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  • Will we see you on Zoom this Saturday? 👨‍💻 | Bulletin

    Our General Meeting is just 2 days away! Participating in these meetings is the best way to impact the direction of our chapter and engage in discourse with fellow members. 

  • How do you feel about SEPTA busses? 🚌 | Bulletin

    SEPTA’s bus system redesign is getting close to completion, so it’s vital to decide whether and how we want to be involved in it.

  • We're all we've got 🌹 | Bulletin

    The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last week, eliminating our federal right to abortion. This is an attack on all of us, but particularly on workers and people of color who already face barriers to accessing vital reproductive health care.

  • Sip-In with us to support unionizing Starbucks workers! 🧜‍♀️ | Bulletin

    This week, workers at a fifth Philly Starbucks store voted to unionize! 

  • Learn how you can become an abortion clinic escort | Bulletin

    As we await a decision from the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that could overturn Roe, we’re thinking through ways to support people receiving abortions or other reproductive health care.

  • Hone your organizing skills through our Leadership Development Program! | Bulletin

    DSA is an organization of nearly 100,000 people across the country, and more than 1,000 here in Philly. That’s a lot of people power.

  • Join us at Philly Pride! | Bulletin

    Happy Pride! We'll be tabling at PHL Pride 50 this Sunday, which takes place on the 50th anniversary of Philly's first ever Gay Pride Day in 1972. 

  • Learn to organize with us – at home and at work | Bulletin

    This summer Philly DSA’s Housing Committee will host a short training series on structured organizing. Over the course of a short series, we’ll learn about and practice basic organizing skills like: leader identification, mapping a workplace or apartment building, one-on-one conversations, meeting facilitation, and campaign escalation.

  • Checking in

    This week, our bulletin is abridged as we process the results of the election. We hope you’re taking some time to rest. Know that we have a lot to be proud of!

  • Who is Paul Prescod? 🤔 | Bulletin

    You’ve probably heard a lot from us about Paul Prescod over the past few months. If you’re still not sure why his race is such a big deal, if you’re on the fence about getting involved, or if you’re just not sure how to talk to others about Paul, we hope this FAQ helps. 

  • Will things ever be the same again? It's the final countdown…(for Paul Prescod's primary campaign ⏰) | Bulletin

    Can Paul Prescod beat a billionaire-funded, 24-year incumbent to become the next State Senator in the 8th district? The answer is, in part, up to us.  

  • Clean water is a human right! | Bulletin

    Our Green New Deal for Philly Public Schools Campaign is organizing to get the lead out of our schools' drinking water, and you can help us win a vital protection for students and staff.

  • Time is running out to help elect socialists in Philly! ⏰ | Bulletin

    With just 26 DAYS until the May 17th primary, it’s time for us to turn out in full force for our candidates and show this city our power!

  • The City Committee won't decide this election | Bulletin

    Philadelphia’s political machine, the Democratic City Committee, endorsed a challenger running against Philly DSA-endorsed incumbent Elizabeth Fiedler for State Representative in the 184th district. Just a month ago, we learned that the City Committee had done the same to Philly DSA’s other endorsed incumbent, Rick Krajewski.

  • Dispatches from the local - new ways to get involved! | Bulletin

    The Racial Justice Committee is looking for members to join the newly formed Community Action Working Group (CAWG)! The WG’s mission is to create political education and direct action-oriented events focusing on marginalized groups and topics including immigrant rights, decarceration, sex worker rights, LGBTQIA2S+ issues, and more.

  • Your weekly bulletin 💌

    It’s International Transgender Day of Visibility. Today and every day, we celebrate our trans and non-binary comrades and recognize the oppression they still face.

  • Starbucks unions, petitions, & more inside! | Bulletin

    Solidarity is brewing! Starbucks workers around the country are organizing with Starbucks Workers United, and DSA members are here to support them!

  • Help save affordable housing in Philly | Bulletin

    Residents of the University City Townhomes are fighting against rich developers who use the housing market to line their pockets at the expense of the working class.

  • Our Labor Branch wants to hear from you! | Bulletin

    The workplace is a key site of struggle in our fight for democratic socialism! Our Labor Branch has put together a short survey mapping our members’ — that's you — workplaces and interest in union organizing.

