With the House passing the PRO Act earlier this week, we've taken a massive step in fighting for both the working class and The Green New Deal! National DSA has made supporting the PRO Act a priority, and you can go here <[link removed]>to learn more about it and sign up to get training and involvement on the campaign.
The capitalist class is fighting tooth and nail to maintain their power, as we saw from last year's election as well as the negligent response to Coronavirus relief from both major parties. The PRO Act will go a long way in allowing workers to unionize and wield their collective power, so we can hold our leaders accountable and fight for a better world!
On March 8, City Council began holding its departmental budget hearings. These hearings are our last chance to put pressure on City Council to defund the police and refund Detroit before the Council proposes amendments.
We’re continuing our weekly phone banks to talk to Detroiters and ask them to turn out for the public hearings. We need all hands on deck to pressure Detroit City Council to vote NO in April against any austerity budget that leaves too many low-income and working class Detroiters sick and stuck in the cold. Sign up for one of the remaining three events:
<[link removed]>3/12 PHONE BANK <[link removed]>
<[link removed]>3/19 PHONE BANK <[link removed]>
<[link removed]>3/26 PHONE BANK <[link removed]>
At the recent District Community Budget Forums, the two top priorities of Detroiters based on the public comments were Housing (40 comments) and Defunding the Police (34 comments). In his budget presentation on March 5, Mayor Duggan did not even acknowledge these priorities. We have to tell him and the Council again and again that we want our budget to divest from the Police Department and its racist, militarized surveillance machine and reinvest in housing, healthcare, the environment - all things that improve the material conditions for ourselves and our community. Sign up to join us in doing so at an upcoming public hearing:
<[link removed]>MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT <[link removed]>
Can't make it? Here are some other ways you can take action:
• Emailthe Budget Office <[link removed]>andyour city council member <[link removed]>. Demand that they defund the police and refund Detroiters. Clickhere <[link removed]> for some talking points.
We're hitting the home stretch for petition signatures! With less than a month before they're due, we're heading to Springwells Village for some canvassing shifts. Coffee and snacks will be provided, along with strict safety protocols for our canvassers being enforced. Be sure to stick around after Sunday's canvass for a socially distanced, outdoor happy hour at Batch Brewing Company!
RSVP <[link removed]>
Socialist Reading Group
Sunday, March 14th 1PM-2PM
The Socialist Reading Group will meet to discuss “Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party.”
This is a key text for comrades to consider, which pertains to the history and experiences of the revolutionary Black Panther Party. The group meets every other Sunday at 1pm and is open to all comrades, even if you haven't been following along with the reading!
JOIN HERE <[link removed]>
Socialist Movie Night: Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Sunday, March 14th 7PM-9:30PM
Detroit, 1982: Chinese-American engineer Vincent Chin is beaten to death by two white auto workers who, despite confessing to the crime, go free. Shining a light on anti-Asian racism in America, this documentary examines the case from all sides, touching on everything from the history of Chinese immigration to Detroit’s socioeconomic struggles to the failings of the justice system. Come for the live-chat, stay for the discussion afterwards. Open to the public - invite your friends!
REGISTER <[link removed]>
All the Left Questions: Ladies to the Front
Saturday, March 20th 7PM-9PM
Please join us in supporting Landis4BOPC, while having fun and celebrating Women’s History Month!
Do you miss stepping out with some friends to a local pub for some merrymaking and trivia? Are you itching to socialize with comrades and stretch your brain muscles? Did you regretfully miss the last trivia night that had everyone talking?!
Well… you’re in luck!
Join us for the next fundraiser for the Landis4BOPC campaign -- All the Left Questions: Ladies to the Front. It’s Women’s History Month and we want to celebrate some Leftist Ladies, have some fun, and maybe even learn something!
Tickets are $10 per person, with all proceeds going to the campaign to elect Landis Spencer to the Board of Police Commissioners in District 6. Join us for a little competition and a lot of comradery on Saturday, March 20 at 7 PM!
SIGN UP <[link removed]>
Socialist Discussion Night: DSA & The Unions
Sunday, March 21st, 6PM-8PM
Join us for a vibrant discussion on the relationship between socialists and unions, and what we should do about it! The 30 minute panel will feature DSA members Jess Newman and Hussein Beydoun, followed by an open discussion with the audience. All are welcome and encouraged to join!
REGISTER <[link removed]>
This week in...
"'Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Ability to Compete' examines the history of production processes and labor relations in the American automobile industry, offering new insights into the industry’s decline and its ongoing dilemmas."
Class Struggle Under Capital- Lessons from Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Ability to Compete, by Vince Carducci <[link removed]>
An unsuspecting worker gets a lesson in wage theft
"Exciting Opportunities", flash fiction by Katherine Montalto <[link removed]>
"The Dream: The Cruel Hand of Venus", by Ken Jackson <[link removed]>
Detroit DSA is a 1200+ member funded organization. We receive no money from outside sources so we can say things like "Defund the Police" and "Abolish ICE" without losing funding, and we will always act democratically in the interests of our members and the working class! If you're able to, we ask that you make monthly contributions as they more directly benefit our chapter. Thank you for whatever amount you're able to contribute!
If you're ready to join us in our fight for working class people, go here: dsausa.org/join <[link removed]>.