MDC DSA weekly update for Friday July 5 2019
NOTE that the Socialist Night School session on the US in the Americas has rescheduled date, time and location, from July 8 to 13 and to the Northeast neighborhood Library.
Activists have been working hard to defend the DC Comprehensive Plan against amendments that could weaken protections against rampant gentrification. Just before the holiday weekend began the Council chair dropped a revised “preamble” to the document that folks are struggling to parse in advance of a July 9 hearing. Read more about it in this article.
Airline Food Workers Invite Allies to Join Informational Picket Line to Demand that One Job Should Be Enough
MDC DSA members at the June GBM heard from UNITE HERE’s Damiana Dendy about this solidarity ask: Tuesday, July 23 UNITE HERE National Airline Food Workers Informational Picket Line, 5 PM at Reagan National Airport.
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. UNITE HERE President D. Taylor and AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson will join these workers in solidarity in their fight that One Job Should Be Enough. American Airlines, Delta, and United’s $50 billion-plus profits in just the past 5 years hasn’t translated into a living wage for these workers. 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 – including some with 30, 40, and even 50 years of service. Meanwhile, family health insurance premiums are over $500 per month for these employees, leaving many with an impossible choice between their health and their bills. UNITE HERE International Union invites allies to join airline food workers in their fight for a living wage and decent health insurance. 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. 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.
News from the MoCo branch including some tasty Good reads in their weekly newsletter.
NEW CALENDAR ENTRY: Saturday, July 20 SOS Screenprinting Party 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Love + Solidarity Collective, 439 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010
Show off your excitement about Stomp(ing) Out Slumlords in t-shirt form– 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 – eat well and create shirts for ourselves and comrades at the MDC DSA Picnic to fundraise for SOS.
Last Monday was no doubt busy and you may have missed our monthly newsletter (because it wasn’t Friday). The articles featured in the July issue of the Washington Socialist include one on resurgent labor; two on solving the climate nationally and locally; three takes on gentrification – in Virginia (Amazon-fueled), DC (corrupt planning) and Maryland (MoCo struggles)—plus DC Statehood and a truth-telling museum reopening. Check the full table of contents at the issue link above.
If it slipped by you, take a chance to review our roundup of “Local and National Governance and the GBM” in last Friday’s Update. It includes materials and links on the MDC DSA June GBM and on the proposals (resolutions and bylaws amendments) approved just last week for debate at the DSA National Convention August 2-4. At the GBM, several of our comrades explained and promoted resolutions they favor as delegates. Our 41 delegates are asking for, and should get, feedback from members about the proposals to be debated in August.
And Metro DC DSA is raising funds to help our delegates get to Atlanta for that Aug. 2-4 National Convention. The DSA National Convention will be one of the largest gatherings of the American left in decades and a huge opportunity for us to stake out a bold vision of democratic socialism that can transform the lives of working people in this country and around the world. Help our 41 delegates get to Atlanta to rep MDC DSA. The donation link and more details are here.
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; Updates will appear Fridays, July 12, 19 and 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 of Events for July
Sunday JUL 7 2:00 PM
Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Please join us for our July branch meeting! Help us build our vision for equality, democracy, and socialism in Montgomery County. Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to a local bar for a social hour. See you then! Follow link for details.
Sunday JUL 7 1:30 PM
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. Follow link for details.
Wednesday JUL 10 7:00 PM
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 JUL 13 3:00 PM
Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Today often referred to as merely the US’ “backyard”, this talk will follow the unequal and changing relationships between the United States and Latin America from their respective colonial eras all the way to Neo-Colonial Empire. In particular, we’ll look at the ways in which changing dynamics within the Capitalist system overall Follow link for details.
Wednesday JUL 17 7:00 PM
Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl, Potomac Falls, VA 20165
Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Follow link for details.
Thursday JUL 18 5:00 PM
A League Of Her Own, 2319 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Queer caucus (for all LGBTQIA+ comrades and our allies/accomplices) will be having our monthly Happy Hour at League of Her Own, a Lesbian/Queer bar (attached to Pitchers, an inclusive gay men’s bar) on Thursday, July 18th from 5-8(?). We’ll be downstairs (the ALOHO side) Follow link for details.
Sunday JUL 21 3:00 PM
Rock Creek Park, , Washington, DC 20008
The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America for July will be a picnic in Rock Creek Park! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting.
Monday JUL 22 6:30 PM
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
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
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
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 JUL 28 1:30 PM
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
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.
EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV
Follow links for details.
SAT Jul 6 Peoples’ Right to Housing Mini-Assembly noon – 2 PM, ONE DC Black Workers Center, 2500 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, Hosted by ONE DC: build our skills so we can fight back against predatory landlords and developers, and create collective power. RSVP: www.onedconline.org/miniassembly
SAT Jul 6 — All Out DC on July 6th: Stop the Alt right 7-9 PM at Pershing Park 15th St NW, Washington, DC – Hosted by All Out DC and 11 others: https://www.facebook.com/events/1841643212604509/ Together stop the alt-right and put an end to Trump’s white supremacist fantasies. Calling for an #AllOutDC mobilization against white nationalism and the alt-right July 6th. MDC DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus is a signatory to the call.
MDC DSA discussion of the events of the weekend, sent to members last week, is here.
