The time to escalate the Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign is now!
The time to escalate the Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign is now! The House and Senate Committees are voting on how to allocate the $3.5 trillion slated for the reconciliation package, with a final vote on the package taking place on 9/27. So far, there are 49 co-signers of Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s Green New Deal for Public Schools bill, but only Rep. Boyle from Philly has signed on to it. That means we’ve got to keep up the pressure on Rep. Dwight Evans to do his part and sign the bill, and continue pushing Democratic leadership to ensure it isn’t watered down.
To pressure Rep. Evans, we’ve set a goal of 1000 signatures for our petition. It sounds like a big number, but we can do it together! Have you signed yet? After that, you can sign up to help us text and call our comrades in Philly DSA this Sunday at 2pm and this Wednesday at 7pm.
If you’re all fired up, don’t miss out on the national phonebanks starting on 9/16 at 8pm. Lastly, get involved with the campaign to stay updated on upcoming actions and events! Email [email protected] to stay in the loop.
-Nafis H., Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Philadelphia Public Bank Visioning Summit, September 18 at 1pm Join Philadelphia's Public Banking Coalition to discuss the legislation in City Council that would make Philly the first city to create a public bank, and help develop our collective vision for how the bank can break the power of Wall Street while investing in projects that benefit local communities. Register for the virtual summit for a Zoom link.
Green New Deal for Public Schools Phonebank, September 19 at 2pm and September 22 at 7pmCall and text parents, teachers, and DSA members to support Jamaal Bowman's Green New Deal for Public Schools legislation. RSVP
Communications Committee Meeting, September 20 at 7pmJoin to hear about the committee’s subgroups including design and writing; discuss how best to communicate the chapter’s projects and vision. RSVP
Housing Committee Meeting, September 23 at 8pmDiscuss our ongoing tenant organizing through the Stomp Out Slumlords campaign, think through new canvasses for the fall, plan a new housing reading group, and more! RSVP
LILAC x Philly Bail Fund Expungement Clinic Call-a-thon, September 21 at 6pmJoin members of the Racial Justice Committee to make calls to people with withdrawn or dismissed cases to promote an expungement clinic run by the Philly Bail Fund. RSVP
Better Busses Canvasses, September 19th (Pier 70) & September 23rd (Frankford)Join members of the Green New Deal Commission and Transit Forward Philadelphia to canvass riders at the bus stop about their SEPTA experiences and collect responses for the Better Busses survey. Learn more here, and email [email protected] to sign up for a two-hour shift.
General Meeting, September 26 at noonJoin the Philly DSA membership to vote on the political direction of our organization. View the resolutions up for consideration here and RSVP
Defund the Police Campaign Meeting, October 1 at 6pmJoin this monthly meeting to discuss an upcoming Red Rabbits Training, possible involvement in an upcoming referendum on policing, and the latest news from around the country. RSVP
New Member Meeting, October 14 at 6:30pmAn introduction to Philly DSA for new members and people thinking about joining the local. Learn about the local and the many ways you can get involved! RSVP
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Updates from the branches
Delco DSAReading Group, October 14 at 7pmRead and discuss an essay published in Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. RSVP View all events
BuxMont DSASocialist Social, September 17 at 7pmNew members are especially encouraged to join a discussion of socialism in the suburbs and virtual games. RSVP
Political Education, September 22 at 7pmA regular meeting of the Political Education program. Check back for reading materials and RSVP
BuxMont General Meeting, September 24 at 7pmHear reports from working groups and committees, discuss and debate the upcoming actions and events of the branch, and vote on resolutions proposed by the membership. RSVPView all events
This week in unions
To Get Involved: If you’re interested in supporting workers who want to organize, organizing your workplace, supporting workers and unions taking collective action, or in building relationships with rank & file union members and leaders, email [email protected].
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“It is not enough to say that we support equity, diversity, and progress, it is time for us to invest in these values. We are facing multiple crises - including climate, housing, COVID, and white-supremacy - and we need transformational policies to meet the urgency of the moment.” - Boston DSA member and candidate for Somerville City Council, Tessa Bridge
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