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.

Click here for contact information for DSA's volunteer leadership, including the National Political Committee steering committee and other national leaders, as well as details about how to get more involved at the national level.

National Political Committee Members, 2015-2017

Jared Abbott, Boston
Hope Adair, Atlanta
Theresa Alt (Secretary Treasurer), Ithaca
David Green, Detroit
José Gutierrez, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth HendersonPhiladelphia
Frank LlewellynNew York City
Sean Monahan, Providence
Simone Morgen, Columbus
Brandon Payton-CarrilloAtlanta
Joseph Schwartz, Philadelphia
Peg Strobel, Chicago
Russ Weiss-Irwin, Central NJ

NPC20152017.jpg  NPC minus the YDS-CC co-chairs and including our Deputy Director David Duhalde.

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YDS co-chairs.

DSA HONORARY CHAIRS

Bogdan Denitch (1929-2016)
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

Socialist Caucus at the DNC

July 27, 2016
William Way LGBTQ Center in Philadelphia, PA

The Democratic Socialists of America invites all DNC delegates, members and friends to the Socialist Caucus, featuring:

▪ Michael Lighty, Political Director of the National Nurses United and key organizer of The People's Summit; 
Bob Master, Communications Director, Communication Workers of America (Region 2) and Co-Chair New York Working Families Party; and 
▪ Maria Svart, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America. 

PLEASE NOTE: Cornel West resigned from the Platform Committee this past Tuesday and won’t be attending the Convention in protest against the Sanders’ campaign not filing minority reports, particularly on TPP and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. We will miss Brother West at the Socialist Caucus, but the other speakers are fantastic (and stay tuned to this page for additional speakers)! Bring your friends and fellow delegates!

This is a free event, but you must register here.

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Planning an Event: Finding the Time (9pm Eastern)

August 02, 2016 · 16 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

Do your big plans often fall apart? Learn:

  • How to successfully plan an event or project.
  • How to get DSA's socialist name and ideas out in public view.
  • What to prioritize when you can't do everything.
  • How to effectively manage time.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

Instructor:

  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5 pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).

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