  • Delivering Democracy ⭐ | Bulletin

    In November, the Teamsters elected the O'Brien-Zuckerman reform slate. This is the first time a non-Hoffa slate will be at the top of the 1.4 million-member union since the 1990s.

  • Your weekly bulletin

    After a flood of calls and emails from DSA members, City Council’s Finance committee advanced a bill to create the first municipal public bank in the country this winter.

  • Vice Chair elections & next week in events ✨ | Bulletin

    The process to elect a new chapter Vice Chair is underway! We have two excellent candidates in the running, and you can review their candidate statements now.

  • It's been a busy week for Philly socialists | Bulletin

    We kind of have a lot going on right now! So here are a few updates for you about our next General Meeting, Electoral Committee activity, and the state of our We Own PGW campaign...

  • Starbucks stores in Philly are unionizing! ☕ | Bulletin

    The Starbucks unionization efforts have come to Philly! More than 30 stores have filed for union elections so far, and we’re proud to support 2 of them in our city.

  • From Philly to Berlin, Housing is a Human Right | Bulletin

    Our homes don’t belong in the hands of corporations. Though here in Philly, we are seeing corporate landlords have an increased presence, buying and renting homes primarily in Black and brown communities.

  • Demand safety measures in Philly schools! | Bulletin

    Over the last few weeks, we've seen COVID cases spike to levels never-before-seen during the past two years of this pandemic, and at the center of this massive increase in cases are our public schools. 

  • Our next Vice Chair is reading this email 👀 | Bulletin

    Our Racial Justice Committee has a very exciting update on the Ben Fletcher Campaign! A mural of Black labor leader Ben Fletcher has been approved by Mural Arts Philadelphia and Councilmember Squilla with $35k in funding. 🥳🎨

  • Happy New Year from Philly DSA! 🎉 | Bulletin

    Happy New Year! 🎉 In 2021, we welcomed more than 300 new members, hosted over 200 meetings and events...

  • Democrats are building back worse | Bulletin

    If Philadelphians are surprised by the demise of the Build Back Better bill, they probably haven’t been paying close attention to the Democratic Party.

  • Help us win a mural recognizing multiracial labor organizing | Bulletin

    Our Racial Justice Committee has submitted an application to Mural Arts for a riverfront mural to commemorate Ben Fletcher, the history, and the legacy of interracial labor organizing in Philadelphia.

  • 🗳️ Our General Meeting continues - vote now! | Bulletin

    Alongside other members of the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition, Philly DSA has fought for City Council to create the first municipal public bank in the country. DSA members now have the opportunity to make that vision a reality.

  • T-minus 2 days until our General Meeting! 🚀 | Bulletin

    The rundown: Important links for Saturday’s General Meeting are in your inbox under “General Meeting Important Links.” If you can’t find them, email [email protected] ASAP. You’ll need them to vote on Paul Prescod’s endorsement and our chapter resolutions. 

  • Happy Strikesgiving | Bulletin

    The rundown: Our General Meeting is coming up, and all the links you’ll need are below. The Electoral Committee has decided to refrain from voting on endorsements for State House races until redistricting is complete. 

  • 11.18.21 Bulletin

    The rundown: Philly DSA members held a demonstration in support of ending the blockade on medical supplies to Cuba; we’re rallying today at 4pm in front of the Board of Ed meeting to demand repairs to our toxic schools; and on Saturday, we’re heading to Lancaster with Baltimore DSA to support Kellogg’s workers who are still striking. Details below!

  • BDS, endorsements, and merch...oh my! | Bulletin

    We’ve got a lot coming up, including events on Palestinian solidarity, chapter endorsements, and a t-shirt design contest. Read on! 

  • Socialism is coming to a city near you | Bulletin

    Tuesday was a great Election Day for DSA and our movement. In races across the country, DSA candidates proved that socialism can win anywhere. 💪 

  • Spook the bosses with worker solidarity 😱 | Bulletin

    Though we’re nearing the end of Striketober, workers aren’t done standing up to the boss’s spooky scare tactics!

