Post-Election Message From the DSA National Director

By Maria Svart

Tuesday night was not unpredictable. For centuries, the ruling class has used racism to divide working class and poor people and grind us down. It makes sense that people are scared, angry and desperate for change.

Even so, many of us are in mourning. Many of us are very afraid for our families, our neighbors, and our country.

We need to talk about how it came to this so we can develop a strong and strategic response. We are looking at how we seriously build our base for the coming struggle, and increase your ability to take meaningful action. We are looking at what we can do in solidarity and self defense with those who are the immediate targets for vigilante violence, and with those who will be further targeted by the State once Trump is in office.

Today, let¹s focus on immediate, productive action.

I encourage everyone, as you emotionally and mentally process our new situation with a GOP House, Senate, White House, Supreme Court, and many state houses and legislatures, elected by support for a sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic capitalist, to do the following:

1) Reach out to anyone in your life who may need emotional support, and tell them you are there. Hold each other close in this moment.

2) Reach out to any organizations in your area who could be among the first targeted, particularly those with whom you have an existing relationship, and tell them you have their back. Ask if there is anything you can do for them now. For example, immigrant rights organizations, immigrant churches, community groups, etc. Obama's deportation machine is in place and would be easy for Trump to accelerate. The fear that he will is pervasive right now, and regardless, vigilante violence or at least harassment is likely in the near term. Another example for outreach would be mosques, synagogues, and churches with primarily black, latino or asian congregations. Barrio defense teams, protective monitoring outside offices and religious houses, these are basic but critical tasks socialists can take on. We must make safe haven, sanctuary, and liberated zones everywhere we are.

3) After the Brexit vote in the UK there was a huge jump in street harassment, and it was already on the rise here during the recent presidential campaign. Organize trainings with friends to practice how to effectively interrupt and deflect street harassment if they observe it, or circulate online resources like "how to" videos and articles.

4) Think about building a DSA group in your community. The case for organizing as open democratic socialists building an independent multi-racial grassroots movement, including white poor and working class people, has never been more clear.

DSA¹s elected National Political Committee will develop and disseminate their thoughts in the coming days and provide opportunities for members to continue processing and planning.

This will be a very difficult time, but let's come together so we can keep fighting.

We can do this.

Maria Svart, DSA National Director




What Is DSA? Training Call

March 03, 2017
· 44 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Feminist Working Group

March 07, 2017
· 24 rsvps

People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ 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.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Historian John D'Emilio's presentation will do 3 things: Provide a brief explanation of how sexual and gender identities have emerged; provide an overview of the progression of LGBT activism since its origins in the 1950s, highlighting key moments of change; and, finally, suggest what issues, from a democratic socialist perspective, deserve prioritizing now. 1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am 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 Peg Strobel, peg.strobel@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 21 rsvps

Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 35 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix. 9 ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT.