Metro DC DSA Weekly Update for Friday, November 8, 2019

ANOTHER SOCIALIST WEEKEND

GBM this Sunday: Visit from candidates: local candidate Janeese Lewis George (Ward 4) — we will be debating an endorsement at the GBM and voting on it post-GBM. and visiting California candidate Shahid Buttar, primarying Speaker Pelosi in her NoCal district. Also chapter updates from chapter leadership, campaigns and working groups.


Articles in this issue:

>>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 B outlines the stakes.

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


BRIEFS

Bust the Boss: Dupont Circle

We’re conducting another canvass on November 9th at Dupont Circle (meet in the park) as part of Bust the Boss, the Labor Working Group’s anti-wage theft campaign! Pre-canvass training provided! Folks who haven’t been to a canvass before or who need a refresher should meet at 3pm; old hands can show at 3:30. If you can’t find us, shoot a text to 802-380-9286.

This will be a canvass of restaurants and retail stores in the neighborhood, aiming to gather information about employer violations and identify potential organizing leads. These canvasses are a perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills at having first-time conversations with workers, so if you’re interested in getting involved with one of our long-term organizing campaigns, or if you just want some practice talking about workplace conditions, come on through! For people who cannot make Saturday, we’ll be hosting a second canvass Monday, November 11 in Georgetown. Meet up at Francis Scott Key Memorial (corner of M St & 34th NW).  – Luke R

KEEP UP RENT CONTROL MOMENTUM – SIGN UP TO TESTIFY

Last month’s Rally to Reclaim Rent Control drew over 500 people, including a large DSA contingent. But
The D.C. Council has already proposed a re-authorization of rent control that would extend the current, inadequate law for another 10 years. This is not good enough.

DC has already lost 60,000 of the units originally covered under previous versions of the D.C. rent control law—we can’t afford to lose one unit more. 

The council is holding a public hearing on this status quo rent control bill Wednesday, Nov. 13. Can you testify on why we need stronger rent control for all instead? Sign up here to testify. The hearing begins around 11 AM at Wilson Building Room 500, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, D.C., 20004

Resources: Learn more about how strong rent control laws build lasting communities for all D.C. residents on the Reclaim Rent Control website. Get policy arguments supporting the decommodification of housing, or get questions or testimony assistance at rentcontrol@mdcdsa.org. The full unedited message is here. — MDC DSA Steering Committee

 

Labor helps Dems flip VA Senate and House
[From Union City email newsletter Wednesday AM] It was a good night for labor-supported candidates around the metro region in Tuesday’s elections. In Virginia, “we flipped both the Senate and House of Delegates!” said Virginia Diamond, president of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation. “First time in 23 years!” Diamond hailed the “historic sweep for labor-endorsed candidates at the state and local level,” saying that “Union members worked tirelessly knocking doors and making calls to win this important victory”

 

BERNIE CANVASS ACTIVITY GETTING UNDER WAY – YOU CAN WALK. YOU CAN SUPPORT.

Metro DC DSA is getting started on our canvassing and outreach operation in support of Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign! This is an exciting opportunity to support the strongest democratic socialist electoral campaign in more than a century, to raise class consciousness in our region, and to recruit more workers to join DSA. Because we are running an independent expenditure campaign, we have the freedom to print our own literature about what democratic socialism has to offer working people in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and control our own messaging and outreach.

But that freedom means we have to independently fundraise to cover printing and event costs. Right now our working group has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 to cover all expenses for the program. Our chapter has come together to help candidates fundraise in the past, and we’re certain we can meet this goal in order to empower our comrades to support democratic socialism at the national level and organize the working class at the local level.

Can you make a donation of $5, $10, $27, or whatever you can spare today in order to support MDC DSA’s Bernie Working Group? Here’s the link to donate: http://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/metro-dc-dsa-for-bernie

Thank you so much for your support.

In Solidarity, Brad and Rachel — Co-Chairs, MDC DSA for Bernie Working Group

 

November 12 Climate Justice Pop-up Disruption  7:30-9:30 AM at Farragut Square (SE Corner) RSVP here and signal-boost on Facebook here

 

Here is the MoCo Branch MDC DSA newsletter, sent Wednesday (Nov. 6) https://mailchi.mp/mdcdsa.org/join-us-on-saturday-nov-1263343?e=003de9ccab

 

 

 

SOLIDARITY ASKS:

Georgia Tech YDSA is STILL being harassed and intimidated by the university administration for inviting pro-Palestinian speakers. Follow the link for details. The MDC DSA Steering Committee endorsed a letter of solidarity this week (Oct. 30) and members and readers can sign on as individuals as well …. https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/reject-political-censorship

Solidarity with victims of the Duterte fascist regime in the Philippines: MDC DSA condemns the regime’s official assault on BIEN labor activists  and urges participation in the condemnation action Saturday (Nov. 9, 3 PM; see Allies events listing below). More info on labor oppression from CWA is here.

RED CUBS CHILD CARE — Join the effort to expand child care for Metro DC DSA events! We already have child care at general body meetings, but we can do more! Register for the Red Cubs Child Care orientation on Sunday, November 3, 1:30-3:30 PM, at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW!
https://forms.gle/rr9k7vceL3hYb5fn7

 

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 politicaleducation@mdcdsa.org.  


METRO DC DSA CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Follow links for details.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Bust the Boss Canvass: Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle Station  1525 20th St NW · Washington, DC

We’re conducting another canvass as part of the Labor Working Group’s anti-wage theft campaign! Folks who haven’t been to a canvass before or who need a refresher should meet at 3pm; old hands can show at 3:30. If you can’t find us, check the #labor channel. This will be a canvass of restaurants and retail stores in the neighborhood, aiming to gather information about employer violations and identify potential organizing leads. Follow link for updates.

