What’s on for the coming week:
CWA may strike AT&T TODAY (Friday, May 19) and our support teamwork needs to be poised to jump in. Wear Red on Friday and try to join a picket line (below) if there’s no settlement. Sam Nelson provides the place to go for the latest information
The DC Central Labor Council newsletter Union City Friday morning quotes CWA Local 2336 President Terry Richardson. "CWA will call a 3-day strike against AT&T Mobility (wireless) today at 3pm, if the company has not come to the table with a fair proposal by then."
Metro DC DSA can help on the picket lines.
Union City lists these DMV-wide locations:
DC-area CWA AT&T strike targets:
Chevy Chase: 5301 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20015, Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 11am-6pm
Washington Square: 1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20036, Mon.-Fri. 9am-7pm, Sat. 10am-6pm
Dupont Circle: 1518 Connecticut Ave N.W. Washington DC 20036, Mon.-Sat. 9am-7pm, Sun. 11am-5pm
Chinatown: 785 7th Street N.W. Washington DC 20001, Mon.-Fri. 10am-8pm, Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 12pm-6pm
F St.: 1201 F Street N.W. Washington DC 20004, Mon. 9am-7pm, Sat. 10am-6pm
Cricket: 2849 Alabama Ave. S.E. Washington DC 20020, Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun. 12pm-6pm
And we’re also hearing from the CWA site that 1100 S. Hayes St. in Arlington will be a picket location.
From DSA National Political Director Maria Svart (Thursday, May 18):
We are supporting our friends at the Communication Workers of America. Tens of thousands of their members at AT&T have been working without a contract for months. If AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson doesn't settle by 3pm ET tomorrow, [Today, Friday May 19] they're going on strike. Since yesterday, DirecTV workers have joined the strike endorsement as well.
This may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history. CWA has reached out to DSA members for help. We're talking about 40,000 workers in 36 states standing up for their jobs — and their dignity. Will you join striking workers at a picket line at a nearby retail store, either this Friday, Saturday or Sunday? Click here to find a location near you and RSVP. And you can print out downloadable signs here and here.
DSA's national Steering Committee fully supports the CWA workers, and our chapters are already signing up to support picket lines. This isn’t just about AT&T, which is the 10th largest company in the country and made $13 billion in profits last year. We have to take a stand to say working people can’t be used and abused while companies make billions off our backs.
Wireless workers at AT&T have seen their salaries eroded year after year, while their benefits get more and more expensive. It’s getting almost impossible to make ends meet working at AT&T Mobility. If workers do strike on Friday, they will be striking to protect their jobs (which are being outsourced left and right), preserve affordable health care, and stop their wages from stagnating.
This fight is bigger than AT&T, this is about working people standing up to corporate power for good jobs and a better future. I hope you’ll join AT&T workers on the picket line this weekend.
Maria Svart, DSA National Director
New DCDSA Steering Committee Elects Officers
Comrades -- Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent elections for the steering committee for Metro DC DSA. We were thrilled to see the record level of turnout and interest that members showed during the elections. It's an honor to be selected to represent the members of the chapter and everyone elected to steering is already working hard to ensure the continued success of the Metro DC Chapter. To that end, the steering committee has held our first meeting and selected officers for the next year:
The Metro DC DSA Steering Committee
DCDSA MEETINGS COMING UP THIS WEEK –
Start with a really busy weekend and build in some possible picket-line time.
Note: most of these entries have Meetup links for the latest information.
Saturday, May 20 Economic Justice Committee meets, 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW (Closest Metro stop is Columbia Heights). On the agenda:
Introductions (10 minutes)
Updates by working groups: (30 minutes) (6 minutes each)
We want to let you all know that our next committee meeting is this Sunday the 21st at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library (3260 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC) from 1-3PM (notice the time change!). We'll be meeting at the GEO Meeting Room. Please factor Georgetown's transportation inconvenience into your travel arrangements (we'll have a better location for next time, folks!).
