YDS Job Announcement

DSA is hiring a student organizer for the Young Democratic Socialists, deadline to apply May 3rd.

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YDS is an organization of campus-based chapters and regionally-based groupings of younger (under 30) socialists who wish to develop a political and cultural space of their own, yet one that is an integral part of DSA. The organizer works out of DSA’s national office in New York City and travels throughout the United States to speak to both new and experienced YDS campus chapters, as well as to independent progressive students interested in learning about democratic socialism. The position includes work for both DSA and for our affiliated 501(c)3, the Democratic Socialists of America Fund.

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Responsibilities

  • Organize an annual winter outreach conference and an annual summer conference for current members and chapters, in collaboration with the elected and volunteer leadership of Young Democratic socialists (YDS)
  • Recruit new members and assist in the formation of new chapters of YDS 
  • Facilitate the ongoing political work of the members and chapters of YDS
  • Provide staff support, especially leadership development, for YDS Represent YDS at conferences and meetings of other radical activists
  • Participate in meetings of the DSA National Political Committee and serve as a liaison between YDS and DSA’s locals and commissions
  • Report to and assist DSA’s National Director as needed

Requirements

  • Be grounded in democratic socialist politics and history; general agreement with the positions and perspectives of YDS and DSA
  • Experience organizing campus, labor, political, or community-based groups and events
  • Excellent public speaking, communication, writing, and computer skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to use limited resources effectively
  • Thorough understanding of academic settings, politics, and calendars at secondary and post-secondary levels
  • Ability to work effectively with young people from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-heterosexist principles and action
  • Willing and able to travel extensively around the United States on a moderate budget
  • Available to start work in New York City by mid-June of 2013 (or earlier)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Creativity
  • Sense of humor
  • Fund-raising experience
  • Web design, HTML, database, and graphic design experience and skills
  • Bilingual Spanish and English speaker

Starting Salary: $30k+; full benefit package with regular salary increases; 3 weeks paid vacation.

Application deadline: May 3, 2013. DSA is an equal opportunity employer.

Email resume and statement of how your qualifications make you a good candidate for this position to: Maria Svart, National Director, DSA, msvart (at) dsausa.org. Please send attachments in Microsoft Word.

Grassroots Fundraising: Paying for the Revolution (9pm Eastern)

June 23, 2017
· 47 rsvps

Are you new to socialist organizing? Or after many years do you still struggle, raising money from members when you need it but without a steady flow of income or budget to plan ahead? Are you afraid to tackle fundraising because it seems so daunting or you are uncomfortable asking people for money?

In this webinar, you will learn why fundraising is organizing, and how to do it – face to face, through fundraising events, and other ideas.

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.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. Participation requires that you register at least 21 hours in advance -- by midnight Thursday for Friday's webinar.

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

Data Security for DSA Members

June 27, 2017

Ack! I googled myself and didn't like what I found!

WHAT: A DSA Webinar about "Doxing"
WHEN: 9PM EST, 6PM PST

We're proud of our organizing, and chapter work is transparent for both political and practical reasons. However, there are basic precautions you can take in this time of rapid DSA growth to protect your privacy.

Key Wiki is a website that meticulously documents DSA activity and posts it for the world to see. If you're an active DSA member, likely your name is on their website. This is an example of "doxing".

As DSA becomes larger, more visible, and more powerful, we might expect that more websites like this will pop up, and more of our members' information might be posted publicly on the web.

Join a live webinar on Tuesday, June 27 with data security expert Alison Macrina, to learn:

  1. what is doxing? with examples and ways to prevent it
  2. how to keep your passwords strong and your data secure
  3. where to find your personal info on the internet and how to get it removed
  4. social media best practices for DSA organizers
  5. what to do if you've already been doxed

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/9173276528

Call-in Info: +1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 917 327 6528

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 11 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
· 8 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.