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.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 67 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. John co-authored Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, which was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that ruled state sodomy laws unconstitutional. 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
· 30 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. Here's a blog post about PHIT.

What Is DSA? Training Call

April 05, 2017
· 12 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

April 12, 2017
· 30 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.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

April 16, 2017
· 37 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; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 10 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.