This meeting is a really important to make because after hearing from two speakers from the DCReInvests coalition in the first hour, we'll be discussing our committee's future direction and projects. We have several prospective projects lined up for discussion and look forward to seeing and hearing from everyone! “
Sunday, May 21 Tenants Know-Your-Rights Training & Canvassing 12:30 p.m. at WeWork Wonderbread at 641 S Street NW.
Please join DC DSA's Racial Justice Committee Sunday, May 21st to learn how to canvass for tenants' rights! Many renters in DC who are facing eviction do not have... Learn more Hosted by: Margaret McLaughlin (Co-Organizer)
Sunday, May 21 Metro DC DSA Communications Committee Meeting 1:00 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Library 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC (map) The Communications Committee works with our newsletter, weekly updates, social media, website layout and content and internal and external outreach in general. Skills welcome! Learn more
Sunday, May 21 Socialist Feminism Reading Group 🌹 4:00 p.m. at the Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown, Washington, DC. 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, D.C., Washington, DC (map)
Join us as we explore and discuss topics within Socialist Feminism 🌹 For reference: Past selections were from Women: Class and the Feminist Imagination (available here: h... Learn more Hosted by: Lynne Williamson (Co-Organizer), and Ariana Ascherl
Tuesday, May 23 Socialist Feminism Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m. Institute for Policy Studies 1301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC (map)
Join us as we plan DC DSA Grrrl's Night, action on CPC's in DC, Socialist Feminism Reading Group, and ongoing research on baby boxes. Learn more Hosted by: Ariana Ascherl
Wednesday May 24 Socialist International Discussion & Vote 6:30 p.m. Institute for Policy Studies 1301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC (map) Please join us in a discussion on DSA's decision to remain in or leave the Socialist International. Chip Gibbons and Jack Clark will be presenting cases for each side,... Learn more Hosted by: Margaret McLaughlin (Co-Organizer)
AND THE REST OF MAY and onward
Sunday, May 28 Intro to DSA: Socialism 101 1:30 p.m. Petworth Neighborhood Library 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC (map) Are you new to our group and wondering just what the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is all about? On Sunday, May 28, we'll host an intro session for anyone... Learn more Hosted by: Jessie (Co-Organizer)
Tuesday, May 30 -- The next Education Committee Meeting is May 30th at 6:30 p.m., location TBD.
Wednesday, May 31 – Busboys book talk on the struggle of Syriza, the Greek left party, in the EU austerity regime. 6:30 p.m., with Metro DCDSA as a co-sponsor. The rise and fall of Syriza has important lessons for the left everywhere. Please join a discussion with Helena Sheehan, author of THE SYRIZA WAVE Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left -- INTRODUCTION BY Medea Benjamin Co-Founder of CODEPINK at Busboys and Poets -- 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by Busboys and Poets and co-sponsored by CODEPINK, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Jacobin, and Metro DC DSA.
Wednesday, May 31 DSA Happy Hour 6:30 p.m. -- The Big Hunt 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (map) Join us as we relax and enjoy some brews with our brothers and sisters of DC DSA. No agenda, no schedule, no topic, just some good conversation and beer. Learn more This Meetup typically repeats on the last Wednesday of every month
Saturday, June 3 The next Racial Justice Committee meeting is Saturday, June 3rd at 1:30pm, location TBD
Sunday, June 4 Socialist Book Group Discussion 3:00 p.m. National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC (map) Join us for a discussion of On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman "Alice Goffman's On the Run is the best treatment I know of the wretched... Learn more Hosted by: Jessie (Co-Organizer), and Lynne Williamson (Co-Organizer)
Saturday, June 10 DC’s Hidden Radical History: A Walking and Transit Tour. 10:00 a.m. Connecticut Ave & Dupont Circle 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC (map) Note that this event is waitlisted. Join longtime DC DSA member Bill Mosley for a three-hour tour of the District’s little-known places of radical... Learn more Hosted by: Jose A Gutierrez (Co-Chair)
For more info on allied events consult the invaluable Peace Center Activist Alert Calendar http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/alerts
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