Four Pillars for Building a Socialist Chapter

DSA chapters can make real changes, in their communities and beyond. But we need to plan well to do that.

This handout lays out some tips to balance out your chapter's work. Here is a four pillar model to build community connections, support your organizing, and have fun too. Click the Download PDF icon on the left to download it.

What are the four pillars?

Campaign Work. This isn't just electoral. It includes direct action, protests — coordinated action with a specific goal and a specific target that can get you what you want. And working in coalition with other community groups is vital for this to work.

Political Education. This can be learning about socialism in general, or even better, focusing on the topics of your campaign work.

Base Building. That means reaching out to new people and bringing more members into your chapter.

Social(ism). That is, having a good time and lifting people's spirits. This is important!

So, how can you do all this? There's some good suggestions in this handout. Download it to learn more!

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

December 05, 2017
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Join Bill Barclay, Chicago DSA, and Peg Strobel, Chicago DSA and national Socialist Feminist Working Group co-chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement. 1.5 hours. 9 pm PM ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing. You need a computer with good internet access to view the PowerPoint slides, but you may participate by audio only.