Housing

Newsletter Issue 1: Housing

Renting, landlords, and your socialist horoscope, all inside…

  Table of Contents


  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Half of Lawrence is made up of renters, many living in buildings that cost far too much and don’t meet basic needs.
  • Some buildings aren’t even accessible to those with disabilities, the elderly, or families with small children, yet Lawrence has one of the highest rent rates in Kansas.
  • Most renters don’t dare speak out for fear of landlords and property management groups, who wield considerable political influence and can retaliate through harassment or even eviction.

  WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

  • When renters can be intimidated into silence and forced to accept unacceptable conditions, the entire Lawrence community suffers.
  • Landlords and property management groups count on the fact that, because so many renters are college students, it’s harder to organize and fight for more affordable and dignified housing, which makes organizing all the more necessary.
  • When renters come together to connect, discover common hardships, and learn about opportunities to organize so that no one has to be afraid to speak out against unsafe and unfair housing, everyone wins.

  INTERVIEW:
Lawrence DSA Housing Working Group Chair

Why did you get involved with this issue and what are DSA’s concerns and goals regarding housing in Lawrence?

Our chapter’s biggest concerns with housing right now are making sure renters are protected. Lawrence has one of the highest rent rates in the state of Kansas. Many renters live in buildings that cost too much and provide too little. This issue affects people from all backgrounds and it is a working class struggle. We want to hear tenants’ struggles and give them the tools to get material change in their lives.

Many buildings in town are not accessible. A lot of apartment complexes are not accommodating to individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and to families with small children. Landlords’ desire to take a few extra dollars profit will always come before tenants’ need to live.

Half of Lawrence is renters and I see that we have the potential to tap into real power. By bringing people together on this issue we can bring solidarity and power to the working class.

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing renters in Lawrence?

Coming up against the landlords and the property management groups – the landlord class holds a lot of political power and capital. It can be intimidating to even start to think of standing up against this class, especially since they have a lot of pull in local government and city boards. When doing this work, there is also the fear of being evicted or harassed by your landlord. It is important to remember that we as the working class can come together. There are many of us and only a few of them.

Given Lawrence is a college town with students who might rent for only a few years, how would you respond to students who might ask why they should be invested in Lawrence’s housing issues?

As college gets more expensive, a lot of students worry about making rent. It is not unusual for students to use student loans to cover basic living expenses. Students should not have to worry if they are going to make rent. Whether students stay in Lawrence for life or only a few years, tenant organizing and solidary are a powerful tool everywhere. Fighting for housing is not just a Lawrence issue but a global issue.

What will be covered during the DSA teach-in?

We want to bring renters together to discuss issues they are facing. By bringing renters together, we can discover the ongoing and shared issues with landlords and property management companies. Along with airing grievances, we can build solidarity across the community. This is the first of many steps to come together as the working class. Housing affects people of all walks of life since everyone needs a place to live. When renters share their issues, the actions necessary become more apparent.

What are the long term goals of DSA in regards to housing and what do you see as the stakes moving forward?

We hope to see renters start to organize. To not only hold the landlord class accountable but to dictate how housing should be as the working class. To have housing that is not only affordable and safe but to also be accommodating to all.


🦒  JARGON GIRAFFE

n. Definitions you need to follow along
Ex: What the hell are you talking about? Get the jargon giraffe!

  • Property Management Group – A company that owns and maintains a series of rentals. Many apartment complexes and neighborhoods around Lawrence are owned by property management groups.
  • Landlord – A landlord is someone who owns land, and rather than make money by working, takes money from people who do work by charging them rent to live.
  • Tenant – A tenant, like most people, doesn’t legally own the place he lives. Because of this, he is forced to pay the owner the money he earns by working, or else become homeless.
  • Profit – The difference between the amount a landlord earns from tenants in rent and the amount spent on upkeep of the property. Landlords seeking to increase their profits generally will raise rent on tenants and/or spend less on the property(ies) they own. They make the most money by charging renters more and keeping conditions bad.
  • Rent – Unlike payment for a good or service, rent is something owners charge even though they have contributed no work or value to the property. Rent in Lawrence is among the highest in all of Kansas.
  • Property – Land owned or possessed by a landlord they then charge others to use.

