so please consider donating to her legal fund here. [Francesco R]


MDC DSA Publications Schedule

Our periodicals stay constant through the summer; one more Update this month, July 26, and the August issue of the Washington Socialist appears Friday, August 2 with an article deadline of Sunday, July 28 (but for collaborative editing, earlier is better).

Our activism gains support when it is explained in a socialist context and voice, so submit your contribution to our ongoing narrative here. Opinion pieces, campaign updates, coverage of rallies, socialist illustrations or photo essays – all are welcome and valued. Check our submission guidelines.

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

But don’t keep it to yourself.

Yours in solidarity, 

The Publications Working Group


MDC DSA CALENDAR FOR JULY/AUGUST

Saturday JUL 20  4:30 PM

SOS Screenprinting Party

Love + Solidarity Collective, 439 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010

Haven’t you always wished you could show off your excitement about Stomp(ing) Out Slumlords in t-shirt form? Well, wish no more!! Come join your fellow comrades and seize hold of the means of production for a screen printing bonanza following the launch of the DC Tenants Union! We’ll have all the gear to create Follow link for details

Sunday JUL 21  12:00 PM

Migrant Justice Action: Art Build I

501 3rd St NW, 501 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Come make posters and props for our next deportation profiteer action! MDC DSA will provide poster board, markers, paint, and snacks. Bring your best anti-ICE slogans!



Sunday JUL 21  3:00 PM

Metro DC DSA GBM/PICNIC Canceled due to adverse weather conditions!

See Steering Committee message at the top of this Update.



Monday JUL 22  6:30 PM

Socialists and the Labor Movement (Socialist Night School)

West End Neighborhood Library, 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

After decades of retreat for both the left and the labor movement, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of both labor militancy and a renewed interest in socialism. But what in the relationship between socialism and unions? In this Night School Session, we will be covering the history of leftists in the US trade union movement. Follow link for details.

 Wednesday JUL 24  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.

Thursday JUL 25  6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Join Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for our monthly meeting. Learn how to get involved in the various campaigns to empower and liberate the disabled community from the oppressive capitalist system. We meet on the first floor of the ADA-compliant Festival Center. ASL interpretation will be provided on request. Follow link for details.

Thursday JUL 25  6:30 PM

DSA Monthly 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 Follow link for details.

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Saturday, JUL 27  1-2:30 PM

Disability Justice Reading Group: The Spoon Theory

Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue

  Join the Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for its first installment of a reading group exploring the intersections of disability, capitalism, and other systems of oppression. In this session, we will be discussing Christine Miserandino’s The Spoon Theory. Follow link for details.

 Sunday JUL 28  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! Tenants we speak to are twice as likely to go to court and fight their eviction, so every volunteer can make a big impact. We’re meeting at the L’Enfant metro — 7th St and Maryland Ave Exit. If you’ve never canvassed before Follow link for details.

Sunday JUL 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. 🌹 Follow link for details.

Wednesday JUL 31 7:00 PM

Metro-DC DSA NOVA Branch Happy Hour🌹

Lost Rhino Brewing Co, 21730 Red Rum Dr #142, Ashburn, VA 20147

🌹No issues, no work, no worries – like a Red Panda, we can escape to just relax and enjoy socializing with our NOVA DSA friends. New members and friends are welcome! Follow link for details.

Wednesday AUG 7  7:00 PM

Steering Committee (remote only)

Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. You can find the Zoom link in the #steering channel in the chapter’s Slack. Follow link for details.

Saturday AUG 10  10:00 AM

Migrant Justice Action: Art Build II

501 3rd St NW, 501 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Come make posters and props for our next deportation profiteer action! MDC DSA will provide poster board, markers, paint, and snacks. Bring your best anti-ICE slogans!

Saturday AUG 10  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! Tenants we speak to are twice as likely to go to court and fight their eviction, so every volunteer can make a big impact. We’re meeting at the L’Enfant metro — 7th St and Maryland Ave Exit. If you’ve never canvassed before, Follow link for details.

Sunday AUG 11  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.

 Wednesday AUG 14  7:00 PM

Prison and Police Abolition – Socialist Night School comes to MoCo!

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln # 100, Bethesda, MD 20814

Join Montgomery County DSA and MDC DSA’s Socialist Night School for a discussion on the politics of police and prison abolition situated in the context of our community and the larger region. The first session will be led by Metro DC DSA Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib. Follow link for details.

Thursday AUG 15  6:30 PM

Migrant Justice Action: Stand Up to Deportation Profiteers

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As ICE detains and deports immigrants every day, they are helped by for-profit companies. These profiteers allow ICE to function by providing key services: operating detention centers, making electronic ankle bracelets, building lists of undocumented immigrants, and more. The executives of these companies make millions for destroying lives in our community. Follow link for details.

