Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, November 22, 2019

What’s On This Week

MDC DSA events this weekend: Saturday NOV 23, Prince George’s DSA Organizing Committee Legislative Briefing ; Sunday NOV 24  Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting –More info at the links or below.

On November 18, the chapter voted to endorse Janeese Lewis George for the Ward 4 council race with a 202-7-6 vote. In a press statement officially announcing the endorsement, the chapter affirmed that George’s commitment to racial, economic, and environmental justice firmly align her with socialist values — and that gives us hope for the future of our city! As a participant of DC’s new public financing program, George will only accept small donations no larger than $50 and the city will match donations from DC residents five to one. You can contribute to George’s campaign now and attend a canvass for the candidate this Sunday at Peaches Kitchen (read on for details).

SUNDAY AND TUESDAY: Solidarity with Giant and Safeway workers as they fight for a solid, fair contract — which their corporate ownership is resisting. Check out the stores throughout the DMV where you can show up for workers!


A quick note from the Steering Committee: Good afternoon, everyone. As of November 19th, Nat has officially resigned from the Steering Committee. This leaves an empty seat on the committee, and we will start the special elections process as soon as possible. If you are interested in running for steering, feel free to reach out to anyone on steering with questions!  


Is your building rent-controlled? The Rent Control Working Group is conducting a survey to identify chapter members who live in rent-controlled buildings and buildings that would become rent-controlled under its platform. Fill out the quick survey and help further the working group’s efforts to expand DC’s rent control law.


From Chip Gibbons and David Kaib, a compȏte of the live tweets from Monday evening’s Socialist Night School:

 “On Monday November 18, Tim Shorrock spoke to about 40 people at MDC DSA’s Socialist Night School on “The Korean Peace Process and the Legacy of US Imperialism in Asia.” Shorrock is a correspondent for The Nation and has been writing about Korean politics for decades. News coverage of Korea tends to be about momentary elite intrigue. At Socialist Night School, Shorrock started with the Japanese taking of Korea in 1905. Shorrock noted how the US sided with collaborators in Korea, which did not go over well with the people. He talked about how, because South Korea was a dictatorship, the truth of the regime’s brutality remained obscured until many years later. He stressed that the main legacy of the Korean war was brutal devastation. The US attitude on Korea, per Shorrock, hasn’t changed since 1945–it’s purely colonial. This is highlighted by the fact that while many Koreans in the South believe that a peace treaty would improve human rights on both sides, bipartisan US policy elites tend to dismiss or ignore their wishes. A particular interesting tidbit from Shorrock was that before the bloody Gwangju uprising against military rule in South Korea and in support of democratization, activists had night schools similar to the MDC DSA Socialist Night School.”

Attention all writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, and designers: The Washington Socialist wants you! If you’re eager to contribute your talents to the Publications Working Group, fill out our contributor’s form and we’ll be in touch. We need your help to spread socialist ideas and news about the chapter’s work.

Meanwhile, our publications schedule: the next arrival from Pubs WG will be the December issue of the Washington Socialist, sent next Friday, Nov. 29. Weekly Updates in December will be published Fridays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and (maybe) 27 if urgent info requires. The January 2020 Washington Socialist will be published Friday, Jan. 3 with an article deadline of Dec. 28.

MDC DSA Events for November/December

Follow links for details


Saturday NOV 23  Noon

Prince George’s DSA Organizing Committee Legislative Briefing


Sunday NOV 24  1 PM

Stomp Out Slumlords Business Meeting




Monday DEC 2  6:30 PM

Social Reproduction: Socialist Night School


Tuesday DEC 3  7 PM

Campaigns Council -Ad Com Meeting


Sunday DEC 8  3 PM

Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting


Monday DEC 9  7 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹Organizing Meeting


Sunday DEC 15  2 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting


Sunday DEC 15  4 PM

Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹


Thursday DEC 19  6 PM

Disability Justice Working Group Meeting


Events from Our Allies in the DMV

Follow links for details


Saturday NOV 23  10 AM

March for Bernie 2020 and Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade

We’re going to be marching in the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade! Please join our local organizing effort — wear your favorite Bernie t-shirt or sweatshirt (dress in layers, with the t-shirt on top). We’re going to spread Bernie love and talk to the parade watchers about why they should support Bernie. Meet at Town Square Garage – Ellsworth Dr., across from the Silver Spring Civic Building – Veterans Plaza. Line up before 10 AM and look for parade group #102 (Section D). 


Sunday NOV 24  11 AM

Canvass for Janeese Lewis George

Our chapter recently endorsed candidate Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4 DC Council. Come join the campaign for an afternoon of neighborhood canvassing. Make sure to bring a smartphone and warm/comfy clothes! Meet at Peaches Kitchen, 6214 3rd St. NW.


Tuesday NOV 26  5 – 7 PM

Thanksgiving week protest at National Airport!

Airport workers are protesting before Thanksgiving to demand that One Job Should Be Enough. Join us at National Airport at 5 pm at Terminal C North Terrace! More info and RSVP on Facebook:


Thursday NOV 28  6:30 – 8 PM

Right to Housing Committee Meeting

Hosted by ONE DC at 614 S St NW. ONE DC’s Right to Housing Committee supports long-time DC residents fighting against displacement and for safe and affordable housing. Join us every other Thursday in building power across the District to achieve community control over land and housing.


