For April 14-21
Several Metro DC DSA committees meet this week as preparations for a marathon weekend of socialist resistance April 26-May 1 are afoot. We provide the latest on those events as well.
The Washington Socialist Weekly Update aims to keep your calendar 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
THE UPCOMING WEEK:
Saturday April 15th tax day march at Capitol noon protest Trump’s undisclosed tax returns and the tax system that’s tilted to the benefit of those in power. From 11:20 a.m. - 1 p.m.,DCDSA Sign Distribution and Outreach at the Tax March on the Supreme Court front steps -- do you think the Tax March's message of "Donald Trump should show his taxes" is a little too narrow-minded for our vision of a socialist future? Then come out and help flood the narrow message market with the true and just message of "Tax the Rich". We'll gather in front of the Supreme Court in order to split into teams and break off to distribute signs before joining the march, if anyone wants to do so.
Saturday April 15th DCDSA Communications committee 2-3:30, SE Branch Library.
Tuesday April 18th Book Talk at Economic Policy Institute, John Judis on his new book The Populist Explosion, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 18th UP;DATE TO THE UPDATE Barbara Ehrenreich, Dean Baker and others at an event called "Moral Hazards in DC" from the Baffler magazine, 7 p.m. The National Union Building,, 918 F St. NW. RSVP: at https://thebaffler.com/events/moral-hazards-tax-day
Tuesday April 18th DCDSA Socialist Feminism Committee Meeting 6:30 PM C. B. Powell Building 525 Bryant Street NW , Washington , DC (map) RSVP Prospective members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the Google group. Committee members are currently participating in the NNAF Bowl-a-thon on behalf of DC Abortion Fund. We have already raised over $1000! We are also planning a bowling/bocce games night. Here is the link to donate to our team: https://bowl.nnaf.org/team/114388
Tuesday April 18th 6:30 p.m.DCReInvest Mass Meeting: Divest from Wells Fargo! Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl SW
DC invests $2 billion in Wells Fargo, which supports dirty pipelines (like Dakota Access), private prisons, and racist, predatory lending practices. Join us as we discuss how to get involved and push the city toward full divestment.
Wednesday April 19th Jobs with Justice Pre-Mayday Information Session La Casa • 3166 Mt. Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Wednesday April 19th Our Socialist Book Group (see April 30, below) most recently read Jonathan Smucker’s Hegemony How-To and he talks about the book at Busboys at 5th and K, , 6-8 p.m.
FUTURES: MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW:
Saturday, April 22nd DCDSA Economic Justice Committee meeting 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington DC 20011.
Sunday April 23rd DCDSA Socialist Feminist reading group meets; electronic copies of the readings are available- to join the group or access readings contact email@example.com.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE; Sunday April 23rd 3:30-4:30 p.m. Our Revolution Maryland AKA Maryland Rising has a statewide meeting in Silver Spring at the ATU (Old Meany Center) conference building at 10,000 New Hampshire Ave. 20803 Info here.
GET READY FOR A BIG (LONG) WEEKEND APRIL 26-MAY 1 -- join the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for a week protesting capitalism’s environmental degradation and celebrating workers and the resurgence of socialist ideas.
Wednesday April 26th: SOCIALISM VS. CAPITALISM: A DEBATE
YDS debates TPUSA at Georgetown University.
Thursday April 27th: DC DSA HAPPY HOUR
Come socialize with other socialists!
Friday April 28th: BUILDING THE GREEN ECONOMY 6:30pm: Doors open at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008). 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. Panelists— Author Gar Alperovitz; UMD Anthropologist Shirley Fiske: NAACP’s Jacqui Patterson, PSL activist Eugene Puryear: psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon. Moderated by Metro DC DSA member and journalist Sam Knight. Panel at 7 at Friends Meeting and open house later at 1301 Conn. Ave NW, 6th Fl. (DSA office) at 9:15. $5 donation requested. RSVP
Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate Movement — March for Jobs, Justice, & the Climate Information on DCDSA's participation is at the link. National DSA and DCDSA are both co-sponsors.
Sunday, April 30 Socialist Book Group meets to discuss Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Property in the American City 3-5 p.m., Kogod Courtyard at National Portrait Gallery.
Monday, May 1st DC DSA MARCH ON MAY DAY
In observance of International Workers’ Day, Metro DC DSA is organizing a massive 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.
12:00 p.m. -- Convene at Lamont Park (3258 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC) in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood for a joint rally with MLOV and other local organizers.
1:00 p.m. -- March to Malcolm X Park (officially called Meridian Hill Park, 2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC) to unite with the DC May Day rally.
1:30 p.m. -- March to the White House (Lafayette Square, Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC) for a massive demonstration led by CASA.
Closest Metro Station at Start: Columbia Heights (3030 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009)
Closest Metro Station at Finish: McPherson Square (1400 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005)
To RSVP for DSA’s rally and march, visit http://bit.ly/2owpUiY
To RSVP for DC May Day rally and march, visit http://bit.ly/2p2tkdW
Help show that there is widespread support for radical change towards a sustainable economy run for and by workers!
Here's an article from Cosecha via Portside on planning for some of May Day's actions
Saturday, May 13 Football, or as we sometimes call it soccer, with labor: DSA joins labor night at DC United.
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