Tuesday was a great Election Day for DSA and our movement. In races across the country, DSA candidates proved that socialism can win anywhere. 💪
In Somerville, Massachusetts, the Boston DSA-endorsed “Sidewalk Socialism” slate won 4 of their 7 races and doubled their numbers on Somerville City Council.
Our comrades in Twin Cities DSA helped pass a referendum on rent control for both Minneapolis and St. Paul and elected three socialists to Minneapolis City Council — making it the largest socialist bloc in any local government in the country. This is a monumental shift for Minneapolis; the epicenter of last year's George Floyd protests will now have three socialists on city council committed to a radical reimagination of policing in this country.
Down in Florida, Pinellas DSA elected teacher and community organizer Richie Floyd to St. Petersburg City Council. This is the first time in nearly 100 years a socialist has been elected in Florida! Floyd and our comrades in Pinellas DSA worked tirelessly to bring the movement to the South. At least 25 candidates endorsed by our National Electoral Committee won on Tuesday.
If you’re interested in replicating these inspiring wins here in Philadelphia, join our upcoming Electoral Committee meeting on November 17 at 6pm. 🗳️ We’ll cover everything related to our candidate questionnaire and endorsement process ahead of the December GM, when the Philly DSA membership will vote on endorsements for the 2022 primary. Candidates will be present to speak about why they think Philly DSA should endorse them. You won’t want to miss it!
Reminder: Resolutions for our December General Meeting are due on November 20! Please refer to our Standing Rules and/or attend Buxmont DSA’s Resolution Writing Workshop 📝 tonight at 7pm for more information on this process.
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Housing Committee: What is Tenant Organizing? Tonight 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 (November 6) and Art Build (today!)West Philly radical puppet theatre organization Spiral Q is having their annual Peoplehood Parade on Saturday, November 6 from 1-3pm, cosponsored by Philly DSA’s Racial Justice and Member Engagement Committees. We encourage you to attend and represent Philly DSA during the march. Please plan to arrive between 12-12:30pm, with a meetup spot on 50th and Walnut (look for the red DSA banner). The parade will march from the Paul Robeson house (4951 Walnut St) to Clark Park. If you would like more information about the parade, please contact Aurora Muñoz ([email protected]).
From the River to the Sea: The History of the Palestinian Liberation Movement, November 7 at 1pmUnderstanding the history of Palestine and Israel is paramount to chart the way forward to Palestinian Liberation. Philly DSA and the DSA BDS Working Group will host Rabbi Alissa Wise and Sumaya Awad to learn about this history. ✊
Education Justice Committee Meeting, November 7 at 3pmJoin to learn more about our current work on facilities conditions, public school funding, school board accountability, and support for parent organizing.
Green New Deal Commission Meeting, November 8 at 6pmJoin for a special Green New Deal 101 for new members at 6, or join for our regular meeting at 6:30.
Red Rabbits and Socialist Organizing, November 11 at 8pmJoin our Defund the Police Campaign and panelists from DSA chapters in Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, and DC to talk about direct action and engaging in mass movements.
Philadelphia Rent Control Coalition: Virtual Philly Tenant Power Weekend, November 12-13The Philadelphia Rent Control Coalition is gathering virtually for a weekend discussion of the state of housing and tenant organizing across our city. Join them for conversations about mutual aid, youth and housing, organizing your block, and more!
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Updates from the branches
Resolution Writing Workshop, November 4 at 7pmWant to write a resolution for a campaign, project or committee but don’t know how? We’ll walk through general information on resolutions, followed by the process of writing, getting feedback, and preparing to motivate them.
Anti-Privatization (Towamencin Sewer) Strategy Session, November 9 at 7pmJoin an interactive strategy session on how we can expand on the work we and our coalition of partners in Neighbors Oppose Privatization Efforts (NOPE) have been doing to stop Aqua PA.
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