Tuesday’s elections are, in some cases, not over: vote early, vote often, folks! Relevant to our chapter, Elizabeth Fiedler won and will be representing the 184th district in the State House! Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato won in PA-34 and PA-21, respectively! We’re building a DSA caucus in Harrisburg! And Kristin Seale’s race is too close to call; Seale is within a few hundred votes with absentee ballots left to count. Considering that the last Democratic nominee lost the 168th by 4,000+, that’s not a bad return.
Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? The “Blue Wave,” depending on who you ask, sort of hit, or sort of didn’t. The House and the Senate went in different directions, which doesn’t happen all that often, so, congratulations to all the Democrats and Republicans out there...
But Tuesday’s elections are, in some cases, not over: vote early, vote often, folks! Relevant to our chapter, Elizabeth Fiedler won and will be representing the 184th district in the State House! Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato won in PA-34 and PA-21, respectively! We’re building a DSA caucus in Harrisburg! And Kristin Seale’s race is too close to call; Seale is within a few hundred votes with absentee ballots left to count. Considering that the last Democratic nominee lost the 168th by 4,000+, that’s not a bad return. Across the country, East Bay DSA’s Jovanka Beckles, in her race against centrist hack Buffy Wicks, is also waiting for the final votes to be tallied. So here’s to hoping. But even if the result doesn’t go our way, we’re so grateful to everyone who canvassed, phonebanked, donated to, or talked to their friends or coworkers about Kristin’s campaign. We brought democratic socialism to Delaware County, and we’re not leaving!
In related news, we have a few newly-elected Democrats in the House of Representatives (Mary Gay Scanlon, Susan Wild, and Madeline Dean) on the record in support of Medicare for All; interestingly, re-elected Senator Bob Casey only believes in “healthcare access” for Pennsylvanians… Wouldn’t it be great if we could change that?
Nationally, DSA members won seats in the Maryland House of Delegates, the New York State Senate, and the Maine State House. Franklin Bynum won a judgeship in Texas. And Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be carrying the DSA banner in Congress! A mixed bag to be sure, but we've got to keep moving. We’ll read the resolutions and amendments backwards and forwards, print off a cheat sheet for Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, show up to the First Unitarian Church on Saturday November 17 at 12:30, vote on the resolutions we believe in, and then, afterwards, get back to the work of building the largest socialist organization in the United States.Best Press Release of the 2018 Cycle
“Scott Walker was a national disgrace.” -- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in response to the Wisconsin governor’s re-election defeat
Our full event list can be found here. Here are some highlights from what’s coming up:
BuxMont Branch: Poli-Ed Film Event Feat. Harlan County USA
Thursday, November 8 | 7:00 pm | Reformed Church of the Ascension | 1700 W. Main St., Jeffersonville, PA
Post-Election DSA Karaoke Night
Saturday, November 10 | 7:30 PM | Adobe Cafe | 1919 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Socialist Night School: Housing
Tuesday, November 13 | 7:00 pm | Bennett Hall, Room 231 | 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
November 17 General Meeting
Saturday, November 17 | 12:30 - 4:00 pm | First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia | 2125 Chestnut Street
At General Meetings, the local assembles to hear reports from projects and committees, set local policy and work priorities, and to debate and vote on resolutions. The assembled membership is the ultimate decision-making body of the local, so participation is crucial.
The general meeting is open to all, but you must be a member in good standing (have paid national dues) in order to vote. Voting members are those who are on the the list provided by national DSA one week in advance of the meeting. Visit www.dsausa.org for more information on becoming a member. Currently, quorum stands at around 200 members. Please make every effort to attend so that we can vote, and encourage all other members that you know to join you!
November GM Resolutions
Amendments to Resolutions
DSA Quizzo Fundraiser
Sunday, November 18 | 7:00 PM | Tattooed Mom | 530 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Marxism Reading Group: Chapter 9-10 Marx's Theory of History: A Defense
Monday, November 19 | 7:30 pm | Chapterhouse Coffee | 620 S. 9th Street
Committee & Branch Meetings
Steering // Outreach // Pol Ed // EEC // LILAC // OCOS // Social // Canvassing // DelCo // BuxMont // Labor
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