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We’re the Houston local of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country. We fight for more democracy — in our politics, workplaces, and communities. Our members are building and supporting progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in U.S. communities and politics through activism, political education, and community organization.

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Mar
20
Wed
Medicare for All Working Group @ Bohemeo's
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Work with Houston DSA this Wednesday, January 16 so that 2019 is the year where we win health justice.

This meeting will include:
Update for a free flu clinic

Emergency Kit fundraiser

Analysis of political landscape for M4A post 2018 election

. . . And more!

Please arrive early if possible.
We always like to start on time, and the more the merrier.

How to get to the meeting via Houston METRO
Rts. 40, 41, 50, 80 – Lockwood Dr @ Pease St / Ernestine St @ Pease St (Stop IDs: 9310 / 1113)

Please donate!
And if you can, please consider donating to Houston DSA to ensure we can continue the work that we do here in Houston, Harris County, and Texas.

Mar
30
Sat
Support Drag Queen Storytime @ Kindred Montrose Church
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Mar
31
Sun
Queer & Trans Working Group @ Kung Fu Tea
Mar 31 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Apr
1
Mon
Reading Group: Socialist Strategy and Electoral Politics, Pt. 2 @ Bohemeo's
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At the next Houston DSA Reading Group, on Monday, April 1st from 7:00-9:00pm, we continue discussing essays from the recently released e-book Socialist Strategy and Electoral Politics, A Report.  You can download a free copy here.

We will aim to discuss some of the final 10 essays in the book, as we discussed the first essay in the previous session.  Feel free to read as many as you have time for before Monday.

About the Book

With the far-right on the rise globally, a viable left-wing alternative movement is urgently needed. In the United States, a growing socialist movement seeks to confront and defeat Trump’s toxic mixture of racism, misogyny, isolationism, and empty “anti-establishment” rhetoric, as well as the bi-partisan status quo that gave him room to rise. This reborn socialist movement faces many questions about strategy—especially in its approach to electoral politics.

In this collection of new and previously published essays, activists and scholars from across the socialist left seek to grapple with politics in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and the surprising popularity of Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign in 2016, as well as the failure of center-left parties across the world to halt the ascent of right-wing populism. They refuse to be satisfied with asking, “Who can we get elected to office?” Instead, they consider how and why socialists should participate in the electoral arena. Some reflect on the possible gains: that through electoral campaigns our ideas might spread and our ranks could swell, or that we might learn valuable lessons for the next fight. Other contributors argue that we should pay more attention to those who are left out of electoral politics—the disenfranchised, the undocumented, the poor—and be wary of the narrowing of horizons that is, in general, the result of governing. Despite these disagreements, the goal of all contributors is to help the left understand where it should go from here, and inspire those not yet organized and active to join the growing socialist movement.

Contributors include Seth Ackerman and Daniel Denvir, Sofia Arias, Sumaya Awad, and Bill V. Mullen, Ben Beckett and Neal Meyer, Eric Blanc, Todd Chretien, Danielle Corcione, Ariel Diliberto, and James Yeun, Meagan Day, Barry Eidlin, Nick Estes, Ted Fertik, Lauren Fleer, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, Charlotte Heltai, Matthew Karp, Kim Moody, Charles Post, Aziz Rana, Kshama Sawant, Lester Spence, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and the Viewpoint Collective.

The Houston DSA Reading Group is open to members and non-members alike and aims to be accessible to all attendees regardless of background knowledge or expertise.
 

We hope to see you on Monday for what promises to be a great discussion.

Apr
7
Sun
Fully-Automated Luxury Queer Clothing Swap @ Solidarity Houston
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Co-hosted by Solidarity Houston

 

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HOW TO FULLY AUTOMATED LUXURY QUEER CLOTHING SWAP:
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1) Place your gently-worn clothing/accessories and gently-used home goods into the swap pile along with others’ donated items.
2) Now it’s your turn to check out awesome free new styles and treasures to take home!
3) Remaining clothes and goods will be donated to Organización Latina de Trans en Texas or The Cottage Shop.
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★ Parking: Park along the railroad tracks going along Allen Street. Alternatively, use nearby street parking.
★ Bring your gently-worn clothing and accessories (office, casual, costume, dressy, whatever)! We also welcome gently-used housewares, books, decorations, etc.
★ Allies are welcome to this queer-normative queer- and trans- and non-binary-friendly space.
★ 3-5 volunteers are needed to help with removing left-over goods from the venue. Volunteers are then to transport left-over goods to Organización Latina de Trans en Texas or Cottage Store during their donation hours. Message an event host if you are interested in volunteering!”

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