Bulletin: “Bernie: Season Two is Great”

We can’t speak for everyone, of course, but we here at the Bulletin have never before been this excited for a Presidential primary debate. Bernie’s been on a tear lately, between his bill to cancel all student debt (and his cheeky Warren-esque debt calculator), his uncompromising push to stop the US from going to war with Iran, and his continued usage, maybe unprecedented, of his campaign email lists to mobilize strike support and warn immigrants of upcoming ICE raids.

We can’t speak for everyone, of course, but we here at the Bulletin have never before been this excited for a Presidential primary debate. Bernie’s been on a tear lately, between his bill to cancel all student debt (and his cheeky Warren-esque debt calculator), his uncompromising push to stop the US from going to war with Iran, and his continued usage, maybe unprecedented, of his campaign email lists to mobilize strike support and warn immigrants of upcoming ICE raids.

Of course, most people don’t follow politics closely enough to know about all this, but among those who do, Bernie’s rising in the polls and is showing yet again that he’s the only candidate capable of building a mass working class movement to defeat Trump.

Philly DSA’s hosting a debate watch party in the Parish Room of the First Unitarian Church tonight. Bring your friends, whether they’re Bernie bros, Bernie-curious, or just normal people who like yelling at the TV. Starts at 8:00 pm, goes until Marianne Williamson is done doing.. that thing she does. See you there.

Congrats to Tiffany Cabán and NYC-DSA!

On Tuesday night, our friends in New York City DSA pulled off another huge electoral upset. Socialist Tiffany Cabán, a DSA-endorsed public defender, beat machine candidate Melinda Katz in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney on a platform of ending mass incarceration and prosecuting corporate crimes instead of low-level misdemeanors. Here’s Oren Schweitzer in Jacobin on what Cabán hopes to accomplish in office:

“As district attorney, Cabán will be able to wield the power of the state against mass incarceration and police militarization, hopefully in ways similar to Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner. These policies can drastically diminish the burden of day-to-day indignities and brutalities inflicted by the carceral system on working-class communities, as well as mitigate its financial impediments and emotional traumas.”

A Semi-Personal Plea for Some Money

Philly DSA is sending twenty-five (25) delegates to this year’s National Convention. That’s great! Travelling is expensive, and none of us are paid wages commensurate with the value we create for our employers; that’s less great.

We’ve run one fundraiser already, and we’re planning another (a comedy show on July 13), but in the meantime, consider making a donation via this link. Money raised will offset registration, travel, and accommodations costs for our delegates. We want to keep their out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible. Donate if you can, share if you can’t, and solidarity forever.

This Week in Unions

If your union does something cool between bulletins, let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Caregivers at nursing home chain ManorCare’s Yeadon, PA facility formed a union two years ago, but management at the notoriously anti-union company are still (!) refusing to recognize the union. Sign their petition here (thanks for the heads-up, Delco DSA).
  • Hahnemann Hospital announced it is closing but workers and patients are demanding the State step in to keep the historic institution open. PASNAP is leading the charge and a coalition of unions fighting to keep Hahnemann open.
  • Faculty and staff at Temple University are holding a rally at the Temple Board of Trustees meeting (Tuesday July 9, 3:15 pm) after last month’s attempts at early settlement ended in a series of “highly objectionable” proposals from administration. RSVP here if you can come!
  • “Is the (Domestic Worker Bill of Rights) legislation likely to pass? Yes,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer, “though much can change before its passage.” Follow the PA Domestic Workers Alliance to learn how you can help pass a clean, strong bill.
  • Employees at online furniture retailer Wayfair walked out Wednesday over sale of the company’s furniture to government contractors operating concentration camps on the US-Mexico border. Purely political strikes are rarer than strikes over wages or grievances, making this a development to watch; if we actually want to abolish ICE, we’re going to have to do it through organized labor.
  • Finally, your first-place Philadelphia Union drew 1-1 against New England on Wednesday night. They play New York City FC on Saturday, who, like every other sports team from New York, can (fun) right off.

Events

Bernie Sanders Debate Watch Party 
Thursday, June 27 | First Unitarian Church, Basement | 2125 Chestnut St

Delco DSA June Meeting
Thursday, June 27 | Penn Pines Park | 820 E Providence Rd, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19036

Pan-Leftist Assembly
Saturday, June 29 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Love in Action United Church of Christ | 350 S. York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040 

BuxMont DSA Ecosocialist Garden Picnic & Hike
Sunday, July 7 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Norristown State Hospital Community Garden | 1001 Sterigere St, Norristown, PA 19401

Marxism and Politics Reading Group
Monday, July 8 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Chapterhouse Cafe | 620 S 9th St

Fairmount Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 9 | 6:30 pm | Lorraine | 1502 Brown St

Comedy Fundraiser: Help Send Our Delegates to the DSA Convention
Saturday, July 13 | 8:00 pm | 5213 Grays Ave Room 228

Summer Night School: Capital
Tuesday, July 16 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | First Unitarian Church | 2125 Chestnut St

Bernie Sanders Canvass!

Saturday, July 20 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm | South Philly

RSVP for Details

Marxism and Politics Summer Lecture Series: Dan Lutz on Socialist Planning
Monday, July 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | First Unitarian Church, Parish Room | 2125 Chestnut St

Announcements

Host a Canvass!

The Philly DSA Canvassing Committee will be running smaller, shorter weeknight and weekend canvasses out of members' homes and in order to do this, we need people to volunteer their houses and apartments as launch locations!  Please email Vicki at victoriaannfleck@gmail.com with any questions. If you're interested in hosting, please fill out the form below:

 

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Member Surveys: Childcare

At our November 2018 General Meeting, the local established a childcare committee in order to implement more consistent childcare practices for the organization. The committee has prepared an initial survey to assess member needs and interests in order to guide their work. Please take a moment to fill out the survey:

Childcare Survey

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Local Dues - support our campaign work and cover everyday operating costs like meeting space // Contribute to Philly DSA PAC - help fund our independent electoral campaigns // Accommodations, Accessibility, Childcare - let us know what you need to stay involved // Moved away from Philly? - update your address on the DSA national database.

 

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