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!

How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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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 <> 607-280-7649.

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