Though we’re nearing the end of Striketober, workers aren’t done standing up to the boss’s spooky scare tactics!
Though we’re nearing the end of Striketober, workers aren’t done standing up to the boss’s spooky scare tactics! This past Sunday, SEPTA workers voted to authorize a strike, which will commence if no agreement is reached by the time their contract expires. This means members of TWU Local 234 could go on strike as soon as midnight on Monday, November 1st. ⏰
As Philadelphians, we rely on the hardworking members of TWU Local 234 to get around the city. And as socialists, we stand with them in their fight for a strong contract. Throughout the pandemic, bus drivers and subway operators have kept this city running at great personal risk, while upper management worked from the comfort and safety of their homes. At least 10 SEPTA workers have died from COVID, and while dealing with tragedy, their families were denied death benefits.
TWU members were applauded by SEPTA as heroes, but now that these heroes want management to put their money where their mouth is, SEPTA is silent. Philly DSA unequivocally supports SEPTA workers and will be out on the picket line with them in the event of a strike. Sign up to support the workers and spook management by committing to a shift on a picket line or to providing other kinds of strike support. 💪
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Accessibility Committee Meeting, today at 6pmJoin the first official meeting of the committee! Discuss the current state of accessibility in Philly DSA and how we can make our organizing more accessible. All are welcome.
Socialism 101, October 29 at 7pmWhether you are brand-new to political education or might be interested in a refresher on the basics, this will be a deep-dive into the fundamentals of Socialist political thought.
Canvass for North New Jersey DSA candidate Joel Brooks! October 30 at 12:30pmPhilly DSA is joining NNJ DSA to canvass for labor organizer and candidate for Jersey City Council Joel Brooks. Transportation will be arranged.
Member Engagement Committee Meeting, October 31 at 3pmJoin this regular meeting of the Member Engagement Committee to talk about event planning and our holiday fundraiser. All are welcome!
Night School: Should Socialists be Populists? November 3 at 7pmIs left populism the way out of neoliberal dystopia, or just another symptom of it? At this session of night school, we’ll debate the concept of left populism.
Housing Committee: What is Tenant Organizing? November 4 at 8pmDiscuss the skills and theory involved in organizing with your neighbors to win better housing conditions together. Hear about our ongoing Stomp Out Slumlords campaign to help organize renters at the building level and how you can get involved.
Spiral Q Peoplehood Parade and Art Build, November 4, 6West Philly radical puppet theatre organization Spiral Q is having their annual Peoplehood Parade on Sat Nov 6 from 1-3pm! Philly DSA’s Racial Justice Committee and Member Engagement Committee are co-sponsoring our participation in the parade. We encourage our members to attend and join in representing Philly DSA during the march. Please plan to arrive between 12-12:30pm. The parade will march from the Paul Robeson house (4951 Walnut St) to Clark Park.
Electoral Committee Open Meeting: Pre-endorsement and Candidate Meeting, November 17 at 6pmThis meeting will cover everything related to our questionnaire and endorsement timeline ahead of the December GM, where the entire DSA body will vote on endorsement in the 2022 primary. The Research and Education subcommittee will present their findings on candidates, districts, win-numbers and overall campaign viability. There will also be candidates present, who will speak to why they believe Philly DSA should endorse them. You won’t want to miss it!
Phonebank for Boston DSA’s endorsed candidates in SomervilleThe Electoral Committee encourages you to sign up for a phonebank to support Boston DSA’s candidates for Somerville City Council. If elected, they will make up the first majority-democratic socialist city council! You can also donate if you can’t make calls. ☎️
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Updates from the branches
Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition Meeting, October 29 at 5pmJoin this strategy session to discuss ways to end school lunch debt, specifically in the Bristol Borough School District.
Socialism 101: Understanding Capitalism, November 1 at 7pmDiscuss an excerpt from Vivek Chibber’s “Understanding Capitalism” on how the elements of capitalism benefit only those in control of production and exploit those who sell their labor.
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