  GET INVOLVED

DSA Housing Teach-In

January 31, 2019
Lawrence Public Library, Auditorium
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More2 (Kansas City, MO)

more2.org

Just Shelter (National)

justshelter.org


  GET INFORMED

State and Local Resources

Information for KU Students

Editor’s Recommended Reading


  GOING FORWARD

The purpose of THE FREE STATE WORKER is to inform you about political issues, legislative proposals, and upcoming events that affect Lawrence. We will also highlight work being done by Lawrence DSA and other activist organizations to benefit our community, the state, and country as a whole.

However, to best serve Lawrence, we need to hear from you. Please contact us to share how you think we can improve our newsletter or if you’d like to learn about how you can get involved with future issues.

We look forward to hearing from you.

In Solidarity,

The Lawrence DSA Newsletter Team

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  SOCIALIST HOROSCOPE

The stars will outlive capitalism by many unfathomable leagues of time. It is to them, then, that we look for wisdom and guidance.

  • Jan 20th – Sun enters Aquarius
  • Jan 21st – Full Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo
  • Jan 24th – Mercury enters Aquarius

The lunar eclipse will leave us all feeling like we want something. Full moons magnify our problems, so they may seem big and overwhelming, but they also offer the opportunity to closely inspect things, to get up close and see the surface.

♈ Aries

Perhaps you don’t believe in making resolutions. That’s fine. But you can’t help noticing new shoots cropping up out of the winter dirt. They’re not resolutions. They’re passions, red as roses, waiting for you to pluck them.

♉ Taurus

You know your instinct to hunker down. You want to protect it. Expand your definition of home. Think about working on your chapter’s Housing Committee.

♊ Gemini

The full moon is going to make you feel a little crazy, but in a good way. There’s a lot going on right now. You are confident in your ability to get things done. Focus on your ability to make connections.

♋ Cancer

You’ve been feeling good and you’ve been feeling guilty about it. Shake off the guilt and revel in the small pleasures of being a person. Take care of yourself and you’ll find extra energy to spare. Perhaps volunteer some of that energy in a chapter working group.

♌ Leo

You’re still riding the new year high. You can see it – big plans are forming on the horizon. Use your charm to bring people together. Try canvassing.

♍ Virgo

Breathe. Stop and breathe. Find a moment of stillness so quiet it could tear the world apart. The more of these moments you find, the stronger you’ll be. Soldiers of the revolution need sleep too.

♎ Libra

Your confidence and charisma are running hot. You’re fired up about a new person or project. Follow that energy through, don’t let it fizzle out.

♏ Scorpio

The full moon will leave you feeling lots of feelings. Somewhere buried in there is a secret. When you find it, a piece of your heart will unlock. Don’t be afraid to go through whatever was opened up in you. It might be a good idea to talk your way through this experience with comrades and friends.

♐ Sagittarius

The full moon shines a clarifying light on something you’ve been studying for a long time. Expect to find something new in a familiar place. The surprise might leave you shook, but work with it.

♑ Capricorn

You’re wound up like a top. Would you rather spin out of control, topple over, or move with purpose? Find a way to make circular motion propel you forward.

♒ Aquarius

This eclipse hits a little too close to home. You’ll be asked to evaluate what you hold dear. In your intimate, day to day life, what’s serving you and what’s holding you back? Identify sources of toxic energy and get rid of them. It might be something as small as your insecurities, or as big as neoliberal capitalism. Do the work.

♓ Pisces

Something big is coming to a close for you. How do we gracefully exit something that has served us well? By holding the door open behind us. Make eye contact with the person coming in.


January 2019 General Meeting

Howdy all!

First off, a couple things:

Join DSA proper! Dues start at $20/year for students, and it helps the organization at all levels–once we’re officially recognized, we can even start getting a cut of all the dues paid nationally. Just go to dsausa.org/join

Now, if you’re anything like me, you had a delightful and exhausting holiday season, but it’s the New Year now, and so that means it’s time to jump back into organizing with a fervor that you never had within you! Our first General Meeting of the year was on Monday, and what a meeting it was. Below, you’ll find a brief outline of all of our upcoming events, then a more in-depth description of everything that happened, including links and attachments where relevant. It’s a lot of information, but it’s all important information and very good to know!

