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.

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!

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.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

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.