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Congratulations to DSA's own khalid kamau and Dylan Parker!

Congratulations to khalid kamau, who won his South Fulton City Council race in a landslide. Check out the Huffington Post coverage here. In the Yoruba tradition, khalid uses lower-case letters for his name. This shows a stronger tie to the community than to the individual, a sentiment echoed in his activist work and community outreach projects.

khalid is the second DSA member to win local office this month. Dylan Parker was elected to Rock Island, Illinois’ City Council as 5th Ward Alderman on April 4th. He is a member of Quad Cities DSA. You can hear more about his campaign here in The Nation.

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There are now 14 DSA members holding public office, including Carlos Rosa, Chicago’s 35th Ward Alderman, Mike Sylvester, of the Maine House of Representatives, and Julie Ann Nitsch, Austin Community College Board of Trustee in Texas.

DSA's Healthcare Work is Getting Attention

DSA's healthcare work is heating up across the country. In New York, all of DSA's local groups are teaming up to build support for single payer in their state. And California is in action. Check out this video from East Bay DSA. Thanks to their efforts, and their teaming up with DSA groups statewide, hundreds of California DSA members are being trained to canvass for single payer.

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DSA LBGTQ Rights Work in the News

DSA locals have been doing LGBTQ rights activism on an ongoing basis, from pride marches in Atlanta to protests against anti-transgender bathroom bills in Oklahoma. Lately this has been getting more press attention.

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DSA's Anti-Trump Organizing is Up — And the Press Has Noticed

Since inauguration, over 3,000 new members have joined DSA. Together we're building the strong democratic socialist resistance we need. DSA has added to our organizing staff and increased volunteer training. New DSA groups are starting across the country. The word about DSA is definitely out.

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DSA's Profiles in Socialist Feminism

DSA's Socialist Feminist Team is stepping up its organizing and outreach. That includes media work. Check out DSA's new video series, Profiles in Socialist Feminism!

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News Coverage of DSA at the DNC

There was much news coverage of the DSA-sponsored Socialist Caucus, held during the week of the DNC in Philadelphia. Numerous participants remarked on social media that the Caucus represented one of the most substantive meetings at the convention. A good number of participants joined DSA on the spot and the DSA table rapidly sold out of it fifty bright red DSA “Continuing the Political Revolution T-shirts.” Click here to read the coverage we received.

Young Democratic Socialists Conference Report: From Sanders to the Grassroots

The YDS Conference with the theme "From Sanders to the Grassroots" was held just over a week after the Democratic National Convention and brought together three leading organizations from the student left. Read this report from Meghan Brophy, member of the YDS Coordinating Committee.

DSA Statement on the November 2016 Elections

DSA National Political Committee releases statement "Dump the Racist Trump; Continue the Political Revolution Down-Ballot; Build Multiracial Coalitions and Socialist Organization for Long-term Change". Click here to read full statement.

DSA Condemns Mass Murder in Orlando and the Intolerant Ideologies That Promote Such Acts

Democratic Socialists of America condemns the perpetrator of the mass killing and wounding of innocents at the LGBTQ night club Pulse in Orlando Florida this past weekend on Latin night. We stand in solidarity with the victims and their families and the LGBTQ and Latinx community of Orlando and beyond.

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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
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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
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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
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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.