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 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.

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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 79 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 39 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

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

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.

Instructor:

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

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.

 

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 19 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.