🌹Tuesday, 5/9 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Turnout Tuesday for Recommitment Drive (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Wednesday, 5/10 (6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) May Chapter Meeting (Zoom and in person at 2969 Mission Street)
🌹Friday, 5/12 (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Office Hours (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Friday, 5/12 (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): Revolutionary Selfie: The Red Battalion Film Screening (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Saturday, 5/13 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.): Homelessness Working Group Office Hours (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Saturday, 5/13 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.): Homelessness Working Group Sock Distro (Meet in person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Wednesday, 5/17 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Free Muni Full Service Priority Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
🌹Wednesday, 5/17 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): What is DSA? (In person at the DSA SF office, 1916 McAllister)
🌹Wednesday, 5/17 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.): DSA SF + East Bay DSA Social (In person at Anchor Public Taps, 495 De Haro Street)
🌹Saturday, 5/20 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.): El Golpe: Book Discussion with Rob McKenzie (Zoom)
Call the Board of Supervisors Today to Demand Justice for Banko Brown!
We would like to encourage members of the chapter to give public comment at the SF Board of Supervisors meeting today (5/9) to call for the Board of Supervisors to demand that the SF District Attorney release all evidence related to the killing of Banko Brown and stand in solidarity with Brown’s friends and family. To give public comment, you can attend the meeting in person or call 415-655-0001 before or during the meeting’s public comment period. You can find additional public comment instructions in the meeting’s agenda.
Tech Workers Unite to Talk Organizing!
The first meeting of the Tech Worker Meetup subgroup of the Labor Working Group was attended by nearly 30 tech workers from a variety of backgrounds, from prospective members to organizers from the Alphabet Workers Union. We discussed the recent turmoil in the tech industry and the growing opportunity for new organizing in tech. Stop by #tech-talk in the DSA SF Slack or contact Jason Prado at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a tech worker interested in joining the group. The next meetup will be scheduled for the end of May.
May Chapter Meeting
The May chapter meeting will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10th from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can attend remotely via Zoom or in-person at 2969 Mission Street. Masks are required for in-person attendees.
The chapter is gearing up to vote for a variety of positions within the chapter and the larger DSA organization, which makes this an excellent meeting to attend whether you’re new to the chapter and curious about DSA SF’s democratic process, or a longstanding member who would like a say in how the chapter is run.
Upcoming Chapter Elections
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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! Sign up here!
Join the Tenant Organizing Provisional Working Group!
Overlapping TANC and DSA SF members have come together to start a Tenant Organizing Provisional Working Group! Our goal is to build a cadre of well-versed tenant organizers in DSA SF that will help us reach mass tenant organizing efforts in order to fight back against the landlord class, in San Francisco and beyond. Join your neighbors in the tenant organizing movement by joining our slack channel #Tenant-Organizing!
Apply to Be Part of the SF Civil Grand Jury!
Every year, each county in California convenes a Civil Grand Jury to investigate local city and county government. In contrast to a criminal Grand Jury, the SF Civil Grand Jury comprises 19 ordinary residents who research and investigate any topics of their choosing related to local government, then release reports with recommendations on how to improve City government. City and county officials are required to make themselves available for interview if the Civil Grand Jury requests it, and City departments are required to respond to recommendations by the Civil Grand Jury.
If you’re interested in the details of how City government works and want to help make it function better – and like conducting interviews and deep dives on documents and records – this opportunity may be for you! The only requirements for the SF Civil Grand Jury are that you are a U.S. Citizen, and that you have been a resident of SF for one year. The time requirements are generally around 10 hours per week, but anybody who is interested in doing more research and investigation can put more time in if they would like. Finally, Civil Grand Jury service is paid and fulfills requirements like normal jury service — a maximum of $75/week is paid depending on days worked on investigations.
The deadline for application is May 12, and anybody who is interested in applying can find the application form, as well as more information, here.
Revolutionary Selfie: The Red Battalion Film Screening
Join DSA SF International Solidarity Committee and Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle-San Francisco on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at 1916 McAllister St, San Francisco for a film screening of Revolutionary Selfie: The Red Battalion, a mock video game film that shows us face to face with the armed warriors of the New People’s Army, which the CIA dubs a foreign terrorist organization in the Philippines.
Space is limited, so please RSVP! Food and drinks are provided.
East Bay and SF DSA Social at Anchor Public Taps
DSA SF will be hosting a cross-bay social at the Anchor Stream Public Taps at 495 De Haro Street on May 17th at 6:00 p.m. with East Bay DSA! Come hang with your fellow comrades from the East Bay and enjoy some union-made brews. RSVP here!
Free Outdoor Screening of Harlan County, USA!
Join DSA SF’s Labor Working Group on May 31st at 8 p.m. in Kerouac Alley for a free outdoor screening of Harlan County, USA, Barbara Kopple’s unforgettable documentary of a coal miners’ strike! Register to attend here.
Book Talk with Visiting Organizers from London
Two comrades from London are visiting SF on a tour discussing their new book, Troublemaking: Why You Should Organise Your Workplace. Lydia Hughes and Jamie Woodcock have been organizing with gig workers in the UK for the past decade, and will be discussing their work on May 24th at 6:30 p.m. at 1916 McAllister Street.
The culmination of years of conversations on picket lines, in community centers, and in union offices, with workers in Britain, the US, India, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, and across Europe, Troublemaking brings together lessons from around the world. Precarious workers like waste collectors in Mumbai show that no worker is “unorganizable,” and cleaner organizing at LSE and St Mary’s hospital in London and Sans-papier workers in France indicate that demanding more at work can lead to big wins. Struggles like The Water Wars in Cochabamba, Bolivia show how we can use our power beyond the workplace.
RSVP below to attend!