GET UP Project

The Grassroots Economics Training for Understanding and Power is a series of DSA Fund popular education workshops arming activists and organizers with the knowledge, tools and skills to explain economics from the perspective of the 99% instead of the 1%. Why is poverty on the rise? Why is a low-wage economy unproductive? Who is behind the deregulation, tax-cuts, privatization and de-unionization of the last thirty years? What might an alternative economic model look like?

The GET UP Project prepares training materials, organizes trainings for activists and potential trainers and mentors its graduates as they work to train new activists. We work with individuals and organizations to achieve these goals.

Workshops are available on the following topics, though we are happy to customize trainings:

  • Higher education and student debt
  • Causes and outcomes of the financial crisis
  • Understanding key elements of neoliberal capitalism
  • Social market alternatives to neoliberal capitalism

To find a GET UP training near you, check with your closest DSA chapter. To inquire about organizing a training with coalition partners in your community or on your campus, email getup (a) dsausa.org. DSA members may request a full organizing guide from the national office.

See the PDF brochure for more info:

GET UP Overview

 

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

August 21, 2017
· 18 rsvps

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
· 40 rsvps

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
· 23 rsvps

 

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.