Upcoming Events in January:

  • Jan. 12th, 13th, 20th, 26th, 27th
    • The Housing Working Group will be canvassing.
  • Jan. 15th, 11:30am
    • The Healthcare Working Group will be spearheading a contingent of LKDSA’ers going to the Kansas People’s Agenda rally at the State Capital in Topeka. If you want to attend, please preregister at kansaspeoplesagenda.org. If you need a ride, let us know!
  • Jan. 15th, 17th, 29th, 30th, 6-7pm
    • The Socialist Education Working Group, in concert with the Socialist Feminism Working Group, will be holding Socialist Feminist Theory Group in the Meeting Rooms at the Library. No prior reading required.
  • Jan. 18th, 7pm (subject to change)
    • The Steering Committee will be holding our chapter’s first bi-weekly New Member Meet’n’Greet of the New Year! The location is TBD, but if you have any friends who you think might be interested in us but who might be intimidated by a General Meeting, this is the thing to recommend to them! And it’s not just for new folks either! It’s a fun time, so come on down to [REDACTED] and have a hoot and a holler.
  • Jan. 19th, 2pm
    • The Socialist Feminist Working Group is going to be canvassing at the KC Women’s March! It’ll be a lot of fun and it’s always great to be part of a march. Let us know if you need a ride!
  • Jan. 21st or 22nd (clarification as the date approaches)
    • The Labor Working Group will be attending a Kansas Appleseed meeting, discussing strategies to radicalize workers and develop a worker-driven response group to Downtown Lawrence Inc. The meeting will be taking place at 211 E 8th St, and more information is forthcoming.
  • Jan. 23rd, 11am
    • The KU Working Group are planning on tabling at KU’s Winterfest, looking to sign students onto our email list and begin to get them involved in organizing both on campus and in the community! If you’re a student who would be interested in tabling as part of this, let us know!
  • Jan. 28th, 7pm
    • Our Reading Group will be meeting at S&S Coffee (on the Northeast corner of 23rd & Iowa) to discuss State and Revolution by Lenin. You are strongly encouraged to read the book before the meeting, but you’re allowed to come either way! If you need a copy, email contact@lawrencedsa.com, because one of our co-chairs has… a completely reasonable number of copies, which he is willing to give away to any interested party for free.
  • Jan. 30th, 5:30-6:30pm
    • The Healthcare Working Group has booked Lori Slettehaugh of Healthcare Now! which is part of the KC M4A coalition to speak with us! The event will be held at the beautiful Carnegie Building at 200 W. 9th St. Tell your friends, and come on out! The group will also be flyering in preparation for the event, so if you’re interested in helping with that, let us know!
  • Jan. 31st, 7pm
    • The Housing Working Group is finishing our month with a bang–holding a community forum/teach-in on housing and tenants’ rights to get a sense of what our chapter’s aims on that subject ought to be and inform folks about what they can do to improve their lives as renters. It will be in the Library’s Auditorium, and most of their canvassing throughout the month will be to the end of turning out people for this, so tell everyone you know who rents about it!

And that’s it! Wow! That’s a lot of events. There will be others as well, and we’ll let you know about those as we get closer to them! If you have any questions about any of those, let us know.

But, without further ado, let’s get to the actual meeting. This one was a really big one, in a lot of ways, so I’m going to make every effort to spend as little time on all of the many, many things that happened as possible.

We had incredible attendance for this meeting, with plenty of new or fairly new people, which brought into sharp relief how badly we need to find a larger space for our General Meetings. The good folks on the Steering Committee are working on this, but if you know of any spaces we might be able to use, let us know!

This was the first meeting in which we made use of Robert’s Rules, and we put that system to good use by voting on a whole lot of things. We will continue to use it in future meetings, so if you’re not familiar, we encourage you to look them up and get some familiarity with them (though we will continue to explain them at the beginning of every General Meeting for the foreseeable future.)

The first matter at hand was, as always, Working Group reports, and I’ll hit very quickly the state of all of them below. If you have interest in any of the work any of our WGs are doing, email contact@lawrencedsa.com, and I’ll connect you with the person leading that work!

The Housing Working Group is set to have a busy month, canvassing to get the word out for their community forum/teach-in before it occurs on the month’s final day. They need help with their canvassing, and any help you can give in getting the word out will be appreciated. Details above.

The Electoral Working Group is recruiting! They’re looking for people who are interested in researching candidates or developing electorally-oriented campaigns for the chapter to work on! Also, though he didn’t do so under the auspices of the Electoral Working Group, member Dave is looking for anyone who would be interested in working on a voter registration campaign–and that campaign is undoubtedly going to be closely entwined with the Electoral Group. If you’re interested in helping getting folks in Douglas County more actively involved in their political lives, let us know, and we’ll put you in touch with Dave.

The Healthcare Working Group is going to be participating in a Kansas People’s Agenda rally in Topeka on the 15th, and is hosting Lori Slettehaugh, a Medicare for All speaker, here in town on the 30th! More info on both above. They’ll also be in need of some legwork for flyering to increase awareness for their speaker!

