From East Bay DSA <[email protected]>
Subject Newsletter: Be a part of something
Date April 8, 2021 5:02 PM
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What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!



-W. E. B. DuBois



Comrades,



If you find yourselves with more energy, enjoying more daylight, you're not alone. The possibility of more in-person organizing has us feeling energized, too! This spring and summer seem full of possibilities: to see old friends, to make new ones, and to turn all of our pent-up frustrations and fears into collective action. How about this: developing one of our favorite organizing skills, the essential "One-on-One ([link removed]) ," in preparation for some actual, in-person one-on-ones you might be having soon?



And doesn't a year stuck at home make you want to see the bigger picture, to learn about the wider world? Tomorrow night, DSA national is hosting the webinar "Organizing Overseas: Migrant Domestic Worker Organizing in the Asia-Pacific Region ([link removed]) ." Learn how these workers, predominantly migrants and women, are fighting against unique obstacles for the respect and conditions they deserve; we need the benefit of their courage and insights in our struggles here.



Meanwhile, we're working on some of our biggest campaigns to date: for the Green New Deal ([link removed]) and California Medicare For All ([link removed]) . If you're feeling energized, put some of that into a campaign; be a part of something exciting today and build a greener, more equal future.



In solidarity!





News and Information

Be sure to check out East Bay Majority ([link removed]) , East Bay DSA's news source with a socialist perspective, for the latest news and information.





** LIBBY AND HER BILLIONAIRE FRIENDS ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION



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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s recently announced cash assistance program is the latest attempt by billionaires to privatize government services and destroy the welfare state, funded by many of the bosses who have driven millions into poverty.



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Featured Events

While we are still unable to meet face-to-face, events are still going on that you can be a part of. RSVP below to stay updated. You can also keep track on our Events page ([link removed]) .





** (NATIONAL DSA) ORGANIZING OVERSEAS: MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKER ORGANIZING IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION



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Friday, April 9 | 5–7 p.m.

Online via Zoom – register here ([link removed]) ♿️

Knowing that organizing workplaces is difficult, think about doing so if you lived in the home of your boss. In Asia-Pacific, over 80% of domestic workers are women, many of them migrants who live in the homes of their employers. Domestic workers take care of elders, children, and households for pay. They work on temporary visas arranged by private agencies that take a cut of their salaries, and face unique challenges as women, migrants, and low-wage workers, linked to their employer and agencies for visas, housing and income.



Domestic workers are often taken advantage of in their workplace, forced to work around the clock, abused by employers, and not afforded the dignity and respect they deserve. In response to the challenging conditions they face, domestic workers organize around the world to fight for their labor rights, their safety, and their health. In Hong Kong, domestic workers have a minimum wage that is regulated by the government, which presents an opportunity for collective organizing to increase minimum wage, and fight for better contracts.



This webinar will feature leaders from domestic worker federations and unions in Asia who will talk about their experiences organizing and empowering some of the most underrepresented and undervalued women workers to stand up and fight for their lives and livelihoods in a moment of unprecedented crisis. The featured speakers are Fish Ip, Regional Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Domestic Worker Federation (IDWF), Shiella Grace Estrada the Chairperson and founder of Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers' - Hong Kong (PLU-HK), Novelita Palisoc, who is organizing migrant domestic workers as well as local domestic workers in the Philippines, and Liezel Galdo, a migrant domestic worker organizer in Malaysia.



The event will be in English and recorded and shared live on the DSA Facebook page. Please join us!



RSVP ([link removed])





** ABOLITION 101



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Saturday, April 10 | noon–2 p.m.

Online via Zoom ([link removed]) ♿️



Join us for a political education event, Abolition 101, the first in a monthly series called "What is Abolition?" Presented in collaboration with EBDSA political education committee and EBDSA Racial Solidarity committee.



