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CANCELLED: March General Meeting
March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the volatile, uncertain nature of the unfolding public health crisis, Houston DSA has chosen to cancel our March 12 General Meeting in favor of a virtual meeting to be held Thursday, March 19 at 7pm. See below for our full statement.
In canceling our in-person meeting, we are following public health experts’ recommendation of social distancing as an important tactic in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting at-risk populations.
This decision did not come easily — at the March general meeting we were looking forward to meeting many new DSA members and discussing the ways we can build on our electoral work. This included a recap of Saturday’s post-election meeting, an exploration of possible new chapter priorities, and a call to action for our first Local Convention scheduled for May 17, 2020.
While we are sad to not be together in person, we feel grounded in our commitment to center the health and well-being of all our members and our communities. This is a moment to be in solidarity with folks who do not have the choice to stay home and whose risk depends on those of us who do.
We do not tolerate racism or xenophobia, and we stand strong against fear-mongering and group scapegoating that can occur in situations like this. We are in solidarity with our Chinese and East Asian communities. We also want to lift up people with different immune systems, people living with chronic illnesses, and people providing healthcare at this time. These folks are at the center of this development, and we see you.
This moment shows us the need for Medicare for All and paid sick leave, but also highlights the failure of the State of Texas to expand Medicaid and to prevent the closure of hospitals and clinics across the state while 5 million people in Texas are uninsured. The difficulty our communities across the world face with this pandemic only emboldens our pursuit for health justice for everyone, in all forms.
Thank you for your understanding and for practicing community care.