The Memphis Socialist Party had its June General Meeting on Juneteenth at the Washington Bottoms Community Garden, a project by the *Homeless Organizing for Power* *and Equality* (H.O.P.E.) group and local residents. This was a combination cookout and potluck and we ended up having some really delicious food! We grilled (beef and veggie) hot dogs and corn on the cob and people also brought chips, potato salad, fruit salad, sodas, and carrot cake. The weather forecast was not favorable on Friday, so we
were worried there would be little to no attendance. However, about a dozen non-MSP members came out to eat and talk. We did have a couple downpours in the two hours we were there, but no one left. Everyone just squeezed in closer under the canopy and continued their conversations.

There were many interesting and informative discussions on a variety of socialist ideas and global, national and local issues. There was a lot of interest in what the MSP had been doing this year and most attendees signed up for our email list. Many wanted to know how they could help and/or get involved in local issues. Two people even decided they wanted to join the SPUSA! Despite the weather, everyone seemed to have a good time and there was a real sense of community. The Memphis Socialist Party will definitely be having more events like this in the future!

Thank you to everyone that braved the weather to join us! Thank you to everyone that brought such tasty food! And a special thank you to the Washington Bottoms Community Garden for letting us use their wonderful green space!

The MSP's next event will be a Red Hot Soul Dance Party on July 25, 2015. More details will be released via email and social media in a couple weeks.



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