Bulletin: Election Results Forthcoming, but Our Fingers are Crossed

We’ll open with some good news: on Tuesday, the same day Philly DSA rallied with local sanitation workers calling for PPE and hazard pay, Mayor Kenney’s office announced that they were removing the $14 million increase to police spending from their proposed 2021 budget.

We’ll open with some good news: on Tuesday, the same day Philly DSA rallied with local sanitation workers calling for PPE and hazard pay, Mayor Kenney’s office announced that they were removing the $14 million increase to police spending from their proposed 2021 budget. 

It’s a start, but, in a city that spent $726 million on policing last year but only $234 million on public health, it’s not enough. We have to keep the pressure up. This Saturday, socialist and antiracist organizations, including us, Reclaim, New Sanctuary Movement, and the Caucus of Working Educators, are holding a rally at City Hall at 12:00 pm. We’re calling on the mayor, who’s more than happy to tweet “Black Lives Matter,” to show us he believes black lives matter -- by defunding the Philadelphia Police Department and spending on the social services that really protect our community. 

If you’re in good health and feel safe attending, we hope you’ll make it. We’ve already shown that we can force this budget to change. Let’s see how far we can go.

Election Results Forthcoming, but Our Fingers are Crossed

Three months ago, with the presidential election looking grim and quarantine measures beginning to go into effect across the city, our Canvassing Committee made the difficult decision to suspend in-person doorknocking and to instead prioritize phonebanking for endorsed candidates Rick Krajewski, Nikil Saval, Elizabeth Fiedler, and, of course, Bernie Sanders. At the time, we didn’t know when Pennsylvania would vote or whether there’d be an in-person election at all, and no one could predict how these downballot primaries would go. All we could do was call people, call more people, and hope for the best.

Well, last Tuesday was the mail-in ballot deadline, and so far, both Rick Krajewski and Nikil Saval have significant, maybe insurmountable leads; if the last remaining mail-in ballots follow these trends, there will be three Philly DSA members in PA state government next year.

This is in no small part due to the ten thousand (10,000!) phone calls Philly DSA made through our weekly phonebanks. To everyone who helped out, thank you so much. Hopefully we can all get drinks and high-five each other someday.

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.

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.

  • On Tuesday, June 9, hundreds of sanitation workers and their supporters (including Philly DSA members) rallied in LOVE Park for hazard pay, PPE, enforcement of workplace safety standards, testing for all essential workers, and fully-funded public services.
  • Library workers in AFSCME are moving a petition to kick the National Guard out of the city's public libraries. Sign here!
  • The Philadelphia Art Museum is hiring a union-busting law firm as its employees seek to unionize with AFSCME D.C. 47.
  • This Friday, the Law and Government committee of City Council will meet to hear testimony on amending the Philadelphia Code by adding new worker protections for coronavirus. All committee members should get phone calls: Cherelle Parker (chair), Derek Green, David Oh, Helen Gym, Curtis Jones, Jr., Brian O’Neill, Cindy Bass, Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and Mark Squilla.
  • Virtual Medicare for All Town Hall with Rep. Brendan Boyle June 17th @7pm: IATSE local 52 and other Philadelphia film unions will be hosting a town hall event with Congressman Brendan Boyle and rank-and-file members of IATSE 52, IATSE 600, United Scenic Artists 829, and Teamsters 817.The conversation will be focused on Taft-Hartley multi-employer healthcare plans (common in film and television, building trades, seasonal workers, and other sectors), so this event isn’t intended just for IATSE members only. We’ll have more info coming shortly, including how to link to the event. Work in the film industry? Help these organizers out by filling out this survey. 
  • Finally, MLS is back, and Your Philadelphia Union are training hard (several, including right-back Ray Gaddis, in I Can’t Breathe t-shirts memorializing George Floyd) for a 26-team Orlando-based tournament kicking off July 8.


Member Engagement Committee Meeting

Friday, Jun 12 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Virtual

Member Engagement Chair Office Hours

Saturday, Jun 13 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Virtual

Communications Committee Meeting

Monday, Jun 15 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Virtual

Happy Juneteenth: POC Virtual Happy Hour

Friday, Jun 19 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Virtual

June General Meeting

Saturday, Jun 20 | 1:00 – 3:30 pm | Virtual

Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

Wednesday, Jun 24 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Virtual

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 24 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Virtual

Branch Events

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


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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