Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, November 15, 2019

The Weekend ahead: Sunday NOV 17  Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹 and Stomp Out Slumlords Tenant Canvass , follow the links for details. Note also Saturday, Nov. 16 a solidarity rally in NoVA for striking WMATA workers represented by ATU 689 – see the NoVA Labor Calendar below with a solidarity smorgasbord of activity.

At the local chapter’s General Body Meeting Sunday, Nov. 10 (agenda slide deck at this link):

We heard a stimulating take on insurgent candidates and their/our issues from one of them, Shahid Buttar, who is challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California’s 12th CD. Buttar also spoke at a Busboys event following the GBM.

Local chapter Secretary Zach E discussed how to access and use Red Desk to request logistical or communications support from the chapter for campaigns; outlined the needs for MDC DSA’s Administrative Committee and invited skilled members to join; and set Tuesday Dec. 3 for a Campaigns Council/Admin Committee joint event, 7-8:30 PM at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. (rescheduled from the now-incorrect date and location in the agenda slide).

Campaign Reports: Luke R reported from the Labor WG on ATU’s escalating labor struggle with WMATA and opportunities for solidarity support (here is a thorough explainer from our comrade Sarah M); Nathan L on the electoral work for our endorsed candidate in Maryland’s 5th CD, Mckayla Wilkes (there is an MDC DSA Slack channel to join the campaign, #mckayla2020); and Stu K and Peter M collaborated to report on the Rent Control campaign, aiming to strengthen the city’s law rather than accept the Council’s weak draft for renewal. See the agenda slides for details.

Resolution on endorsement of Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4 City Council. George was introduced by member Irene K and made her case for endorsement. Debate was held and the resolution went to a vote. George’s endorsement questionnaire is here. The recording of her Nov. 6 conference call with MDC DSA members is here.

The endorsement resolution is being voted on by MDC DSA’s entire membership electronically; members have until Monday, Nov. 18 at 11:59 PM to vote. The Temporary Elections Working Group writes: “The ballot [was sent Monday, Nov. 11 about 7 PM] via email from, with the subject line: Metro D.C. DSA November Voting Ballot: Janeese Lewis George Electoral Endorsement. You will also likely find the ballot by searching for “OpaVote” in your email inbox.” Members who did not get a ballot and believe they should have should email

MDC DSA Local Chapter statement on Bolivia: “Metro D.C. DSA unequivocally condemns the military coup in Bolivia. Toda nuestra solidaridad y apoyo a los pueblos indígenas de Bolivia y al presidente Evo Morales Ayma.”

National DSA (NPC) Statement (Nov. 12) “Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns in the strongest terms the military coup in Bolivia that forced President Evo Morales to resign on November 10, along with Vice President Álvaro García-Linera, the leaders of the Bolivia Senate and Chamber of Deputies, as well as a host of government ministers. All were under personal threat of violence from right-wing opposition forces…” Complete statement is here.

Here is a VICE news preview article on the Green New Deal housing bill introduced in Congress Thursday with a news conference by Bernie and AOC

And from The Hill, the proposal “places a sharp focus on decarbonizing the nation’s public housing units.”



The first Metrobus strike in 43 years is entering its fourth week. WMATA contracted out northern Virginia Metrobus service to a French multinational corporation, Transdev, hoping to cut costs by paying Metrobus operators $12 less an hour than their co-workers, inaccessible health insurance with a $6,000 deductible and no pension. The strike may spread to the Fairfax County connector — also operated by Transdev — and the 10,000-strong WMATA workforce is activating with practice pickets. New news Friday morning — Union City newsletter says TransDev is returning to the table after 11 days of refusing to bargain.

Come to a rally on Saturday Nov. 16th at 11 AM at 10415 North Street in Fairfax.

Here’s how you can help ATU 689 members on strike:

Donate $:

Donate 🍴:

Picket in VA:

Picket in DC:

Rally with us:

Pack the WMATA Board Room Nov. 21


Wed. Nov. 20th –  Latina Equal Pay Day National Summit – 9 AM to 6 PM, NEA – Chainin Room – 1201 16th St., NW, Washington, DC

Thurs. Nov. 21st – NoVA Labor Monthly Meeting – 7 PM Agenda will include recap of the General Assembly and county elections; labor’s legislative agenda; update on ATU strike; update on airport campaigns; plans for holiday party; re-launch of Sunday brunches and monthly Busboys & Poets events; and more! 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale

Tues. Nov 26thUnite Here Rally at National Airport Terminal C North Terrace– 5 PM

While American Airlines pulls in billions in profits, airline catering workers who provide food and beverages served aboard American flights face poverty wages and unaffordable health insurance. One Job Should Be Enough.

