From Twin Cities DSA <[email protected]>
Subject TCDSA Little Red Letter No. 54
Date February 4, 2020 1:58 PM
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** Little Red Letter No. 55
Public Housing Teach-In
Join us on February 8th at 1 PM, 1925 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Room 137 (Hanson Hall)!
Housing is a human right, but public housing has been systematically disinvested in for decades in cities all over the country while people continue to be displaced and experience homelessness. Join Women for Political Change (WFPC) for a teach-in to learn about the history of public housing and how we can collectively organize to stop privatization efforts in our community. This workshop will explain the history and context of income based housing and the local efforts by the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to privatize public housing, as well as provide space for discussion around how to support organizing efforts to stop privatization and reimagine the future of public housing.This event is free and open to the public. This venue is ADA accessible, located off of the lightrail and bus routes 2 and 7, and there is offsite parking available. For additional accessibility accommodations, email us at [email protected]
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*This is not a TCDSA-sponsored event.*
TCDSA Libertarian Socialist Study Group
‪Every wonder what Libertarian Socialism is all about? Join Twin Cities Libertarian Socialist Caucus for our monthly Study Group. ‬ ‪Every last Friday of the month 7-8:30. See the chapter calendar for location information. For more info DM @pinko_machinist ‬on twitter.
“There Is No plan(et) B: Treating the Climate and Environmental Crises with the Urgency They Deserve”

Hosted by Left Social Democrats. Join us February 26th at 7:00pm at Hamline University, Anderson University Events Center, Room 304

State Senator John Marty (DFL) will give a talk. Sen. Marty is a supporter of the Minnesota Green New Deal HF 2836 and the leading supporter of Universal Health Care in Minnesota with his Minnesota Health Plan also known as the Marty Plan. Everyone is invited! For more information contact John Heppen [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
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Socialist Feminist Book Club 📚

Join us on February 29th at 2PM at Rondo Public Library, meeting room A. We will be reading the book "Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now" by Jenny Brown, ahead of the March 6th event with the author. All are welcome!

Upcoming Events:
Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting
Tues, Feb 4th, 6:15pm – 8pm
Merriam Park Library Meeting Room A (map ([link removed]) )

Ops/Tech Committee Meeting
Weds, Feb 5th, 7pm – 9pm
Mpls Central Library Room N111 (map ([link removed]) )

Labor Potluck
Thurs, Feb 8, 6pm – 8pm
East Side Freedom Library (map ([link removed]) )

Public Housing Teach-In
Sat, Feb 8, 1pm – 3pm
U of M, Hanson Hall (map ([link removed]) )
This is a non-TCDSA allied event

Socialize with Ramsey County Branch!
Mon, Feb 10, 7pm – 9pm
Black Hart of Saint Paul (map ([link removed]) )

TCDSA Political Education Committee Meeting
Tues, Feb 11, 7pm
Davanni's Mpls (map ([link removed]) )

Electoral debrief & strategy discussion
Weds, Feb 12, 6pm – 8pm
Location TBD

Tech Action Reading Group
The People's Republic of Walmart
Thurs, Feb 13, 6:30pm – 8pm
Mpls Central Library, N304 (map ([link removed]) )

Caucus Training
Sat, Feb 15, 2pm – 4pm
Rondo Public Library, meeting room A (map ([link removed]) )
Ops/Tech Committee Meeting
Mon, Feb 17th, 7pm – 9pm
Location TBD
The Green New Deal with the Left Social Democrats
Weds, Feb 26, 7pm – 9pm
Hamline University (map ([link removed]) )

Left Social Democrats
Thurs, Feb 27, 7pm – 8pm
Barnes & Noble HarMar (map ([link removed]) )

Libertarian Socialist Study Group
Fri, Feb 28, 7pm – 8:30pm
Groundswell (map ([link removed]) )

SocFem Reading Group
Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now
Sat, Feb 29, 2pm – 4pm
Rondo Public Library, meeting room A (map ([link removed]) )

Keep an eye on our calendar ([link removed]) for more events as they're scheduled or changed!
What we're up to...

