Give the Gift of Socialism!

5 Ways You Can Grow the Left this Holiday Season


1. Support the Socialist Press! The socialist movement has long relied on a robust and independent socialist press that helps us clarify and make sense of the world. Today the socialist press is growing but these independent publishers need your support! We encourage you to buy subscriptions to Jacobin, Dissent Magazine, In These Times, New Politics or n+1 magazine. Many DSA members write for these small but serious magazines and journals and many more benefit from their insightful political commentary. A subscription also makes for a great gift!

2. Buy Socialist Books! Theory and practice baby! Socialists tend to be big book nerds and that’s a good thing! Consider buying your friends and family some good leftist reading materiel for arming the brain for the class struggle! If you pop over to Verso Books you’ll see they are having a HUGE end of the year sale -- 50% off all titles! With prices like these who needs full-communism?

3. Support NoDAPL! The fight to block the Dakota Access Pipeline recently won a significant battle in their struggle to protect the water and land of the Standing Rock Sioux. But the struggle is far from over. Visit these sites and see how you can donate or contribute to help sustain the movement: NoDAPL SolidarityStand With Standing RockNoDAPL Life. Water Is Life and movements need solidarity.

4. Support the Immigrants Rights and Sanctuary Movement! Donald Trump’s election puts the lives of immigrants across the country at risk. Luckily we can help fight back. Already there have been major initiatives to form or maintain sanctuary churches, cities and now campuses to help protect our immigrant sisters and brothers. Join the fight by checking out local sanctuary initiatives and volunteering with immigrant rights organizations. If you are a DSA member you can contact the Immigration Committee of the DSA Anti-Racism Working Group (DSA ARWG). Send e mail to for more info. Together we can stop Trump and build a powerful movement for the future. 

5. Join DSA! Or Pay A Fellow-Traveler's Dues! DSA is the largest socialist organization in the country. We are democratic, member funded and member run. It is going to take organized and grassroots power to build a successful opposition to Trump and a base for radical politics that can challenge the ruling class. Your dues help to build a stronger organization and a stronger socialist movement. Consider becoming a member today or if you know someone who is interested in becoming a member consider offering to pay their dues!

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How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <> 607-280-7649.

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