Register Now for this Summer’s Socialist Night School Series!

May 17, 2021

STL DSA is launching a summer school edition of the Socialist Night School!

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Here’s the lineup, below. Click on the weeks you want to attend, and then RSVP!

Week 1 on June 1 — Actually Existing Capitalism: Anatomy of a System in Crisis

Week 2 on June 15 — Race & Class

Week 3 on June 29 —  What is Ideology?

Week 4 on July 13 —  Theories of Social Change

Week 5 on July 27 — Socialist Futures

In addition to the series, we’re looking for both Organizers and Facilitators for Socialist Night School: 

Being an organizer is simple: the goal is moving people to show up! This means doing the outreach work necessary to get people to attend and become invested in Socialist Night School. Basically, if you sign up as an organizer, you'll be responsible for emailing, texting, calling, and messaging folks who have indicated they're interested in attending. Sign up to become an organizer here.

Being a facilitator entails doing the reading ahead of time and helping lead breakout groups during the class. We are hosting a Facilitation Training on May 24 from 7 - 8 pm, CT to go over details of how to facilitate these breakout sessions, as well as answer any questions you have. Please RSVP here if you have interest in being a facilitator.

The Socialist Feminist Working Group is Launching a Book Club!

STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group is launching a book club and wants you to join! Register a free account on bookclubz.com, and then vote on what will be read in the book club via this survey here.

Please make sure to get your votes in by this Friday, May 21, so book orders can be made accordingly. More information to come!

STL DSA Unapologetically Stands in Solidarity with Palestinians in Their Struggle for Liberation

St. Louis DSA proudly stands in solidarity with Palestine and applauds the statement from the national organization of its support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it ends its apartheid rule and campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Community Committee Check-In: New Charter, Survey on Next Meeting & More

Hey team!  It’s Jason S., your renewed chair of the Community Committee.

First, thanks for re-electing me! I appreciate that! Second, I want to reiterate the goals of the Community Committee.

If you haven’t read our recently updated charter, check it out here and read through what we’ve committed to. If you don’t feel like reading a bunch of boring procedural stuff, the main takeaways include our committee’s following commitments to the chapter:

  1. We run the hospitality crew (those are the folks that set up/clean up our in-person meetings)
  2. We help out with breakout room discussions by acting as facilitators
  3. We plan or help with the fun social events
  4. We welcome the new folks and help them feel comfortable with the organization
  5. We (are going to) help with an annual census of our membership

If you want to help make STL DSA a fun, welcoming place, please join us by filling out this Doodle poll. Once we have a time and date decided on, we’ll set up a meeting and get back to it!

In addition to our upcoming membership canvas, we’re going to plan another BBQ in June and start getting ready for in-person meetings.

To stay in touch, please fill out the survey on this page and I’ll make sure you get our usual email blasts.

Hope to see you all there!

Communications Committee Wants You! Let Us Know Your Availability

STL DSA’s Communications Committee is looking for writers, editors, social-media users, photographers, graphic designers and more! Whether you already have these skills, or are interested in developing them, now is the perfect time to join.

But to get started, we need to meet you and see what areas you’re most interested in — and that means joining us for an upcoming meeting! We haven’t yet scheduled our next meeting because we want to know, what date works best for you? 

Let us know what meeting dates work for you by selecting all the days you’re available at the Doodle survey here.

We look forward to meeting you and collaborating on some upcoming projects!

This Wednesday: $15/Hour Day of Action and How to Get Involved

This Wednesday, May 19, McDonald’s workers in St. Louis are going on strike to demand a $15/hour wage and a union.

Show them your support by standing in solidarity with them! Meet up at 4930 Christy Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63116, and then march with workers to the nearby McDonald’s.

Find more information at the official On Strike for $15/Hr and a Union Facebook page here. You can also let strike organizers you’ll be there this week by registering here.

Keep Our Fund-a-Thon Team in the Lead!

Last week, the National Network of Abortion Funds announced they were extending the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon, and they continue to accept donations for those seeking abortions and supportive care. While STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group has already raised more than $8,000 in funds and achieved top-team status for Missouri Abortion Fund’s campaign this year, this extension means there’s still time to make a donation.

Remember, these funds directly support abortion seekers in Missouri, as well as Missourians seeking abortions throughout the United States. As abortion access is increasingly under attack at the local, state, and federal levels, it is more important than ever to join the fight for reproductive justice.

Take Part in the Fight to Pass the PRO Act

The fight to pass the PRO Act continues. Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep phone banking moving, so if you can afford to do so, please donate here. If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

2021 DSA Convention: Attend a Pre-Convention Conference; Self-Nominate to Be a Delegate

DSA’s 2021 Convention, “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow,” is online-only and takes place Sunday August 1, through Sunday, August 8.

All members in good standing can both register to attend one of the many pre-convention conferences, as well as self-nominate to be a delegate representing STL DSA at the national convention. Note, you don’t have to be a convention delegate to attend a pre-convention conference.

If you’re interested in attending one of the pre-convention conferences, be aware, each event has a different registration deadline. Registration is already closed for the conferences on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22.

Those wanting to self-nominate to be a delegate at the national convention must do so before the May Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

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