Summer 2020 saw an explosion of protests across the country as the police continued to murder unarmed Black people in cold blood. The protests against injustice sparked a national conversation about the role of police in our communities and schools. For some, this may have been the first time they had heard the words abolition in relation to police and prisons. What is prison abolition? How does this inform our work in EBDSA? We as socialists know that abolition is a critical part of a socialist world. Come discuss and explore questions about abolition with other socialists and our very own resident abolitionist Rob Connell!



Readings

Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete Introduction (12 pgs) ([link removed])

What is Prison Abolition? ([link removed])

Yes, We Literally Mean Abolish the Police - Mariame Kaba in NYT ([link removed])

Advice to New Abolitionists - Critical Resistance ([link removed])



RSVP ([link removed])



Join on Zoom ([link removed])





** CALIFORNIA MEDICARE FOR ALL: STATEWIDE PHONE BANK



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Saturday, April 10 | 3–5 p.m.

Online – register here ([link removed]) ♿️



Join DSA Comrades from all across California to make calls, educate voters, and ensure we pass single-payer healthcare here in our state! Together we are going to win a system that prioritizes the health of the working-class over the profits of insurance companies and their billionaire executives. Let's fight to replace our broken, for-profit health system with Medicare for All!

RSVP ([link removed])





** APRIL VIRTUAL GENERAL MEETING



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Sunday, April 11 | 1–3 p.m.

Online via Zoom – register here ([link removed])

Join us for our April General Meeting of East Bay DSA!



The meeting will be conducted via Zoom — please register and find the call-in info below!



Register here ([link removed])





** MAY DAY PLANNING MEETING



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Monday, April 12 | 6–8 p.m.

Online – RSVP for info ([link removed]) ♿️

Hello Hello! Did you know... May Day is coming up! EBDSA has launched a PRO Act campaign and one of the priorities is to support a May Day rally. Let’s turn up for May Day with solidarity, love for labor, and demands to pass the PRO Act! 🚩🔥



Join us on Monday, April 12 for a May Day planning meeting and come ready to brainstorm!



RSVP ([link removed])





** THE ORGANIZER’S TOOLBOX: HOW TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE



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Monday, April 12 | 6–8 p.m.

Online via Zoom ([link removed]) ♿️

In this training, we will discuss and practice the art of the one-on-one meeting. This is a powerful and foundational skill for any organizer—it helps us form a political relationship with somebody, understand more about who they are and what motivates them, and gives us an opportunity to make a concrete ask of them.



One-on-one meetings can help us develop political relationships with other working-class people, build leadership in your committee, and move people to action. Come to this training to learn the components of a one-on-one and get some real-life practice.



Note: While everybody is welcome, this training event is geared towards people who are already active in the Democratic Socialists of America or aligned organizations.



RSVP ([link removed])

Join on Zoom ([link removed])





** GREEN NEW DEAL COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING (VIRTUAL)



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Wednesday, April 14 | 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Online via Zoom – RSVP for info ([link removed]) ♿️

Our Green New Deal Committee meets on the second Wednesday each month. We will discuss eco-socialist issues, upcoming events and actions, committee priorities, and campaigns. All are welcome! Please RSVP to receive the URL to the meeting or email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .



RSVP ([link removed])





** CLASSROOM JUSTICE MEETING

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Monday, April 15 | 7–9 p.m.

Online via Zoom – RSVP for info ([link removed]) ♿️

Join the Classroom Justice Campaign! Classroom Justice is a locally-run campaign that seeks to fight against the injustices happening in our public school system by a cabal of privatizers, whose sole purpose is the dismantling of every public service in this country. If you want to join in the fight against these gentrifiers or merely have questions, sign up or send your inquiries to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .



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(NATIONAL DSA) DSA4USPS: RURAL DELIVERY AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Sunday, April 18 | 1–3 p.m.

