The LoMan April meeting was held on the 22nd, and featured a really spectacular presentation by the branch’s housing working group. With less than nine weeks to go before the rent law expiration, members are working overtime to protect our tenants’ rights and win major concessions from the landlord class.
The Lower Manhattan Healthcare committee, an arm of the Citywide Healthcare Working Group, met on Thursday April 25 to schedule a canvass for May. As of time of writing, details for that event are unavailable but will be posted to the calendar as soon as possible.
The branch’s political education committee will be doing a reading series on Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx Was Right to answer some of the most common questions asked of us like, Is socialism inherently violent? or Do socialists believe in human nature? People new to the left are encouraged to join us, but we welcome members of all levels of knowledge to brush up on the basics. Our reading group will be meeting on Tuesday nights in May. More info will be posted to the calendar shortly.
The next branch meeting will most likely be on May 30, where, among other things, there’ll be a discussion of proposals for the upcoming convention and candidate statements from those running for citywide leadership positions (CLC and SC). Hope to see you there!
The Queens branch of NYC-DSA has been pulling out all the stops in its efforts to elect public defender and DSA member Tiffany Cabán as Queens District Attorney. Its Electoral Working Group played a key role in the mapping out the campaign’s field strategy, and supplied about 60% of the campaign’s 10,000-plus petition signatures and organized nearly two thirds of the canvasses to date.
The Political Education Working Group is planning a teach-in with the Anti War Working Group on Palestine. The teach-in will be held be Tuesday, May 14, from 7 PM to 9 PM at Church of the Redeemer 30-18 Crescent Street, Astoria. The event is scheduled to commemorate the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when Palestinians were dispossessed off their land by Zionist settlers. Two Palestinian speakers will discuss the, Nakba, BDS, and the Great March of Return.
The Political Education group discussed the ABCs of Capitalism in April, and will discuss “Reform or Revolution” by Rosa Luxemburg, on Wednesday, May 15, from 7 PM to 9 PM at Art House Astoria 23-35 Broadway, Astoria.
This month, the Bronx/Upper Manhattan branch continued canvassing for the Save Allen Psych campaign in Inwood and for universal rent control in the Bronx. Branch members joined coalition partners for a rally and March for Housing Justice in Harlem on April 11; they helped prepare for the rally with a phone-banking and sign-making party. The branch's Food Justice Working Group worked on a Little Free Pantry Project, among other initiatives. The Political Education Working Group co-sponsored a screening of "Norma Rae" with The Workmen's Circle and organized reading groups on Emma Goldman, plus a happy hour. The branch formed its first Elections Committee to administer branch-wide elections for the next year. On April 27, there was another new member orientation, followed by a happy hour. At the branch meeting on the 30th, there’ll be a discussion of the citywide policy platform and updates from ongoing campaigns.
The next Labor Branch general meeting will be Thursday, May 16 from 7-9 PM at the UAW Offices at 256 W 38th St, 12th Fl. Industry breakout groups start at 6 pm, members should reach out to their industry leaders to see if there is a breakout for them to attend. The branch will use this meeting to discuss the upcoming NYC-DSA Convention, which will be June 1. The Labor Branch has 9 delegates, so members wishing to run should fill out Labor Branch questionnaire (to be sent out on May 1!) and write a candidate statement. Candidate statements will be sent out before the May meeting, at which candidates will be asked to read their statements (or have a stand-in read a statement for them if they can’t attend).
The branch will also be holding a Labor Notes Training, restarting at the beginning of their series “Secrets of a Successful Organizer, Beating Apathy.” The training will be Thursday, May 23 from 7-9 PM at the UAW offices at 256 W 38th St, 12th Fl. If you’ve already come to a previous iteration of this training, now’s a great opportunity to share it with a coworker who is new to organizing or to DSA. This is also a great training if you are starting the journey of getting a Rank and File job and joining a union!
At the NBK April branch meeting, there were report backs from several efforts regarding the Universal Rent Control (URC) campaign, and a call for volunteers to canvass for URC and the Tiffany Cabán campaign in Queens. This was followed by citywide convention preparation and delegate nominations and later a lengthy discussion about the citywide policy platform. The four planks of this platform are Labor, Ending the Carceral State, Anti-Discrimination, and Immigration.
Here are some upcoming and past events NBK events:
* April 6: Fear City reading group
* April 8th: NBK Night School - Israel-Palestine.
* April 22nd: NBK Night School - Mass Incarceration.
* April 25th: NBK Branch Meeting, Mayday Space
* April 30th: Policy Platform town hall
* May 4: NBK Fundraiser @ Trans Pecos
The next Central Brooklyn branch meeting will be next Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 123 Pierrepont St. The meeting will focus on discussing the proposed citywide policy platform and voting on amendments to branch bylaws, which have been submitted over the course of the month of April. We will also hear from comrades in the Red Rabbits to prepare for May Day.
Ballots are currently out to vote for Central Brooklyn delegates to the citywide convention in June, with voting closing at the end of the day April 30. Eligible members of Central Brooklyn should reach out to the organizing committee at email@example.com if they haven’t received an email with their ballot. Central Brooklyn members have the opportunity to meet and talk with delegate candidates for convention at a social prior to the branch meeting.
South Brooklyn DSA’s April branch meeting was held on Sunday, April 28th, from 1-3 PM at An-Noor, 7114 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The branch discussed citywide and branch campaigns, the Policy Platform, and proposed amendments to our bylaws.
On Wednesday, April 24th South Brooklyn DSA's healthcare field team held their first canvass for the NYHA in Bay Ridge, focusing on pressuring Diane Savino and Andrew Gounardes to support single payer for New York.
The Political Education Committee held an ABC’s of Socialism Reading group on April 20th at the Pacific Branch library.
This month’s branch meeting was held on April 25th at CWA Local 1102 in Great Kills. There was a very productive discussion about potential branch involvement in Bernie 2020 work, and co-chair Lauren led the branch through a great introduction to canvassing in preparation for ramping up Medicare for All efforts on the island.
For political education, the branch just wrapped up Jacobin’s ABCs of Socialism. The discussion was so detailed and engaging that a second reading group needed to be scheduled to finish talking about it! Participants gave really good feedback and there’s a lot of excitement around continuing these reading groups in the future!
It was also decided that in place of a usual branch meeting, the branch will hold a pilot canvass for the Medicare for All campaign during the last week of May. Details will be coming soon!