If you’re one of the 3,500 people (!) who joined DSA since our last bulletin: welcome! If you’re one of the 1,000 nationwide who renewed: welcome back! And, if you’ve been around the whole time: we thank you for your patience.
If you’re one of the 3,500 people (!) who joined DSA since our last bulletin: welcome! If you’re one of the 1,000 nationwide who renewed: welcome back! And, if you’ve been around the whole time: we thank you for your patience. 🙂👍
This is the Bulletin, a biweekly newsletter covering chapter events, local and national campaigns, Philly labor news, and, when we have a horse in the race, electoral politics. Events are a bit lower down (still all virtual; we’re phonebanking with Philly DSA endorsed candidates Rick Krajewski and Elizabeth Fiedler twice a week, and there are some great political education events coming up, including a debate with Matt Bruenig on proposals for a Federal Job Guarantee), but we want to call your attention to one event in particular: How to Make a Membership Ask: Organizing Conversation Training on Sunday, October 25.
If you just joined DSA as part of the DSA100k Recruitment Drive, you know full well how simple it is to sign up. (If you joined a few years ago, you’ll be pleased to hear that national is faster at mailing membership cards now.) Two clicks and you’re a member of the largest and fastest-growing socialist organization in modern American history. Easy peasy, right?
Well, this week, we’re gonna ask just a little bit more of you: talk to somebody about joining DSA. If you’ve been here forever, talk to them about what you do in the chapter. If you just joined, talk to them about why. We made this joke in the Bulletin a couple weeks ago, but, while 100,000 members would be impressive, DSA can’t stop there if we want to affect major political change in this country. How many people would it take to force Congress to pass Medicare for All? A Green New Deal? The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act? And, how are we going to get there?
Hop on the Organizing call to find out. See you then!
Labor Action: Teamsters Local 623 Pickets Next Week
For months UPS has denied workers' demands for hazard pay or other incentive pay for those who have worked through the pandemic. Now they have decided to skip these workers over for raises.
UPS is hiring new workers at the airport facility starting at $16.50/hour –– significantly higher than the normal rate of $14.50/hour. But more senior Teamsters and those at Oregon Avenue will see no raise in their pay. Splitting the wage rate across facilities, and introducing a new rate that is higher than what many more senior workers make, is poison for solidarity. It pits new workers against old while the Company laughs all the way to the bank.
UPS Teamsters in 623 are demanding that the Company raise ALL WAGES to at least $16.50. As one of the largest pandemic profiteers in the world, Big Brown can afford to pay equal wages for equal work.
The Teamsters will be holding rallies at UPS facilities three times next week. We hope to see you there! RSVP here.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19th at 6:30 AM15 E Oregon Avenue UPS Facility
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th at 4:30 PM1 Hog Island Road UPS Facility
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 6:30 AM1 Hog Island Road UPS Facility
Are you a union worker affected by the coronavirus crisis? Are you organizing in your shop or workplace to demand higher safety and sanitation standards? PHLDSA’s Labor Commission is convening a series of calls where representatives from unions in the greater Philadelphia area are discussing and coordinating responses. Email Paul Prescod for more information.
GOTV Canvass for Elizabeth Fiedler Saturday, Oct 17, 24, & 31 | 10-1 and 1:30-4 | Fiedler campaign office(Organized by the Fiedler campaign)
Phonebank for Medicare for All GOTVMonday, Oct 19 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Phonebank for Medicare for AllTuesday, Oct 20 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Marxism Reading Group: Early Theories of ImperialismWednesday, Oct 21 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
How to Make a Membership Ask: Organizing Conversation TrainingSunday, Oct 25 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Virtual
Phonebank for Medicare for All GOTVMonday, Oct 26 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Phonebank for Medicare for All GOTVTuesday, Oct 27 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Marxism and Politics Lecture Series: UBI vs. Federal Job Guarantee DebateWednesday, Oct 28 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Virtual
Racial Justice Commission Open Strategy MeetingWednesday, Nov 4 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual
Delco DSA Reading Group: The ABC’s of SocialismThursday, October 15 | 8:00 pm | Virtual
Communications Committee MeetingMonday, Oct 19 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Delco DSA October MeetingWednesday, October 21 | 7:00 pm | Virtual
Green New Deal Commission MeetingMonday, Oct 26 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
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Philly DSA Bulletin Team
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