NEWARK — This weekend in Newark, the North New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) will be kicking off a very socialist summer. Local DSA members and their comrades will be leading a host of events across the city on Saturday, July 10th, and Sunday, July 11th. Between political education discussions and rallies, to tenant organizing and mutual aid, we’re painting Newark red. Here’s what’s going on, and how to get involved:
Friday, July 9th
Start the weekend off early and join the #FreeThemAll phonezap, hosted by DSA organizers and coalition partners across New Jersey and New York. Build up to Sunday’s immigration justice rally by targeting the politicians that allow ICE detention to continue in NJ jails. 12:00pm over Zoom, register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/freethemall-new-york-new-jersey-phonezap-0709/
Saturday, Juy 10th
North NJ DSA member and Newark activist, Chigozie Onyema, is kicking off his candidacy to represent the West Ward in Newark’s City Council! The campaign launch will be from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Akwaaba Gallery.
And our Caucus of Rank-and-file Education Workers (CREW) is meeting to discuss getting cops out of schools. Join teachers and organizers in Branch Brook Park from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
Sunday, July 11th
At noon on Sunday the 11th, DSA is organizing a rally with the Abolish ICE NY-NJ coalition to demand releases, not transfers, of people from ICE detention. While the state legislature approved a bill to ban future ICE contracts, the current ICE jails in NJ are dangerously transferring people to other detention centers around the country. Join us in the fight to unite the working class against the racism and nationalism of our borders! 12:00pm at the Rodino Federal Building.
Meanwhile, our housing justice working group continues its efforts to build a tenants union and confront the landlord of Ivy Hill Apartments, which is the largest, privately owned housing complex in the state. It is rife with building issues like rodents and roaches, security issues, and tenant harassment by management, including illegal evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. DSA is joining with Homes for All Newark, Brick City Mutual Aid, and Newark Water Coalition to canvass the buildings, distribute know your rights materials, get tenants to sign a petition, and join an organizing committee. Join us at 1:00pm!
And Brick City Mutual Aid will be conducting its regular monthly food and resource share at Peter Francisco Park! We share food, water, hygiene, and self care products unconditionally with the community as well as engage people on issues happening in and around the city. On our tables you can also find water from Newark Water Coalition, Naloxone kits and fentanyl test strips, zines on police abolition, tenant’s and immigrant’s rights, where to get vaccinated and more. Come say what’s up on the second Sunday of every month. 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
Newark has long been home to radical thinking, activism, and community organizing. The North NJ DSA is grateful to play a part in this legacy today, learn from the Newark community, and grow the movement for democratic socialism together. Next weekend is just the start to what will be another summer of socialism! Register for the events here: https://bit.ly/DSA_Newark_71011
And with so much going on, stay up-to-date by following @NorthNJDSA on Twitter and @north_nj_dsa on Instagram.