Thurs. Dec. 5th – Coalition to Repeal “Right to Work”  – 7 PM — A community/labor coalition to Repeal the so-called Right to Work law will launch at 7 PM, Busboys & Poets, 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington

Sat. Dec. 14th – Rutgers University workshop on internal organizing – 10 AM – 3 PM — Rutgers labor educators Michael Merrill and Naomi Williams will provide training on how to make your union stronger by engaging and mobilizing your members. Please RSVP to Event at 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale

WORKING WITH THE PUBLICATIONS WG – “Making our socialism available and compelling” inside and outside our local chapter. Join us for one of the critical tasks of socialist organizations, communication to promote activation and recruiting. Write mouth-watering accounts of socialism’s exciting present and greater future. Join us at the #publications Slack channel or watch for our next WG meeting. Our publications schedule for November: One more Update on Friday Nov. 22 and the December issue of the Washington Socialist will be published Friday, Nov. 29 with an article deadline for that issue on Friday, Nov. 22. Festive socialism is on the menu. Join us and write about it.

Reprise: Articles from the November issue of the Washington Socialist and last week’s Update:

In the November 8 Weekly Update–

>>Statement to MDC DSA members from Mckayla Wilkes, our endorsed candidate in the April 28,  2020 Democratic primary election for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District.

>>Does Bernie have to adjust his campaign style to remain among the leaders? A parable from Kam W outlines the stakes.

>>Maria Svart’s National DSA Director’s Dispatch for November, if you missed it Wednesday…

Washington Socialist November 2019 issue

>>How can we reconcile our goal of ending incarceration with our valid desire to get justice for Botham Jean? Progressive Maryland executive director and MDC DSA member Larry Stafford faces the contradiction. Read more

>>The many tasks facing Maryland – officials and activists – in remedying the state’s criminal justice system. An account by UMCP student and activist Sonja Neves. Read more

>>Interview with Dorothy Healey – how DSA evolved from DSOC – an interview conducted by member Stuart Comstock-Gay published in the Washington Socialist in 1984, introduced for 2019 readers by Bill Mosley. Read more

>>Review: The United States, Southeast Asia and Historical Memory outlines the way the brute facts of imperialist war in Vietnam and its neighbors were deformed for public consumption by a propaganda model that has persisted in the decades since. Reviewed by Woody Woodruff. Read more

Weekly newsblast from MoCo branch, MDC DSA

Capital Reading Group: Socialist Night School

You don’t need to read Karl Marx’s Capital to know that you are exploited. But it will help you make sense of why you are exploited, why standard ways of trying to address this fall flat, and fundamentally how capitalism operates. Tackling Marx can seen as daunting. That’s why it’s best to do it collectively, as it’s meant to be read. No prior Marxism required!  If you are interested, email David Kaib at  


Follow links for details and new information

Sunday NOV 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. 🌹 Suggest readings yourself at Follow link for details

Sunday, November 17  1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Tenant Canvass

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station 600 Maryland Ave SW · Washington, DC

We’re canvassing tenants facing eviction in DC! Come out and inform tenants of their rights in court, how to get a lawyer, and see if they’re interested in organizing their building. Meet at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station near the 7th & Maryland exit above the escalators. If this is your first time canvassing with Stomp Out Slumlords or you want a refresher, come at 1:30 p.m. for a short training. Veteran canvassers can stop by at 2 for walksheets and to get paired with a partner. Follow link for details

 Monday, November 18  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The Korean Peace Process and The Legacy of US Imperialism in Asia

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

The chaotic current state of a seventy-year standoff is untangled by Tim Shorrock, a Nation correspondent and expert in the region who has been covering the intersection of national security and capitalism since the late 1970s. The bipartisan US goal of maintaining an imperialist foothold in the region conditions the narrative and complicates the efforts of a national coalition of US and Korean activists in solidarity with Korean people’s movements.  Presented by the MDC DSA Socialist Night School. Follow link for full details.

Monday NOV 18  7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Sterling Library, 22330 S Sterling Blvd Suite A117, Sterling, VA 20164

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 endorsed candidates (including Bernie Sanders) Follow link for full details.

Tuesday NOV 19  5:30 PM

Queer Socialist Caucus Monthly Happy Hour

Red Bear Brewing Co, 209 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Comrades, the Queer Socialist Caucus (QSC) will be having our monthly happy hour, for all queer, trans, and nonbinary comrades, as well as our allies and accomplices. This event is open to the public, and DSA membership is not required. Take a breather for a few hours of smashing the cis-hetero patriarchy and enjoy … Follow link for full details.

