A belated Happy Holidays from the Philly DSA Bulletin Squad. When we last left off in the second week of December, Bernie was in second in most national polling averages (RealClearPolitics had him at 16%) and was just starting to show some early-state momentum; now, he’s up to 20% on RCP, he’s in first place in Iowa AND New Hampshire per CBS / YouGov, he outraised the field yet again ($34.5 million this quarter, over five million individual donations total), and he’s got skeptics from Yggy to Cillizza on their heels because, as every national publication suddenly realized over Christmas, “Bernie Sanders could actually win this thing.”
Could win is a long way from winning, though, and if you’ve been on the sidelines, watching the debates, doing Twitter threads about Joe Biden’s crimes, powerlessly watching poll numbers go up and down like weather reports… There’s never been a better time to get involved.
This Saturday at 12:00, at the First Unitarian Church, Philly DSA will be hosting a Bernie for President Policy and Organizing Training specifically designed to turn passive Bernie supporters into committed, trained organizers. Our all-volunteer Canvassing Committee, who have years of experience working on political campaigns and in the labor movement and who have already knocked thousands of doors for Bernie this cycle, will be on hand to walk you through the basics of an organizing conversation and teach you how to address common objections. Our Policy Committee will talk you through Bernie’s 2020 platform, training you to explain to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers why Bernie is the peace candidate, the healthcare candidate, the environmental candidate, the class struggle candidate, and, as more and more people are realizing, the electable candidate with the best chance at beating Trump.
The Iowa caucuses are a month away. Pennsylvania’s in April. If you want to make a difference, come out on Saturday. If you’ve been calling and canvassing already, bring a friend. We all know someone who’s on board with Bernie’s program but, for whatever reason, not yet involved. Now’s the time, folks!
NPC Statement on Iran
Philly DSA echoes the National Political Committee’s statement on the assassination of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani: “As democratic socialists, we reject further war, imperialism and militarism by our government. We oppose a war against Iran, and we call for the lifting of sanctions, the rejoining of the Iran Nuclear deal, and the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq.”
There is a national strategy call with Veterans for Peace’s Rory Fanning and Palestinian-American social justice advocate Linda Sarsour tonight at 8pm; RSVP here if you’d like to participate.
If your union does something cool between Bulletins, let us know on Facebook or Twitter! Also, if you’re a union member and a member of Philly DSA interested in getting involved with our Labor for Bernie work, please fill out this form.
Bernie for President Policy and Organizing Training
Saturday, January 11 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm | Griffin Hall, First Unitarian Church | 2125 Chestnut Street
Bernie 2020 Olney Canvass
Sunday, January 12 | 12:00 - 3:30 pm | 168 W Godfrey Ave
Bernie 2020 South Philly Canvass
Tuesday, January 14 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 1843 S 15th St
Sanders Debate Watch Party
Tuesday, January 14 | 8:00 - 11:00 pm | Gojjo in West Philly | 4540 Baltimore Ave
Why the Teachers' Contract Matters to You
Wednesday, January 15 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | First Unitarian Church | 2125 Chestnut Street
Bernie 2020 Kensington Canvass
Thursday, January 16 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 2543 Kern St
Bernie 2020 Mass Canvass
Saturday, January 18 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | Location TBD | Bridesburg | Childcare will be provided!
Philly DSA for Bernie Quizzo
Sunday, January 19 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm | Tattooed Mom’s | 530 South St
Bernie 2020 Point Breeze Canvass
Monday, January 20 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 1605 S 10th St
Bernie 2020 North Philly Canvass
Wednesday, January 22 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 911 N 16th St
BuxMont DSA: Bernie Democratic Debate Watch Party
Tuesday, January 14 | 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm | Pop Inn | 4 North Main Street, Chalfont, PA 18914
Delco DSA January Meeting
Wednesday, January 15 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Swarthmore Borough Administration Meeting | 121 Park Ave
BuxMont DSA: Paper Member Canvass, Montgomery County
Saturday, January 18 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Timshel Coffee | 104 E Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Delco DSA Bernie 2020 Canvass
Sunday, January 19 | 3:00 - 6:00 pm | 1570 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA
BuxMont DSA: Paper Member Canvass, Bucks County
Sunday, January 19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | The Zen Den | 41 East State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Philly DSA Labor Commission Meeting
Sunday, January 19 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | 4914 Larchwood Ave
Communications Committee Meeting
Monday, January 20 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Location TBD
BuxMont DSA: January General Meeting & Potluck
Tuesday, January 21 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Love in Action United Church of Christ | 350 S. York Rd., Hatboro, PA 19040
Host a Canvass!
Over the past few months, Philly DSA for Bernie has ramped up our canvassing operation and we need your help! Through the Primary we’ll be running smaller, shorter weeknight and weekend canvasses out of members' homes! If you're interested in hosting a canvass at your residence, please fill out this form. We especially need hosts in the North, Northeast, Northwest and Southwest. Please email Vicki at [email protected] with any questions.
Member Surveys: Childcare
The Childcare Committee has prepared an initial survey to assess member needs and interests in order to guide their work. Please take a moment to fill out the survey.
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Harassment and Grievance Process
In accordance with Article XIII of our Bylaws, a commission has been formed to receive, process, and review grievances for disciplinary action. To read more about the process or to file a grievance you can do so here.
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