Thanksgiving Bulletin: Doing the Mayor Pete Dance With Your Uncle

In this week’s news: a strong debate performance, several national union endorsements, and (most importantly) untold volunteer hours have propelled Bernie into a tie for first in national polls; meanwhile, Philly DSA stepped up our Bernie campaign with additional weeknight canvasses (materials here if you want to learn more!) and our second biggest Bernie canvass to date in Port Richmond

We’ve got a few other big events before the year is up, including a political education talk with Anton Jäger on left populism (Wednesday, December 11), a rally for public school funding in Harrisburg with Philly DSA’s endorsed candidate Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (Wednesday, December 18), our next Big Bernie Canvass on Saturday, December 7, and, of course, the December GM and Fundraiser (Motion to Party: Passes!). There will be carousing, a raffle, and perhaps even a visit from the Big Man himself. You won’t want to miss it!

So, come out and stick around to celebrate after. 2019’s had its ups and downs, but, if we put in the work, we’ve got High High Hopes that 2020 could be the year it all changes

December 14 General Meeting 

We hope you’ll join us for the End-of-the-Year General Meeting & Fundraiser on December 14th! A draft General Meeting Agenda can be found linked on the event page. Amendments are due 12/4.

RSVP Here!

The Member Engagement Committee is still looking for Raffle items. They need new and gently used leftist books, curiosities, decorations, handcrafted items, sealed bottles of alcohol, event tickets, gift cards, etc. No item is too small. Email mark.r.blaho@gmail.com for questions and to coordinate pickup. They’re also looking for volunteers for setup, bartending, selling raffle tickets, and teardown for our fundraiser. Email Mark if you can help out!

This Week in Unions

If your union does something cool between Bulletins, let us know on Facebook or Twitter! Also, if you’re a union member and a member of Philly DSA interested in getting involved with our Labor for Bernie work, please fill out this form.

Events

Membership Phonebank

Sunday, December 1 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | West Philly | RSVP for address

Socialist Night School: Nordic Social Democracy

Monday, December 2 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Golkin Room, Houston Hall | 3417 Spruce Street

Bernie 2020 West Philly Canvass

Tuesday, December 3 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 4413 Pine St, Apt 4

Bernie 2020 Fishtown Canvass

Wednesday, December 4 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 615 E. Thompson St, #2

BuxMont DSA: Lunch Debt, Quakertown SD Public Meeting

Thursday, December 5 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | 100 Commerce Blvd, Quakertown, PA 18951

Bernie 2020 Mass Canvass

Saturday, December 7 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | Unity Hall | 1349 Unity St

Workshop: “A Socialist Approach to School Funding in Philadelphia”

Sunday, December 8 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm | Providence Center | 2557 N. 5th St

Marxism and Politics Reading Group: Rosa Luxemburg

Monday, December 9 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Chapterhouse Cafe | 620 S 9th St

BuxMont DSA: Oppose For-Profit Charter Schools in Norristown

Monday, December 9 & 16 | 6:30 - 9:00 pm | 401 N Whitehall Rd, Norristown, PA 19403

Bernie 2020 West Philly Canvass

Tuesday, December 10 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 5110 Hadfield St

Marxism and Politics Lecture Series: Anton Jäger - Populism Beyond Identity

Wednesday, December 11 | 7:30 - 9:00 pm | Golkin Room, Houston Hall | 3417 Spruce Street

Bernie 2020 South Philly Canvass

Thursday, December 12 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | 1843 S. 15th Street

End-of-year General Meeting and Fundraiser

Saturday, December 14 | 12:00 - 4:30 pm | William Way Ballroom | 1315 Spruce St

SOS Toxic Schools Rally in Harrisburg with Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler

Wednesday, December 18 | 10:00 am | Capitol Rotunda | Harrisburg, PA

Upcoming Committee & Branch Meetings

GND Strategy Committee

Monday, December 2 | 7:30 - 9:00 pm | Penn Bookstore Cafe | 3601 Walnut St.

Policy Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Penn Bookstore | 3601 Walnut St

Canvassing Committee Meeting

Monday, December 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Penn Bookstore | 3601 Walnut St

Announcements

DSA’S National Electoral Committee is Looking for Members!

The NEC supports trainings, supports campaign endorsements, and seeks to integrate electoral work with all National campaigns. They are seeking 21 new members in total for a term that lasts from the beginning of 2020 until shortly after the 2021 convention. Applications will be accepted until December 15th. Questions? Reach out to elections@dsausa.org.

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.

The Policy Committee Needs Your Help!

Do you have a socialist policy idea? Something to start a campaign in the chapter or support our ongoing work at all levels of government? Something that we need to put on Bernie Sanders's desk? The Policy Committee now has a form for members to submit these ideas and work with the Committee on a project. We will help you produce a pamphlet, white paper, or even model legislation!

Get involved in Philly DSA’s Communications Committee

The Philly DSA Communications Committee is looking for writers, artists, programmers, photographers, and anybody else who’s interested in promoting our local’s amazing work. If you’d like to get involved, please email phillydsacommchair@gmail.com.

Host a Canvass!

The Philly DSA Canvassing Committee will be running smaller, shorter weeknight and weekend canvasses out of members' homes! If you're interested in hosting a canvass at your residence, please fill out this form. Please email Vicki at victoriaannfleck@gmail.com with any questions.

Member Surveys: Childcare

The Childcare Committee has prepared an initial survey to assess member needs and interests in order to guide their work. Please take a moment to fill out the survey.

Support 👏 Philly 👏 DSA 👏!

Local Dues - support our campaign work and cover everyday operating costs like meeting space // Contribute to Philly DSA PAC - help fund our independent electoral campaigns // Accommodations, Accessibility, Childcare - let us know what you need to stay involved // Moved away from Philly? - update your address on the DSA national database.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Your Philly DSA Bulletin Team

 

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