We have some updates about the June 2 Democratic Primary, courtesy of the Inquirer, and while it’s unclear what kind of stay-at-home order will be in place for Philly by then, we know one thing for sure: “This June 2, election day,” said city commissioner Lisa Deeley, “it’s not going to look like any election day we have ever seen before.” For last year’s municipal elections, Philadelphia had 831 polling places open. On June 2, we’ll be down to 190 polling places. If everyone votes in person, that’ll mean longer lines, higher wait times, and an increased risk of catching — or spreading — COVID-19.
Fortunately, you can still apply for a mail-in ballot, but not for much longer; the deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 26, a week from Tuesday. Click here to easily, simply, and painlessly apply for a mail-in ballot online, or, if you’re a “phone guy,” call 1-877-868-3772 to apply over the phone.
Philly DSA-endorsed candidates are on the ballot across the city: Elizabeth Fiedler is running for reelection in the 184th House District, Nikil Saval (recently endorsed by Bernie Sanders!) is taking on the establishment in Senate District 01, and Rick Krajewski is running to succeed Jim Roebuck in West Philly’s 188th. We’ve made the case for these candidates time and time again, and now, only weeks away from a totally unpredictable primary, we’re once again asking for your help. Vote by mail, make calls this weekend, and, of course, vote for Bernie Sanders.
Philly DSA General Meeting: Saturday, June 20... online
Our next General Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 1 PM, and due to restrictions on large gatherings we’ll be meeting virtually. RSVP and look out for updates as the meeting gets closer. We’ll be holding special elections for two Steering Committee members at the meeting: Communications Chair and Political Education Chair. Nominations will be accepted through this form until 5/30.
Today at 6:30 pm, Philly DSA is hosting our annual State of the Union, a forum aimed at building and strengthening connections between socialists and organized labor. The topic this year is, as it almost has to be, health and safety: Labor in the Era of Covid-19. Click through for a Zoom link, and we’ll see you tonight!
Are you a union worker affected by the coronavirus crisis? Are you organizing in your shop or workplace to demand higher safety and sanitation standards? PHLDSA’s Labor Commission is convening a series of calls where representatives from unions in the greater Philadelphia area are discussing and coordinating responses. Email Paul Prescod for more information.
Philly DSA State of the Union: Labor in the Era of Covid-19Thursday, May 14 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Virtual
Phonebanking for Rick and Nikil!Saturday and Sunday, May 16 - 17 | Shifts available all day | Remote
Virtual Happy HourWednesday, May 20 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Virtual
DSA Policy and Organizing TrainingThursday, May 21 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | Virtual
Phonebanking for Rick and Nikil!Saturday and Sunday, May 23 - 24 | Shifts available all day | Remote
New Members MeetingSunday, May 24 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Virtual
Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1Wednesday, May 27 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Virtual
Communications Committee MeetingMonday, May 18 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual
BuxMont DSA: May Virtual General MeetingTuesday, May 19 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom
Delco DSA May MeetingWednesday, May 20 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Virtual
Policy Committee MeetingWednesday, May 27 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Virtual
Member Engagement 1:1s
Would you like to talk about your experiences in the chapter, or how you can get more involved? Schedule a meeting with a member of the Member Engagement committee!
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Harassment and Grievance ProcessIn 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.
Stay safe and wash your hands,
Philly DSA Bulletin Team
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