Labor for Bernie Rally

By the time you read this, Bernie likely will have come in first or second in Iowa. He looks even better in New Hampshire. We don’t want to be overconfident, but things seem to be falling into place. Just today, Thursday, January 30th, the 200,000-strong American Postal Workers Union endorsed the Sanders Campaign. Lots of roadblocks and challenges ahead, but the wind is blowing in our direction.

Since December, DSA members, union activists, and those close to the labor movement have been working diligently to build support for Bernie among union members and workers. In January, 45 union members and supporters met to expand our network and to plan for a February rally. AFSCME members at Hennepin County Medical Center are mapping their workplace to build support for Bernie. More than 20 IBEW members have committed to attending the rally. Letter-carriers are recruiting coworkers. Minnesota educators are meeting to build support at their schools. (read more) ([link removed])

Yolanda Roth, Candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner, District 1

Yolanda Roth is a Twin Cities DSA member running for Hennepin County commissioner for District 1. A community organizer and activist who advocates for housing rights, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, and other causes, she has been with the labor movement for twenty years. She joined the Communication Workers of America as a telecom employee in 2000, where she took part in her first strike. Since then she’s helped lead a variety of labor campaigns, direct actions, and local movements.

While growing up in Milwaukee, a county initiative provided daycare, allowing her mother to go back to school. “I got to see her phoenix,” Roth said, describing the moment as an inspiration, showing her the power of county government to change people’s lives. (read more) ([link removed])

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For Further Review
With so many great podcasts, articles, books and videos coming out, it's easy to miss something great. Here's a few things members have found and loved recently.

Against War With Iran, Against WWIII ([link removed])
War Resisters League's comms team is headed up by a Syrian-American DSA member. This statement is the most nuanced antiwar statement to come from any left group since the onset of this crisis. Note the non-inflammatory use of the WWIII metaphor. As in: WWIII has already been happening to Syrians for years. It's not some specter of future destruction now that Western white people all of the sudden feel scared. --ES
Death to America Explained & Other Persian Phrases Related to Death ([link removed])
Some comrades have said that impending war with Iran (whether we manage to avert it or not) has made them realize how little we really know about Iran, its culture, history, present demographics, and political landscape. The MSM definitely gives us a monstrous distortion. Here is a good private blog that can fill in the gaps. --DKR

Ole Miss Law Professor Becomes First Democratic Socialist Candidate to Run for State Office ([link removed])
It's nice to see a democratic socialist running for office in Mississippi! --IM
A Communist Designed Your Kitchen ([link removed])
A great piece in Jacobin about Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky, an Austrian communist architect who later became a resistance fighter. She died in 2000 at the age of 102! And she did a lot more than just design the first fitted kitchen. --DKR
Bern After Reading: Sanders and Socialist Strategy ([link removed])
Very interesting piece by Andrew S from Madison. --PKD

You Have to Stay Poor - I'm Having a Steak (Episode 39) ([link removed])
Dave Gardner is founder of anti-capitalist organization Growthbusters, and this is episode 39 of his podcast series. It's recommended that you listen to episode 35, "Decoupling Nonsense" [link removed] before this one, because it is partly a response to listener feedback from episode 35. Episode 39 also contains an interview with Terry Spahr, executive producer of the film 8 Billion Angels, with his response episode 35 and why he is not impressed with a number of things people do that they think are shrinking their carbon footprint. --DKR
Black Abolitionists Believed in Taking Up Arms ([link removed])
This is more than a review of Kellie Carter Jackson's book Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence. It's also an in-depth discussion of the subject of armed slave rebellions, black American intellectuals and abolitionists on their theories of liberation and how armed resistance was a part of that, from 1865 right up to the 21st century, countering the narrative that all civil rights struggle is non-violent. --DKR

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