  • Striketober is here 🎃👻 | Bulletin

    Striketober is here and it sure is SCARY for the bosses! 👻 Workers all over the country are fed up after working through a pandemic and being deemed essential in name only.

  • Stand in solidarity with your neighbors - in Philly and NNJ | Bulletin

    In this week’s bulletin, we’re highlighting two exciting Philly DSA initiatives: canvasses in North New Jersey with Joel Brooks and a survey to support our tenant organizing.

  • Indigenous People's Day | Bulletin

    This weekend marks the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day in the city of Philadelphia, which sits on Lenni-Lenape land.

  • Did you miss our GM? | Bulletin

    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! 

  • We must protect community land | Bulletin

    Sheriff Sales are public auctions of foreclosed homes and lots, seized when homeowners can’t pay their mortgages or property taxes. Many of these lots provide green space, play areas, and community gardens throughout neglected parts of our city. This process is one of the principal ways the ruling class seizes homes and community spaces that belong to Black and Brown, working-class Philadelphians.

  • Green schools, public banking, and better buses... | Bulletin

    The time to escalate the Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign is now!

  • Our power is local | Bulletin

    Working people have been handed some tough losses at the Supreme Court over the past few weeks; it both lifted the federal eviction moratorium and silently laid waste to the remnants of Roe v. Wade. We should all feel rage that because of the whims of an unelected, conservative, and capitalist Court, more families will find themselves thrown out of their homes and fewer people will be able to access abortions.

  • Labor Day

    Today, let Labor Day serve as a time for socialists to reflect on the efforts of workers in Philadelphia and beyond to build working class power. 

  • Rally at Masterman School today

    Today, Masterman PFT members will be reporting to work outside of their building, refusing to enter a dangerous facility.

  • General Meeting info inside 💌

    DSA is a democratic organization in which the general membership is the highest decision-making body. Philly DSA members propose, debate, and vote on our organization’s direction at our General Meetings.

  • National Convention update! 🌹

    This weekend, 25 delegates from Philly DSA attended the National Convention, where 1,300 comrades met virtually to debate and decide the political direction of our organization for the next two years.

  • 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.

  • Support the WHYY Union, demand a GND, and more! 👇

    Philly DSA is teaming up with State Senator Nikil Saval, the Philadelphia Teachers Union, and local building trades unions to support a Green New Deal for Public Schools.

  • Supporting the Victims of Hurricane Ida

    Philly DSA expresses solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Ida.

  • Bulletin: Democracy is Complicated

    Democracy is complicated, and unfortunately for readers who enjoy the bulletin’s normal political fare, we have been forced to turn most of this bulletin over to preparations for the Philly DSA convention.

  • Bulletin: Convention-eering

    Today we bring you a special Bulletin, as Philly DSA prepares for our biennial Local Convention, scheduled for June 26-27.

  • Bulletin: Re-elect Larry Krasner

    The Philly DSA Steering Committee and Electoral Committee would like to express support for Larry Krasner in the May 18 Democratic primary election for Philadelphia District Attorney.

  • Bulletin: May Day

    It’s springtime in Philadelphia, and that means the High Holiday of International Socialism has arrived: May Day.

  • Bulletin: A People's Budget

    Yesterday, Mayor Kenney announced his 2021 city budget, which, according to WHYY, “looks to boost city services and avoid layoffs while simultaneously accelerating cuts to business and wage taxes.”

  • Bulletin: All Eyes on Bessemer

    We spoke with Mindy Isser, union member, writer, and member of the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC), about the upcoming union vote at the Amazon Warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

  • Bulletin: What a difference a year makes

    It’s February 29, 2020. Krystal Ball is speaking to a packed First Unitarian Church to kick off our quarterly general meeting.

  • Bulletin: Yo, Joe! Where’s our money?

    Senate Democrats spent the past month organizing a big impeachment trial against former President/Ex-Twitter user Donald Trump.

  • Bulletin: Pass the PRO Act

    In March 2009, then-Vice President Joe Biden gave a surprisingly decent speech to the AFL-CIO’s annual conference in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. The EFCA was one of Obama’s key campaign promises; by allowing unions to form via “Card Check,” instead of forcing secret NLRB elections, the bill would have made it much easier for workers to organize.