MON JUL 8 XRDC Nonviolent Direct Action Training Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Washington DC 7-10 PM, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010 — training will cover the basic principles of Nonviolent Direct Action
TUE JUL 9 Tell Congress: Declare Climate Emergency! Public · Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Washington DC 5 PM – 7 PM Spirit of Justice Park, Washington, DC
TUE July 9 County Council Hearing on a Police Citizen’s Advisory Council, 7:30 PM, Council Office Building 100 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County Council will be hearing testimony on creating a Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Policing Policy. Progressive Neighbors urges turnout and advocacy. Here is the press release, bill, and signup site.
TUE, July 9 Community Conversation on Racial Equity & Social Justice in Montgomery County Public Schools 6:30-9:30 PM at Georgian Forest Elementary School, 3100 Regina Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906 — Sponsored by Progressive Maryland and MCEA. Join us as we assemble students, parents and guardians, teachers, school support staff, and community members to share experiences and discuss ways to improve racial equity and social justice in our schools! RSVP
WED July 10 School Desegregation Discussion–Impact Silver Spring and other groups are joint-hosting a forum on changing school boundaries to help desegregate the schools. Begins 6 PM at Arts on the Block Pop-Up Studio, 8510 Fenton Street Silver Spring MD 20910 See these Spanish and English flyers.
WED July 10 Fair Budget Coalition July Membership Meeting 9:30-11:30 AM at The Meyer Foundation: 1250 Connecticut Ave NW (Government ID Required, Wheelchair Accessible) Presentations and Q&A with: H.I.P.S (Sex Work Decriminalization) *MDC DSA is a Fair Budget Coalition member.
SAT Jul 13 Orientation + Welcome session for SURJ DC 2-4 PM, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA — Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC—Register here for an introduction to SURJ, SURJ-DC and our culture; reflection on our role as white people in a multi-racial movement; ways to get involved with SURJ DC and our partner organizations
Questions? Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MON Jul 15 Mental Health & Wellness Fair for Restaurant Workers! Noon- 6:00 PM Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC) Register here.
THUR Jul 18 Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers! 1– 5 PM 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC) RSVP HERE: calendly.com/roc-dc/legal-clinic and get answers to questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace
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
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!
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.
>>Guest Editorial in The Hill Urges Congress to Declare National Climate Emergency, Endorses AOC’s Green New Deal. Two years ago, a heavily attended DSA panel discussion on building a green economy featured a presentation by Margaret Klein Salamon on the psychological urgency of a national mobilization of the entire U.S. economy to tackle climate change. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/on-eve-of-peoples-climate-march-dsa-panel-offers-participants-alternate-paths-to-a-green-economy/. The June 21, 2019 edition of The Hill features a guest opinion piece by Salamon on the same subject.
Recent research by Harvard professor James Anderson, Salamon writes, demonstrates that the Greenland ice sheet, which is melting four times faster than originally estimated, could by itself raise sea levels by 23 feet, and demonstrates “that we need to eliminate – not reduce – emissions at emergency speed and draw down excess greenhouse gasses (sic) to restore a safe climate.” Only a mobilization of national resources on the scale of the USA’s mobilization during World War II can achieve this, Salamon concludes, adding that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has proposed just such a mobilization via the Green New Deal. For more details, see https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/449079-moving-into-emergency-mode-on-climate-change. — Andy Feeney
>In the latest New Left Review, some collected essays by DSA members about the organization’s impact and future. (No guarantee that this link will stay open). https://newleftreview.org/issues/II116/articles/dsa-members-america-s-new-left
>>A Guardian account of the solid DSA wins in Chicago Council races: https://portside.org/2019-07-
>>Coastal Maryland could be on the hook for $27 billion worth of seawalls over the next two decades to deal with climate change and rising waters. https://www.progressivemaryland.org/state_faces_27b_cost_of_mitigating_climate_change_over_next_two_decades
>> Conservation Group Blasts Trump for Diverting Park Service Funds to Finance July 4 “Spectacle.” As the Washington Post recently reported, President Trump’s July 4 “Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial (in addition to glorifying militarism and Trump’s own ego), will be financed partly by diverting some $2.5 million in funds from the National Park Service, which already suffers from a $12 billion gap in funding for long-deferred maintenance needs. “Siphoning off desperately needed money from our national parks to pay for a spectacle on our National Mall is both reckless and a breach of the public’s trust,” Theresa Pierno, president of the National Parks Conservation Association, stated in a July 3 press release criticizing the administration’s move.
According to the NPCA, the National Park System already is facing $480 million in budget cuts by the administration, and Interior Secretary David Bernardt earlier this year illegally diverted park visitor fees intended for maintenance in order to keep some parks open during the partial budget shutdown, leaving the parks in question open to “irreparable harm.” In her July 3 statement, noting that these fund diversions come when the Park Service already operates on a shoestring budget, Pierno declared: “Independence Day on the National Mall has always been a place to celebrate patriotism and what it means to be an American. The administration is marring that tradition with its actions, and the repercussions will be felt for a long time to come.” For details, see https://www.npca.org/articles/2219-administration-raids-more-funds-from-parks-for-independence-day-spectacle. – Andy Feeney
>>Where is the Deep State? In your brain; somebody else’s brain; the realm of actuality? A analogy to a classic drama echoes in Blighty and might have other analogues here… https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/03/jeremy-corbyn-health-the-times-civil-service-leak/