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.

Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch (9pm Eastern)

October 04, 2016 · 8 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

So you are now a member of DSA, but there is no local chapter where you live. You are thinking of starting a local chapter, but you're not quite sure how to do it.

In Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch you will learn:

  • how other locals got started in recent years
  • how to find out who is already a member
  • the importance of a comrade
  • how to recruit new members
  • the importance of a mentor
  • how to become a recognized organizing committee
  • how to become a chartered local
  • what works best to bring new people in.

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

Instructor:

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

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

October 19, 2016 · 22 rsvps
DSA New Member Orientation

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; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

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