  • Bulletin: Austerity for thee but not for me 🏀

    We’re a few bizarre weeks into 2021, and the search for hope in the face of massive financial and health crises continues. And yet from an unexpected figure comes a different tune: Adam Silver, commissioner of the 30-team NBA, has hinted that it may be time to expand the league. What’s going on there?

  • Bulletin: Meet the EWOC!

    We’ve got something a little different this week: an interview with Max Bienstock of DSA’s Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), a joint effort between DSA and United Electrical, Radio, & Machine Workers of America (UE).

  • Bulletin: End-of-year Resolutions (on Zoom)

    This Sunday is — and we know, we mentioned this last week — our last general meeting of 2020, maybe the worst (and surely the strangest) year in recent memory. What started with a bang goes out with a mask-muffled whimper.

  • Bulletin: Bi-weekly Poster

    We’re back with some great news: the guest speaker for our December General Meeting is none other than award-winning journalist and former Bernie Sanders speechwriter David Sirota!

  • Bidentin: Don’t Forget That Joe Biden Hates You

    “I beat the socialist” Joe Biden told WLUK Wisconsin in September. “Look at my career — my whole career. I am not a socialist.” We know, Joe; the socialist would’ve won the general by twenty.

  • Bulletin: Rest in Power, Walter Wallace Jr.

  • Bulletin: Organizing Convo Training & Teamster Pickets

    If you’re one of the 3,500 people (!) who joined DSA since our last bulletin: welcome! If you’re one of the 1,000 nationwide who renewed: welcome back! And, if you’ve been around the whole time: we thank you for your patience.

  • Bulletin: Another Example of Bad Things Happening in Philadelphia

    You know, we here at the Bulletin swore to our editors that this week’s edition wouldn’t have debate content. “Who’s even watching the debate?” we said.

  • Bulletin: One Billion DSA Members

    Yes, we see you, Matt Yglesias, and we raise you one: not only will there be One Billion Americans, but they will all join DSA, they will all sign up for local dues, and they will all be on the call for Philly DSA’s October General Meeting.

  • Bulletin: Labor Day, Every Day

    It’s the first Thursday of September, which means that this weekend is the first weekend of September, which of course makes this Monday our official pick for the best day of the year: Labor Day! Celebrated in the United States since 1887, Labor Day honors the history of the American labor movement in the best possible way: by giving us a day off work.

  • Bulletin: APWU National Day of Action This Saturday

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we here at the Bulletin love the United States Postal Service.

  • Bulletin: Call Your Reps About the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act!

    How’s it going, Philly? We’re somehow twenty-one weeks into quarantine, and things are no closer to “normal”: we’re still seeing 800-some new COVID cases a day, unemployment is still historically high, there are hurricanes, tornadoes, the China seeds... This guy ordered rosemary, but he got a dang squash instead! A China Squash!

  • Bulletin: The Nicest Thing We’ll Ever Say About New York

    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.

  • Bulletin: Medicare for All in the Era of COVID-19

    This week, we got a reminder of what it felt like to care about the Presidential race when Democratic nominee Joe Biden sat down for a long-awaited interview with activist Ady Barkan. “Do you see a future where health insurance is no longer tied to employment?” Barkan asked Biden on their video call, released Wednesday. “Will America ever have a single payer system where healthcare is guaranteed as a human right?”

  • Bulletin: Committing to a Green New Deal

    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.

  • Bulletin: Election Results Forthcoming, but Our Fingers are Crossed

    We’ll open with some good news: on Tuesday, the same day Philly DSA rallied with local sanitation workers calling for PPE and hazard pay, Mayor Kenney’s office announced that they were removing the $14 million increase to police spending from their proposed 2021 budget.

  • Special Bulletin: What Philly DSA Can Do

    The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others are an outrage. Worse still, these horrific acts of state violence are not isolated incidents. We live in a vastly unequal and oppressive society that violates any reasonable standard of justice and decency. As socialists, we know that moral outrage is not enough. We fight to build a better world by attacking the root causes of racial and economic inequality. Only by organizing the vast majority of people in society—working people—can we contest the power that is in the hands of a few.

  • PHL DSA's Statement: Against Police Violence and Austerity, For Worker Power

    We are outraged at George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Floyd’s killing and similar acts of violence stem from the brutalities and inequalities of U.S. society.

