Metro DC DSA’s Weekly Update for Friday, September 27, 2019

The Weekend: Saturday (Sept. 28) 9 AM-3 PM MetroDC DSA Queer Socialist Caucus at the National Trans Visibility March on DC at Freedom Plaza  Washington, DC 

Plus check our DMV Allies calendar below for many other imminent events.


Nominate yourself or another comrade to fill the current vacancy on the MDC DSA Steering Committee. The election will be held electronically after the October 13 GBM . Members can follow this special election nomination link , which will be available until 11:59 PM Oct. 6. Five nominations are needed for a candidacy.

The MDC DSA Steering Committee meets Wed, Oct. 2 – the agenda is available for members in the # steering Slack channel.


FEATURED ARTICLE — in a preview of the October Washington Socialist, our local comrade Kurt Stand addresses a simmering issue — conflict over the endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren by the Working Families Party. https://mdcdsa.org/the-washington-socialist/the-working-families-party-elizabeth-warren-and-bernie-sanders/  The newsletter is published Tuesday, Oct. 1.


BRIEFS


KAISER WORKERS REACH AGREEMENTUnion City (Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO) reports this morning (Friday) that Kaiser Permanente workers have reached a tentative settlement, avoiding the strike called for Oct. 14. See also  http://www.opeiu-local2.org/kaiser-permanente-union-members.html

 


Did you know Metro DC DSA offers child care at general body meetings? Do your part to make DSA a welcoming place for families! Register for the Red Cubs Child Care orientation on Sunday, November 3, 1:30-3:30pm, at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW! Child care is a great way to get involved in the chapter.

https://forms.gle/rr9k7vceL3hYb5fn7

Saturday Sept. 28 La ColectiVA is holding an open meeting at 3 PM at the Woodrow Wilson Library (6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church, VA 22041). This is a great chance to get connected to the work they’re doing now, including the #CheckYourComplicity campaign to call out local elected officials supporting or supported by the agencies and companies running the deportation/detention machine, and the #UnitedAndFree campaign to prevent another migrant detention center from being built in Virginia and close down the others that are already here.Kaiser F Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/960399704299469/?ti=as

From NoVA Labor: Labor leader Sara Nelson will speak at NoVA Labor Saturday morning (Sept. 28) at 9 AM to inspire us at the launch of NoVA Labor’s canvass during this critical election season. Come for breakfast and then join us for our labor-to-labor walks and phone banks. Lunch will be served starting at noon. At: 4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale. – Ginny Diamond


from MoCo DSA: Courageous whistleblower and Montgomery County resident Chelsea Manning is still in jail for refusing to testify at a grand jury about questions she has already answered and served jail time for. She will likely be jailed for another year and has $69,000 in fines already, with more added every day. Please donate to her legal fund so she can continue to fight this abuse of power.


Socialist Night School kicks off the fall semester in October with

Tuesday, October 15  6:30-8:30 PM

Introduction to Socialism: Socialist Night School

Cleveland Park Library  3310 Connecticut Ave NW · Washington, DC

For our first session of the new semester of Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism.
• What is capitalism?  • What is socialism? • How does what DSA does help us get there?
• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA?
While everyone is welcome, this session is designed for newer members and those who are relatively new to socialism. The session will be led by Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib.

Monday, October 28  6:30-8:30 PM

Financial Capitalism: Socialist Night School 

The Festival Center  1640 Columbia Rd NW · Washington, DC

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

In this session, Grace Blakely, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, will help us better understand the role of financialization in our current moment and what we can do to change course.

This session of Socialist Night School is jointly sponsored by Metro DC DSA and the Democracy Collaborative.
Coming in early November: Introduction to Marxism at the Socialist Night School.


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.

MDC DSA Publications Schedule for October: This, the last Update for September, will be quickly followed by October Washington Socialist on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Updates in October will be published Fridays the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th and the November Washington Socialist will publish Friday, Nov. 1.

MDC DSA’s regular periodical publications are managed by the Publications Working Group. Indicate interest in writing or other tasks to further socialist ideas and action by messaging thesocialist@mdcdsa.org or visit our Slack channel, #publications, to see what we are up to. Our activism gains support when it is explained in a socialist context and voice, so check our submission guidelines, and add your voice to the mix. What shows up in the Washington Socialist? See the Index for 2016-18 and the supplemental the Washington Socialist Index for January-August 2019.

MDC DSA EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Follow links for details

Saturday, September 28  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

MetroDC DSA Queer Socialist Caucus at the National Trans Visibility March on DC

Freedom Plaza  Washington, DC

MDC QSC will have a contingent in the National Trans Visibility March to show our solidarity with our trans comrades, trans women of color, one of the most marginalized groups in society, and all trans people. The march officially starts at 9. Let’s meet at 8:45. Drew-Marie will have the chapter banner as well as all their flags (Philly pride, Trans, Nonbinary, GenderQueer, GenderFluid, and Demigirl), if you don’t have a sign.