The Socialist Feminist Working Group is working on getting people together to attend and canvass at the KC Women’s March on the 19th. More info on the event above. This is in preparation for the Women’s Strike in March, which we plan to help organize a contingent for in Lawrence. If you think that we might be able to organize a Women’s Strike in your workplace, and would be interested in organizing to that end, let us know! And, even if you don’t, as things progress, the WG is going to be trying to create a strike fund to subsidize any workers who participate in the strike for their lost wages, so you may still be able to help! More info forthcoming.

The Socialist Education Working Group is working with the SocFem Working Group on having several Socialist Feminist Theory Groups later this month–more info above.

Reading Group took last month off because it usually falls late in the month, but it’s back with a vengeance this month, as we’re reading Lenin’s State & Revolution. Read it, and then come to the meeting on Jan. 28th and talk about it!

The Newsletter Working Group is working on putting together the beginnings of a left-wing local news source for Lawrence and its environs. At the moment, they’re planning on creating a 4-page Monthly Newsletter, with the first month’s edition focusing on Housing issues. If you’re interested in doing some graphic design, writing, editing, or anything else regarding the Newsletter, let us know!

The Labor Working Group is working with Kansas Appleseed as well as local educators at all levels of education. They’ll be representing our chapter at the Kansas Appleseed Service Worker meeting on the 21st or 22nd (more info above), and remain closely in league with the graduate teaching assistants’ union at KU.

Hannah, lead on the KU Working Group, is looking for people who would be interested in taking the lead on organizing on campus. Email contact@lawrencedsa.com if you would be interested and we’ll put you in contact! Even so, we will be tabling at KU Winterfest on the 23rd, details above.

Last but not least, our Mutual Aid Working Group got a tour of the Lawrence Community Shelter, and their directorship expressed interest in working with us if we would be willing to do any volunteer work with them! If you would be interested in that at any point, let us know so we can try to get groups together to go help!

Okay, so that’s what our working groups are up to, so now we only have the details of what actually happened at the meeting itself, so there’s not too much more, I promise!

After Working Group Reports, we moved on to one of the larger issues that has plagued our chapter–actually being recognized as an official chapter by the National Organization. We’re nearly at the end of the process, but had received recommended edits to our bylaws from the National Committee who review every new chapter’s bylaws to make sure they’re in line with DSA’s values. There were only three recommended changes that our Steering Committee felt were large enough to warrant being voted on by the chapter at large–those to our Quorum rules, our rules surrounding Membership in Good Standing, and our Grievance Process.

On quorum, our previous policy was arcane and would have made it very difficult for us to make quorum during the summer months. National recommended that we change it to being at least 5% of chapter membership, but no fewer than 6 members in good standing (more on that shortly.) There was little disagreement or commentary on this change.

On our membership-in-good-standing rules, National had basically one note: remove them. National has fairly strict rules against chapters having their own rules for membership outside of paying National dues. When we had talked to people from National about this, it seemed relatively clear that this wasn’t something they were interested in budging on, so we didn’t force the point. What this will mean going forward is that only people who are current on their dues to National will be eligible for elected offices in our chapter, and to vote on chapter issues in meetings. However, if you are interested in running for elected office, or just want to be a member in good standing, let the Steering Committee know! We want to enable as many people as possible to pay dues to National, and can help financially. If you want to do it yourself, just pop on over to dsausa.org/join!

Finally, our grievance process. National’s note here was to remove it from the bylaws, but not strike it from our rules entirely. The thing about bylaws is that they can only be changed over the course of at least two General Meetings, and only with a chapter vote. This isn’t a good thing for a grievance process, which should, even if crafted well, still be changeable to fit the needs of circumstance. We will be adopting our grievance process as it existed in our bylaws previously as our official grievance process, but it won’t be in the bylaws, so it will be changeable by emergency vote if a corner case arises.

All of these changes were basically uncontroversial and passed unopposed in a chapter vote. If you have any questions or concerns, absolutely let us know. Just because there was limited discussion at the meeting doesn’t mean that there aren’t valid concerns to be voiced.

That concluded our discussion about our bylaw changes. After this, we took some time to ratify five working groups which hadn’t yet been officially recognized and ratified, while we had the chapter present.

