Recruitment Flyer: Barbara Ehrenreich

ehrenreich.jpgDSA carries on a fine old American tradition--the tradition carried on by Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and thousands more. I am proud to be a member.

—Barbara Ehrenreich

 

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is an activist organization, not a political party. From fighting for single-payer healthcare or to restore our economy, from combating wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic war on the poor, to proposing democratic alternatives to the power of the big banks and transnational corporations, DSA is central to the struggle to advance a progressive America. This struggle is carried on not only by prominent leaders but more importantly, through the work of DSA activists in communities and on campuses.

America's Right wing built powerful movements around big ideas and fundamental values. Their leadership is motivated and organized ideologically. We progressives need to proclaim our big ideas and our fundamentally democratic values. Democratic Socialists believe "we the people" should control not just the government but the powerful economic institutions that so deeply affect our lives.

So, take the next step. Stand up with us for your socialist values. Join with us in affirming a progressive future for America. DSA works on immediate issues, like peace, jobs and health care as we build a long-term movement for social and economic change. To join DSA is to help build coalitions across single-issue movements and educate the public about the threat posed to democracy by unbridled corporate capitalist power.

The growth of corporate power and neoliberal global capitalism threaten the possibility of democracy both at home and abroad. We are part of an international movement fostering solidarity across borders. But as residents of the most powerful capitalist nation, we recognize that our greatest act of international solidarity is to build a vibrant and diverse Left in the United States. We invite you to join us in an effort worthy of a lifetime of commitment.

 

Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 82 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 47 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.

Instructor:

Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.

 

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 19 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.