Alongside other members of the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition, Philly DSA has fought for City Council to create the first municipal public bank in the country. DSA members now have the opportunity to make that vision a reality.
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Alongside other members of the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition, Philly DSA has fought for City Council to create the first municipal public bank in the country. DSA members now have the opportunity to make that vision a reality. Councilmember Derek Green took up the coalition’s call and introduced a public banking bill that has a hearing in the finance committee on Monday, December 13 at 10am. We need our comrades' voices in the fight to make Philadelphia the first city in the country to break the power of Wall Street by creating a public bank. 🏦
The bank would take tax-dollars currently invested in Wall Street and instead fund projects that benefit our city’s residents. It would focus investments on working class neighborhoods and communities of color that have historically been denied banking services and access to credit. The bank could fund the reconstruction of our toxic school buildings, green infrastructure projects that create union jobs while reducing carbon emissions, permanently affordable housing, and the creation of worker cooperatives and Black and Brown small businesses – among a long list of potential projects. And we can do this while ending the city government’s reliance on Wall Street banks that overcharged us hundreds of millions in fees, but continue to get contracts to issue new bonds.
To win these investments and a future not governed by private capital, we’ll need every comrade to raise their voice in unison and urge our City Councilmembers to pass this bill. You can learn how to call, email and post at the relevant Councilmembers by using this toolkit.
I’m proud to fight alongside all of you for a future where public investments are determined by the needs of the people – not the profit margins of Wall Street.
–Greg Windle, Philly DSA member and representative on the Public Banking Coalition
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Philadelphia Troublemakers School with Labor Notes, December 11 at noonJoin Philly DSA, Labor Notes, and Philly-area unionists for a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions to put some movement back in the labor movement. The goal is to help workers get active in resisting management attacks—and taking the fight on the offensive. In other words: to make “good trouble.”
Member Engagement Committee Meeting, December 12 at 3pmA regular meeting of the Member Engagement Committee. We'll be planning winter social events and assessing our internal organizing initiatives.
Political Education Committee Meeting. December 12 at 6pmJoin to discuss ongoing events and plan future events. This is a great place to get involved with organizing specific events you're interested in.
Electoral Finance Subcommittee Meeting, December 14 at 5pmDiscuss campaign finance, compliance, and fundraising.
We Own PGW Open Strategy Session, December 15 at 6pmJoin a facilitated strategy session to help shape the plan to win a fossil-fuel free PGW that provides Philadelphians with ample, good, green union jobs!
Night School: The Labor Movement, December 15 at 7pmJoin us whether you're new to DSA or an expert Marxologist. Night Schools are open to all, regardless of previous experience. There are no assigned readings.
Housing Committee Open Meeting, December 16 at 8pmJoin us for our final meeting of 2021 to discuss our ongoing projects, such as Stomp Out Slumlords tenant organizing and the city-wide legislative campaign for rent control.
School Funding: A Socialist Analysis & Discussion (EJC), December 19 at 3pmA discussion on the fundamentals of public school funding from a socialist perspective, facilitated by committee member and education policy professor Dave Backer.
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Updates from the branches
Delco DSAMarch for Fanta Bility, December 11 at 1pm, Academy Park High SchoolThe family of Hasein Strand will be having a march in Sharon Hill for Fanta and the two teens, AJ & Hasein, who are being charged with first degree murder. Sign the petition to hold the officers who killed Fanta accountable.
Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition Meeting, December 10 at 5pmThe BCLDC was formed to raise awareness of school lunch debt and empower local residents to collectively seek ways to end this problem, so no student goes hungry or feels ashamed for needing food. The goal is to end the lunch debt crisis in PA and eventually the country. 🥪BuxMont General Meeting, December 12th at 5pmHear reports from working groups and committees, discuss and debate the upcoming actions and events of the branch, and vote on resolutions proposed by the membership.
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General Meeting DigestHere are the highlights from last weekend’s GM. You can also view the full minutes.
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