Indigenous People's Day | Bulletin

This weekend marks the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day in the city of Philadelphia, which sits on Lenni-Lenape land.

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This weekend marks the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day in the city of Philadelphia, which sits on Lenni-Lenape land. On Monday, October 11, Indigenous People’s Day Philly is hosting a celebration of art, music, and dance at Shackamaxon (Penn Treaty Park) with Indigenous artists, vendors, and Lenape guests. For more information, visit their website. See below for more events you can take part in this weekend leading up to Monday.

IPD Philly opposes the lawsuit against Mayor Kenney’s administration to restore the celebration of Columbus Day. They’re asking for signatures on a petition against this lawsuit and to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are included in further decision-making on related issues.

Please note, Philly DSA is not a cosponsor of these events.

On the calendar
Unless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom. 

Structured Organizing Conversations Training, tonight at 6pm
The Member Engagement Committee will train you on how to have organizing conversations essential to labor, housing, and other deep-organizing work. RSVP

DSA National Housing Justice Commission Training, tonight at 8:30pm
Join the launch of the new training and development arm of the national commission. These skills will be invaluable to tenant organizing in Philadelphia. RSVP

Fall (of Capitalism) Fest, October 9 at 3pm
Celebrate fall with Philly DSA at this family-friendly outdoor event! Events will include pumpkin painting and carving, face-painting, food, and games. RSVP

Green New Deal Commission Open Strategy Session, October 10 at 1pm at Lemon Hill Pavilion in Fairmount Park
Contribute to the strategy of how Philly DSA conducts GND relevant campaigns, with an optional shared meal and social event after. RSVP

Steering Committee Meeting, October 12 at 7pm
Join to hear the Steering Committee discuss issues related to the internal structures, campaigns, and procedures of our chapter. RSVP

Electoral Committee Open Meeting, October 13 at 6pm
Join for updates on questionnaires and endorsements, canvassing, and plans for the 2022 elections. RSVP

  • We encourage Philly DSA members to join Boston DSA in phonebanking for their socialist slate in Somerville! Learn more about DSA's endorsement and sign up to phonebank.
  • If you can't make the meeting but still want to be involved, sign up here.

Political Education: Liberation Theology, October 13 at 7pm
Liberation theology changed the politics of Latin America by merging Christian faith with socialist understanding of the world. Join us to learn this history with the host of the Liberation Theology podcast, Fr. David Inczauskis, SJ. RSVP

New Member Meeting, October 14 at 6:30pm
An introduction to Philly DSA for new members and people thinking about joining. Learn about the local and the many ways you can get involved! RSVP

Member Engagement Committee Open Meeting, October 15 at 6pm
An open meeting of the member engagement committee! Come help plan social events and trainings to help build community in the chapter. RSVP

Communications Committee Meeting, October 18 at 7pm
Discuss our bulletins, working on a new logo and merch, social media strategy, and more. RSVP

Racial Justice Committee Meeting, October 20 at 6pm
Join the work to promote multi-racial solidarity and build an anti-racist foundation in Philadelphia! RSVP

Housing Committee Meeting, October 21 at 8pm
Hear from guest speaker Dennis Culhane, a housing policy expert in homelessness organizing, and discuss ongoing projects including Stomp Out Slumlords tenant organizing. RSVP

Defund the Police Campaign Meeting, October 24 at 12pm
Join a special weekend edition of the Defund the Police Campaign. Discuss campaigns and come with any current events related to policing you'd like to chat about. RSVP

General Meeting, December 11 at noon
Join the Philly DSA membership to decide on the political direction of our organization. RSVP

View the full calendar

Updates from the branches

Delco DSA
Reading Group, October 14 at 7pm
Read and discuss an essay published in Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. RSVP
View all events

BuxMont DSA
New Members Meeting, October 12 at 7pm
Learn about the many ways that you can contribute to building a democratic socialist future in Bucks and Montgomery counties and beyond. RSVP
View all events

This week in unions

  • 1400 Kellogg’s workers are on strike across the country including workers in Lancaster, PA. Members of our Labor Branch are heading to Lancaster on Saturday to join the 1pm rally. If you’re interested in attending, please contact David McMahon ([email protected]), who is helping coordinate rides.
    • If you’re not able to make it but would still like to support, donate to their strike fund.
    • Workers will be on the picket line 24/7 until the strike is over, so if the 1pm rally time doesn't work for you, feel free to head over anyway.

  • A group of Care Workers for Adults with Disabilities in Philadelphia, supported by EWOC, delivered their petition to management last Friday, with demands for better wages, working conditions, and safety. Please boost their posts from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so management knows the eyes of Philadelphia are on them! 
  • In huge news, 90% of eligible IATSE members voted in their strike authorization, and a whopping 98% voted YES to authorize a strike. Stay tuned for ways to support these workers if they do end up going on strike.

To Get Involved: If you’re interested in supporting workers who want to organize, organizing your workplace, supporting workers and unions taking collective action, or in building relationships with rank and file union members and leaders, email [email protected]

On the bulletin

  • Housing Survey: Please fill out the Housing Committee’s survey to map shared landlords and property management companies. Responses will help future tenant organizing efforts.
  • Join us on Slack: If you’re a Philly DSA member and you’d like to join our Slack workspace, please email [email protected]
  • Access our Google Calendar: This public calendar is updated regularly with our chapter’s events.
  • Did you know? You can check out all of our past bulletins on our website.
  • Harassment and Grievance Process: In accordance with Article XIII of our Bylaws, a commission has been formed to receive, process, and review grievances for disciplinary action. To read more about the process or to file a grievance you can do so here.
  • Support Philly DSA! 

What we’re reading

  • No, Progressive Challengers Are Not “Far Left” | Jacobin 
  • Vaccine mandates are key to workplace safety | Strike Wave
  • Philly seeks more rent aid as Treasury looks to reallocate funds | Axios

In solidarity,

Philly DSA

“We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.” - Chairman Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party

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