- SOS Screenprinting Party
Haven't you always wished you could show off your excitement about Stomp(ing) Out Slumlords in t-shirt form? Well, wish no more!! Come join your fellow comrades and seize hold of the means of production for a screen printing bonanza following the launch of the DC Tenants Union! We'll have all the gear to create loads of t-shirts and prints and buttons. Volunteers will get a shirt wet off the presses + dinner! We'll take the rest to the chapter picnic and onwards to the national convention to raise money for SOS. About the Love and Solidarity Collective: The Love & Solidarity Collective (née Lamont Street Collective) is one of DC's oldest intentional communities, devoted to supporting art, activism, social justice, and our community in Park View. We aim to make our neighborhood, our networks, and our city more creative, and more connected to the world. About the Space: We aspire to be a liberation focused and anti-oppressive space (anti-racist, anti-sexist, queer-embracing, etc.). Our house is not currently wheelchair visitable as defined by the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (we have 12 steps up to the front, 6 steps up to the back, and the bathroom clearances are too small.). Our backyard, where the printing will be happening if the weather is clear, is accessed via our driveway which is up a hill with a ~25-30 degrees tilt (i.e. will require a motored wheelchair, a strong wheeler, or help pushing up).
- Metro DC DSA Monthly General Body Meeting & PICNIC!
The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America for July will be a picnic in Rock Creek Park! The agenda will be distributed the week before the meeting.
- Socialists and the Labor Movement (Socialist Night School)
After decades of retreat for both the left and the labor movement, we are currently experiencing a resurgence of both labor militancy and a renewed interest in socialism. But what in the relationship between socialism and unions? In this Night School Session, we will be covering the history of leftists in the US trade union movement, their influence, the various ways they saw unions as a tool (and a hindrance) to furthering socialism. We will then go into how socialists interact with unions today, and discuss ways to renew a visible and vocal socialist union movement today. The session will be led by Sam Nelson, MDC DSA Labor Working Group coordinator and a member of the Communications Workers of America.
- Steering Committee
Steering Committee meetings are open to any MDC DSA member who would like to attend. Please RSVP and message the hosts if you would like to join by videoconference so we can make arrangements to get you the appropriate URL. If you would like to submit an item for the agenda, please create a Red Desk ticket at https://reddesk.mdcdsa.org/ and select help topic: "Steering Meeting Agenda Item."
- Disability Justice Working Group Meeting
Join Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for our monthly meeting. Learn how to get involved in the various campaigns to empower and liberate the disabled community from the oppressive capitalist system. We meet on the first floor of the ADA-compliant Festival Center. ASL interpretation will be provided on request. Please aim to submit ASL interpretation and other accessibility requests (including childcare requests) at least two weeks prior to the meeting to [masked]. Vegan and vegetarian dinner will be provided. All meetings are open to both disabled and allied comrades. Disability Justice Working Group is a law enforcement-free space.
- DSA Monthly Happy Hour
Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is a great chance to meet and mingle with fellow comrades. No agenda, no work, and no politics... well, maybe a little politics. Happy hours, like most MDC DSA events, are open to members and non-members alike! Come join us in an informal setting to learn more about our members.
- A trip to Red Emma's Co-op Bookstore!
Red Emma's is a well-known bookstore in Baltimore that is also a worker-owned co-op! Join us for lunch there and a discussion with worker-owners about how the co-op works. If you need a ride or can offer rides to others, please email us at: [masked]
- Disability Justice Reading Group: The Spoon Theory
Join the Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group for its first installment of a reading group exploring the intersections of disability, capitalism, and other systems of oppression. In this session, we will be discussing Christine Miserandino’s The Spoon Theory. This seminal yet anecdotal piece centered around a conversation between a woman with chronic illness and her friend serves as the foundation for how many disabled folx describe their mental and physical capacity on a daily basis. We hope to explore how The Spoon Theory can inform us on re-conceptualizing labor in accordance with socialist principles. To request accommodations (ASL interpretation, childcare, etc.) for this meeting, please email [masked] as soon as possible. NOTE: We will be meeting on the second floor of the Cleveland Park Library. This library is ADA compliant and has an elevator to get to the second floor. To find the reading, please follow this link: https://cdn.totalcomputersusa.com/butyoudontlooksick.com/uploads/2010/02/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf
- Stomp Out Slumlords: Anti-Eviction Canvass
Come help us connect tenants facing eviction with legal resources! Tenants we speak to are twice as likely to go to court and fight their eviction, so every volunteer can make a big impact. We’re meeting at the L’Enfant metro -- 7th St and Maryland Ave Exit. If you’ve never canvassed before, come for a short training at 1:30PM. Vets, come through at 2PM for walksheets and a partner. Volunteers with cars are helpful for getting canvassers to metro-inaccessible areas in DC. If you’re interested in our work but don’t want to canvass, reach out to [masked] to learn about other ways to get involved.