Our Structure

THE NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE

DSA's primary political leadership is the National Political Committee (NPC), a sixteen-person body which functions as the board of directors of DSA and is elected every two years by the delegates to DSA's National Convention. Every DSA chapter is entitled to send a certain number of delegates to the National Convention, based upon the chapter's size. There are also "at-large" delegates to represent areas where there are no active chapters.

The DSA Constitution requires that eight slots of the NPC be reserved for women, and that at least four of the NPC slots be reserved for people of color.

The NPC guides and leads the implementation of DSA's major political and organizational goals, which are broadly defined every two years by the delegates to the National Convention. The NPC gives instructions to the national staff about how to carry forward DSA's day-to-day work. The NPC creates task forces and committees to guide particular areas of DSA's political work. The DSA Constitution gives the NPC the power to charter DSA locals and commissions, as well as DSA's Youth Section.

The NPC conducts long weekend meetings three or four times each year. The NPC also elects a five-person NPC Steering Committee, which meets more frequently, both in person and by conference call. The Honorary Chairs and Vice-Chairs are also elected at each bi-ennial National Convention, and may also participate in internal governance issues through the NPC meetings. They do so to a varying extent.

National Political Committee Members, 2013-2015

Jared Abbott, Philadelphia
Theresa Alt, Ithaca
David Duhalde, Boston
Stuart Elliott, Wichita
Amber A’Lee Frost, New York City
Paul Garver, Boston
David Green, Detroit
José Gutierrez, Washington, D.C.
Barbara Joye, Atlanta
Simone Morgen, Columbus
Maxine Phillips, New York City
David Roddy, Sacramento
Joseph Schwartz, Philadelphia
Peg Strobel, Chicago

DSA HONORARY CHAIRS

Bogdan Denitch
Barbara Ehrenreich
Dolores Huerta
Eliseo Medina
Eugene "Gus" Newport
Frances Fox Piven
Gloria Steinem
Cornel West

DSA VICE-CHAIRS

Elaine Bernard
Edward Clark
José La Luz
Steve Max
Harold Meyerson
Maxine Phillips
Christine Riddiough
Rosemary Ruether
Joseph Schwartz

Upcoming Events

Ain't Scared of Your Jails

April 08, 2015
conference call - RSVP for call-in information
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47 years ago this April, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while supporting striking Memphis sanitation workers.
 
Please join us this April for Ain't Scared of Your Jails: Lessons for Today from Racial Justice History, a national DSA conference call to discuss non-violent direct action organizing from the 1960s voting rights movement and lessons for anti-police brutality activism today.
 
Who:
Femi Agbabiaka, Chicago DSA, YDS Coordinating Committee
Duane Campbell, Sacramento DSA
Jack Suria Linares, Hamilton College YDS
Maria Svart, DSA National Director
 
What:
Facilitated discussion of the one hour segment “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails: 1960-61” from the Eyes on the Prize documentary series and lessons for racial justice activism today, after remarks from DSAers about their current work.
 
How:
Step 1: Register online to RSVP below and get the conference call information via email;
Step 2: We'll email you a link to watch the 1-hour film online, on your own time, before the call;
Step 3: Call in to the conference call and hear from DSA speakers, then discuss their remarks and the documentary with other DSA members from across the country!

Organized by the DSA Anti-Racism Working Group.
 
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