Socialist Activist Skills Trainings

DSAers don't just talk about our vision for a democratic socialist future. We also join the fights in the here and now.

Below are links to online trainings to help you become a stronger socialist activist!

Socialist Pressure Campaign Strategy

Click on the title above to learn how to develop an activist (not electoral) issue campaign to pressure a decision maker, whether elected or otherwise, to do something you want.

Building a Healthy DSA Chapter

Click on the title above to learn how to develop healthy DSA chapters - both a diverse membership and a respectful space where all voices can be heard during discussion and decision making.

Recruiting New Members and Volunteers

Click on the title above to learn how to organize activities which will interest new folks and how to follow up and have one on one conversations with them to get them more involved in DSA.

Planning Successful Events

Click on the title above to learn how to organize awesome events, including thinking through a calendar year and planning ahead to turn people out and make sure the logistics all come together well.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

July 27, 2017
· 46 rsvps

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
· 20 rsvps

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
· 19 rsvps

 

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.