Despite the media telling us the US military had been in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people, we know that’s not the case – the Afghan people have long suffered under US violence, and will now continue to suffer under the Taliban. The 20-year occupation – and the decades of interference and manipulation that preceded it – was profitable for weapons manufacturers, private military contractors and investors, and world banks, all at the grievous expense of Afghan lives and livelihoods.
That is why, as socialists, we must not only condemn US militarism, but also occupations, interference in foreign affairs, sanctions, and other unjust humanitarian practices. We must stand firmly in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and call for an end to the Global War on Terror. We must also accept all refugees resulting from previous and current acts of war.
Read more in the latest statement by the DSA International Committee.
Please join us this Saturday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Square, where we will make these demands and show our solidarity with the Afghan people. We hope you can join us!
DSA SF Communications Committee
Wednesday, 8/25 (6:30 p.m.): Everything You Wanted to Know About Lenin But Were Afraid to Ask (Zoom)
Thursday, 8/26 (7:00 p.m.): Introduction to the International Solidarity Organizing Committee (Zoom)
Saturday, 8/28 (2:00 p.m.): Stop Killing Afghans Protest (in person at Union Square)
Monday, 8/30 (6:00 p.m.): Ecosocialist Book Club: Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s As Long as Grass Grows (Zoom)
Friday, 9/3 (7:00 p.m.): Tenant Solidarity Documentary Screening (Zoom)
Wednesday, 9/8 (6:45 p.m.): September Chapter Meeting (Zoom)
As part of its plan of work this year, the Steering Committee identified accessibility as a long-standing chapter need. For accessibility concerns and accommodation requests, or if you would like to join the Chapter Accessibility Task Force to help us implement a chapter survey and accessibility guidelines, please email email@example.com.
Regular Chapter Meeting
Mark your calendars – the next regular DSA SF chapter meeting is Wednesday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m.! Be sure to RSVP for the meeting here.
Introduction to the International Solidarity Organizing Committee
Join the International Solidarity Organizing Committee (ISOC) for their first Zoom meeting this Thursday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m. to learn how you can get involved in international solidarity work. You’ll hear from the internal education, chapter mobilization, and external outreach leads on what they’re planning, and they’ll be having a discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan. Register here!
Fill out the survey about our future office garden!
The DSA SF Ecosocialist Committee is working with two awesome high school seniors who are dedicating their senior project to setting up our office’s *brand new garden space.* Your opinions will be the basis of how this project will be structured and how it will operate. Please provide input here!
Everything You Wanted to Know About Lenin But Were Afraid to Ask
Join the Education Committee on Zoom on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion of the ideas and classic texts of Lenin. It’s perfect for newcomers, but also a great way to dig deeper into Lenin’s crucial contribution to socialism, Marxism, and why he remains an important touchpoint for us today. Register here!
Ecosocialist Book Club: Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s As Long as Grass Grows
Join the DSA SF Ecosocialist Committee’s book club biweekly on Mondays in August! The last session is on August 30 at 6:00 p.m.. We’re reading and discussing Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock. Open to all! Register now using the link here.
Update from Dean Preston’s Office
Have an idea or want to schedule a meeting with your caucus or committee with Dean’s office? Write either PrestonStaff@sfgov.org or firstname.lastname@example.org with details, mention you’re with DSA, and we’ll schedule a day!
Free MUNI For All Youth Begins
This Sunday, August 15, household income limits were eliminated for the Free Muni for Youth program. Fares for all youth 18 years and under are totally free! No application or proof of payment/Clipper card is required to ride Muni vehicles with the exception of Cable Cars – simply get on and ride. Thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this happen. As the first universal (i.e. non-means tested) free fare program in San Francisco, this marks a major milestone in our campaign for Free Muni!
Proof of Vaccine Required for Entry to SF Restaurants and Bars
As of August 20, proof of vaccination is now required for all patrons of SF bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms, and large indoor events. This Health Order update does not apply to those ineligible for vaccinations, like those under age 12. You can not use a self-attestation of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. You must have proof that you are vaccinated. “Full Vaccination” means two weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You can show your Vaccination Record Card (CRC) from the CDC, show an image of the card (if you have a picture on your phone), or use a digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California. You can also use an approved private app to verify your vaccination status.