Get Involved

Joining DSA means making a commitment to cooperation and solidarity. Not only do you help further democratic socialist ideas in the United States, you also become part of a community that shares your values.

DSA Members participate in a variety of ways, depending on time, financial resources, and interests. All are important:

1) Participate in a community chapter.

DSA (and Young Democratic Socialists, our student section) chapters are critical to spreading the word about democratic socialism. Without members talking to people at the grassroots level, participating as a DSA group in local struggles for justice, and organizing educational events for their communities, we would be merely a national office, a magazine and some blogs. You can find a list of our chapters here (and a list of YDS chapters here).

New to activism? That's okay! We hold regular webinars to help members learn organizing skills.

2) Participate in identity/issue-based teams.

DSA's national teams are autonomous groups organized around issues of identity or particular political interests. The commissions help link DSA to critical social movements and provide an important mechanism through which DSA members can mobilize around particular issues within the organization. Current caucuses and working groups are: Anti-Racism, feminist socialism and a Women's Caucus, Disability Caucus & Working Group, labor, and religion & socialism. Let us know if you are interested in any of these (or starting your own) when you fill out the form below!

3) Participate in national work committees.

Members who are not near a DSA chapter can contribute professional skills such as graphic design, social media organizing, editing, writing, etc. We always need help contacting members to welcome them and explain the various ways they can get involved, and this can be done with just a phone or computer. Let us know if you are interested in contributing any specific skill(s) when you fill out the form below!

4) Attend online or national and regional events.

DSA has a biannual national convention, in a different region of the country each time. Our student section, Young Democratic Socialists, holds an outreach conference in the winter and a leadership retreat in the summer. The national office organizes occasional joint events at the regional or local level, and we hold regular seminars via webinar. Learn about upcoming events on our calendar.

5) Recruit new members!

Many people share our values, but don't know there is a name for the ideas. Others already consider themselves democratic socialists or anti-capitalist, but haven't heard of DSA. You can play a critical role by visibly representing DSA and talking to friends, family, neighbors, coalition partners and others. If you share a flyer, blog post, copy of Democratic Left or other DSA literature, they may thank you for letting them know about DSA. Downloadable flyers and web versions can be found in our resources section and articles from our three blogs on the DSA homepage. You can even get a personalized link to get "credit" for recruiting your friends to connect with DSA!

You can also forward DSA emails, which you can sign up for on our homepage. Of course, you can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and help spread the word by liking, sharing, commenting on, retweeting, and favoriting posts!

6) Pay Dues and/or make additional financial contributions.

DSA is entirely member funded. This means we are accountable to members, but that sometimes we must raise additional funds for special projects. In our highly capitalistic country, we appreciate every dollar from memberships, special fundraising, or bequests. We especially appreciate members who build a solid foundation for DSA by making a regular monthly contribution.

Let us know if you want to get involved in national teams or working groups by filling out the form below:


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Upcoming Events

DSA Webinar: Turning Members into Leaders

March 07, 2015 · 15 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

Do you feel like you are doing most of the work for your group? Is it hard to keep new people involved or get them to take responsibility? Learn how to mentor new leaders and make sure they have all the information and tools they need to succeed.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

NOTE: This training is at 3:00pm Eastern (2:00pm Central, 1:00pm Mountain, noon Pacific). Please RSVP.

Instructor:

  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy.

In Leadership Development you will learn:

The proven steps to developing the leadership skills and commitment of more members:

  • identifying potential leaders
  • recognizing what each one brings to the group
  • asking people to volunteer
  • giving them specific tasks
  • supporting them in their efforts
  • creating opportunities for new leadership
  • following up.

Training Details

  • Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you think you can't do it by computer, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org.
  • You can participate in every workshop, since each one builds on the previous ones, or just attend once in a while.
  • Workshops will generally be on a Saturday each month from 3:00-4:30pm Eastern Time.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 36 hours in advance.
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