DSA Welcomes New Office Staff

By the DSA National Office

During a surge in membership because of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, DSA hired new staff, who were in place when the wave of new members joined after the presidential election. By freeing the national director of administrative tasks, they allow program staff to be in the field and respond more quickly to organizing opportunities.

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Eileen Casterline is the administrative and office coordinator in the national New York City office. She sends new member packets, swag, Democratic Left and Red Letter, and prepares other in-office mailings; she oversees in-office volunteers, including the “wonderful people who stuff all those mailings and make buttons”; and answers the phones and responds to many questions sent to info@dsausa.org. She keeps our information and systems up to date and functional. Her background is in theater (mostly dramaturgy and set design), and she has worked in nonprofit fundraising.

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Claudia Cahill is in charge of member engagement and grassroots fundraising. This includes writing and editing rapid response emails, connecting new members to existing DSA chapters, and helping DSA establish the financial stability needed for long-term organizing. Her background in theater, cultural anthropology, and teaching has been enormously helpful, as has her previous work in LGBT ministry in the Catholic Church, anti-war activism, and cat rescue. (Yes, cat rescue. As she notes, “In hard times, we all need some comfort. Also, knowing how to herd cats is a useful skill on the left!”)

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of the Democratic Left magazine.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

July 27, 2017
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Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
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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.

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September 24, 2017
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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.