This Week on SFIJ
Hi there, DSA SF! We think the following pieces of news from the San Francisco Independent Journal (SFIJ) may be of interest to you:
- First, a piece from Hotels, Not Hospitals (HNH) that was published last week.
- Next, a piece about how Newsom chose an oil industry lobbyist for his Chief of Staff.
- Then, a piece about the UCSF Parnassus extension that is an illustration of every affordable housing debate in miniature.
- Finally, an interview with the Alphabet Workers Union spokesperson.
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DSA Trivia Night
Come join your friends on Discord on Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for DSA trivia night! We’re hanging out to play trivia and get to know each other!
Email email@example.com for more info or to join the discord!
Labor Organizing Training (Begins First Week of March)
The next semester of organizer training will begin on Wednesday, March 3rd at 5 p.m. PT and run for six weekly sessions, with alternate sessions on Sundays at 2 p.m. PT (first alternate session 3/7, session topic same as preceding Wednesday):
- Session 1 – Leader Identification
- Session 2 – Mapping and Charting a Workplace
- Session 3 – The Organizing Conversation
- Session 4 – Escalating Campaigns
- Session 5 – Public Action and Engaging with the Boss
- Session 6 – Inoculation and the Boss Campaign
If you want to learn more about how to organize at your own workplace or support others in doing so through EWOC, sign up for the training.
?The Socialist Awakening by John Judis
“The Socialist Awakening” by John Judis is one of a number of recent books considering the questions of imagining socialism in the modern world. The final session of this reading group will be held tonight, on Tuesday, February 16th, at 6:30 p.m. If interested, please register in advance. Persons new to socialism or DSA welcome.
Future Economies Reading Group: Raising Capital in Worker Cooperatives
This month, the Future Economies Reading Group will investigate how worker-owned cooperatives can raise startup capital while maintaining full worker control. While capitalist corporations can raise capital by selling equity shares, cooperatives are owned and governed by their stakeholders—not by absentee shareholders.
We’ll look at case studies and real structures that cooperatives use in practice to raise funding. We will be joined by Daniel Fireside, most recently Capital Coordinator at the cooperative Equal Exchange. Find the short readings and Zoom details here. Tuesday, February 23rd from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m.
What is Fascism?
As someone once said, the history of fascism is, at the same time, the history of the theory of fascism. This reading group will explore what fascism is and why it is a severe danger to working and oppressed people. We think these writings on fascism will help provide the conceptual tools required to develop the correct strategy and tactics to fight fascism and the far-right. We’ll cover classic texts from Clara Zetkin, Antonio Gramsci, Daniel Guerin, Leon Trotsky, and Nicos Poulantzas. We’ll also read recent writing on the US far-right, including from DSA Santa Cruz comrades, who we expect to be joining us for discussion.
This week’s reading (February 18th) will be Fascism: What It Is & How to Fight It by Leon Trotsky. Please register here for Zoom and reading links. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Sign up for the EcoSocialist Book Club! Silvia Federici
The Ecosocialist Committee’s next book will be Silvia Federici’s “Re-enchanting the World: Feminism & the Politics of the Commons.” Register and help us find a time for a few sessions in March.