  • Bulletin: GOTV Weekend is Here!

    Big news ahead of the June 2 primary as Bernie Sanders has endorsed Philly DSA member Rick Krajewski for PA State House! “Rick Krajewski is a community organizer and educator who is running for the State House in Pennsylvania,” Sanders tweeted yesterday. “If elected, he will put people before profits while fighting to uphold workers' rights, end the war on drugs, and win a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania.”

  • Bulletin: Virtual General Meeting June 20

    We have some updates about the June 2 Democratic Primary, courtesy of the Inquirer, and while it’s unclear what kind of stay-at-home order will be in place for Philly by then, we know one thing for sure: “This June 2, election day,” said city commissioner Lisa Deeley, “it’s not going to look like any election day we have ever seen before.” For last year’s municipal elections, Philadelphia had 831 polling places open. On June 2, we’ll be down to 190 polling places. If everyone votes in person, that’ll mean longer lines, higher wait times, and an increased risk of catching — or spreading — COVID-19.

  • Bulletin: "Operator, Get Me Mayor Kenney on the Phone"

    As some states around the country begin making moves toward prematurely ending lockdowns, Pennsylvania remains under a stay-at-home order until at least May 8. For those of us working safely from home, that’s all well and good; for those of us in frontline sectors like healthcare, transportation, and logistics, these promises that workers will be “kept safe” have started to ring hollow.

  • Bulletin: We pick ourselves up and we go again

    Two years of writing this Bulletin every other week, and this is undoubtedly the hardest one to start: Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the presidential race. In some other, more just universe, this email would be urging you to help get out the vote on April 28 for a primary that we had every chance of winning; in this universe, instead of the immediate possibility of a socialist taking executive power in the United States, we have a 15% unemployment rate and something called Zoom.

  • Bulletin: The Fight for Hahnemann

    Our old pal Joel Freedman is back in the news this week as the city of Philadelphia struggles to cope with the novel coronavirus and attendant public health crisis. Freedman, you’ll recall, is the vulture capitalist who, just last summer, shut down 500-bed Hahnemann University Hospital, seemingly in hope of capitalizing on several blocks of valuable Center City real estate. Now, with the hospital sitting vacant (and a huge tax break coming from the Senate’s COVID relief bill), Freedman is demanding upwards of $1 million a month in rent for the city to use Hahnemann as a crisis center. “I think he is looking at this as a business transaction,” Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy told the Inquirer on Monday as negotiations over the hospital came to a halt, “rather than providing an imminent and important need to the city and our residents.” 

  • Bulletin: Organizing from Quarantine

    Day four of the Philly COVID-19 quarantine, and everything has gone topsy-turvy. The courts are closed, as are the state liquor stores, and the Department of Elections may well be next. “Obviously, we want to keep people safe,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a press conference on Monday, “so to the extent that the state needs to move the April 28 date to another date, other states have already done this, Pennsylvania is certainly taking that into consideration.” As soon as we know what’s going on, you’ll know what’s going on; in the meantime, apply for a mail-in ballot, just in case. It takes less time than reading this email, and when election day comes (if it ever comes), you’ll be able to vote for Bernie from the comfort of your own home.

  • Bulletin: PA Is Going To Matter

    Jacobin’s Matt Karp didn’t sugarcoat it, and neither will we: Sleepy Joe Biden won Tuesday night. He didn’t win decisively, and, depending on how big a lead Bernie ended up with in California, we might not even end up that far behind in pledged delegates, but the primary, which might’ve been a Super Tuesday coronation for Bernie Sanders, the best, most electable candidate the Democrats have, is now all-but-guaranteed to be contested until the July convention. We pick ourselves up, and we go again.

  • Bulletin: February GM feat. Krystal Ball & Candidate Endorsements

    After an, uh, interesting week in the 2020 Democratic primary, the Bulletin is excited to offer an unambiguously exciting announcement: our guest speaker at this month’s General Meeting (Saturday February 29, a blessed Leap Day) is none other than The Hill’s Krystal Ball!

