FAQ

Membership and Dues

Donation Issues

Monthly Donations

Swag Shop

Chapters and Getting Involved

What is the DSA?

Electoral Work


Membership and Dues

Q: What’s the difference between the various membership levels?

A: There's no difference between any of the options in terms of membership benefits. We work to make our membership accessible to all. Because we’re member-funded, we ask that people join at the highest level they can.


Q: How do I add a mailing address that’s different than my billing address?

A: Once you submit your payment, just follow the link on the confirmation page to update your mailing address. You can also email membership@dsausa.org to update your mailing address or other contact information at any point.


Q: I want to get a family membership. How can I enter my partner’s name and information?

A: Enter your partner's name and information in the box designated for family level memberships.


Q: I live outside of the United States, but I want to join DSA. How can I do that?

A: You don’t need to live in the US to join, but we can only process credit cards based in the US, Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong. If you don’t have a credit card with a billing address in one of these places, you can join by mailing in this form with a check or money order. All international memberships are digital-only, meaning you will receive Democratic Left magazine and all other DSA communications via email.


Q: Is it possible to buy someone else a membership?

A: Yes, it is! You can give a friend the gift of DSA membership. To pay by check or money order, mail in your payment with the name, mailing address, and contact information of your membership recipient to:

Democratic Socialists of America
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 702
New York, NY 10038

To pay by credit card, fill out the membership form with your friend's email address 
(not yours!) and phone number. Then, enter your name and billing address along with your credit card information. Once the payment has been submitted, you can email membership@dsausa.org with your friend's email address, name, and mailing address so it can be updated in our system.


Q: I’ve just joined DSA, but I haven’t gotten my membership card. Can I attend DSA events or meetings without it?

A: We're doing our best to catch up on new membership cards and letters. If you joined later than November 1, 2017, your card has not yet been sent out and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Luckily, you don’t need your membership card to go to DSA events! Once you’ve paid dues, you’re a considered a full member, so you can vote in local elections as well.


Q: I’ve just joined DSA. When will I get my membership letter and card?

A: Currently, it will probably take about 12 weeks for your card to arrive. We’re sending membership packets out as as quickly as we can, but so many people are joining that it’s hard to keep up, particularly with our small staff size. If you got a confirmation email for your payment, we got your dues and we’re working on it. In the meantime, you can get involved in DSA’s local and/or national work. If you never received a confirmation email and are not sure if your dues payment went through, you can email membership@dsausa.org to verify. 


Q: I mailed in an application form and a check, but my check has not been cashed and/or I haven't received a confirmation.

A: Email membership@dsausa.org to verify that your check and application have been received. Physical applications and payments take longer to process than those online.


Q: I lost my membership card. Can I get a new one?

A: Because of our enormous growth in membership, DSA staff does not have the capacity to replace lost membership cards at this time. When this changes, the FAQ will be updated.


Q: I can't register for any of the new member orientation calls or I missed the call I registered for. What can I do?

A: DSA recorded two of our most popular conference calls, the New Member Orientation and Introduction to Socialist Feminism. You can listen to the audio of those calls at http://www.dsausa.org/audio.


Donation Issues

Q: My bank/credit card says I got charged multiple times, but I didn’t get confirmation emails for the payments from DSA. What happened?

A: Any time you try to make a payment with a debit or credit card, banks and credit card companies put a “hold” on your account in that amount (it may appear on your statement as "processing"). If your payment was rejected for some reason, you will NOT be charged. However, the “hold” for that amount may stick around for a few business days until your bank/credit card company verifies that the charge was rejected. If you wish to verify how many times you were charged, email membership@dsausa.org.


Q: I’m trying to donate but I’m getting a “street address and postal code do not match” error message. What’s happening?

A: This message means the address you entered doesn’t match the billing address on the card that you’re paying with. Please try again, entering your billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card/bank statement.
NOTE: we can only accept credit cards based in the US, Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong.


Monthly Donations

Q: I started a monthly contribution to DSA. Does this make me a member?

A: Yes, it does. As a monthly sustaining member, you’ll get all of the same membership benefits with annual dues, including a digital or paper membership card (based on which type of membership you signed up for) and subscription to Democratic Left magazine.


Q: How can I change the credit/debit card I’m using for my monthly donations?

A: You can start a new monthly contribution on the new card here. Make sure to also email membership@dsausa.org with a request to cancel the old one.


Q: How can I change my monthly donation amount?

A: You can start a new monthly contribution in the new amount here, and make sure to also email membership@dsausa.org with a request to cancel the old one.


Swag

Q: How do I order swag?

A: Our swag shop is closed temporarily. Please check back soon!


Chapters and Getting Involved

Q: How do I get involved?

A: Check out our Get Involved page to look for opportunities that fit you!


Q: How can I find other members near me?

A: First, check out the Chapters page. If there is one near you, contact the organizers about getting involved and finding the next meeting. If there is not a chapter near you, fill out the chapter interest form. After you fill out the form we will work on connecting you to resources and assistance to help you organize in your area.


Q: I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. How do I start one?

A: First, you will need to become a member of DSA, if you are not already. The next step is filling out our Start a Chapter form. After you submit the form, we will contact you with further steps and work on connecting you to resources and assistance to help you organize in your area.


Q: I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. Are there other ways for me to be involved?

A: Yes! You can join in one of our national identity/issue-based teams or join one one of work committee or volunteer teams. You can also participate in our national trainings, discussions, and lectures.


Q: I want to start an international DSA chapter. Can I?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to support organizing outside of the United States at this time. DSA members living abroad can participate in DSA webinars, and we do have resources online.


Electoral Work

Q: How do I get a national endorsement from DSA for my political race?

A: DSA is developing a new process to seek a national endorsement. Please check back to this space in the coming weeks for more information. We will publicize the process to our chapter leaders once it is finalized as well as update this FAQ. Updated 2/1/2018.

 

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

New Member Orientation Call

February 25, 2018

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. 

Sunday February 25th

9 PM ET; 8 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 6 PM PT.

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Webinar on Compliance and Endorsement Process

February 28, 2018

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The National Electoral Committee is sponsoring the first of a series of webinars on electoral organizing. This session will focus on compliance issues and chapter endorsement processes.

This call in on Feb 28th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 06, 2018

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org607-280-7649.

This training is at 8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 6:00pm Mountain, 5:00pm Pacific, 4:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time.

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