Saturday, November 9  3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Q&A with Janeese Lewis George (Candidate, D.C. Council Ward 4 Seat)

Petworth Neighborhood Library  4200 Kansas Ave NW · Washington, DC

Join fellow Metro D.C. DSA chapter members for a Q&A meeting with Janeese Lewis George, candidate for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council. Janeese is currently seeking our chapter’s endorsement. This will be the final opportunity to ask Janeese questions before the November general body meeting.
All chapter members are welcome.

Sunday, November 10  3:00 PM to 5:00 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 updates.

 Wednesday NOV 13 7:00 PM

Steering Committee

Institute for Policy Studies, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW #600, 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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Bust the Boss Canvass: Georgetown  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 Meet at Francis Scott Key Memorial (corner of M St & 34th NW)

We’re conducting another canvass as part of the Labor Working Group’s anti-wage theft campaign! Folks who haven’t been to a canvass before or who need a refresher should meet at 2pm; old hands can show at 2:30.

This will be a canvass of restaurants and retail stores in the neighborhood, aiming to gather information about employer violations and identify potential organizing leads. These canvasses are a perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills at having first-time conversations with workers, so if you’re interested in getting involved with one of our long-term organizing campaigns, or if you just want some practice talking about workplace conditions, come on through!

Thursday NOV 14  7-9 PM

MoCo DSA Rent Control campaign planning meeting

 Will be held in downtown Silver Spring, 7-9 PM. We’ll be discussing more specifics of the campaign, including member organizing, communications, and research. Send us an email to get the location if you’d like to attend!

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 https://goo.gl/forms/Rn7ktzvYmN2ZvEOT2 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.

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.

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.

DECEMBER

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.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

SAT Nov 9 Condemnation Action against fascist raids and oppression in Metro Manila, Philippines and elsewhere including aerial bombing in Samar. At Philippine embassy, 1600 Mass Ave NW, 3:30-5 PM Sponsored by Bayan DMVmore at link.

SAT Nov. 9 DC Grassroots Planning Coalition meets Union Temple Church 1225 W St. SE 1:30-4 PM; discuss latest amendments to DC Comp Plan with Planning Director Andrew Trueblood, guest.

SUN Nov 10 Meet Pelosi’s replacement Shahid Buttar at Busboys 5 -7:30 PM, Busboys and Poets, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Civil rights/civil liberties lawyer and DJ/hip-hop artist Shahid Buttar with guest speakers including Medea Benjamin and Andy Shallal recounting Shahid’s decades of antiwar activism. Shahid and all of his staff are active DSA members, and his campaign is DSA-endorsed. Free and open to the public. Swing by to hang out after the Nov 10th GBM and chat with Shahid! RSVP  

MON Nov 11  Cop Watch DC – November Training!  1:30 – 4:00 PM  Teatro de la Luna 4020 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011 Document interactions between cops and our neighbors/community members in order to reduce harm and build community power together. — building community solidarity and monitoring police are both crucial to helping keep our neighborhoods safe. Hosted by The Future is Feminist and Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/2341878706075481/  RSVP http://bit.ly/copwatchsignin

MON  Nov  11 Book Event: Waging Peace in Vietnam  5 – 7 PM  George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 co-sponsored by IPS; book launch and panel discussion on GI opposition to the war.

 TUES Nov 12  –  RIght to Harm will be screened by University of MD School of Public Health, 5:45 PM – documentary on the public health impact of factory farming, usually most impacting vulnerable communities. Panel discussion follows.  Co-hosted by the UMD’s chapter of 17 for Peace and Justice.  See Facebook event for more details.

WED Nov. 13, Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN) — The “Green Amendment,  7 PM – 9 PM Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt 20770 — Discussion of a campaign to create a Maryland constitutional amendment to guarantee our rights to a healthy environment. Presenter is longtime advocate Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin.

Thursday, November 14 7-9 PM: MoCo DSA Rent Control campaign planning meeting
Held in downtown Silver Spring — Please join us at our next Rent Control planning meeting. We’ll be discussing more specifics of the campaign, including member organizing, communications, and research. Send us an email to get the location if you’d like to attend!

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 sequnely@dcjwj.org 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2074787809286786/

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

Hosted by Black Lives Matter DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/1235934569924326/  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! https://www.facebook.com/events/2261435187446709/                                      

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): https://www.facebook.com/events/1893144787451173/    RSVP: tinyurl.com/ROCDClegalclinic

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/809308169506883/

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.

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 VirginiaDiamond24@gmail.com

 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:
endviolencekikiball.com

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.

GOOD READS

>>A recent column in the New Statesman by Grace Blakeley, who spoke last week to the Socialist Night School on her new book on the financialization of capital, Stolenhttps://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2019/10/another-economic-crisis-looms-radicalism-world-s-only-hope

>>From The Intercept, signs that labor is not always going to be in lockstep with the Dem establishment: https://portside.org/2019-11-04/labor-ever-so-gingerly-tiptoes-insurgency

>>As the calendar ticks over to the one-year clock for the 2020 election, The Guardian launches a series on inequality in the US, a persistent, dark factor that belies the cheery economic numbers. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/05/if-americans-are-better-off-than-a-decade-ago-why-doesnt-it-feel-that-way/

>>Sunkara defends beleaguered boomers in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/06/ok-boomer-meme-older-generations/


WHAT ARE “GOOD READS”? You know them when you see them – texts of exposition and analysis that are outside the center-lane of most media, though many of those MSMs can come up with surprises. And, of course, you see them all the time. When you see a Good Read, send it to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org. Don’t keep it for yourself. Good Reads should of course be online, have links and be free of paywalls. Thanks for looking out for your comrades.

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