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.

Grassroots Fundraising: Paying for the Revolution (9pm Eastern)

June 23, 2017
· 46 rsvps

Are you new to socialist organizing? Or after many years do you still struggle, raising money from members when you need it but without a steady flow of income or budget to plan ahead? Are you afraid to tackle fundraising because it seems so daunting or you are uncomfortable asking people for money?

In this webinar, you will learn why fundraising is organizing, and how to do it – face to face, through fundraising events, and other ideas.

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.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. Participation requires that you register at least 21 hours in advance -- by midnight Thursday for Friday's webinar.

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

Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

June 27, 2017
· 68 rsvps

Join DSA activist Judith Gardiner 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? 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT, 7 pm MT, 6 pm PT.

Data Security for DSA Members

June 27, 2017

Ack! I googled myself and didn't like what I found!

WHAT: A DSA Webinar about "Doxing"
WHEN: 9PM EST, 6PM PST

We're proud of our organizing, and chapter work is transparent for both political and practical reasons. However, there are basic precautions you can take in this time of rapid DSA growth to protect your privacy.

Key Wiki is a website that meticulously documents DSA activity and posts it for the world to see. If you're an active DSA member, likely your name is on their website. This is an example of "doxing".

As DSA becomes larger, more visible, and more powerful, we might expect that more websites like this will pop up, and more of our members' information might be posted publicly on the web.

Join a live webinar on Tuesday, June 27 with data security expert Alison Macrina, to learn:

  1. what is doxing? with examples and ways to prevent it
  2. how to keep your passwords strong and your data secure
  3. where to find your personal info on the internet and how to get it removed
  4. social media best practices for DSA organizers
  5. what to do if you've already been doxed

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/9173276528

Call-in Info: +1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 917 327 6528

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
· 8 rsvps

 

Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.