Basic Resources

The DSA Organizing Guide and introductory flyers.

DSA Organizing Manual

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.

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Recruitment Flyer: Cornel West and Dolores Huerta

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DSA is the major organization on the American left with an all-embracing moral vision, systematic social analysis, and political praxis rooted in the quest for radical democracy, social freedom, and individual liberties.

—Cornel West

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Active organizing for democracy is needed now more than ever. For this to succeed, both working and poor people - who are the majority - have to have a voice. DSA is one of those voices.

—Dolores Huerta

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Recruitment Flyer: Barbara Ehrenreich and Dolores Huerta

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

PDF includes Dolores Huerta.

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Folleto de Reclutamiento

Socialistas Democráticos de América

Es una organización de activistas, no un partido político. Los Socialistas Democráticos de América (DSA) luchan, entre otros objetivos, para promover un seguro de salud para todos, combatir la guerra en Iraq y la guerra contra los pobres. DSA lucha para promover alternativas democráticas contra el poder de las corporaciones transnacionales y tiene un papel central en el avance de las luchas para obtener un país progresista. Esta lucha la mantienen no solamente líderes de prominencia, pero aun más importante, también por el trabajo de los activistas de DSA en las comunidades, los centros de trabajo y en los colegios y universidades.

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Organizing Committee Application

To be recognized as an official DSA organizing committee, you need at least five DSA members in good standing. This is one of many steps in becoming an official DSA local. Download the organizing committee application and mail it in, or email info (a) dsausa.org with the list.

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Introductory Reading List

Starting a discussion group is important for new DSA or YDS chapters. Download this short list of manageable articles about democratic socialism to help your group launch.

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How to Impact Town Hall Meetings

The Tea Party exploded onto the national debate by disrupting Congressional town hall meetings with scare mongering about health care reform. You can bet that with the continuing debate about the deficit, the right-wing will be out in force again, because this is a tried and true way to reach elected officials and force them to listen to their constituents. It’s very important, therefore, that we make our presence known as well. Ideally, we can even take back the debate. The best part? You really only need a few people to pull this off, and it can be really fun.

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Upcoming Events

DSA Webinar: Building Healthy Diverse Chapters (7pm Eastern)

April 21, 2014 · 5 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

We all want our chapters to be diverse and attractive, but how do we get there?

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

NOTE: This training is at 7:00pm Eastern. The same training takes place later at 9:00pm Eastern. Please RSVP for the webinar that works best for your schedule.

Instructors:

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

In Building a Healthy Chapter you will learn how to:

  • Get new people to come back after their first or second meeting.
  • Develop a healthy culture in your group that is both professional and fun.
  • Examine assumptions about people different from yourself so you can create a space that is accessible to all ages, colors, genders and gender identities, backgrounds, etc.
  • Avoid being dominated by one or two people, who are either cranky, or cliquey, or just talk too much.
  • Take specific steps that will make your chapter's culture more professional, friendly, effective, and welcoming to new people.

Training Details

  • Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  • Workshops will be via free webinar, so you need a computer with internet access. Or, you can request the slides as a PDF in advance and listen via phone conference call.
  • Your computer must have microphone and speakers, or you can follow along on the phone via conference call, but you will have to pay for any long distance charges.
  • You can participate in every one, since each workshop builds on the previous ones, or just attend once in a while.
  • Workshops will generally be the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time and repeated at 9:00-10:30pm Eastern Time.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 40 hours in advance.
  • NOTE: This training is scheduled for 7:00pm Eastern Time (6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific).
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