Democratic Socialist Legacy Circle

Planning Today for the Future of Our Movement

You and DSA have stood on the shoulders of those who came before. And those who come after us will stand on our shoulders. They will inherit a legacy of values, ideas, and action. But in order  to put those ideas into action, future DSAers will also need a legacy of resources.

That’s where you come in.

You may not think you have resources to leave to DSA, or you may be planning to leave a legacy gift but just haven’t  gotten around to it. In either case, we ask you to take action now to help ensure DSA’s future.

The truth is that even many of us with modest means have insurance policies, pension benefits, wills or living trusts for which we can designate beneficiaries, like DSA. And we appreciate gifts of all sizes.

A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support DSA. These thoughtful gifts ensure that we can continue our critical work to fight for a society based on cooperation, solidarity, and socialism.

Click here if you will leave a legacy gift to DSA or DSA Fund.

Even if you are one of the 50 percent of the people in this country who don’t have a will, if you have a retirement plan, insurance policy or home, even a car in your name, you can designate beneficiaries.

“Without a strong socialist presence in U.S. politics, the struggle for social justice is severely weakened. I want my children to live in a more just world and be able to participate in a vibrant organization fighting for our cause. That’s why I am including in my will a generous bequest to DSA.”

— Joseph Schwartz, National Vice-Chair of DSA

Will you join the Legacy Circle? Please take these steps now:

  • Make a list of all your assets, including your insurance policies, real property, retirement plans, and other resources.
  • Make a list of the people for whom you want to provide and the organizations you want to benefit.
  • Think about an executor for your estate who will know and understand your wishes.
  • Talk to a lawyer. Yes, it’s an expense, but it could save your will from being contested by right-wing relatives. DSA cannot provide legal advice.

There are many ways you can help guarantee DSA’s future:

  • Leave a specific amount or a percentage of your estate to DSA in your will.
  • Designate DSA as a primary or secondary beneficiary of your retirement plan.
  • Designate DSA as a beneficiary of an insurance policy.
  • Leave a home or real-estate property to DSA.

Please click here to let us know if you are thinking about making a legacy gift to DSA or DSA Fund or have already made plans to do so, so we can thank you!

For more information, write to DSA's National Director Maria Svart at msvart (at) dsausa.org. Note, however, that we cannot provide legal advice.

Bequests and other gifts to DSA are not tax-deductible. If your bequest or gift needs to be tax-deductible, it should be left for DSA's sister educational organization, DSA Fund.

We value your privacy. All of the information you provide us about a legacy gift will remain private. We do not publicize the size of legacy gifts unless directed to do so.

LGBTQ Conference Call

February 20, 2017
· 41 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming an LGBTQ Working Group. This call will cover a discussion of possible activities for the group, its proposed structure, assigning tasks, and reports on the revision of DSA's LGBT statement and on possible political education activities. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

DSA New Member Orientation Call

February 22, 2017
· 25 rsvps

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6pm MT; 5 pm PT.  

What Is DSA? Training Call

March 03, 2017
· 26 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Feminist Working Group

March 07, 2017
· 12 rsvps

People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the elections.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 2 rsvps

Historian John D'Emilio's presentation will do 3 things: Provide a brief explanation of how sexual and gender identities have emerged; provide an overview of the progression of LGBT activism since its origins in the 1950s, highlighting key moments of change; and, finally, suggest what issues, from a democratic socialist perspective, deserve prioritizing now. 1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Peg Strobel, peg.strobel@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 20 rsvps

Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.