Editorial: Introducing DSA Weekly & Our New Submissions Forms

Allow me to formally introduce DSA Weekly, formerly known as Democratic Left Blog, a digital media hub for all things DSA.

DSA is a broad multi-tendency organization with an international presence. While private magazines and media projects play a tremendous role in the fight for socialism, to fulfill its mission DSA requires a media platform that is democratic and freely accessible to its own members.

Among the members exists a range a perspectives and political trends. It is only through democratic struggle—that is the open discussion of politics—that we can properly handle contradictions and differences among the members of this organization. Towards that end, the editorial team has created two new protocols for political engagement.

First, we now have Letters to the Editor, a section designed to foster open discussion of debates in the organization as well as responses to anything published at DSA Weekly.

Second, members can now use a brand new submissions form to pitch articles to be considered for publication.

Our next step is to finalize our publications guidelines and style guide, but we don’t wish to delay the submissions process while we complete our guidelines.

Letters to the Editor

We will accept submissions of 250 words or less on the following subjects:

  • Responses in support or opposition to editorial positions, or to other letters to the editor
  • Commentary on issues being debated within DSA whether in locals, caucus statements, or the National Political Committee
  • Commentary on previous DSA Weekly articles
  • Corrections

Letters to the Editor must be submitted under the author’s name of record. No anonymous letters will be published.

Article Submissions

In addition to written essays, we will accept pitches that use pictures, video, and audio media. We have sections dedicated to arts and culture, the electoral sphere, organizing, chapter roundups and profiles, and international affairs. At the moment, we have yet to formalize our submissions guidelines and so the specific requirements for consideration will be posted soon. However, we will begin reviewing material as soon as we receive it.

Thank you,


R.L. Stephens

DSA Weekly Editor-in-Chief

DSA National Political Committee

Left Political Strategy discussion with the Left Inside/Outside Project

May 23, 2018

The DSA National Electoral Committee has joined the Left Inside/Outside Project and will be participating in a call to discuss left political strategy. Here is the invitation for those interested in participating:

The Left Inside/Outside Project invites you to a cross-organizational discussion of left political strategy. This video conference will feature speakers from different organizations in the Left Inside/Outside Project providing their perspective on the key questions facing leftists that are trying to build electoral power alongside social movements, all while navigating the complicated terrain of Democratic party politics. We will also have small group discussions and describe opportunities for collaboration across organizational lines. 

Date/Time: May 23rd, at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5p PST

Register at bit.ly/leftunity1

New Member Call, May 27

May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

This event is at capacity. Please check back in June for the next New Member Call. 

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.

Questions or Comments? Contact: 

Sam M
This event is at capacity.