Organizing Blog For Members

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


Web-DSA-May-Day-3.pngFor this May Day, DSA has endorsed Movimiento Cosecha’s call for a Día Sin Inmigrantes (Day Without Immigrants). DSA local groups from New York to California are working with them and other immigrants’ rights group active in their communities.

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.

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 Democratic Socialism

July 06, 2017
· 46 rsvps

Join Rahel Biru, NYC DSA co-chair, and Joseph Schwartz, DSA Vice-Chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Joseph Schwartz, schwartzjoem@gmail.com.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

July 09, 2017
· 19 rsvps

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  9 PM ET; 8 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 6 PM PT.

Running for the National Political Committee

July 11, 2017

Join this call to hear a presentation and ask questions about the role, duties and time commitment of a member of DSA's National Political Committee. In the meantime, check out the information already on our website about the NPC.

Feminist Working Group

July 12, 2017

People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the elections.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 12 rsvps

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
· 11 rsvps

 

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.