Care enough to organize — Your February Dispatch

Here’s your February Dispatch! This month, be part of our membership drive, elect DSA candidates, support reproductive justice, and more. Read on to get involved.

Alt text for image: Valentine's Day themed illustration with DSA roses, hearts, and member quote: "My children, and all people, deserve better. And something sustainable for the whole, not the few." Ali, Duluth, MN.

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From Maria — Care Enough to Organize

Are people you know watching NBA trades or Beyonce ticket news, but not talking about unions in sports or how the Ticketmaster monopoly is capitalism? And so many people don’t watch the State of the Union address, or read about it — but the landlords and the bosses do.

How do we deal with people’s need to escape the daily grind and their frustration with formal politics? We know the Warren Buffetts and the war profiteers watch with an eagle eye and pour their cash into politics, so it’s too important to ignore.

The socialist solution is to organize. Power comes from organized money, but it also comes from organized people. We have a long way to go to build the mass movement we need, but DSA chapters across the country are talking to their neighbors and coworkers and waging fights that help us build unity and feel our collective power. Every win, whether in a workplace, a neighborhood, or a policy vote, gives us hope, and every time we do it together we undermine the loneliness and isolation of life under capitalism.

Throughout the month of February we’re asking new people to join DSA. Who are three people you know who are pissed at the state of the world and care enough to do something about it? Look at your calendar, pick a date, and make the ask! Here’s the join link to share.

Maria Svart
DSA National Director

Sign Up for February Membership Drive Coaching Hours

Maximize your chapter’s voice at convention by participating in DSA’s February Membership Drive! As we head towards the apportionment process this March, February is a great time to ask folks to join, renew, and get involved in organizing. Here are three ways you can participate:

  1. Turn a friend or coworker into a comrade! Ask three people to join DSA this month and keep our multiracial working class movement growing
  2. Renew your membership (if you’re not a member in good standing) or switch to monthly income-based dues
  3. Sign up for coaching hours to learn how you can support a membership push in your chapter

Join Phonebanks Monday 2/13 and Wednesday 2/15 to Elect DSA Candidates!

Chicago Alder campaigns are heating up! Join Chicago DSA (CDSA) members to phonebank for:

And subscribe to the NEC email list to learn more!

Apply to the National Political Committee — Deadline Thursday 2/23

Through Article VIII, Section II of the DSA National Constitution, the National Political Committee (NPC) is charged with appointing members of the organization to fill vacancies on the NPC. To that end, we are opening applications up to all members of DSA in good standing.

Since NPC duties are significant, we recommend that anyone who considers applying first review this overview of NPC Member Duties and Responsibilities. We want to stress that this is not a role for members who have not held prior leadership positions in DSA, their union, or other grassroots organizations. If you think you would be a good fit for the NPC, send your application to us through this form by 11:59 PST on Thursday 2/23.

Reinvigorate Reproductive Rights Fight with the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Last month, the DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group held a “The Future of Reproductive Justice” panel and screening event to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We appreciate everyone who joined us to discuss reinvigorating the fight to protect abortion! If you missed the panel discussion, you can watch it here.

Whether you joined us for the event, or are just hearing about it, you can join the DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group in the fight for reproductive justice by supporting abortion funds today! Donations will cover the DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group’s screening license costs for Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, and will also be split between the Wild Wild West Fund of Nevada (WWAF), the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, and the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF).

Membership Drive Resource — 25% Off Socialist Feminist Magazine Lux!

Lux, the left’s leading feminist magazine, is offering 25% off new subscriptions to all DSA members during February’s membership drive!

Named for Rosa Luxemburg, Lux features reporting on the reproductive justice movement, police abolition, and labor organizing, plus tips on how to sabotage your office, and much more, all in a glossy print package. In Lux’s vision of socialism, there is abundance for all!

Use this promo code link to your subscription discount today!

Help Preserve DSA’s Legacy — Sign Up for Archiving Workshop Sunday 2/26

The DSA Fund is excited to announce our first DSA archives workshop, co-sponsored by DSA’s National Political Education Committee and co-facilitated by DSA members who are political educators and digital experts, and the lead curator of the Tamiment Library, where DSA’s papers are housed. Join us Sunday 2/26 at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT to learn how to save our socialist history! You’ll learn practical tips to preserve your DSA documents and build, share and use our history with comrades from all over the country.