Events

NOTICE: Because of coronavirus precautions, all in-person events are being held virtually until further notice.

  • 04
    APR

    Phonebanking for Rick, Nikil and Bernie!

    REMOTE

    As the Bernie campaign and our down-ballot candidates have canceled their canvassing operations due to COVID-19, we are canceling all in-person Philly DSA canvasses until further notice.

    However, YOU CAN STILL HELP BERNIE AND THESE CAMPAIGNS WIN BY IDENTIFYING SUPPORTERS VIA PHONE BANKING!

    We are asking that all individuals who were planning on canvassing commit to 3 hours of phone banking, with 1.5 hours devoted to the Bernie dialer and 1.5 hours devoted to a down-ballot candidate’s call list.

    The Bernie dialer is open for upcoming states and this is the best way that we can assist the campaign at this critical moment. You can also help the campaign by using the BERN app, in which you directly match all your friends, family members, and coworkers to their voter record and record their support level for Bernie.

    We'll also be phone banking for Rick Krajewski and Nikil Saval. RSVP below and we'll be in touch with details.

    We understand that this is a difficult, frustrating, and scary time for many. However, as exit poll after exit poll have shown, a majority of voters support Medicare for All and the need for a universal healthcare system has never been clearer. We need to take advantage of this opportunity. 

    RSVP for details on how to join a remote phonebank during any of the available shifts. We'll have short trainings, plus it's easier to make calls when you know you're not at it alone!

  • 06
    APR

    Green New Deal Strategy Committee Meeting

    Virtual Meeting

    A regular meeting of the Green New Deal Strategy Committee.

    Virtual Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/683227438 / Meeting ID: 683 227 438, Call-in number: +1 646 558 8656

  • 08
    APR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Virtual

    This series is taking place via Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 629 494 8176
    Reading: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)


    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

  • 08
    APR

    Virtual Happy Hour

    Zoom Call

    Got the COVID-19 Indoor Blues? Join us for our first virtual happy hour event.

    Join the Zoom Meeting: https://dsausa.zoom.us/j/806342501

     

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    Meeting ID: 806 342 501
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  • 09
    APR

    Steering Committee Meeting

    Zoom meeting

    The Steering Committee administers the affairs of the Local and oversees the implementation of the decisions of the General Meetings; it may also create policy in-between Local Conventions. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Philly DSA members, although only Steering Committee members have voting privileges.


    This is now taking place via a Zoom meeting; RSVP for information.

  • 10
    APR

    Sanders, South Carolina, and the Mystique of the “Black Vote”

    Join PHL DSA, Labor for Bernie, and Jacobin for a virtual panel as part of Jacobin's Stay at Home series.

    According to political pundits, the South Carolina primary marked the end of Bernie's political revolution. Joe Biden’s flagging campaign unexpectedly returned to frontrunner status following victories in South Carolina and several other Southern states, leading the mainstream media to declare that the “black vote” had rescued Credit Card Joe. But, even in states Biden won, strong majorities of Democratic voters registered their support for Medicare for All, free higher education, and even “socialism” itself. How do we make sense of an electoral landscape where Sanders’ issues are winning, but the candidate himself is not? What function does the mystification of race play in American politics, and how do we move beyond the harmful narratives surrounding a monolithic “black vote”? Join PHL DSA, Labor for Bernie, and Jacobin for a discussion with Adolph Reed Jr., Willie Legette, and Cedric Johnson, moderated by Michael Brooks.

    Adolph Reed Jr. is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Organizer for the Debs-Jones-Douglas Institute’s Medicare for All-South Carolina campaign. Cedric Johnson is an Associate Professor of African American studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Willie Legette is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at South Carolina State University and Lead Organizer for the Debs-Jones-Douglas Institute’s Medicare for All-South Carolina campaign. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Brooks, host of a weekly politics and culture analysis podcast, "The Michael Brooks Show," and author of Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right 

  • 11
    APR

    Bernie for President Policy and Organizing Training

    REMOTE

    This event will take place via a Zoom meeting — details to come!


    Come learn more about Bernie Sanders and find out how to talk to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even total strangers about why his ambitious, transformational platform - especially to address the coronavirus pandemic and economic depression - is the best option for working people!

    The presidential primary campaign has been overshadowed by the coronavirus panedemic, but Bernie has taken the initiative, as he says, “trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die.” We’ll focus on how he's using his platform to fight for the right to healthcare and for a bailout for working people, and how his rescue package differs from what Biden and Trump have proposed.

    We'll learn how to have a productive organizing conversation, whether you're interested in phone banking for Bernie, organizing your fellow union members to push for an endorsement, persuading your co-workers to support the campaign, or winning a debate against the Twitter trolls, this training will give you the tools and information you need!

  • 14
    APR

    Night School: Healthcare & Medicare for All

    The ARCH, 108

    In recent years, socialism has reemerged as a central framework in discussions of the ongoing political, economic, and social crises facing Americans. DSA has exponentially grown in size since 2015, its ranks swelling with activists interested in building a better world. With this growth comes an expanding need for education detached from the dominant for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people.

    PHL DSA’s Night School helps reinvigorate a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Along the way, we’ll discuss key concepts in political theory, central figures on the left, from Karl Marx to A. Philip Randolph, the role of socialism in struggles for racial justice, labor rights, education, and a more sustainable future. Whether you’re curious about socialist theory, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, come join us!

    Please join us for an approachable but rigorous series of ideological discussions.

  • 20
    APR

    Communications Committee Meeting

    Temple University, Gladfelter Hall 413

    The communications committee oversees our internal and external communications, including social media, websites, bulletins, and phone-banks, helping promote our campaigns and events. We meet on the third Monday of every month in Gladfelter Hall 413. Nicknamed "the fishbowl", our room is the big one right off the elevators with the glass walls. 

    If you have trouble finding the meeting room, feel free to text John Hess at 440-381-9329

  • 22
    APR

    Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1

    Chapterhouse Cafe

    In recent years, capitalism has reemerged as a concept to explain the ongoing political crisis in the US. Even so, it often remains unclear what the term actually refers to: a social system, a historical phenomenon, an ideological view–or something else?

    This group will approach Karl Marx’s basic theory of capitalism through a close reading of Capital Vol. 1, presented in an open and informal setting.

    In our discussions we will reconstruct the core argument of the text, assess the claims that Marx makes, and reflect on their relevance for a new critical politics.

    Whether you’re curious about Marxism, a longtime activist, or an expert Marxologist, join us!

    We'll be using the Penguin Edition (Fowkes translation).

    February 26: Chapter 1-2 (125-188)
    March 11: Chapter 3 (188-247)
    March 25: Chapters 4-6 (247-283)
    April 08: Chapters 7-9 (283-340)
    April 22: Chapters 10-11 (340-429)
    May 06: Chapters 12-14 (429-492)
    May 20: Chapter 15, Parts 1-3 (492-543)
    June 03: Chapter 15, Parts 4-10 (544-643)
    June 17: Chapters 16-22 (643-711)
    July 01: Chapters 23-24 (711-762)
    July 15: Chapter 25 (762-873)
    July 29: Chapters 26-33 (873-943)

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