The Healthcare Working Group and Newsletter Working Group were ratified pretty easily and quickly. The Transport and Socialist Feminist Working Group, both relatively new, laid out their proposals, and the Transport Working Group (better known as the Bus Working Group) especially enjoyed fun and vigorous discussion, basically all positive. The Socialist Feminist Working Group was similarly well received, and both were ratified unopposed. That said, the Transport Group deserves a bit more explanation on account of how different it is from others.

If you didn’t know, our co-chair Z has been wanting a bus for the chapter for a few months now. If this sounds wild to you, that’s because it is, but he has prepared a thirteen-page report on all of the ins and outs of the bus. I’m not gonna try to do justice to his arguments, but I encourage you to read it for yourself. Either way, the Working Group has been ratified and its goal is endorsed by the chapter, so we look forward to seeing what that turns up!

All of that said, our eyes should remain firmly on on-the-ground organizing and building working class power! And to that end, we also ratified a new elected position: The Security Committee Chair, and the associated committee. This position and committee will exist to keep an eye on local reactionary groups as well as being familiar with their goals both short and long-term.

So, we need people to nominate themselves for the position! If you think you have what it takes, or even think that you could at some point in the future, we encourage you strongly to nominate yourself and write up a brief paragraph about why you think you could do the job well! We have one nomination already, and we’d love to have several more.

And with that, we were done with the work of the meeting! We got so much done! We have so much coming up this month, and so much more floating off in our future! The future of the chapter is somehow even brighter than its present, and there’s no better time to get more involved than now.

Speaking of getting involved, how can you do that? Just get in contact about something you’re passionate about, and we’ll connect you with someone working on it! Or, if there isn’t anyone, we’ll give you the help you need to get started on it yourself! Contact us at contact@lawrencedsa.com!

And that’s it! If you read all this, thanks! If you didn’t, thanks still!

Solidarity and Love,

Kellin
Secretary, LKDSA

January Reading Group

dsa-reading group prop

This month, after much anticipation, we will be discussing State and Revolution by the absolute lad V. I. Lenin on Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm at S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. (Please note the place change!)

State and Rev is one of Lenin’s most enduring and important works on the role and nature of the bourgeois state on both sides of the proletarian revolution. Courtesy of the Steering Committee, there will be a few free paperback copies available at the next general meeting. You can also find it online for free at the Marxist Archive. Any edition is fine however—the text and its ideas continue to be relevant regardless of the publication date.

Come with your observations, questions, and connections! All are welcome.

So to repeat: the next Reading Group meeting will be January 28th @ 7pm and we’ll be talking State and Revolution. I, for one, can’t wait.

January 2019 General Meeting Agenda

The January 2019 General Meeting will be on Monday, January 7th at 7PM in the Lawrence Public Library (Meeting Room C).

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows. Time estimates in parentheses.

  • (5:00) Introductions and Ice-Breaker
  • (2:00) Open floor for adding items to the agenda
  • (2:00) Vote on agenda
  • (5:00) Overview of Robert’s Rules / Community Agreement
  • (13:00) Reportbacks / Intro to Working Groups (1 minute each)
      • Housing
      • Electoral
      • Healthcare
      • Socialist Feminism (Additional 3 minutes)
      • Socialist Education
      • Reading Group
      • Newsletter
      • Labor
      • KU
      • Homelessness / Mutual Aid
  • (15:00) Overview of Bylaw Changes
      • Why are the Bylaws changing?
      • What changes are being made to the LKDSA Bylaws?
      • Suggested future changes
      • Chapter Vote on bylaw changes from Review Committee
  • (12:00) Vote on ratifying Working Groups (3 minutes each)
      • Transport Working Group
      • Socialist Feminist Working Group
      • Newsletter Working Group
      • Healthcare Working Group
  • (10:00) Open Floor
  • (5:00) Plan for next General Meeting
  • (5:00) Close Out

 

Bylaw Amendment Committee #1

Bylaw Amendment Committee #1 was ratified by a majority vote in the November General Meeting. The committee put forward the following proposed amendments. Each amendment will be brought to a quorum vote at the December General Meeting on December 3rd.

If passed, these amendments will be added to the existing bylaws, available here.

If you are interested in these bylaw amendments or interested in working on the committee please contact the committee via email at bac1@lawrencedsa.com.

 

Amendment 1: Proxy Voting

All votes to be held by quorum must allow members to vote by phone call, text message, instant message, or signed pre-written statement presented to a Steering Committee member.

