From Twin Cities DSA <[email protected]>
Subject TCDSA Little Red Letter No. 54
Date January 6, 2020 2:07 AM
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twin cities
democratic socialists
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** Little Red Letter No. 54
Call to Action
Vote on 60A endorsement
Today (Sunday, January 5) is the public forum to determine whether TCDSA will endorse a candidate in the MN House District 60A special election on Tuesday, February 4th. All chapter members in good standing are eligible to vote on endorsement, and you don't need to be at the meeting -- for the first time, we are voting online! Before the end of today, you should receive a link from OpaVote at the email address you used to sign up for DSA. If you don't get an email from OpaVote and you think you should, please contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
Steering Committee representation amendment needs your input!
At our November general meeting, we discussed a proposed chapter bylaw amendment ([link removed]) to add three at-large representatives to our Steering Committee. At this month's meeting, it's time for more discussion and a vote. The above link to the amendment text is open for suggested edits. Please use it to send feedback on the amendment ahead of the chapter meeting on January 19. You can also email comments to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Feedback%20on%20proposed%20bylaw%20amendment) .

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Keep an eye on your mailboxes in the next few months, because it’s CENSUS TIME!! Forms will start dropping in March, and this is the first year that you can take it online.

Census results determine how many US house representatives MN gets (we’re probably gonna lose one, whomp whomp), the legislative district maps (gerrymandering is fun!), & how resources are distributed in the next decade. There are reasonable fears around the census this year, which makes it even more important that those of us with less reason for concern complete and submit the census.

If you’re really excited about the census (or not, but would like to make some money): the census is hiring ([link removed]) , and paying $25+ an hour!
Socialist Feminist Book Club 📚
This month we're reading Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership ([link removed]) by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We will be meeting on Saturday, January 11, at the Highland Park Library in the Highland Park Community Room, 2pm-4pm. Everyone's welcome!
Upcoming Events:
Ops/Tech Committee Meeting
Mon, January 6th, 7pm – 9pm
Mpls Central Library Room N-202, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (map ([link removed]) )

Mutual Aid Working Group Monthly Meeting
Tue, January 7, 6:15pm – 8pm
Merriam Park Library meeting room A (map ([link removed]) )

Tech Action Reading Group
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Wed, January 8, 6:30pm – 8pm
Mpls Central Library Room N-402, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (map ([link removed]) )

Socialist Feminist Book Club
Sat, January 11, 2pm – 4pm
Highland Park Library, Community Room, 1974 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116, USA (map ([link removed]) )

Socialize with Ramsey County Branch!
Mon, January 13, 7pm – 9pm
Black Hart of Saint Paul, 1415 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104, USA (map ([link removed]) )

Twin Cities DSA for Bernie: Debate Watch Party!
Tue, January 14, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Clockwerks Brewing, 25 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA (map ([link removed]) )

TCDSA Political Education Meeting
Wed, January 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Minneapolis Central Library (Room N-202), 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA (map ([link removed]) )

MN Labor for Bernie
Thurs, January 16, 7:00pm
UNITE-HERE Local 17, United Labor Center, 4th floor, 312 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (map ([link removed]) )

TCDSA Reading Group
Sat, January 18, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA (map ([link removed]) )

TCDSA January Member Meeting & Social
Sun, January 19, 1:00pm – 4:30pm (social afterward will be nearby and has no end time!)
CWA Local 7200 - 3521 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55433 (map ([link removed]) )

Ops/Tech Committee Meeting
Mon, January 20, 7pm – 9pm
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Budget / Fundraising Committee Meeting
Tue, January 21, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Minneapolis Central Library Room N-304 (map ([link removed]) )

Left Social Democrats
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020
Barnes and Noble at Har Mar Mall

Energy Democracy Summit
Thu, January 23, 6pm – 8pm
Luxton Park Recreation Center, 112 Williams Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA (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...
Introducing the Red Loons!

Hello TCDSA! We are the Red Loons, an independent leftist supporters group of Minnesota United FC, Minnesota’s new Major League Soccer team. While some of you are members already or have worked with us on community and political projects, we thought it was high time we extended an invitation to anyone who wants to have fun, watch a match and organize for a redder future.

You may be asking: how is being part of a supporter group different from just being a fan? Supporter groups are organized by their members that cheer for a particular soccer club independent from the team completely, serve as communities for their members, and often volunteer and work in the broader community, using our collective power to make stronger impacts wherever we go.

Since 2013, the Red Loons have been Minnesota’s only strong, independent, and proudly leftist supporters group. While some red-faced ghouls and bootlickers have aneurysms any time an athlete kneels during the anthem... (read more) ([link removed])

TCDSA Supports Nelsie Yang for St.
Paul City Council, Ward 6

The city of St Paul held city council elections this Tuesday 5 November and Twin Cities DSA recommended members volunteer support for Nelsie Yang, candidate for city council in Ward 6.

Twin Cities DSA did not host formal endorsement meetings this year, however a group of chapter members approached the elected leadership asking for an urgent decision and public statement on supporting this campaign in the final days. The chapter members included St Paul residents, comrades working with the Nelsie campaign, and people with close ties to some of the communities that Nelsie Yang hopes to represent. (read more) ([link removed])

Minnesota Labor for Bernie

A new group in the movement to elect Bernie Sanders president formed in December, Minnesota Labor for Bernie. Why Labor for Bernie? National Union Members For Bernie Coordinator, Jonah Furman says, "There are 14.7 million of us and 30 million voters in the 2016 Democratic primaries. We can make the difference." He goes on to say, "The networks we build now will live into the next campaign, the next strike, the next workplace." So, we, as Labor for Bernie can have a decisive impact not just on Bernie's campaign but the broader political agenda, on our unions and on social change... (read more) ([link removed])
Do you have opinions? Hot takes? Cool things you've been doing with DSA or our allies? Write for us ([link removed]) !
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.
The Power of Anarchist Analysis ([link removed])
This Current Affairs piece by Nathan Robinson is an excellent Everyperson's guide to anarchist analysis and what it says about socialism, as well as about the discontents of capitalism, such as private schools, bosses, and prisons. -- DKR

Liberté, Egalité, and French Fries ([link removed])
McDonald's in France crushes a 'slightly' pro-worker/good workplace. Talks about how a leader of the left might be built (indirectly). -- TG

The historical case for abolishing billionaires ([link removed])
Thirty years before Marx wrote Capital, [Maria] Stewart [an African-American] pointed out that American wealth was rooted in unrewarded black labour [sic.] “Like King Solomon, who put neither nail nor hammer to the temple, yet received the praise; so also have the white Americans gained themselves a name,” she said in a public speech in 1833. “We have performed the labor, they have received the profits.” Stewart makes an important point. It’s labourers [sic] who are real wealth-creators, generating profits that their employers take without fairly earning. -- DKR

The Sort-Of Socialist Church Is Taking A Radical Approach To Christianity ([link removed])
Jubilee Baptist is a quasi-socialist, anti-racist, LGBTQ-affirming church conducting a bold experiment: focusing on debt, work, and freedom from oppression instead of fear and moralism. -- KM

No Revolution Without Songs: The Sing in Solidarity Chorus ([link removed])
NYC DSA has a chorus! They sing at protests, they put on benefit shows, they build community. Goals, tbh. -- TMW
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