Wednesday AUG 21 6:30 PM

Queer Caucus Happy Hour in MoCo 🌹

Silver Branch Brewing Company, 8401 Colesville Rd #150, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Queer Caucus (all LGBTQIA+ comrades and our allies/accomplices are welcome!) will be having our August happy hour at the Silver Branch Brewing Company in downtown Silver Spring ! The brewery is in the Silver Spring Metro Plaza Center building, across the street from the Silver Spring metro. The ADA-accessible entrance is on 2nd Ave, Follow link for details.

Wednesday AUG 21 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.

Thursday AUG 22 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 Follow link for details.

Sunday AUG 25 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 are collaborative; suggest some here.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

SAT July 20 — Health Fair hosted by Rep. Anthony Brown.  10 AM – 2 PM Fairmont Heights High School, 6501 Columbia Park Rd. The Fair will include a wellness mobile, preventive health screenings, fitness demos, healthy cooking demonstration and more.  Bring the whole family and all your friends.  Rsvp at http://brownhealthfair.eventbrite.com

SUN Jul 21  Deep Canvass with SURJ 1-7 PM (Northern Virginia) Come join us for a full day of canvassing at All Saints Episcopal Sharon Chapel in Alexandria! Sign up here Details are at the event link above.

SUN Jul 21  Maryland Legislative Coalition Forum, Legislative Education Series on Immigration. Delegates Joseline Pena-Melnyk and David Fraser-Hidalgo discuss the challenges involved in getting immigration legislation passed in Maryland. 1:30-4:30.  Avalon Room, Ellicott City Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042, RSVP

TUES July 23 Ideas at Work Book Talk with Co-Author Mary L. Gray on Ghost Work  • Noon at AFL-CIO • 815 16th St. NW • Washington, D.C. RSVP HERE Anthropologist Mary Gray’s book is Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, a collaboration with computer scientist Siddharth Suri. A conversation with Cathy Feingold, Director of International Department, AFL-CIO

 TUES, July 23 at 6:00 PM: Housing and Homelessness Roundtable at UDC
AFSC-sponsored event at UDC Law School, Room 506, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW. Speaker: Eric Tars, Legal Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.

SAT, July 27 at 12:00 PM: A Trip to Red Emma’s!
A MoCo DSA event. Red Emma’s is a well-known lefty bookstore in Baltimore that is also a worker-owned co-op! Join us for lunch there and a discussion with worker-owners about how the co-op works. Details here.

SUN July 28 De-escalator Training 101 from SURJ NoVa | Chapter Meeting  7 – 8 PM UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, Virginia 22124  — Training to increase safety throughout our region — De-escalators play an essential part in creating community-based security at a WIDE variety of direct actions for racial justice, from low-risk panel discussions to disruptive protests.

MON Jul 29 ROC DC Monthly Meeting!  1-3 PM Restaurant Opportunity Center DC, Second Floor, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, — Come together and meet other restaurant and tipped workers in DC who want to build worker power in order to improve wages and working conditions in the DC restaurant industry! Dinner will be provided and children are welcome!

TUES August 6 Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) in DC 2019  5 – 9 PM at The Madison House, 1611 U St SE, Washington, DC 20020. Join us for the Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) 2019 in DC, an annual event where we re-imagine what public safety means for our community.  Info is at link; sign up to volunteer here

THU August 8 ONE DC Fundraiser and Open Mic At Dew Drop 7:30 – 10:30 PM The Dew Drop Inn DC, 2801 8th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017.  Come out for an evening of open mic performances to support ONE DC (Organizing Neighborhood Equity) and the vital work they are doing in DC!

THU Aug 15, 2019 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers! 1 – 5 PM 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC):
RSVP HERE: calendly.com/roc-dc/legal-clinic.   Do you have questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace?

 Through SUN Aug 11 Plans to Prosper You  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Hosted by Save Bethesda African Cemetery and 2 others: https://www.facebook.com/events/2053174084987910/ 
  The exhibit “Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley”. runs until August 11 at the Katzen Arts Center, American University. On SAT July 20 from 3 to 4:30 pm, there will be a special panel featuring expert discussants about Macedonia Baptist Church and Moses Cemetery, which are featured in the exhibit. Come one, come all: this is history revealed.


Good Reads

Jeremy Brecher, labor and environment historian and author – and activist with the Labor Network for Sustainability – focuses on the three-phase history of the climate change movement in “The Green New Climate Deal” from the Great Transition Initiative site https://greattransition.org/gti-forum/climate-movement-brecher

An article in The Baffler reviews a recent ShowTime biodoc on Chelsea Manning that “veers between two narratives about Manning’s acts without deciding between them.” https://thebaffler.com/latest/private-fears-in-public-places-maxwell/

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