Justice for Cecily McMillan- Next Steps

Yesterday ( May 14) we had an awesome press conference at City Hall! A number of City Council members have written letters and made statements in support of Cecily. We have a few very exciting things going on between now and the rest of the week in our efforts to get Cecily leniency in sentencing! First of all, she gave us a statement last night to send out today:

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“Today was the first day I really sobbed. For more than 15 minutes I gushed with overwhelming joy and gratitude. Today was the first day I got mail. A few weeks worth, certainly over 100 letters. My dorm-mates and I spent all evening reading, and we still got through only about half. The literature, the poems, the photos, the drawings now litter the whole of 5 South B. Occupy Love is literally spreading through Rikers. It has been an incredible day, I have never felt so loved or so human.”

Your letters to her really make a difference. If you haven’t sent one yet or want to send more, the information on how to do that (including her address) is here! However, she isn’t the only person we need to write letters to! In our efforts to get Cecily released, we are writing letters to Judge Zweibel asking him for leniency in sentencing. Please write your letter here, and encourage your friends and networks to do so as well! Our form letter is entirely modifiable, so let it serve as a guideline for your messaging and then write whatever you want. You can also email letters to zweibel@justiceforcecily.com.

After you write your letter, please RSVP for the rally on Sunday! We will be starting in Union Square at 2:00pm. We’ll be presenting a people’s court with the evidence we weren’t allowed to present in the courtroom, reading a statement from Cecily, and hearing stories and talking about the thousands of other victims of police brutality.

Last of all, don’t forget to plan for the sentencing hearing on Monday, May 19th! We’re not certain exactly what time Cecily will be getting sentenced (the actual sentencing hearing will take between 10 minutes and an hour), so we are planning on getting there in the morning and staying until her hearing is over! As before, the hearing will take place in Part 41 (room 1116) of 100 Centre St. 

Love and solidarity,
 Justice for Cecily team
CecilysTrial@gmail.com

See also this report on the verdict by Maurice Isserman 

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/the-disturbing-verdict-against-cecily-mcmillan

 

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What Is DSA? Training Call

May 30, 2017
· 57 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 95 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix. 9 ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 27 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

June 13, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Join Bill Barclay, Chicago DSA co-chair, and Peg Strobel, National Political Committee and Feminist Working Group co-chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement. 9:30 PM ET; 8:30 PM CT; 7:30 PM MT; 6:30 PM PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Bill Barclay, chocolatehouse@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 7 rsvps

Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
· 5 rsvps

 

Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.