Bulletin: GOTV Weekend is Here!

Big news ahead of the June 2 primary as Bernie Sanders has endorsed Philly DSA member Rick Krajewski for PA State House! “Rick Krajewski is a community organizer and educator who is running for the State House in Pennsylvania,” Sanders tweeted yesterday. “If elected, he will put people before profits while fighting to uphold workers' rights, end the war on drugs, and win a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania.”

Big news ahead of the June 2 primary as Bernie Sanders has endorsed Philly DSA member Rick Krajewski for PA State House! “Rick Krajewski is a community organizer and educator who is running for the State House in Pennsylvania,” Sanders tweeted yesterday. “If elected, he will put people before profits while fighting to uphold workers' rights, end the war on drugs, and win a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania.”

If you got a mail-in ballot but haven’t sent it in yet (this is a definite possibility; the state is reporting an “unprecedented” number of mail-in ballot applications), your best option at this point would be to deliver your ballot to your county election office. The city is also setting up dropboxes for mail-in ballots; there’s one at City Hall now, and city officials are hoping to have a dropbox in each council district by election day. Your ballot has to be received by the county election office by 8:00 pm on Tuesday June 2; if it’s not already in the mail, then, if possible, bring it to the county office yourself!

Finally: this is an absolutely positively crucial Get Out the Vote weekend. Philly DSA will be phonebanking for Rick Krajewski, Nikil Saval, and Elizabeth Fiedler this Saturday, May 30, and Sunday May 31. Shifts are available during all (reasonable) hours. Recent endorsements from Bernie (Rick and Nikil), IBEW Local 98 (Nikil), and DSA National (Elizabeth) have given our candidates a major lift heading into the last week, and we’re proud to be part of this coalition of local unions and organizations — our logo looks real nice up there next to Bernie’s. But, it’s not about where you put your logo; it’s about what you’re willing to do. Last winter, our chapter voted unanimously to support these candidates. This weekend, let’s phonebank for them unanimously.

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 a special election for Communications Chair at this GM (last week, we also said Pol Ed, so consider this a correction). Nominations will be accepted through this form until 5/30. 

This Week in Unions

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.

  • Mayor Kenney to Essential Workers: Ask City Council. Mayor Kenney responded to a letter sent by some 30 unions and allied organizations (including this one) which demanded more protections on the job and expanded testing for essential workers. The Mayor replied this week kicking the can to City Council and washing his hands of the issue. A snub to many of the unions largely responsible for his election. Thankfully (though no thanks to Mayor F is for Failure Kenney) legislation in City Council is moving and Philly DSA supports the Essential Worker Protection Act introduced by Councilmember Gym and sponsored by 9 others City Councilors. [Call your councilperson and encourage them to support this bill]
  • On Thursday June 4, Philly DSA will be participating in a social media campaign to push SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards to do the right thing and provide death benefits to SEPTA employees who die from COVID-related illnesses. You can find a social media toolkit here. And on Friday, June 5, we'll be calling SEPTA to make sure they get the message! Check the toolkit for contact numbers and a script  to use.
  • Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art went public with their union last week! Please email visitorservices@philamuseum.org and let museum administration know that you support the PMA union.
  • Next week on Jacobin’s excellent Stay at Home YouTube series, Philly DSA’s Mindy Isser and Paul Prescod are giving a talk on our all-time favorite subject: the USPS and DSA’s campaign to save it. June 1, mark your calendars!

Events

GOTV Phonebanking for Rick and Nikil!
Saturday, May 30 | Shifts available 10:00 am - 5:00 pm | Virtual

Virtual Happy Hour
Wednesday, Jun 3 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Virtual

Marxism and Politics Lecture Series: Corbynism, Sanders, and the Future
Friday, Jun 5 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual

Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1
Wednesday, Jun 10 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Virtual

Philly DSA June 2020 General Meeting
Saturday, June 20 | 1:00 - 3:30 | Virtual

Upcoming Committee Meetings & Branch Events

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, Jun 4 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Virtual

BuxMont DSA: Virtual New Members Meeting
Saturday, June 6 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Zoom

BuxMont DSA: Virtual Happy Hour
Monday, June 8 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom

Member Engagement Committee Meeting
Friday, June 12 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Virtual

Delco DSA Virtual June Meeting
Wednesday, June 17 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom

BuxMont DSA: June Virtual General Meeting
Tuesday, June 23 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Zoom

Announcements

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 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.

 

Stay safe and wash your hands,

Philly DSA Bulletin Team

 

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