Tuesday, November 19  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

DSA 4 Bernie Working Group Meeting

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

Our main priority will be electing new leadership for the group and discuss scheduling the next canvasses, phone banking as a group, and other social activities for the coming months.

Thursday NOV 21  6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

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

Please join us for the November Disability Justice Working Group meeting at the Festival Center at 6 PM. Follow link for full details.

Thursday, November 21  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Labor x Tech: Know Your Rights!

818 Connecticut Ave NW · Washington, DC  Suite 1000

Do you work in or around tech? Are you curious about your rights as a worker to make changes in your workplace, organize with your coworkers, and raise concerns about bad behavior?  The Labor Working Group in collaboration with the DC chapter of the Tech Workers Coalition is hosting an interactive Know Your Rights training, led by civil rights/labor lawyer Richard Renner. Sign up here: Follow link for full details.

Saturday NOV 23  12 noon – 2 PM

Prince George’s DSA Organizing Committee Legislative Briefing

New Carrollton Branch Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd, New Carrollton, MD 20784

Join PG DSA’s organizing committee and local allies for a briefing and discussion on progressive prospects for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session. Former Delegate (and DSA member) Jimmy Tarlau will motivate the discussion with an overview.

Sunday NOV 24  1:00 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting

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

Come to our monthly business meeting to get updates from the buildings we’re organizing, hear report backs from the DC Tenant Union and Reclaim Rent Control campaigns, and volunteer for our next month of work! At this meeting we will set the month’s schedule for canvasses, trainings, and social activities. Email tenants [at] mdcdsa [dot] org   Follow link for full details.


Monday DEC 2  6:30 PM

Social Reproduction: Socialist Night School

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

What is the connection between gender and class? Why must socialists be feminists, and feminists be socialists? What does socialist feminist struggle look like? To answer these questions, we look to social reproduction theory. The question of social reproduction is the question of how workers are “reproduced” in order to keep capitalism surging along. Follow link for full details.

Sunday DEC 8  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. Follow link for full details/updates.

Sunday DEC 15  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please join us for our December branch meeting at the Silver Spring library. This month, we’ll be joined by DSA members and state delegates Gabe Acevero and Vaughn Stewart, to talk about the upcoming state legislative session! Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to a local bar for a social hour. See you then! Follow link for full details.

Sunday DEC 15  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 focus on: [topic TBD– Readings TBD: You can submit suggested articles anytime — we can build a topic around them!] Use this form:  Follow link for full details.

Thursday DEC  19 6:00 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting

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

Please join us for the December Disability Justice Working Group meeting at the Festival Center at 6 PM. Follow link for full details.


FRI Nov. 15 through SUN. Nov. 17 Jobs With Justice Organizing and Leadership Training Program 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. all three days, location TBD — The annual DC JWJ training provides practical organizing skills, delivers a common organizing language and tools, and promotes a shared political and economic analysis regarding working people’s struggle for justice versus a corporate agenda. The fee for the training is $250.00 per individual. For more information or to apply please contact Sequnely Gray at or 202-674-2847.


SAT Nov 16 Deep Canvass with SURJ 11 AM – 5 PM  by SURJ Northern Virginia and Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC: The September canvass will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, in Maryland.


SAT Nov 16, Emergency StreetMed Training.  Noon-6 PM, 3845 S Capitol St SW, DC 20032 —

Hosted by Black Lives Matter DC:  with Ujima Medics. Response time saves lives! Primarily for people who live in, or love people who live in communities where shootings often occur. Includes training on how to help someone having a mild to a moderate asthma attack, and prevent it from becoming more serious.


SUN Nov. 17 Greater Baltimore DSA General Body Meeting at Homewood Friends, 3107 N. Charles St. Bmore 21218 , new member orientation at 1:30, meeting at 2. See the agenda here.


MON Nov 18, ROC DC Monthly Meeting  1-3 PM Restaurant Opportunity Center DC, Second Floor, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA. 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!  


MON Nov 18  Clínicas Legal // Legal Clinics: for Restaurant Workers! 6-8 PM at DC Bilingual Charter School, 33 Riggs Rd NE Hosted by Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC (ROC-DC):    RSVP:


WED Nov 20 — Greensboro Massacre: 40 years later. 6-8 PM,  Busboys and Poets at Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC —  Two survivors of the infamous November 3, 1979, killing of five young labor and community activists gunned down in broad daylight in Greensboro, North Carolina by KKK and neo-Nazis tell their stories. Survivors Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Hobson Johnson and retired Attorney Lewis Pitts — who argued the successful civil suit that unearthed the local government’s role — will lead a panel discussion.  The panel will be preceded by a 23-minute documentary/retrospective film about the attack. 


