Monthly Archives: July 2013

7/14 Boston Democratic Socialists of America Members’ Meeting & Summer Bar-BQ

Happy Bastille Day!

Celebrate Bastille Day with DSA!

Sunday, July 14
2:30 – 3:00 pm Gather
3:00 pm (sharp) Meeting begins
4:30 or so Barbeque (Pot luck)

Join us for good talk, good food, and camaraderie.  Proposed discussion topics for the members’ meeting include…

Bangladesh workers’ solidarity:  Boston DSA has been joining in rallies in support of justice for garment workers in Bangladesh who have been killed in factory fires and a catastrophic collapse.  Litu Kabir of the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia and the Boston-based Bangladesh Workers’ Solidarity Network will be on hand to fill us in on what is happening and what the campaign is about, and get the discussion started.

Massachusetts 5th CD Race:  Now that (DSA-endorsed candidate) Ed Markey will be the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, there will be another special election for his Congressional seat.  There is promising to be a crowded field of Democratic Primary candidates, several with fairly solid progressive credentials.  Do you have a favorite?  Come prepared to tell us who, and why, as we kick off a preliminary discussion as a prelude to a possible DSA endorsement in late July or August.

It is also possible that we will have somebody on hand to tell us what is happening over the summer with organizing fast food workers.

Location: 24 Bridge St., Newton MA 02458

 Directions are HERE.  We can pick people up at Watertown Sq. between 1:45 and 2:15 or so (earlier if necessitated by transit schedules) – call 617-448-5341.  Child care can possibly be arranged for the meeting portion (only) if requested at least 4-5 days in advance.  Same number or email webmaster@dsaboston.org.

 Interested non-members are welcome.

 

7/11 Boston DSA E. Board/Activist Meeting: Socialist Feminism

Boston DSA holds Executive Board/Activist meetings on the 2nd Thursday of (almost) every month.

7:00 to 8:00 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd. mtg. – members welcome)
8:00 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting (Open to all interested)

On Thursday July 11, Peg Strobel will be joining us at 8:00 via web-link to lead a discussion on Socialist Feminism as part of the activist meeting.

Peg is a member of  Chicago DSA (and its subgroup Greater Oak Park DSA).  She serves on the NPC and co-chairs the Feminist Team.  She will talk about socialist feminism (how it developed, where it fits in the landscape of feminism and of socialism, why it matters) and join with Boston DSA members in discussing what socialist feminist work DSA might/should do.

DSA recently reconstituted Feminist Team has had two projects in the past year.  First, they encouraged locals to participate in April Bowl-a-thons across the country to raise funds for abortion clinics.  Second, they have lined up regular posts of feminist content for the DL blog.

Here are some recent posts:

Sexuality, Sexual Identity and Immigration
Marriage Equality and Beyond
Fathers’ Day: Parental Leave, Labor Market Flexibility and the Definition of Maleness
The Feminine Mystique at 50
Immigrant Women Temp Workers Stand Up for Their Rights
The Other America Through a Feminist Lens

What topics do you think should be covered, and do you have suggestions for authors?

7/11 Boston DSA E. Board/Activist Meeting: Socialist Feminism
7:00 to 8:00 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd. mtg. – members welcome)
8:00 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting
Location:
Encuentro 5/TecsChange
9B Hamilton Place, Ste 2A, Boston MA 02108 (MAP)
Park St T Stop – Hamilton place is the alley with the Orpheum Theatre at the end of it – one block toward Govt.  Ctr beyond Winter St.
2nd buzzer from the bottom