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.

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!

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

July 27, 2017
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Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
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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
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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.