Information Security Memo for Members

Maintaining security and privacy has always been a challenge for political organizers, long before personal computers and the Internet. Today, the combination of ubiquitous information technology and a radical right-wing authoritarian political climate has made digital security a top concern for politically active organizations and individuals. 

Online harassment and surveillance are, sadly, ubiquitous and effective ways of creating chaos and fear. As DSA grows in membership and influence, we should be prepared for both state and non-state actors to use digital means to attempt to destabilize us. Let us not be victimized when we can readily secure ourselves and our comrades as we organize for socialism. Good information security practices don’t require computer wizardry. A few new habits and tools, consistently applied, will go a long way towards defending our collective work from digital assailants.

This document recommends steps DSA members and chapters can take to promote information security. We've concentrated on actions that are inexpensive and known to be effective. This document will evolve over time to respond to new threats and embrace new defensive tactics.

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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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