Online – register here ([link removed]) ♿️

In its fifth educational webinar, DSA4USPS will explore the postal service's mandate to serve all customers equally, whether they live in New York City or an unincorporated town. Rural delivery is one of the most important functions of the postal service, but because it is unprofitable, attacks on it are more likely than ever. Join Dave Staiger, West Michigan rural letter carrier and member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association; Cathy Kennedy, from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and who fought tirelessly for pay equity for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers; Katherine Devine of World Wildlife Federation, to share about their proposal for "Farmer Post," similar to the Canadian farm-to-table proposal; and Sam, a rural USPS customer from the Southwest Louisiana DSA chapter. This webinar will be moderated by Emily Y. from Charlottesville DSA.



RSVP ([link removed])





** STEERING COMMITEE MEETING



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Sunday, April 18 | 2–5 p.m.

Online via Zoom – RSVP for info ([link removed]) ♿️

See how your elected leadership works as we deliberate on current chapter issues. This meeting is open to all DSA members to observe the proceedings. Please RSVP for the Zoom link. The agenda is TBA.



RSVP ([link removed])





** RACIAL SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING



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Monday, April 19 | 7–9 p.m.

Online – contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) for info ♿️

Join the Racial Solidarity Committee for our monthly meeting! The Racial Solidarity Committee (RSC) is dedicated to fighting for the rights of BIPOC communities here in the Bay Area as well as around the world. We are committed to building a multiracial democratic socialist organization that reflects the diversity of the Bay Area working class. Our work ranges from immigration justice and open borders to workers' rights and access to fully-funded public education. In our general meetings, we hold political discussions and report on upcoming RSC campaigns and events. Join us and become a part of the fight for Racial Solidarity!



Racial Solidarity Committee is open to all, and we especially welcome self-identified BIPOC folx. BIPOC facilitators take progressive stack, and we maintain community agreements.



RSVP ([link removed])





** LET’S OWN PG&E CAMPAIGN



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Wednesday, April 21 | 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Online via Zoom ([link removed]) ♿️

Learn about why a for-profit PG&E will never work for the people or the planet and be a part of winning a Community-owned, Community-controlled PG&E.



RSVP ([link removed])



Join on Zoom ([link removed])

Upcoming Events





** SOCIAL HOUSING COMMITEE MEETING



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Wednesday, April 21 | 7–8:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom ([link removed]) ♿️

Monthly meeting for the EBDSA Social Housing committee. Come to hear updates about our upcoming projects, and have a political discussion about the decommodification of housing in the Bay Area!



RSVP ([link removed])



Join on Zoom ([link removed])





CATCH UP ON NIGHT SCHOOL

With social distancing guidelines still in place, now's as good a time as any to catch up on our Socialist Night School.



Catch up on past night school readings and videos below.



Watch past Night School videos ([link removed])



Catch up on Night School readings ([link removed])





Not a Member Yet? Let's Fix That.

DSA now has 90,000 members nationally, and we're still growing. There's never been a better time to get involved than right now! Join our national organization by clicking below and become an official socialist organizer.



Join DSA ([link removed])





Caucus Corner

Our caucuses organize events too! Check out the Caucus Corner of our website ([link removed]) to learn more about the activities of East Bay DSA caucuses and how to participate.





Announcements





MEET WITH A MOBILIZER!

Are you a new DSA member? Or are you looking to get more involved with East Bay DSA's projects and campaigns? Sign up to talk to a mobilizer!



Here are three reasons to sign up to talk to a mobilizer:

1. Meet a fellow socialist organizer

We want to build a movement of millions of working class people and change the exploitative and oppressive system in which we live, but we do that first and foremost by building one-to-one connections with each other.



2. Answer your questions

Learn more about DSA, the local East Bay chapter, and our different committees and projects.



3. Get more involved

The main thing a mobilizer will help you with is getting more involved in DSA. Maybe there’s a campaign or project you’re particularly interested in, or maybe you’re a blank slate and you don’t really know what to do. Either way, a mobilizer will help you figure it out.



Sign up to talk to a mobilizer! ([link removed])





Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.



-Ralph Waldo Emerson



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