WED Nov 20 Pack the Room–Dept Behavioral Health Public Oversight Hearing 5:30 – 8:30 PM — 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020-3718 (Hearing has been rescheduled to Nov. 20) The city continues to fail patients at St. Elizabeth’s and we will continue to put on pressure to ensure that this failing pattern is reversed!  Hosted by 350 DC and 5 others:


THUR Nov. 21 and FRI Nov. 22, Continuing the Struggle: The ILO Centenary and
the Future of Global Worker Rights
— Georgetown University | Washington, D.C. | RSVP

a conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Labor Organization (ILO). Speakers include Sara Nelson, Lance Compa and more. Various venues; follow link for details.


THURS Nov 28 Right to Housing Committee Meeting, 6:30 – 8 PM, 614 S St NW, Washington DC 20001 Hosted by ONE DC: ONE DC’s Right to Housing committee supports long-time DC residents to fight against displacement, and for safe and affordable housing. Plan political education and power building, meeting every other Thursday.


SAT Dec. 7 DC Labor Chorus Concert with songs about the labor movement, peace and justice at 7:30 PM at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 5312 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.  The event is free and open to the public, handicapped accessible and will have sign interpretation.


SUN Dec 8 Future of Healthcare Town Hall — 1:30 – 4 PM Miller Branch of Howard County Library System 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City  21042. Details at link.


SAT Dec 14 Progressive Maryland Statewide Annual Meeting 9 AM – 5 PM  at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 2013 Saint Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218 — Network with chapter leaders from around the state and polish an issue agenda for the 2020 legislative session, co-governing strategies, power-building in the community and more. Register here.


SAT Dec 14  Build and Mobilize a Stronger Union workshop at NoVA Labor — 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale 10 AM — 3 PM – Free seminar taught by Rutgers University Labor center faculty on how to build a stronger union and mobilize your members to take action. RSVP to


SUN, Dec 15 Maryland Legislative SummitUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, 10 AM-5 PM. Legislative process, lobbying, agenda-setting and more. Details at link.


TUES Dec 17 End Violence Ki Ki Ball  6- 10 PM, Eastern Market North Hall located at 225 7th Street S.E. Washington DC, 20003– info and tickets at link — “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” is not just about ending violence against people engaging in sex work—it’s also about ending violence against Trans people, against people of color, against people who use drugs, against people living with HIV, against people experiencing homelessness, and the communities who love and support sex workers. Ki Ki Ball (as seen on T. V. hit series Pose) will raise awareness about the violence our communities face and continue funding the expansion of our support services. To SUPPORT:


AAAND is 2020 that close already?!:

THURS Jan 16, 2020 Book Launch: Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin – We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism–American Style,  7 PM at Politics and Prose, Union Market, 1270 5th Street NE   Washington DC 20002 This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for more information.


>>A longtime Sierra Club member notes a “commendable development from bourgeois lifestyle environmentalism to a more genuine red-green understanding” in the most recent issue of the club’s member magazine, in which the leadership states it is “time to fix the population fixation,” [and] they examine the interactions of population, climate change, and inequality.”

>>“Show Up, America!” urges Ralph Nader, pointing out that mass protest and rallies around the world are getting results – just as they have gotten results in the US in the past, such as the Vietnam Mobilization of 1967. They can put apparently ascendant causes like Trumpism on the back foot, as the first Women’s March did the day after Inauguration Day in 2017. But unlike other actions around the world, US progressives have been, in terms of mass action, quiet. “America’s streets and squares are waiting,” he writes – “massive rallies work.”

>>What is the logic of history? Sort of a preoccupation with we socialists, thinking and rethinking Marxism and its descendant ramifications. Can an empirical approach support the inquiry? That’s been the method of “big data” exponents of historical analysis, as this account lays out in very extensive detail. Historical events cannot, like the classic experiment, be replicated, but probabilities about outcomes can be stronger or less so, say historical data-crunchers like Jack Goldstone and, more recently, Peter Turchin. Be warned: When The Guardian labels an article a “long read” they are not foolin’.

>>A writer for the NYT “Upshot” fancy stats blog shows deep divergences in red and blue metro areas: The economic challenges of blue metros — unaffordability and inequality — are different than those of red metros, which face lower living standards and greater risks of job loss.

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