WEEKLY UPDATE For April 28-May 5
From the Washington Socialist and Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America
The Washington Socialist Weekly Update aims to keep you and your fellow activists informed and your calendars as well-managed as possible (some of that is up to you) and fill in the gaps between the monthly appearances of Metro DC DSA’s newsletter, The Washington Socialist
A BIG WEEKEND IN DC – National and local members of DSA will mark this weekend of major resistance actions with activities honed to expose and explore the corporate-capitalist practices that underlie the wide range of grievances brought by so many to the city’s streets over May Day weekend, the International Workers’ day.
DSA members will march in concert with adherents of many specific causes for resistance and alternative change in the People’s Climate March and May Day’s parade and activities. And Friday night, Metro DC DSA presents a discussion of the roots of climate degradation in the intertwined financial and fossil-fuel interests and their grip on the US government and polity – and explores green-energy, job-creating alternatives.
Friday night’s panel, “Building a Green Economy,” features Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative and Next System Project, a distinguished historian and political economist. On the panel with him are Shirley Fiske, Environmental and Policy Anthropologist, Professor at University of Maryland; Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Climate and Environmental Justice Program; Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project DC, Party for Socialism and Liberation and Margaret Klein Salamon, Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of The Climate Mobilization. Metro DC DSA member Sam Knight, journalist and co-founder of the District Sentinel podcast, will moderate the session.
Panelists and audience will explore whether climate solutions are possible under capitalism and the political obstacles to a fair, ecologically-sustainable society.
The event is at 7 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave. NW in the District of Columbia. A reception follows at approximately 9 p.m. at the DSA Washington office, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW suite 600.
DSA members Saturday, April 29 will join the People's Climate March, hundreds of thousands from across the nation resisting the Trump administration’s retrograde climate and energy policies, which mask corporate greed with vain claims to restore employment in industries that market forces are extinguishing. The national and local DSA contingent will gather at 11 a.m. at the fountain at Columbus Circle near Union Station and then join the main march at the Capitol Building at 12:30 as it steps off toward the White House and then on to the Washington Monument for a 3 p.m. rally. DSA national and local members meet after the march at The Big Hunt near Dupont Circle for a restorative reception.
On May Day, Monday, May 1, DSA members will join their brothers and sisters in a march for International Workers Day to show support and solidarity for workers around the world. Metro DC DSA is extremely proud to be working with Many Languages One Voice DC (MLOV), CASA, and the DC May Day Steering Committee to promote labor rights and other issues that directly affect the working class here in DC as well as around the world. Metro DC DSA and national members will gather in Lamont Park, for a noon rally and then join other marchers at Malcolm X Park at 1 to proceed to the White House.
DSA is a leading edge of resistance to the Trump administration’s attempt to install naked capitalism as the foundation of government. Public, democratic control of the economy and a society of equals are the socialist solutions to the oppression of working class and poor people, which Trump and his ilk have falsely invoked in their campaign to divide the country in order to rule it.
DETAILS DAY BY DAY (check our Meetup Page anytime for the very latest)
Fri Apr 28 Panel: Building the Green Economy 7:00 p.m.
Friends Meeting of Washington 2111 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC (map)
Metro DC DSA is proud to host Building the Green Economy, a panel discussion on the intersections of economic and environmental justice. Is a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions possible under capitalism? What are the political obstacles to a fair, ecologically-sustainable society? Join us for an evening of invigorating discussion with environmentalists, activists, and academics.
Gar Alperovitz: Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative and the Next System Project
Shirley Fiske: Environmental and Policy Anthropologist, Professor at University of Maryland
Jacqui Patterson: Director of the NAACP Climate and Environmental Justice Program
Eugene Puryear: Stop Police Terror Project DC, Party for Socialism and Liberation
Margaret Klein Salamon: Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of The Climate Mobilization
The event will be moderated by Metro DC DSA member Sam Knight (Journalist, Co-Founder The District Sentinel podcast). Doors open 6:30 p.m.
9:15 p.m.: Open house at the DC DSA Office (1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036) following the Green Economy event. Join us for conversation and refreshments!
Sat Apr 29 11:00 a.m. People's Climate March
Columbus Circle - Union Station 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC (map)
11:00 a. m. : DSA members gather at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at Columbus Circle, immediately south of Union Station Metro Station & bus hub. We will have a flag, a large banner, posters and will be wearing lots of red!
Closest Metro station: Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 - Red Line). For those riding the MARC Train to Union Station, see this information.
From there we will join all of our brothers and sisters at the main People’s Climate March gathering outside of the U.S. Capitol building (East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004).
12:30pm: Begin marching up Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House
1:30pm: March will surround the White House on all sides and take a powerful collective action.
3:00pm: March will reconvene at the Washington Monument to hear from the frontline communities of the climate crisis about solutions
After March (4-7 PM): DSA members gather at The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle (1345 Connecticut Ave NW) where buffet-style food will be provided by the national office.
Closest Metro station: Dupont Circle (1525 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 - Red Line).
Sunday, April 30 10:30 a.m.: MLOV and IWW are organizing a hard picket of a business this Sunday, 4/30, to call for the reinstatement of a worker unjustly fired for organizing and have invited DC DSA members to join the action. It would be great if Metro DC DSA members could turn out in solidarity. The specific target is currently being kept under wraps so they can't organize a response, but the picket itself is completely above board under a filed ULP suit. Picketers are meeting at Logan Circle 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for an agenda overview and brief training on picket best practices before moving out to the target business.
This is a great chance for members of our chapter to show up in solidarity with local workers and organizers during the May Day weekend for a great cause, as well as get some experience with a direct action. If you're interested in attending the picket please message either Brian Dickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gareth Sparks (email@example.com or on Signal at 3013793091) for more details.
Sun Apr 30 3:00 p.m. Socialist Book Group Discussion National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC (map)
Join us for a discussion of Evicted: Poverty and Property in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
Mon May 1 12:00 p.m. May Day Rally and March Lamont Park 3258 Mount Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC (map)
In observance of International Workers’ Day, Metro DC DSA will hold a rally and march to show support and solidarity for workers around the world. Metro DC DSA is extremely proud to be working with Many Languages One Voice DC (MLOV), CASA, and the DC May Day Steering Committee to promote labor rights and other issues that directly affect the working class here in DC as well as around the world.
Voting for the new Steering Committee will occur at the General Meeting on Sunday, May 7.
A. Before Meeting Begins : Check-in period and membership verification.
B. 2 minutes. Introduction
C. 5 minutes. Nomination and voting on members of the Election Working Group.
D. 10 minutes. Explanation of voting procedures and last minute questions.
E. 3 minutes per speaker. Candidate speeches for each qualifying Steering Committee nominee.
F. 5 minutes. Final call for membership verification.
G. 10 minutes. Distribution of ballots and voting for Steering Committee members.
H. Unspecified Time to count ballots: Members will be announced before the end of the meeting. Remaining time following the election will be allocated to highlighting upcoming DSA events and committee reports.
Dupont Circle is the nearest metro.
When you get off at Dupont Circle: Take the Q Street exit from Metro; Connecticut Ave. is within sight. Walk north (uphill) on Connecticut Ave. approximately two and a half blocks to Florida Avenue; turn left on Florida and walk approximately half a block to the Meetinghouse on the right. Look for meeting house front garden.
A FINAL NOTE: The monthly newsletter, The Washington Socialist, goes out Tuesday morning (May 2) so you still have time to contribute to Good Reads. Send links and, if you want, a brief comment about any online left-aligned article you think members would find interesting, even deep-buried leftish articles in the MSM (which can happen). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. Monday please.
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