A Green New Deal for Public Schools and more next week 🤝

We have the opportunity to both rebuild our city’s schools to be safe and modern, and to create the building blocks of a Green New Deal.

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We have the opportunity to both rebuild our city’s schools to be safe and modern, and to create the building blocks of a Green New Deal. The Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, introduced by Representative Jamaal Bowman, would invest $1.4 trillion over ten years in public schools and would create 1.3 million good, green, union jobs in the public and private sector, primarily in the education and construction sectors.

In a panel organized by our own Labor Branch and moderated by Dr. Akira Drake Rodriguez, Philly DSA-endorsed state Senator Nikil Saval, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers member Kate Lundeen, President of the citywide Philadelphia Home and School Council Shakeda Gaines, and other stakeholders to be announced will discuss Representative Bowman’s legislation, what it means for labor, and what DSA members can do to support it. 

Register for this event here, and read on for more updates this week. 

On the calendar
Unless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.

  • Philly Schools Need a Green New Deal, August 12 at 6pm; Join to hear about how we can fix Philly's toxic schools and discuss Rep. Bowman's legislation. Register here
  • Racial Capitalism Series: Racial Capitalism, Climate Change, and Epidemiological Crises, August 10 from 6-7:30pm; Don't miss the third and final session with Dr. Yarish covering climate change and COVID-19 in Philadelphia, as documented by artists. RSVP for session three here
  • The first Steering Committee meeting of the new term will be August 10, from 7:30-9pm; Register here 
  • Marxism Reading Group: Reform or Revolution, August 11 from 7-9pm; The summer series continues with a discussion of strategy for socialist movements. RSVP here
  • Housing Committee Meeting, August 12 at 8pm; Join us to discuss legislative updates, potential housing campaigns, and more here
  • Member Engagement Committee Meeting, August 15 at 8pm; Join if you're interested in internal organizing and event planning. RSVP here
  • New Members Meeting on August 17 from 6-7:30pm; Join if you're new to DSA, new to Philly, or just looking to hear about what's going on in the chapter. RSVP here
  • Socialist Summer School: Politics, August 18 from 7-8:30pm; we'll be using Peter Camejo's "Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action" to guide our discussion of democratic socialist politics. Register here
  • Cookout! August 22 at 3pm; Keep your eyes peeled for a location announcement for this social event open to all, including kids and non-members. More information here

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On the calendar with BuxMont DSA

  • Political Education, August 9 at 7pm via Zoom; Register here to discuss ecology and Marxism, and the exploitation of both labor and soil

View the full BuxMont calendar

On the Bulletin

  • Complete the National DSA Membership SurveyThis will help us map our membership and get a better read on who we are and how we can organize. Psst, there's also a leaderboard, and we need Philly to come out on top, obviously
  • Action item from the Canvassing Committee: We are asking constituents of Rep. Dwight Evans to send him a letter showing that his constituents believe health care is a human right and urge him to support the Medicare for All Act of 2021. Letters can be written here
  • There's still time to apply to become a permanent committee member. These members vote on committee business and act as leaders within the committees. Fill out this form to apply
  • More interested in data? Contact our Secretary Harinee at [email protected] to talk about managing our internal data. Those with CRM and data system experience are highly encouraged to reach out!
  • DSA National is launching a BDS Night School. Palestinian liberation has a home in all DSA chapters, and National is teaming up with top organizers and speakers on the movement to educate our membership. No prior knowledge of BDS is required. Sign up and reserve your spot here
  • Support Philly DSA
  • 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.

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Philly DSA

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