METRO DC DSA WEEKLY UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday July 26 2019

The weekend: Today (Friday) on the Hill… House Oversight Committee hearing on drug prices, 9:30 AM, Rayburn House Office Building. Info here.

MDC DSA doings: Saturday, JUL 27  1-2:30 PM, Disability Justice Reading Group: The Spoon Theory  and Sunday JUL 28  1:30 PM Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass Follow links for details or check the MDC DSA Calendar below.


Here is UNION CITY’s coverage of the well-supported action this week by airline catering workers powered by UNITE-HERE https://portside.org/2019-07-25/political-support-airline-food-workers-take-struggle-public


2019 DSA CONVENTION – ONE WEEK AWAY (access to info)

>>Paying for our socialism – the national DSA Budget and Finance Committee is organizing a Preconvention Webinar Budget Presentation on Sunday, 7/28th 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. The call will be one hour long and will include an mid-year budget analysis. This call will be limited to DSA members who joined as of 7/11/2019.

To verify memberships are up-to-date with their dues, we ask that you RSVP for access to the call. Every member who RSVPs will receive a recording of the call.


>CONVENTION DRAFT SCHEDULE RELEASED
—on the 2019 DSA Convention website



>POSITIONS AND PROPOSALS FROM CAUCUSES

Collective Power Network has a draft program and numerous blog posts here. Similarly, follow…

North Star Caucus

BUILD Caucus includes convention endorsements

 Socialist Majority Caucus

Here is National DSA’s somewhat wild-west Discussion Board

We are sure we missed some groups with collective stances and proposals. We’ll add them in green type on the web Update as you send them to us.

>>And Metro DC DSA is raising funds to help our delegates get to Atlanta for that Aug. 2-4 National Convention, now just a week away (!!) Info and donate link is here.


Tues July 30 MDC DSA-sponsored Democratic Debate Watch Party at  Lou’s City Bar, 8 PM; Metro Stop is Columbia Heights 


 

Curious about Metro DC DSA? MDC DSA’s website has expanded resources on our chapter Campaigns, WGs and Caucuses – check it out here. Is your campaign, caucus or working group properly represented? Contact info@mdcdsa.org, attn: web managers   .


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  The August issue of the Washington Socialist appears Friday, August 2 with an article deadline of this Sunday, July 28. Friday Updates will appear on August 9, 16 and 23 and the Labor Day issue of the Washington Socialist will appear Friday, August 30 with a deadline of Sunday, August 25.

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, and mind the deadlines.  Thinking about writing an article but wondering if the subject has been covered here, and how recently? You can find out in the Index for 2016-18. The 2012-2015 issues are collected in per-month PDFs; look at the Archive section on the right of the mdcdsa.org website’s  Washington Socialist page.

“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 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! Follow link for details.

 

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.

 

 Tuesday AUG 13  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Westover Branch Library, 1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington, VA 22205

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 and continue discussing planning for our current actions and campaigns including support for DSA candidates in Virginia Elections and more. Follow link for details.

 

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

TBA

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. Follow link for details.


 Thursday AUG 29  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.


 

EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Follow links for details.

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.

 

SAT Jul 27 A Hard Road to Freedom: Why slavery in MD didn’t end until 1864 2-4 PM

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016 — Hosted by Save Bethesda African Cemetery and SURJ MoCo: Historian C.R. Gibbs discusses “Why did it take until November of 1864 for the state of Maryland to end slavery?”

 

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!

 

SAT August 3  How Faith Motivates Social Justice Work: An Interfaith Event

2-4 PM 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016 

Hosted by Save Bethesda African Cemetery and SURJ MoCo: Hear from activists from three faiths: Judaism, Islam, and Latter Day Saints. They will relate how their faiths led them to act for social justice. The American University Museum At The Katzen Arts Center

SUN August 4 Little Church on the Hill: The Story of Macedonia Baptist Church 2-4 PM

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20016. Hosted by Save Bethesda African Cemetery and SURJ MoCo: Learn about the rich history of our local African American churches and communities with author Dr. Rosalyn King. The American University Museum At The Katzen Arts Center

 

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.

 

SAT Aug 17  Deep Canvass with SURJ  11 AM-5 PM Hosted by SURJ NoVa RSVP Deep canvassing is a long-term, research-based strategy that SURJ is using to invite our neighbors to re-think their support for systemic white supremacy. Info at link or surjdeepcanvass@gmail.com.

 

SUN August 18 When They See Us: Screening & Discussion 6:30 – 8:30 PM  UUCF-Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, Virginia 22124 Hosted by SURJ Northern Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/events/408945519713246/  Documentary about the Central Park Five. More information coming soon! Mark your calendars!


GOOD READS

 

>>Walking the line – the NYT takes on the question of Trump and the GOP megaphones who claim the Red Menace as opponent of all that is Amurrican.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/20/us/politics/trump-democrats-socialists.html/

 

>>The recent MDC DSA Ecosocialism forum on Housing and the Green New Deal got this local writeup; thanks to David Poms for passing this along…  https://www.streetsensemedia.org/article/greenhouse-gases-gentrification-economic-segregation/#.XTiUHnt7mUm

 

>>Atlanta sees us coming… a fairly terse welcome: https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/democratic-socialists-group-hold-convention-atlanta/BahvRDZviCOJNHwjS6dGaJ/

 

>>Kate Aronoff’s Guardian piece about the GOP’s new passion for the S-word is making the rounds on DSA chat boards https://portside.org/2019-07-24/americas-red-scare-back-and-its-racially-tinged

 

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