We're taking it to Philly!

The Bernie Sanders for president campaign has made it possible for democratic socialism to be taken seriously as a viable alternative to the neoliberal agenda that prioritizes corporate business interests over those of all working people. Bernie has energized generations of political activists who are fed up with establishment politicians, and their impoverished vision of America’s future. 

Many of those activists will convene in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, July 25-28. DSA is participating in many different ways:

If you cannot go to Philadelphia yourself:

Over 50 DSA members will be attending the convention as delegates to continue the political revolution. Not all of them can afford the incredible expenses associated with attendance. DSA is crowd-sourcing a fundraising campaign for the ones needing financial support. Click here to "meet" them and help send a DSA delegate today, especially if you can’t be in Philadelphia yourself.

For those of you who will be in Philadelphia, here’s what DSA has planned:

• DSA will host a meet-and-greet welcoming reception for all DSAers and friends coming to Philadelphia for DNC activities. The reception will be on Sunday evening, July 24th, from 7-11 pm. Click here for details and to RSVP. 

• DSA’s primary public presence at the DNC will be the Socialist Caucus, a public outreach event featuring Rahel Biru, New York DSA, activist in Debbie Medina NY State Senate campaign; Bob Master, Legislative/Political Director, Communication Workers of America (District 1) and Co-Chair of New York Working Families Party; DSA National Director Maria Svart; Ashley Rodriguez, El Chuco del Norte (El Paso) DSA and Bernie Sanders delegate to the DNC; and National Nurses United Political Director Michael Lighty on Wednesday, July 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Progressive Central in the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. Click here for details and to RSVP. 

• DSA and its Philadelphia local have endorsed, and encourage delegates, members and friends to attend, “Socialist Convergence—Carrying Forward the Political Revolution,” convened at 1501 Cherry Street in Philadelphia concurrent with the Democratic National Convention. Click here for details and to RSVP. 

Last but not least, DSA delegates, members and friends are encouraged to stop by DSA’s table at Progressive Central, open throughout the convention at William Way House, 1315 Spruce Street (a short walk from the convention center). The table will be staffed from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday of the convention. We’ll have flyers available for the above events that you can use to recruit Sanders delegates and other democratic socialists to our events. If you want to help build the socialist movement and DSA while in Philadelphia, you know what to do.

See you in Philly!

Maria Svart, DSA National Director

P.S. If you can’t be in Philadelphia, please make a donation to a DSA delegate who will be: http://dsausa.org/dsaatdnc.

Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 78 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
· 36 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.