Monday DEC 2  7 PM

Climate change to immigrant justice

Join us at St. Stephens church, 1525 Newton St NW, for a collective dialogue about the intersections of climate change and migration. We’ll hear from a panel of local organizers fighting for immigration justice, we will have small group breakout sessions to explore the connections between climate justice and justice for immigrants, and we will discuss how we can all work together to show mutual aid and solidarity when we’re in the streets with comrades who may experience more risks while engaging in direct action.


Thursday DEC 5  12:30 – 2 PM

Ideas@Work: Cas Mudde: The Far Right Today

The far right is back with a vengeance. Leading global expert on political extremism Cas Mudde provides a concise overview of the fourth wave of postwar far-right politics in this timely book. Talk is at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW. RSVP online.


Thursday DEC 5  7 PM

Progressive Cheverly forum, The School to Prison Pipeline

Exploring the school-to-prison pipeline’s nature, impacts and solutions with experts Karen Dolan, IPS director studying Criminalization of Race and Poverty who explains zero tolerance effects and restorative justice remedies; and Dana Coles of Key Bridge Foundation Center for Conflict Resolution currently working in Prince George’s for alternatives to criminalization of behavior. Multipurpose Room of Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School, 3324 64th Avenue in Cheverly.


Saturday DEC 7  7:30 PM

DC Labor Chorus Concert

The chorus will share songs about the labor movement, peace, and justice at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 5312 Connecticut Ave., NW.  The event is free and open to the public, is handicapped accessible, and will have sign interpretation.


Saturday DEC 7  Noon – 2:30 PM

Public De-Escalation Training

Hosted by DMV De-escalation Collective at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave, NW (Thomas Circle). This public de-escalation training is open to everyone! De-escalation skills equip us to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations. We aim to create moments of pause in which people can make choices about their own safety. We also provide resources (emotional support, companionship, money, food, etc) that increase access to safety, especially for marginalized people. “Calming people down” and ending conflicts is part of this work, but not all of it!  RSVP here.


Sunday DEC 8 7 – 9 PM

Talking to Friends and Family About Racism

In time for the holidays: join SURJ Northern Virginia at UUCF, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., for a facilitated meeting where we will discuss and practice initiating and sustaining conversations about systemic racism. If you’ve ever struggled to help connect with friends and family while advancing anti-racist ideas, this event is for you! We will also be decorating holiday cards for incarcerated folx through Black and Pink’s holiday program.


Rusty the Red PandaSunday DEC 8  1:30 – 4 PM

Future of Healthcare Town Hall

Meeting will be held at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library System, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 21042.


Saturday DEC 14  9 AM – 5 PM

Progressive Maryland Statewide Annual Meeting  

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. Meeting to be held at at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 2013 Saint Paul St, Baltimore, MD, 21218. Register here.


Saturday DEC 14  10 AM — 3 PM

Build and Mobilize a Stronger Union workshop at NoVA Labor

Free seminar taught by Rutgers University Labor center faculty on how to build a stronger union and mobilize your members to take action. Workshop to be held at 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA. RSVP to


Sunday DEC 15  10 AM — 5 PM

Maryland Legislative Summit

Legislative process, lobbying, agenda-setting and more at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville.


Monday DEC 16  1 – 3 PM

ROC DC Monthly Meeting!

Come together at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington DC and meet other restaurant workers in DC who want to build worker power in order to improve wages and working conditions in the DC restaurant industry! Lunch is provided and children are welcome!

¡Vengan y conozcan a otros trabajadores de restaurante en DC que quieran desarrollar el poder de los trabajadores para mejorar los salarios y las condiciones de trabajo en la industria de restaurantes de DC! Se proveerá la cena y nenes son bienvenidos!


Tuesday DEC 17  6 — 10 PM

End Violence Ki Ki Ball  

“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. Eastern Market North Hall located at 225 7th Street SE, Washington DC, 20003 – info and tickets at link.

Good Reads


>>Thomas M. Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative recently authored a report on nationalization, a strategy that has not only a promising future in the US and globally, but a surprisingly robust past in the US. Here, he provides a roundup of the report in Jacobin.

>>Good… um… watches? Richard Wolff’s “Democracy at Work” talk for November, on wealth tax strategies:

>>Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report outlines the many positives of the public-housing piece in the Green New Deal: “By fostering ‘community resiliency and sustainability,’ the AOC Green New Deal and public housing bills would confer both respect for the people of the projects and a sense permanence of place.”

>>From Medium, an account of a French political scientist who sees capitalism collapsing in a fashion likely to bring on a world war – World War III, the headline says. Good arguments for saying that capitalism needs a soft landing.

>>Dear to the old aggregator’s heart, as a longtime fan of practical sci-fi, are light-bulbs of the obvious like this. For energy sources, we’ve got the sun (it’s one-way but cloud-able) and wind (one-way, but subject to doldrums [see: The Ancient Mariner]). Both one-way energy sources need storage to be reliable. And there is gravity. It is two-way – you have to contest it before you get the downhill ride – but it never sleeps. Gravity is always on. Here’s how to use it for storage.

Editors this week: Morgan F, Woody W





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