  • Bernie-tin: The Iowa Caucus Edition

    The next time we at the Bulletin write to you will be February 6, 2020. By then, those of you who are braving the Iowa cold next weekend will be back home. The polls, promising as they have been lately, will be a speck in our rear window. Iowa votes in eleven days, and from then on, votes and pledged delegates will be the only things that matter.

  • 2020 Is Ours To Win

  • Bulletin: Last General Meeting of 2019!

    It’s that special time of year - In just a few days we’ll be hosting our last General Meeting of 2019! Listen to committee reports about everything happening in the chapter, and hear from special guest Richard Hooker, secretary-treasurer elect of Teamsters Local 623, about the winning #623LivesMatter slate earlier this fall. After the General Meeting business, we’ll jingle and mingle at our winter fundraiser and celebration. As always, let the kids tag along & hang out with the Childcare Committee, for an all-new Kiddos Socialist Reading Program. The full agenda can be found on our website! And, whatever you do, don’t forget to...

  • Thanksgiving Bulletin: Doing the Mayor Pete Dance With Your Uncle

  • Bulletin: Socialism Wins at the Ballot Box

  • Boo-lletin: Vote for Kendra and Nic on Nov 5!

  • Bulletin 2019-10-17: Striking Teachers and Bernie’s Momentum

    The strike wave that has been building power across the country over the past few years has washed ashore once again in Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot’s negotiation team was unable last night to agree to the reasonable demands of the 25,000 member Chicago Teachers Union and nearly 7,500 school support staff from SEIU Local 73.

  • Bulletin: UAW Recap and SC Transition

    Philly DSA’s new Steering Committee will be convening its first meeting on October 16, where, among other things, they will be voting on the composition of our new permanent committees (Communications, PolEd, Member Engagement, and Electoral) and charting the course for how the local will undertake the Platform Priorities we voted on at our 2019 Convention (Building a Green New Deal, Electing Bernie and Socialist Legislators, Recommitting to Medicare for All, and Labor For Bernie and Organizing in Our Unions). We here at the Bulletin would like to wish the incoming SC the best of luck over the next two years and give a fond farewell to our outgoing Steering Committee, whose guidance and leadership has helped us build the Local we have today. Onward!

  • Bulletin: September GM Recap, UAW Strike, Bernie Canvass

    First, a recap for those who weren’t able to make it out to last Saturday’s General Meeting: After an introduction from PASNAP rank & file nurse Marty Harrison and a couple procedural votes (outgoing SC reports were accepted, the Canvassing & Our City Our Schools Committees were renewed, the Labor Branch’s role was codified under the new bylaws, and the Standing Rules for the local were officially adopted), we got to the new business of the day: the establishment of a Green New Deal Strategy Committee and the endorsement of two Working Families Party candidates for City Council, Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke.


    We’re a little more than a week out from our fall General Meeting, and as always we’ve got a packed agenda. Our guest speaker this time around is Marty Harrison of PASNAP. As anyone who’s been following the fight to save Hahnemann University Hospital can tell you, PASNAP has been on the front lines since day one. Harrison, a long-time single payer advocate, a Labor Notes contributor, and the editor of the Temple Hospital Nurses newsletter, will be catching us up on what happened over the summer and speaking on what we can do now.

  • All In on Bernie

    Last weekend, we held our second Bernie Sanders canvass of the summer. This one was in sunny Germantown, and turnout was, by all accounts, incredible: fifty-plus canvassers, nine of whom were canvassing for the first time, knocked an estimated 1,300 doors Saturday afternoon, taking our 2020 primary total to ~3,000 doors of our 200,000-door-by-April-28th target. And it’s only August!

  • Bulletin: Save Hahnemann Action

  • Bulletin: “Bernie: Season Two is Great”

    We can’t speak for everyone, of course, but we here at the Bulletin have never before been this excited for a Presidential primary debate. Bernie’s been on a tear lately, between his bill to cancel all student debt (and his cheeky Warren-esque debt calculator), his uncompromising push to stop the US from going to war with Iran, and his continued usage, maybe unprecedented, of his campaign email lists to mobilize strike support and warn immigrants of upcoming ICE raids.

