The North Brooklyn Branch held its first Neighborhood Councils meeting at the Dekalb Library. Turnout was primarily from Bushwick, Ridgewood, and Williamsburg. The goal of the Neighborhood Councils is deepening relationships between NBK members and grassroots movement/long-time institutions on the hyperlocal level. Concepts like the “snowflake model” and “dual power” inform the work and strategy behind this initiative.
The branch also hosted several Bernie 2020 events: a voter registration at McCarren Park where we signed up 150 volunteers, a fundraising BBQ (that raised over $4000 for the NYC-DSA PAC!!), and a planning meeting (two separate events) at Our Wicked Lady. The Political Education Working Group is reading Capital City by Sam Stein, and the Rose Buds committee is holding an Orientation event on the evening of Wednesday, September 18th, which any and ALL new or recently re-engaged members from ANY branch are invited to attend, to get a sense of the core political tenants of DSA, our national/chapter structure, and the current priority campaigns.
Staten Island DSA was asked by attorney Cesar Vargas, NY’s first undocumented attorney and Staten Island resident, to participate in #MigraWatchSI: an initiative that defends communities against immigration raids. Members have gone on two community watch tours, patrolling neighborhoods where ICE agents have been spotted or have made arrests. Fortunately we have not seen ICE presence during our tours but we are watching!