Organizing Blog For Members

Climate March Resources

FB-profile-DSA-Climate-March.pngAs democratic socialists, we understand the connections between capitalism and environmental destruction. That's why DSA has endorsed the People's Climate March on April 29th. Metro DC DSA has a full schedule of events in addition to the March. Many local DSA groups are working on events in their community. You can find your local DSA group in our chapter list.

Want to learn more about socialism and environmental justice? Check out this handout here. You can print it out as a brochure for a friend, or give it out at a community event. And you can download your own printable sign here.

DSA Healthcare Organizing Resources

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DSA members across the country stand up for socialist reforms that make real differences in working people’s lives. Healthcare is a great example. DSA has supported single payer healthcare and reproductive rights for many years. That work is more important now than ever. Here are some resources you can use to fight cutbacks and work towards healthcare for everyone. Here's what you need to know about the Republican plan so you can fight against it. Scroll to the bottom for links to contact your representatives. And these downloadable signs are great for healthcare access rallies — or to put in your window.

 

How To Run a Socialist Reading Group

Many DSA local organizing groups and chapters use socialist reading groups to grow and become stronger. Strong locals can use one to increase members’ knowledge of current events and socialist strategy. Fledgling groups and new members find them the perfect first step for connecting with other socialists in the community. This flyer contains useful tips you can use to start one up.

Being an Effective Ally

Socialists believe in solidarity. We know that an injury to one is an injury to all. And as organizers, we understand the importance of working together in coalition with diverse community groups. So how do we practice solidarity in our everyday lives and in our campaigns? This article shows how DSA local groups and individual members can be more effective allies  — and make our groups more diverse as well.

Four Pillars for Building a Socialist Chapter

DSA chapters can make real changes, in their communities and beyond. But we need to plan well to do that.

This handout lays out some tips to balance out your chapter's work. Here is a four pillar model to build community connections, support your organizing, and have fun too.

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DSA Guidelines for Respectful Discussion

Meetings are more productive — and more fun — when the conversation includes everyone. Respectful discussion guidelines are helpful for keeping things focused too. You can read these before meetings and forums. (We've sometimes asked for volunteers to read each one off.) This has been helpful at DSA and YDS meetings, especially when new people are present. We've also shared them with our coalition partners as a useful resource.

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Making DSA Accessible to Parents

To put real democratic power into the hands of working people, we need to make our local groups accessible to everyone. Without support, parents may not be able to attend DSA meetings. Here are some ways to change that.

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Safety Tips for Events

In these times, event safety is on many organizers' minds. DSA local groups have held peaceful actions across the country. But counter-demonstrators don't always respect that. Here are some guidelines to keep event participants safe.

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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 82 rsvps

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
· 47 rsvps

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
· 19 rsvps

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.