Metro DC DSA Chapter update

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L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

We’re canvassing tenants 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–and help build connections with the DC Tenant Union! Meet at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station near the 7th & Maryland exit above the escalators Follow links for details.

Sunday JAN 12 3:30 PM

Winter Campaigns Fair & January GBM

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

Please join the members of Metro DC DSA for our Winter Campaign Fair and January GBM. We will have a few business items to discuss but this is for anyone wanting to get involved with the chapters various campaigns! There will be hot chocolate to warm us up and feel free to bring some cookies Follow links for details.

Tuesday JAN 14 7:00 PM

NOVA Branch DSA 🌹 Organizing Meeting

Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315

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 Follow links for details.

Saturday JAN 18 3:30 PM

Participatory Budgeting Planning Meeting

Mount Pleasant, Washington, DC

Help plan our chapter’s participatory budgeting process! More details to come. Follow links for details.

Tuesday JAN 28 7:00 PM

Participatory Budgeting Planning Meeting

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill, 3421 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Help plan our chapter’s participatory budgeting process! More details to come. Follow links for details.


IF YOU ARE A MARYLAND ACTIVIST you might want to get the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo, with links (this week) to our recent blogs – on business leaders seeing their self-interest in full funding of the Kirwan school improvement program, how militarism roadblocks health care improvement, and a roundup of our coverage on the funding of the Kirwan school improvement plan, a battle coming up in the General Assembly next month. Plus more struggles on criminal justice reform and Medicare for All, plus news and events from PM’s chapters and from our progressive allies. You can sign up for the emailed Memo here.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES IN THE DMV

Friday, Dec 13 Maryland Sierra Club Benefit in Annapolis (Eastport), 6-8 PM, info and RSVP here.

Saturday DEC 14 Our Communities, Our Future Community Rally at Arlington County Govt HQ 9 AM (2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201) — Hosted by For Us, Not Amazon and 4 others: https://www.facebook.com/events/554448688448386/ Rally alongside community members to express our collective opposition to the expansion of Amazon’s empire and the corporate greed it represents. Today, the Arlington County Board is scheduled to vote on expanding Amazon’s empire by choosing whether to approve more square footage for Amazon in Arlington. We are calling on Board Members, Erik Gutshall, Libby Garvey, Christian Dorsey, Katie Cristol and Matt de Ferranti to stand up in solidarity with the public against this expansion. Amazon’s presence will contribute to the ongoing gentrification of Arlington and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, leading to further displacement of Black, Brown, and low-income families. 9 AM for public comments to Board, followed by a community rally at 10:30.

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 VirginiaDiamond24@gmail.com.

Saturday, DEC 14 9 AM -4 PM, “Rebuild Maryland: Climate Action Summit”, Stamp Union, Univ MDCDSA members march carrying a banner that says "Capitalism is killing the planet"of MD. (jointly sponsored by many environmental organizations)

https://www.facebook.com/events/736524716814811/

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 Anti-fascist Happy Hour/Letter Writing Night/Chelsea’s Birthday 6-9 PM| RSVP Lyman’s Tavern 3720 14th St NW, Washington D.C. 20011 Come grab drinks with other anti-fascists, write letters to political prisoners, celebrate Chelsea Manning’s birthday and her grand jury resistance. Hosted by Resist This
https://www.facebook.com/events/530549667795449/

Tuesday, DEC 17 Maryland HBCU Town Hall 6:00 – 8:00 PM Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) 8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD — Get an overview of documented, historic racism and discrimination in Maryland’s institutions of higher education, panel discussions on the 13-year long lawsuit, and perspectives on the value and significance of Maryland’s HBCUs from students, alumni, faculty, advocates, legislators, and the media. RSVP Facebook livestream. More info here​

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.

Saturday, DEC 21 12 PM Prince Georges County Poor People’s Campaign General Meeting at the Greenbelt Library 11 Crescent Rd Greenbelt MD 20770

Saturday JAN 25, 2020, 10 AM -2 PM, CCAN Polar Bear Plunge, https://us-p2p.netdonor.net/2883/polar-bear-plunge

Sun Jan 26, Medicare 4 All Town Hall in Annapolis 2-4 PM at Stanton Community Center, 92 W Washington St, Annapolis, MD 21401 among co-sponsors, Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition.

GOOD READS

>>From the increasingly valuable alternative online news aggregator, the Virginia Mercury: a veteran state reporter recounts the history of the state’s right-to-work law and why overturning it is turning out to be a major chore event with the legislature’s new Democratic majority: https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/12/11/virginia-explained-the-growing-debate-and-divide-on-right-to-work/

>>In Portside, Jewish Voice for Peace breaks down the new Trump executive order on “anti-semitism” on college campuses, a thinly veiled attack on First Amendment rights of BDS activists and naked attempt to support the wobbling fascist strain in the Israeli political sphere https://portside.org/2019-12-12/jewish-opposition-trumps-executive-order-add-your-name-tell-donald-trump-stop-using-jews

>>Our comrade Maria B passes along this article reporting on a Texas labor conference where an IBEW brother finds a lot of support for GND principles, reflected in a strong resolution from the assembled workers. https://iguana-rust-npdf.squarespace.com/content/2019/11/28/the-case-for-an-ecosocialist-rank-amp-file-strategy-in-the-building-trades

>>Eisenhower-era tax rates applied to today’s billionaires would yield some startling revenue potential, as this Guardian “do the maths” article suggests: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/13/billionaires-taxes-inequality-one-percent/

>>DCist on slumlords and rent strike https://dcist.com/story/19/12/09/in-d-c-s-latest-rent-strike-columbia-heights-tenants-seek-changes-at-vermin-plagued-building/

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