Organizing Blog For Members

How to Run a Film Discussion: Pride

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Film discussions are a great way to talk about democratic socialism and make organizing connections in your community. You can do this with a group of friends, or host a larger event. And the British film Pride (2014) is a good choice to talk about queer organizing, workers’ rights, and solidarity in action. Check out some film discussion tips here.

The film is based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. 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.

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Emergency Post-Charlottesville DSA Organizing Guide

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For all DSA members and chapters, here is our post-Charlottesville organizing guide. There are some great tips here about running meetings, doing outreach, and finding concrete ways to help. You can download the guide here.

We also have a great DSA anti-fascist, anti-hate sign available here. You can print this out for rallies in your area, or to put in your window.

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What Is DSA? An Introduction

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DSA provides a supportive community for folks questioning capitalism and looking and working for an alternative. DSA members educate the public about democratic socialism and "join the fights" as activists, too.

Here are some resources so new members can do that. And long-time members can use these too: to learn more, to share with friends, and even to start their own chapter.

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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. 

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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 Film Discussion: The Handmaid's Tale

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Hulu is currently running a 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale. The mini-series tells the story of a dystopian future, in which a militaristic elite has seized control of the United States, and used religion and brute force to turn women into walking incubators. The series continues until June.

Right now, the horrifying prospects shown in The Handmaid's Tale look far too possible. But there are things you can do right now to organize for a better future. You can start by hosting a film discussion. Check out some tips here.

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May Day: Immigrants Rights Resources


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As socialists, we know that immigrants' rights and labor rights are intertwinedCheck out our DSA May Day page to learn more. 

You can look up your local DSA group here to find out what May Day activities they’re planning. Today is just the beginning. There will be ongoing actions throughout the month, so check back regularly!

You can join in the massive strikes, boycotts, and other actions beginning May 1st. You can help from home too. Check out this blog post for more about May Day actions and immigrants' rights. You can learn about DSA's Immigrants' Rights committee there too. And download your printable sign here. You can put this in your window, bring it to rallies, or share it with friends.

Working together, we fight back — against the ban and against the wall, and move forward for us all. Sí, se puede!

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.

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. Click on the Download PDF icon on the left to download it.

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.

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