  • Bernie OSM 5/23/19 Notes

    On May 23, Philly DSA hosted its first Open Strategy Meeting to begin discussing our Chapter's approach to the Bernie 2020 Campaign. The notes from our first discussion can be found here. We hope that other chapters engaging in Bernie work will find this useful. Anyone who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of this campaign should email [email protected] to get in touch with the moderators of each section and learn more! You can also get in touch with Melissa (via the gmail) to find out more about the campaign as a whole.

  • Bulletin: Bernie Open Strategy Meeting Tonight!

    Our main plug this week is for the Bernie Open Strategy Meeting tonight. For those new to OSM’s, it’s going to be an open (members and non-members welcome!) discussion between attendees about how we can win the city for Bernie in 2020. Winning Pennsylvania isn’t going to be easy; Philadelphia County went for Hillary in 2016, and with Joe Biden headquartering his campaign here in Philly, we’ll certainly have a lot of doors to knock.

  • Bulletin: Union Updates & Officer / Committee Nominations

    The Philly DSA Steering Committee would like to express its support of Adrian Rivera-Reyes candidacy, a DSA member who is currently running for an At-Large seat in the City Council race.

  • Local Convention Nominations and Platform Submissions Are Open!

    Today, we are opening: Nominations for Philly DSA 2019-2021 elected positions (officers, permanent committee chairs, at-large Steering Committee members) Submissions to the Philly DSA 2019-2021 Political Platform Nominations for Delegates to the 2019 DSA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Bulletin: May Day Picnic This Saturday! Striking Stop & Shop Workers Get the Goods

    We here at the Bulletin (*extremely Bernie Sanders voice*) have the belief, “and there’s nothing radical about it,” that the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, and groups like it, should not exist. PAHCF want, and they’re very explicit about this, to maintain the current system of employer-provided health insurance in which outcomes fluctuate wildly by income and your boss can, for example, just decide that you don’t have dental, vision, or prescription coverage in your health plan. They spent $143 million lobbying in 2018, a good amount of which (who can say, really?) seems to have gone toward stopping single-payer.

  • Bulletin: Do Attend (the Local Convention)

    You can feel it in the air, almost; the trees in West Philly are blooming a little brighter, the dogs in Fairmount are wagging their tails a little faster, and the Social Committee Chair is diligently filling the Kensington dumpster pool in an early effort to win reelection to the new Member Engagement Committee. Yep, it’s the Local Convention, folks, and we love it.

  • Bulletin: CCP Votes to Strike, NPC Votes to Endorse Bernie

    Semi-breaking news courtesy of the Bulletin Squad: last night, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia voted enthusiastically and overwhelmingly to strike (the vote, according to FSFCCP’s Twitter, was 98% for). This strike vote comes after three years (!) of negotiations; the university’s “best and final” offer would’ve forced already-overworked CCP faculty to teach a 5/5 courseload in exchange for insufficient raises and higher out-of-pocket costs for health insurance. The walkout could begin as soon as next week.

  • Bulletin: Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, Bernie, and more!

    Philly DSA’s Labor Branch and Local Initiative and Local Action Committee were at City Hall this morning for a press conference with Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance as they introduced the Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in City Council.

  • Bulletin: Election Recap + GM Next Week

    Tuesday’s elections are, in some cases, not over: vote early, vote often, folks! Relevant to our chapter, Elizabeth Fiedler won and will be representing the 184th district in the State House! Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato won in PA-34 and PA-21, respectively! We’re building a DSA caucus in Harrisburg! And Kristin Seale’s race is too close to call; Seale is within a few hundred votes with absentee ballots left to count. Considering that the last Democratic nominee lost the 168th by 4,000+, that’s not a bad return.

  • November GM Amendment Report

  • 10/24/18 Class Math + GM Resolutions

    “If the 99% voted, the 1% wouldn’t matter” – West Philly bumper sticker, spotted on Sunday afternoon just off Woodland We here at the Bulletin know that, between stalled applications, restrictive voter ID laws, and voter roll purges across the country, it’s unfortunately not that simple.

  • 10/11/2018: There's a Specter Haunting Philly

  • 9/27/2018: 40 Days from Election Day

    We’re nearly 40 days away from election day! Members have been canvassing for Kristin Seale bi-weekly since June, and now we’re gearing up for weekly canvasses as GOTV and election day approach. Whether you’ve been coming out every weekend, or have been meaning to get involved, here are some ways you can contribute to our campaign and help send another great socialist candidate to office!