 

Amendment 2: Law Enforcement, addendum to Article III

Law enforcement officers are not permitted to be chapter members, hold committee positions, be members of working groups, vote on any issue in the chapter.  Members or attendees who fail to disclose membership in, or relationship with, law enforcement organizations to the chapter and all members of the steering committee in a clear and open manner are subject to immediate removal from the chapter by simple majority vote of the chapter membership in a general meeting or emergency meeting with the required quorum outlined in Article VII Section 4.

 

Amendment 3: Security and Infiltration, addendum to Article III

Individuals affiliated with groups that are anti-socialist, reactionary, anti-labor, or otherwise hostile to the chapter or its members, deemed so by 2/3 of a quorum of the chapter membership, are not permitted to be members and are subject to individual removal from the chapter by simple majority vote of the chapter membership in a general meeting or emergency meeting with the required quorum outlined in Article VII Section 4.

 



Addendum to Amendments 2 & 3:

In order for findings (such as those outlined in Amendments 2 & 3) to be made, another DSA member must present written charges against the member in question to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will set the date of a chapter meeting for deliberations on the issue. The member in question must receive a copy of the written charges and notice of the meeting a minimum of two weeks before that meeting takes place. An expelled member may appeal to the National Political Committee of DSA.

 

Amendment 4: Political party work, addendum to Article X

Material support, implicit endorsements, and work for political candidates or parties are subject to the same democratic process as explicit endorsements

Surveillance Cameras

Statement on the City Proposal for Surveillance Cameras Downtown

Tonight, City Council will hear a proposal to create and install a police surveillance camera network in downtown Lawrence. You can read the full proposal here.

The proposed surveillance system is another example of how the profit motive is driving our criminal justice policy.

This policy would not serve the interests of the people of Lawrence, but would put $108,000 into the pockets of a private company who’s selling us the cameras.

We saw this same process last year, when private jail-construction companies wanted our city and state to build a jail we don’t want and don’t need. Private companies will always want to expand the incarceration system to line their pockets & this vicious cycle has propelled a brutal and racist system of mass-incarceration. We have seen this before: cops will purchase more tools to catch more people for minor offenses, and then they use the rise in minor convictions to justify buying more tools and building more prisons.

We said no to the jail expansion, and we say no to this expansion of the mass-incarceration apparatus.  As Socialists and residents of Lawrence, we reject this proposal and urge everyone to do the same.

August Reading Group

Hi hi hi everyone! Happy last week of August!

Tonight at 7:30pm in Room B of the LPL is Reading Group! There is no assigned reading tonight. Instead, we’re doing our 2nd ever Lefty Show and Tell! Have you read, watched, or heard something that speaks to your socialist heart and want to talk about it? Perfect! Read, watched, or heard something that is so ridiculous you need to vent about it? Also perfect! Have a question or observation you want to talk about in a room full of your socialist comrades? Can’t express how perfect that is too.

See you there tonight!

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July Reading Group

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Get ready for our next installment of the LKS DSA Reading Group! It’s coming up in 2 weeks, on July 30th at 7pm in the Lawrence Public Library, room C.

This time we’ll be talking about the excellent, award-winning essay “Community, Democracy, and Mutual Aid: Toward Dual Power and Beyond” by the Symbiosis Research Collective. (That link goes directly to the pdf.)

You want a hook? Here’s a doozy of one:

The next system is more likely to succeed and endure if we steadily transform
existing institutions, modes of production, and ways of relating to one another
rather than try to conjure up a whole new system out of thin air. The heart
of our argument is that building networks of radically democratic, cooperative
institutions can sustain our communities and our collective struggle in
the near term, organize our base to win fights with the state and private sector,
begin eroding public support for the current dysfunctional system, and, in
time, become the dominant institutions of tomorrow’s world. Our proposal
integrates process and objective, with democracy and community as both the
means and the ends of social transformation. Filling in the gaps between “scientific”
socialist analysis and utopian imagination, we have attempted something
the Left has always struggled to create: a realistic transition model to a
post-capitalist world.

Bring a friend! Eat some snacks! See you there!

July General Meeting

Whoa June came and went real quick.

It’s that time again friends, the first Monday of the month (July this time) is right around the corner, so you know what that means–it’s General Meeting time! 7/2 @ 7pm, LPL.

Fresh off the electrifying election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY14 (so pumped about that) we’re coming into the back half of the year all revved up. We’ve got a few things on the docket and word on the street is there’s gonna be food. Come get it!

We even made a facebook event post for the General Meeting that is in fact the very first event posted on our brand new facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lawrenceksdsa/. Don’t forget to hit like and subscribe.