Big news out of New York this week as the latest ballot counts have every member of the DSA For the Many state candidate slate, many of whom looked like long shots on election night, ahead with 100% of districts reporting. We’d like to offer our strongest possible congratulations to our friends in NYC-DSA.
Big news out of New York this week as the latest ballot counts have every member of the DSA For the Many state candidate slate, many of whom looked like long shots on election night, ahead with 100% of districts reporting. We’d like to offer our strongest possible congratulations to our friends in NYC-DSA. They’ve built an incredibly impressive electoral machine in the two years since Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez won her primary, and this year, with Jamaal Bowman joining AOC in the House and five socialists heading to the New York State Senate and State Assembly, they’ve proven beyond doubt that DSA can contest elections at every level and win. Every DSA chapter across the country should be taking notes!
Closer to home, as part of our SEPTA Frequency and Route Redesign Campaign, Philly DSA is calling on our members to join Senator Bob Casey’s upcoming Transit Talk on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:00 pm. This crisis has undoubtedly been hard on SEPTA, with many regular riders avoiding the buses and subways for months on end, and without massive federal investment, one of PA’s few true public goods could be under threat. Get on the call on Tuesday to harangue our reluctant Senator about spending money on the subway system.
Finally, like everyone on the American Left, Philly DSA was saddened by the sudden death of journalist Michael Brooks this week. To quote from Micah Uetricht at Jacobin:
“He meant so much to so many of us in left media — not just because his politics were good, or because of his deep commitment to true internationalism, but also because he was a genuinely wonderful person. Michael was incredibly sweet, caring, and hilarious, a genuine joy to speak to and be around. He was one of the best human beings I’ve ever met, and I still can’t think about the world without him without tears coming to my eyes.”
Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
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.
Policy Committee MeetingThursday, Jul 23 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Marxism and Politics Lecture Series: The Right to StrikeThursday, Jul 23 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Virtual
Member Engagement Committee MeetingFriday, Jul 24 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual
Virtual Home School: Crashing the PartyTuesday, Jul 28 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
New Members MeetingThursday, Jul 30 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Canvassing Committee MeetingTuesday, Aug 4 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual
Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1Wednesday, Aug 5 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
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