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.

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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, Socialist Feminist Team 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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Socialist Caucus at the DNC

July 27, 2016
William Way LGBTQ Center in Philadelphia, PA

The Democratic Socialists of America invites all DNC delegates, members and friends to the Socialist Caucus, featuring:

▪ Michael Lighty, Political Director of the National Nurses United and key organizer of The People's Summit; 
Bob Master, Communications Director, Communication Workers of America (Region 2) and Co-Chair New York Working Families Party; and 
▪ Maria Svart, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America. 

PLEASE NOTE: Cornel West resigned from the Platform Committee this past Tuesday and won’t be attending the Convention in protest against the Sanders’ campaign not filing minority reports, particularly on TPP and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. We will miss Brother West at the Socialist Caucus, but the other speakers are fantastic (and stay tuned to this page for additional speakers)! Bring your friends and fellow delegates!

This is a free event, but you must register here.

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Planning an Event: Finding the Time (9pm Eastern)

August 02, 2016 · 16 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

Do your big plans often fall apart? Learn:

  • How to successfully plan an event or project.
  • How to get DSA's socialist name and ideas out in public view.
  • What to prioritize when you can't do everything.
  • How to effectively manage time.

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

Instructor:

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

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5 pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).

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