Last weekend, Philly DSA held our first (unless we’re forgetting something from the dark pre-Bernie days) fully online General Meeting. We voted to organize around the Essential Worker Protection Bill (which just passed today! More on that below) and heard a final report from the Green New Deal Strategy Committee. Nobody’s call dropped mid-sentence, nobody’s cat stepped on their computer keyboard, and we were done with new business ahead of schedule. Overall, though we sorely missed the subtler aspects of a Philly DSA GM — seeing five other members in line for coffee at the 22nd & Market 7/11, picking up every issue of Catalyst from the Pol Ed book table & then putting them back in the wrong stacks because you only have $5, hooting and hollering whenever a speaker says “Bernie Sanders” — the online meeting went about as well as it could have.
The largest chunk of the meeting went to the GND Strategy Committee report and to three related resolutions, all of which passed: a SEPTA Frequency and Route Redesign Campaign, a Philly Green Schools Campaign, and a GND Campaign Evaluation Commission to make sure those campaigns run smoothly and to help us work toward the long-term goals we set at the 2019 Local Convention. The report is on our website, and it’s good reading if you have the time; seven principles of a Green New Deal (in line with our Medicare for All principles), a discussion of tactics and potential allies, and a ton of resources for anyone looking to get involved in our GND work.
With respect to these two campaigns, we’re looking to ramp up member involvement. Are you a member of the Transport Workers Union? The Transit Riders Union? Do you work in or send your kid to a Philadelphia public school? Let us know!
DSA Election Updates
Essential Workers Protection Act Passes!
We want to thank all of our members who made calls and pushed for this bill, Councilmembers Helen Gym and Kendra Brooks for their leadership, and the dozens of local unions involved in the fight to ensure that essential workers are protected. We cannot stop here. Philadelphia's workers need hazard pay, expanded health protections, and safe and sanitary workplaces. We will keep pushing to ensure their are better pandemic protections and strong rights for workers coming out of the coronavirus crisis.
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.
The Case for a Job Guarantee with Pavlina R. Tcherneva
Thursday, Jun 25 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Virtual Home School: The World In Crisis
Tuesday, Jun 30 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1
Wednesday, Jul 8 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, Jul 9 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
POC Virtual Happy Hour
Friday, Jul 10 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Virtual
Virtual Home School: Is Neoliberalism Dead?
Tuesday, Jul 14 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
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Philly DSA Bulletin Team
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