OCTOBER

Wednesday OCT 2   7 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. If you would like to submit an item for the agenda, please create a Red Desk ticket at https://reddesk.mdcdsa.org/   Follow link for details.

Sunday OCT 6  2:00 PM

MoCo DSA 🌹General Branch Meeting

Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Please join us for our October 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.

Saturday, October 12  12- 2 PM

Queer Socialism Caucus Meeting

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

Comrades, the Queer Socialist Caucus (for LGBTQIA+ socialists and our allies, DSA members and non members welcome) is having an organizational meeting on Saturday, Oct 12 at noon at the Shaw library. Our annual election for caucus chair and secretary will be held at this meeting. (Only MetroDC DSA members in good standing may vote). This will most likely be the final monthly physical meeting, probably going to quarterly physical meetings.

 

Sunday OCT 13  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 details.

Tuesday, October 15  6:30-8:30 PM

Introduction to Socialism: Socialist Night School

Cleveland Park Library  3310 Connecticut Ave NW · Washington, DC

For our first session of the new semester of Socialist Night School, we’ll tackle the question of socialism.
• What is capitalism?  • What is socialism? • How does what DSA does help us get there?
• How can you get involved (or more involved) in DSA?
While everyone is welcome, this session is designed for newer members and those who are relatively new to socialism. The session will be led by Socialist Night School co-organizer David Kaib.

Wednesday OCT 16  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.

Sunday OCT 20  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

Tuesday, October 22  7-8:30 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Dolley Madison Library 1244 Oak Ridge Ave · McLean, VA

Welcome to our monthly NOVA DSA organizing and planning meeting. Please take a minute to read our 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, anti-Amazon-HQ2 actions, a future Brake Light Campaign as well as expanded efforts to connect with local groups. As always, we will address any current issues from our communities and allied organizations, including efforts against the alt-right.

Monday, October 28  6:30-8:30 PM

Financial Capitalism: Socialist Night School 

The Festival Center  1640 Columbia Rd NW · Washington, DC

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

In this session, Grace Blakely, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, will help us better understand the role of financialization in our current moment and what we can do to change course.

This session of Socialist Night School is jointly sponsored by Metro DC DSA and the Democracy Collaborative.

Wednesday OCT 30  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.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Follow links for details and updates

 

SAT Sept. 28 – NoVA Labor Canvass with Sara Nelson – 9 am
Join the amazing Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA, for a labor walk/phone bank.   Breakfast and lunch will be served.
4536 B John Marr Drive, Annandale
 

SAT Sept. 28 Comp Plan Study Circle for “Far Southeast/Southwest,”  1:30 – 3:30 PM at Union Temple Baptist Church 1225 W Street SE – what does your community want to see in the planned changes to the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

SAT Sept 28 Poor People’s Campaign Prince George’s Co planning meeting, 12-2 PM Oxon Hill Library 6200 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

SAT Sept 28 La ColectiVA is holding an open meeting at 3 PM at the Woodrow Wilson Library (6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church, VA 22041). This is a great chance to get connected to the work they’re doing now, including the #CheckYourComplicity campaign to call out local elected officials supporting or supported by the agencies and companies running the deportation/detention machine, and the #UnitedAndFree campaign to prevent another migrant detention center from being built in Virginia and close down the others that are already here.

SUN Sept 29The path to single payer health care in Maryland, 1:30 – 4:30 PM at Elkridge Library – 6450 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 — Join Senator Paul Pinsky, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Senate, and Delegate Terri Hill, of the Health and Government Operations Committee in the House, for a discussion of the road map to Single Payer in Maryland. Follow link for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/events/361641874764169/

MON Sept 30 ROC DC Monthly Meeting! 1-3 PM Restaurant Opportunity Center DC, Second Floor, 1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009   https://www.facebook.com/events/2261435187446709/?event_time_id=2261435204113374
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! Follow link for more information.

