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. Click the Download PDF icon to the left to download this handout.

This handout was adapted from Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon's Patriot Movement, by the Rural Organizing Project and Political Research Associates. DSA local organizers have found it very useful in planning events of all kinds. You can use the tips here to build a security team, keep your events from being disrupted, empower your members to handle people looking for a confrontation. We don't want to give them one — that's what they want, and it's a waste of our time. Pre-plan your event with these helpful tips!

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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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.