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 campus or community chapter.
DSA (and our youth group, the Young Democratic Socialists) 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. If you are new to activism, that's okay! We hold monthly webinars to help members learn organizing skills.
2) Participate in identity or issue based commissions.
DSA's commissions 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 commissions are: anti-racism, feminism, labor, religion and socialism, and international. Sign up to learn more 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 or writing. 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. Sign up to learn more below.
4) Attend online or national and regional events.
DSA has a biannual national convention, in a different region of the country each time. The Young Democratic Socialists hold conferences in the winter and 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. Members 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 also forward DSA News emails, which you can sign up for on our homepage.
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 commissions or working groups.