Working Group Updates

Anti-War is holding its next meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Catholic Worker Mary House (55 East 3rd Street, New York). It is also planning a Yemen fundraiser, with details TBA. Email Anti-War to learn more about its recent projects and to get involved.

B-UM Housing is continuing to support tenants’ associations. Members attended a major tenants’ march on June 14, 2018, and also phonebanked and made signs for the march. Read more in the “Why we organize tenants” piece about what the Housing working-groups are doing city-wide

Labor & Strike Solidarity held its June meeting, featuring a discussion on a city-wide DSA resolution encouraging members to get rank-and-file union jobs. Attendees also discussed the history of rank-and-file strategy, its relation to the recent successful teachers’ strike in West Virginia, and the urgent need to revitalize the labor movement from the ground up. Additionally, the meeting passed amendments to the working group’s bylaws.

Labor & Strike Solidarity is also supporting the Laundry Worker’s Center in its new campaign against employer abuses in Harlem laundromats. The campaign is holding an event at Thomas Jefferson Park at 114th Street and 1st Ave in Harlem on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Contact Labor & Strike Solidarity for further details.

Racial Justice is currently working on three campaigns that focus on Postal Banking, the Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB) and Court Watching. The Postal Banking campaign is a petition to provide low- to no-cost check cashing and ATM services at U.S. Post Offices, in an effort to combat predatory lending services and powerful banking institutions. The ECRB campaign is pursuing New York City Council legislation to create a police oversight committee with the power to enforce disciplinary measures against the NYPD and, if necessary, appoint special prosecutors. The court watching programs based in Queens and the Bronx are designed to expose inequities in the way the judicial system arraigns and sentences. The Postal Banking and ECRB campaigns are actively canvassing and petitioning. The Postal Banking campaign is canvassing from 12 – 3 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2018, location TBD, check the NYC-DSA facebook page.

Religion + Socialism is continuing its participation with the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) and its work on immigration justice. Several Religion + Socialism members were arrested during a PPC rally in Albany earlier this month. The next meeting will be held in July 2018; further details TBD.

Tech Action is hosting a discussion on surveillance capitalism with writers Ingrid Burrington and Rob Horning (who is also an editor at The New Inquiry) at 114 West 26th Street from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The panel will discuss the societal effects of for-profit data collection and analysis, the practice’s future trajectory, and what a left alternative might look like.