This past Sunday, our membership convened virtually for our September General Meeting. With your help and patience, we were able to test out a new voting system used first used at the National Convention. To the more than 160 members who took on the challenge and learned the new system: thank you!
Before jumping into new business, we heard a report-back on the August National Convention from Francisco, who shared highlights from guest speakers to the election of a new National Political Committee. (For more, register for the full report-back this Sunday.) We also took a moment to support the Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign as Nafis led us in a phone zap to our representatives. After a quick Robert’s Rules training, our permanent committee chairs reported on their activity since the last GM. View the Treasurer/Secretary reports and our GM presentation.
Two exciting new resolutions passed after much debate: R1, Building Rank and File Support for a GND through Popular Education, and R2, Create a “We Own Philadelphia Gas Works” Campaign to demand that the publicly owned entity be accountable to the people and our future. Keep an eye out for ways to get involved with these projects. Several other resolutions were referred to the Steering Committee due to time restraints.
This was the first General Meeting led by the 2021-2023 Steering Committee, and we’d love your feedback. Please direct thoughts, suggestions, and concerns to our #general channel in Slack. You can also view the General Meeting minutes if you missed us.
We hope to see you at our next General Meeting on December 11 at noon! Don’t forget to RSVP early to stay in the loop.
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Defund the Police Campaign Meeting, October 1 at 6pmJoin this monthly meeting to discuss an upcoming Red Rabbits Training, an upcoming referendum on policing, and more. RSVP
Worker Cooperatives: Worker Power and Autonomy, October 1 at 7pmThe Political Education Committee will explore the basic ideas and theory behind worker co-ops in this discussion with Dr. Shahram Azhar, Assistant Professor of Economics at Bucknell University. RSVPEducation Justice Committee Re-launch Meeting, October 3 at 3pmJoin to hear what the Our City Our Schools Coalition has planned around the fight for safe school facilities, discuss our plans for this next year of organizing, and find out how you can get involved! RSVP
National Convention Report-back, October 3 at 4pmJoin our 2021 NatCon delegation for a report on how DSA’s highest deliberative body made political decisions for the organization back in August. RSVP
Night School: What is Capitalism?, October 6 at 7pmWe all know what we're up against: capitalism! But what exactly is capitalism? Is it a thing, a system, or something else? Join the discussion. RSVP
Structured Organizing Conversations Training, October 7 at 6pmThe Member Engagement Committee will train you on how to have organizing conversations essential to labor, housing, and deep-organizing work. RSVP
Housing Committee: What is Tenant Organizing?, October 7 at 8pmJoin a special meeting to discuss the skills and theory involved in organizing to win better housing conditions with your neighbors. We'll also talk about our ongoing Stomp Out Slumlords campaign and how you can get involved. RSVPFall (of Capitalism) Fest, October 9 at 3pmCelebrate fall with Philly DSA at this family-friendly outdoor event! Events will include pumpkin painting and carving, face-painting, food, and games. RSVP
Green New Deal Commission Open Strategy Session, October 10 at 1pm at Lemon Hill Pavilion in Fairmount ParkContribute to the strategy of how Philly DSA conducts GND relevant campaigns, with an optional shared meal and social event after. RSVPSteering Committee Meeting, October 12 at 7pmJoin to hear the Steering Committee discuss issues related to the internal structures, campaigns, and procedures of our chapter. RSVP
Electoral Committee Open Meeting, October 13 at 6pmJoin for updates on questionnaires and endorsements, canvassing, and plans for the 2022 elections. RSVP
Political Education: Liberation Theology, October 13 at 7pmLiberation theology changed the politics of Latin America by merging Christian faith with socialist understanding of the world. Join us to learn this history with the host of the Liberation Theology podcast, Fr. David Inczauskis, SJ. RSVP
New Member Meeting, October 14 at 6:30pmAn introduction to Philly DSA for new members and people thinking about joining. Learn about the local and the many ways you can get involved! RSVP
Racial Justice Committee Meeting, October 20 at 6pmJoin the work to promote multi-racial solidarity and build an anti-racist foundation in Philadelphia! 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. RSVPView all events
BuxMont DSAPolitical Education, October 4 at 7pmHear about ongoing projects, organizational structure, and the many ways that you can contribute to building a democratic socialist future in BuxMont and beyond. RSVP
Bucks Tenant Solidarity Meeting, October 6 at 6pmJoin a coalition group made up of Lower Bucks for Change, Bucks County Socialists, and BuxMont DSA organizing to form a tenants union. RSVPView all events
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