  • Bulletin 9.13.2018 - New Philly DSA Website, Medicare for All Canvass, and More!

    September is a busy month for Philly DSA, with an upcoming Medicare for All canvass, labor solidarity actions, a rebooted Night School, and an exciting discussion co-hosted with 350 Philadelphia, where we’ll talk about howmovements like DSA and unions can band together to fight for a Green NewDeal.

    At a Glance:

    • New Member Meeting, September 15
    • Solidarity with Mondelez-Nabisco Workers, September 15
    • Port Richmond Medicare for All Canvass, September 16
    • Socialist Night School, September 18
    • Temporary Harassment Grievance Policy Hearing, September 19
    • A Green New Deal: Why the Left Can Lead on Climate Change, September 20
    • Less than 100 Days to the Election: Kristin Seale Canvass, September 29
    • YDSA Organizing Drive


  • Bulletin 8.30.2018 - Opportunities + Less than 100 days til election day

    We have the numbers, but our interventions are only effective when we are mobilized for collective action.

    At a Glance:

    • Less than 100 Days to the Election: Kristin Seale Canvass, September 8
    • Local Dues Drive, August 30
    • Labor Solidarity: Stand with Philly Teamsters!, September 4
    • OCOS Coordinating Committee Inaugural Meeting, September 5
    • Philly DSA Museum Night, September 5
    • New Member Meeting, September 15
    • Socialist Night School, September 18
    • Temporary Harassment Grievance Policy Hearing, September 19
    • YDSA Organizing Drive

  • Bulletin 8.16.2018 - Upcoming fights + a year in review

    This August marks a year since the historic 2017 DSA National Convention in Chicago. Since then, it’s become even clearer that socialism is coming to the mainstream, and that DSA is poised to channel popular momentum into real political projects.

    At A Glance

    • Philly DSA/Solidarity Day School, August 18
    • Kristin Seale Canvass, August 19
    • New Members Meeting, August 25
    • Dues Drive Phone Bank & Movie Night, Aug 30
    • OCOS Coordinating Committee Inaugural Meeting
    • Happy Hour and Art Museum Night
    • Committee Meetings
    • Accommodations, Accessibility and Childcare
    • Parliamentarians and Local Dues
    • Buxmont DSA: Upcoming Events

  • Bulletin 8.3.2018 - Updates + an election to win

    November 6th is only three months away, and we have a rare and exciting opportunity to unseat an incumbent Republican and send an exceptional and principled Democratic Socialist woman -- Kristin Seale -- into office in Harrisburg. It’ll be a hard fight, but we can make it happen if we all commit to carrying through our endorsement by turning out as Kristin Seale’s ground game for canvassing voters in DelCo.

    At A Glance

    • Update: General Meeting Results
    • Medicare for All Weekend of Action, August 11-12
    • Kristin Seale Canvass, August 19
    • Upcoming Direct Actions: Anti-ICE and Labor Solidarity
    • Philly DSA/Solidarity Day School, August 18
    • New Members Meeting, August 25
    • Women, Trans People, and Non-Binary People Happy Hour
    • Committee Meetings
    • Accommodations and Accessibility
    • Parliamentarians and Local Dues


  • Open Letter To City Council

    We write on behalf of the people of Philadelphia to urge you to pass resolution 180251 in support of S. 1804, otherwise known as the Medicare-For-All Act.

  • Bulletin 2.8.2018 - General Meeting

    Our February 10 General Meeting is almost here! At General Meetings, the Local assembles to hear reports from projects and committees, set local policy and priorities, and to debate and vote on resolutions.

    At A Glance

    • General Meeting THIS SATURDAY Feb 10

    • Upcoming Night School and Capital Reading Group

    • Philly DSA Be My Comrade Post-Valentines Karaoke Night Feb 17

    • The Left and Labor Panel Feb 26

    • Medicare for All Canvas Mar 3

    • Committee Reports and Meetings

    • Medicare for All Open Strategy Meeting Recap

    • Local Dues


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