Breaking the Deadlock

Given the insanity coming out of Washington, D.C. (or should we say emanating from right-wing state capitals and gerrymandered political districts around the country), building a left-wing movement in the United States is more important than ever.

DSA’s national convention is a time to gather with democratic socialists from around the country and exchange political ideas and activist skills. Our community can feel diffuse much of the time, but at conventions we spend three days re-energizing and making future plans for building our movement.

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Our wide range of speakers will offer insightful comments on the current political terrain, lessons from the past, and ideas for future strategy:

David Bacon - Immigration writer and photojournalist for TruthOut, The Nation, The American Prospect, and others.

Tom Hayden - Former California state senator and one of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society.

José La Luz – DSA vice chair and veteran trade unionist, worker educator and human rights activist.

Michael Lighty - Director of Public Policy at California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

John Nichols - Washington correspondent for The Nation and author of The “S” Word, among other books.

Joseph Schwartz – DSA vice chair and professor of political science at Temple University.

Maria Svart - DSA national director.
Catherine Tactaquin - Executive director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Steve Williams - Co-founder and former Executive Director of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) and founding member of LeftRoots.

And our workshops will provide in-depth discussion on the origins of today’s hard times and what each of us can do at the local level to fight for a better future.

We hope you can join us October 25-27 in Oakland, California!

Come Out Swinging: Socialism in the Age of Obama

Click here to get more information, register online and make hotel reservations. Or call the national office to register and get more information: (212) 727-8610.

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.