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.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

April 24, 2017
· 46 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming a Queer Socialists 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.

 

Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 55 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
· 11 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.

 

DSA New Member Orientation Call

May 06, 2017
· 52 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.  2 pm ET; 1 pm CT; 12 pm MT; 11 am PT.  

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 18 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.