Here’s your weekly roundup of announcements, events, and reportbacks for March 21, 2023.
🌹Tuesday, 3/21 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Ecosocialist Book Club: The Future is Degrowth (Zoom)
🌹Tuesday, 3/21 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Turnout Tuesday for Recommitment Drive (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Wednesday, 3/22 (6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.): Starbucks 18th and Castro Strike (In person at 4094 18th Street)
🌹Wednesday, 3/22 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): What is DSA? (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Friday, 3/24 (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Office Hours (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister
🌹Friday, 3/24 (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): The Battle of Chile Film Screening (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Saturday, 3/25 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.): Homelessness Working Group Office Hours (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Saturday, 3/25 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.): The War in Ukraine: Book Talk with Medea Benjamin (Zoom)
🌹Saturday, 3/25 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Homelessness Working Group (HWG) Sock Distro (Meet in person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Friday, 3/31 (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): The Battle of Chile Film Screening (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Saturday, 4/1 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.): DSA SF Labor Logistics Presentation (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Thursday, 4/6 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm.): Ecosocialist Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
DSA SF Afrosocialist Caucus Co-Chairs Speak Out Against Mayor’s $27.6 Million Giveaway to SFPD (and So Can You!)
Broke-Ass Stuart published a piece titled “Giving Away More Money to SFPD Won’t Fix the City’s Problems” by SF DSA’s Afrosocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus co-chairs, Aditya and Humphrey, speaking out against the Mayor’s request to give an additional $26.7 million to SFPD. This piece was written just ahead of the SF Board of Supervisors meeting that starts today, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. where the BoS will be voting on whether to continue their giveaways to SFPD.
The piece is an excellent read that lays out the case for investing in city services that meet our community’s needs, rather than continuing to bolster police power in San Francisco.
The chapter has created a form letter you can customize and use to reach out to the Mayor and all the SF Supervisors asking them to support SF residents instead of the cops. You can find the meeting agenda, the phone number to call to participate in remote public comment, and the in-person meeting information here.
DSA SF COVID-19 Survey
Hey comrades! Now that we’re doing more and more events in person, Steering wants to better understand how everyone is feeling about COVID-19 precautions at DSA SF events. To help us out, please fill out this COVID-19 Survey by Friday, March 31st! Your responses will help inform an updated COVID-19 policy that we’re thinking about. Individual responses will be private to Steering, but we’ll share aggregate and anonymized results with the chapter once it’s complete.
Ecosocialist Book Club: The Future is Degrowth
Join the DSA SF Ecosocialist Committee’s book club for the second half of a two part discussion on degrowth tonight, March 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. We’re reading and discussing The Future is Degrowth: A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism. Open to all!
Sign Up to Distribute Socks with Homelessness Working Group
Come do sock distro with HWG! DSA SF’s Homelessness Working Group is currently organizing a sock distribution, and restarting our chapter’s efforts directed toward connecting with our homeless neighbors. We’ll be low-key training chapter members about our specific approach to mutual aid and street solidarity, as well as building capacity for this and, potentially, more expansive mutual aid projects in the future!
Battle of Chile Film Screening on March 24 and 31
Join the DSA SF International Solidarity Committee for a film screening and discussion of Patricio Guzmán’s documentary The Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People. The documentary covers the right wing boycott and military coup against the Allende administration, focusing on the bottom-up organizing of Chilean workers in response to U.S.-funded efforts to dismantle their revolution. The film highlights the many counter-revolutionary tactics that U.S. imperialism continues to deploy in Latin America today while providing key insights into organizing strategies that we can apply to our current struggle for a worker-controlled democracy. The second screening is taking place on Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the DSA SF office (1916 McAllister). Food and drinks will be provided!
Book Talk with Medea Benjamin on March 25
Come join us on Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m. for a talk on Zoom with Medea Benjamin, author of War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict. Her book provides a fantastic summary of points generally ignored in Western media: the historical context to the conflict, America’s role in escalation, NATO expansion, misinformation campaigns, the global impact of Western sanctions, and the real threat of nuclear war. Medea is a co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange; she has also written books on drone warfare, US-Saudi relations, and American aggression against Iran. Medea has been awarded with the US Peace Memorial Foundations Prize and has been a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award and Martin Luther King, Jr Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
The MADE Field Trip with Peninsula DSA (PDSA) on March 25th
PDSA has been running a monthly social event where they play alternative board games to both hang out and explore socialist themes in games and the games industry. As part of this, PDSA will be visiting The Made in Oakland, one of few museums that let you play old games, both for fun and to see media preservation in spite of capitalism in practice. The chapter wanted to extend an invite to any other local socialist gamers, including those of us in SF DSA!
Folks will be meeting at The MADE at 921 Washington St. in Oakland Saturday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. If you are planning to attend, you can register here.
Homelessness Working Group Office Hours
Have questions about DSA SF’s Homelessness Working Group and the work that we are doing? Want to talk outside of our regular meetings and events? Come to the the DSA office Saturday, March 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. for HWG office hours and chit-chat with a co-chair! For further info, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.