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.

Click on the Download PDF icon to the left to read the memo.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

August 21, 2017
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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
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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
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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.