THURS Oct 3 The Epiphany Power Hour: ONE DC 12:10-1 PM at The Church of the Epiphany 1317 G St NW, DC 20005 Claire Cook and Kelly Iradukunda of ONE DC teach us about organizing in our city. Hosted EVERY THURSDAY by The Church of the Epiphany and ONE DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/2543087422378554/

THURS Oct 3 A Spanish-language community schools workshop for the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools has been set, 5:30 PM at the Casa de Maryland headquarters (“La Mansion”) in Langley Park. Here are the details: “jueves, 3 de octubre, 2019 5:30 PM

“Sea líder en su escuela de sus escuelas comunitarias — Academia Cívica — Escuelas Comunitarias

“Venga a aprender que es una escuela comunitaria, que significa para usted, y el impacto que tendrán en sus comunidades este año. Habrá refrigerio y cuidado de niños — jueves, 3 de octubre, 2019 5:30 PM

CASA De Maryland (La Mansión) — 8151 15th Avenue Hyattsville, MD 20783

 FRI, Oct. 4  Labor 2019 Book Symposium  Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights — A discussion with author Steve Striffler and a Distinguished Panel – 1- 3:30 PM RSVP
at the Intercultural Center (ICC) 450 | Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets N.W., Washington, DC 20057 || How and why has solidarity with Latin America changed over time? What are the political strengths and weaknesses of the solidarity impulse? And how has solidarity shaped the US left? Discuss with the author and a panel of specialists from local universities.  Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

 SAT Oct 5  Street Law 101: Know Your Rights Training 1-3 PM – Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC 20019, Hosted by Black Lives Matter DC and Keep DC 4 Me: https://www.facebook.com/events/705926619821385/
The people most targeted by police MUST have critical information about their rights during police interactions. Follow link for more information.


SUN Oct 6Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit, 1- 4 PM (Doors open at noon) hosted at Washington College – 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620
Explore the issues that face the Shore (and the state), what steps have been taken, and what obstacles we must overcome to defeat the existential crisis of Climate Change and other pressing environmental issues. https://www.facebook.com/events/361641874764169/

SUN Oct 6 Police Accountability Workshop 6:30-9 PM Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Hosted by Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church and SURJ MoCo:
Together Diversity Team and Silver Spring Justice Coalition are co-sponsoring. Get updates about police accountability in Montgomery County; information about how state legislation impacts county law; and how you can have a voice about police accountability.  RSVP

MON Oct 7 October DC Climate Coalition Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 PM; 50 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 hosted by DC Climate Coalition and 5 others at the Sierra Club office (8th floor). Agenda will include the climate strike, bylaws, and CEDC implementation, and public comment. Meetings are open to the public!

THUR Oct 10 AROS Forum On New Funding Formula For Prince George’s Public Schools at LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL, 8000 Cherry Lane Laurel 20707 at 6:30 PM Parents, students  and engaged community members are invited to hear about the Kirwan commission proposals and possibilities of well-funded schools — and make their voices heard. Also WED October 23 at Bowie Performing Arts Center, 15200 Annapolis Rd. Bowie 20715, 6:30 PM: WED November 12 at Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd. Largo 20774, 6:30 PM and MON November 18 at OXON HILL HIGH SCHOOL 6701 Leyte Drive Oxon Hill 20745 6:30 PM. Follow link for details.  Marylanders – A coalition of advocates is presenting informational sessions on school improvement through the Kirwan commission proposals. You can see all the sessions listed in this article: https://www.progressivemaryland.org/democrats_urge_full_funding_for_kirwan_education_proposals_as_advocacy_coalition_hosts_forums_around_state

Sun Oct 13 Cop Watch DC – October Training! 1-4 PM Mount Pleasant Branch DC Public Library Washington, District of Columbia — get trained to watch the cops with Cop Watch DC! Together we’ll talk about how we stay safe while we document interactions between cops and our neighbors/community members in order to reduce harm and build community power together. Hosted by The Future is Feminist and SURJ – DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126985220840604/
Register http://bit.ly/copwatchsignin

THUR October 17 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 – get answers to your questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace – breaks, paid sick days, tips, harassment and more

SUN October 20 Deep Canvass with SURJ  11 AM – 5 PM Sponsored by SURJ Northern Virginia and Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ – DC: at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, in Maryland. The registration form is coming soon. Follow link for more information.

 MON Oct 21, 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. Future monthly meetings Nov 18 and Dec 16.

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


Good reads

>About Piketty’s new book, “he’s back with an even longer treatise that explains how governments should fix [the problems outlined in his earlier book, [Capital] — by upending capitalism.” https://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=110ad729-c7ab-4d13-9859-3387cdb0428c

>Mike Elk’s Payday Report dispatch from Tennessee on the strong support GM strikers are getting from the community in what is supposedly Mitch McConnell country (from last Saturday). http://paydayreport.com/tennessee-gm-strikers-surprised-by-outpouring-of-community-support/?preview=true&_thumbnail_id=4968

>An historical perspective from our comrade Nelson Lichtenstein, longtime labor historian, on the GM strike (in Dissent): https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/whats-at-stake-in-the-general-motors-strike

Send Good Reads — socialist articles without a paywall — to thesocialist@mdcdsa.org, with “Good Read” in subject line.

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