From Silicon Valley DSA <[email protected]>
Subject Keeping Up The Pressure With SV DSA! 🌹
Date August 26, 2019 4:23 AM
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Find out all the ways to get involved this week! 💖

SV DSA Newsletter
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If we do not do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable – Murray Bookchin

Hi John!

Last week, we learned the news that Palantir has renewed its ICE contract, in spite of our community rising to put an end to the terror they are enabling. On Friday, a mass mobilization organized by the Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps was held at their Palo Alto headquarters, and more will come as this fight continues. To join the CCCC and learn about upcoming actions, sign up here ([link removed]) .

To see what our working groups are up to and ways to get involved this week, read on below! If you're not sure where to begin, if you have a project you would like to work on, or if you just want to say hi, you can also stop by Orchard Valley Coffee ([link removed]) in Campbell, on Monday, August 26, at any time between 9am and 2pm. Members will meet to work on various tasks, and would be happy to see you there! 👋

In Solidarity,
Your SV DSA Newsletter Team 🌹

Silicon Valley DSA is your local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). We're a nationwide movement organizing for democratic socialism.

** Calls to Action
Our Healthcare Working Group is continuing public outreach with the Santa Clara County Single Payer Health Care Coalition in support of Medicare For All, keeping the pressure on Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to sign on to HR 1384 and having a hearing in the Healthcare Subcommittee. This Saturday, we’ll table at the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers market, and we need your help! 🏥

This is a newbie friendly event – no prior experience is needed. We’ll go over the materials and all the information you need, and if you have not tabled before, we’ll make sure to team you up with an experienced comrade. Sign up here ([link removed]) , and let us know when you're available for future tabling events!

** August Branch Meetings
At this month's branch meetings we will be voting on a proposal for our chapter to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 presidential campaign. If that should pass, we will also vote on how to engage with the campaign. The full text of the proposals are available here ([link removed]) .

The meetings start at 7pm, but we'll have the doors open starting at 6:30 to hang out and eat snacks, which is a great way to get to know more about the chapter if this is your first meeting. ✨

** Lower Peninsula Branch
August 27 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St, Palo Alto
Details ([link removed]) . Agenda ([link removed]) .

** San Jose Branch
August 29 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sacred Heart Community Service
1381 S 1st Street, San José
Details ([link removed]) . Agenda ([link removed]) .

Note that we are back at Sacred Heart for this month's meeting! 👆

** Fall Chapter Meeting

In addition to our monthly branch meetings, Silicon Valley DSA also meets quarterly as a whole chapter, where both branches get together to strategize, learn and make decisions. At our Fall Chapter Meeting, members will also lead organizing workshops to empower each and every one of us to build socialist power in Silicon Valley. ✊

This year's Fall Chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Details will be available here ([link removed]) .
As usual, we can't make this meeting happen without a lot of volunteers!
* Please let us know if you're able to help with any day-of tasks such as childcare, cleanup or bringing snacks when you RSVP ([link removed]) .
* If you can help coordinate these tasks, or have additional ideas or suggestions for the meeting, join our planning call ([link removed]) !

** Upcoming Events

** Chapter Committee Meeting
August 26 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

Officers meet regularly to check in on all of our working groups and plan future events. If you’re interested in the nuts and bolts of chapter administration, or have questions for the officers, you’re welcome to attend. Just fill out this form ([link removed]) for detail!

** Ecosocialist Working Group Meeting
August 28 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

Join us for our monthly Zoom call for the Ecosocialist Working Group!

** Medicare For All Tabling
August 31 at 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

This Saturday, we’ll table at the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers market, and we need your help!

Let us know if you can make it by signing up for a shift here ([link removed]) !

** Socialist Feminist Working Group Meeting
September 2 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

Do you like smashing the patriarchy? Do you like organizing your community to fight for feminism? Are you wondering what this socialist stuff is?

Join us for our next meeting at the San José Peace and Justice Center. We’ll be discussing exposing crisis pregnancy centers, distributing our remaining period packs, and our collaboration efforts with Peninsula DSA.

** Electoral Working Group Meeting
September 3 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

It’s almost election season, and that means local, state, and national campaigns are gearing up! What’s SV DSA going to be doing? Who do we support as candidates? Which races are we going to work on? We … uh … still need to decide that. Wanna get in on the ground floor of developing our electoral strategy for 2020? Then this call is for you!

** Housing Working Group Meeting
September 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Details ([link removed]) .

At our September meeting of the Housing Working Group, we’ll discuss potential local ballot initiatives for 2020, the ongoing fights in Mountain View over rent control and a proposed RV ban, local & county policies for addressing homelessness, and more.

** Announcements

** Join DSA!
To join DSA and vote at our meetings, you can pay dues ([link removed]) or request a waiver (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Dues%20waiver%20request) .
(If you're not sure your membership is current, we can check (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Membership%20check) . If you've moved, let us know ([link removed]) .)

** Support your local chapter
Membership dues mostly go to support national DSA—to support Silicon Valley DSA directly, set up voluntary local dues ([link removed]) ! We recommend you pay up to $5 monthly in national dues, if affordable, and reserve your additional generosity for the local. 🌹

** Organize a local meet-up
To win the world, we need to win our buildings, our neighborhoods, and our cities. If you want to start a DSA local meetup in your neighborhood, email us (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Interested%20in%20Local%20Meetup) ! This is a fun and easy way to connect local comrades and bring in new folks.

** Let's connect 1-on-1
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