FAQ

Membership and Dues

Donation Issues

Monthly Donations

Charlottesville Fund

Swag Shop

Chapters and Getting Involved

What is the DSA?

Electoral Work


Membership and Dues

Q: What’s the difference between the various membership levels?

A: There's no difference between any of the options in terms of membership benefits. We work to make our membership accessible to all. Because we’re member-funded, we ask that people join at the highest level they can.


Q: How do I change or update my email address?

A: Contact membership@dsausa.org to change the email address associated with your membership. 


Q: How do I change or update my name and/or mailing address?

A: Click here to update your mailing address. Be sure to submit that form using the email address associated with your membership!

*Please note: that form does not automatically update your information in your local chapter's database. If you want your chapter leaders to be immediately notified of the change, please contact them directly after submitting the form.


Q: I want to get a family membership. How can I enter my partner’s name and information?

A: Enter your partner's name and information in the box designated for family level memberships.

Currently, member emails can only be sent to the main point of contact for a family membership.


Q: I live outside of the United States, but I want to join DSA. How can I do that?

A: You don’t need to live in the US to join, but currently we can only process credit cards based in the US. If you don’t have a credit card with a United States billing address, you can join by mailing in this form with a check or money order. All international memberships are digital-only, meaning you will receive Democratic Left magazine and all other DSA communications via email.


Q: Is it possible to buy someone else a membership?

A: Yes, it is! You can give a friend the gift of DSA membership. To pay by check or money order, mail in your payment with the name, mailing address, and contact information of your membership recipient to:

Democratic Socialists of America
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 702
New York, NY 10038

To pay by credit card, fill out the membership form with your friend's email address 
(not yours!) and phone number. Then, enter your name and billing address along with your credit card information. Once the payment has been submitted, you can fill out this form to update your friend's name and mailing address. Just make sure to once again enter your friend's email address on that form, not your own! 


Q: I never received a confirmation email!

A: Check your spam folder! If it's not there, email membership@dsausa.org to request another one.


Q: Can I attend DSA events or meetings without my membership card?

A: You don’t need your membership card to go to DSA events! Once you’ve paid dues, you’re a considered a full member, so you can vote in local elections as well.


Q: I haven't received my membership card yet! When will I get it?

A: We’re sending membership packets out as as quickly as we can, but so many people are joining that it’s hard to keep up, particularly with our small staff size. If you got a confirmation email for your payment, we've received your dues and are working on it. In the meantime, you can get involved in DSA’s local and/or national work. If you never received a confirmation email and are not sure if your dues payment went through, you can email membership@dsausa.org to verify.

New member cards have not yet been sent out for anyone that joined around or after mid-December, 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience. This FAQ will be updated as we send out new cards. (Last update: 6/14/18)


Q: I lost my membership card. Can I get a new one?

A: Because of our enormous growth in membership, DSA staff does not have the capacity to replace lost membership cards at this time. When this changes, the FAQ will be updated.


Q: I mailed in an application form and a check, but my check has not been cashed and/or I haven't received a confirmation.

A: Email membership@dsausa.org to verify that your check and application have been received. Physical applications and payments take longer to process than those online.


Q: I can't register for any of the new member orientation calls or I missed the call I registered for. What can I do?

A: DSA recorded two of our most popular conference calls, the New Member Orientation and Introduction to Socialist Feminism. You can listen to the audio of those calls at http://www.dsausa.org/audio.


Donation Issues

Q: My bank/credit card says I got charged multiple times, but I didn’t get confirmation emails for the payments from DSA. What happened?

A: Any time you try to make a payment with a debit or credit card, banks and credit card companies put a “hold” on your account in that amount (it may appear on your statement as "pending" or "processing"). If your payment was rejected for some reason, you will NOT be charged. However, the “hold” for that amount may stick around for a few business days until your bank/credit card company verifies that the charge was rejected. If you wish to verify how many times you were charged, email membership@dsausa.org.


Q: I’m trying to donate but I’m getting a “street address and postal code do not match” error message. What’s happening?

A: This message means the address you entered doesn’t match the billing address on the card that you’re paying with. Please try again, entering your billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card/bank statement.
NOTE: we can only accept credit cards based in the US.


Monthly Donations

Q: I started a monthly contribution to DSA. Does this make me a member?

A: Yes, it does. As a monthly sustaining member, you’ll get all of the same membership benefits with annual dues, including a digital or paper membership card (based on which type of membership you signed up for) and subscription to Democratic Left magazine.


Q: How can I change the credit/debit card I’m using for my monthly donations?

A: You can start a new monthly contribution on the new card here. Make sure to also email membership@dsausa.org with a request to cancel the old one.


Q: How can I change or cancel my monthly donation amount?

A: You can start a new monthly contribution in the new amount here, and make sure to also email membership@dsausa.org with a request to cancel the old one.


Charlottesville Fund

Who to contact

In October, DSA’s Steering Committee voted to give the money raised through DSA to the National Compassion Fund (more on that below). 

The National Compassion Fund has trained victim assistance specialists to provide updates about the Fund via the VictimConnect Resource Center through phone, text, or chat at 855-4-VICTIM [855-484-2846], chat.victimconnect.org.

They can also be reached via email at charlottesville@ncvc.org.

Status (updated 6/10/2018)

On June 7th, the NCF's Charlottesville Fund steering committee was informed that, due to delays with health care providers, a significant portion of the applicants had not yet been cleared. Because NCF cannot begin distribution until verification is complete, the steering committee voted that afternoon to decide whether the outstanding applications should be denied on the grounds that they weren't verified by the deadline, or whether the deadline for health care verification should be extended. A vote to extend the deadline was unanimous. We are awaiting further updates at this time.

5/29/2018 update:

NCF is currently waiting on medical verifications for several applicants. Because NCF distributes 100% of the Fund, they cannot begin distribution until verification is complete. They are hoping this process will be completed within the next week. 

Background

In an extraordinary display of solidarity, comrades from around the country came together to raise nearly $200,000 for survivors of right-wing violence in the fascist attack on August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Crowdfunding for hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct aid was a new tactic for DSA, initiated in response to a clear need, and it quickly became apparent that we did not have the means, expertise, nor capacity to collect and distribute funds both fairly and confidentially.

In October, DSA’s Steering Committee voted to give these funds to the National Compassion Fund (NCF) for distribution. A statement explaining this decision was sent shortly after to chapter leaders and was also publicly posted on the fundraiser as an update, which you can read hereDSA’s funds were transferred to NCF during the second week of November. For more information, please see Charlottesville DSA’s timeline of events.

Transferring the money to NCF provided the best route for ensuring that those harmed would not have to file police reports; that their identities and health information would remain confidential at the local and national level; that there would be experienced oversight of the funds and that they would be disbursed correctly based on local need.

The NCF appointed a local steering committee, which includes DSA members from the Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, and Richmond chapters, to establish the eligibility criteria, application deadlines, validation requirements, and method(s) of distribution.


Swag

Q: How do I order swag?

A: Our new swag store is finally open!

Contact swag@dsausa.org with questions.


Chapters and Getting Involved

Q: How do I get involved?

A: Check out our Get Involved page to look for opportunities that fit you!


Q: How can I find other members near me?

A: First, check out the Chapters page. If there is one near you, contact the organizers about getting involved and finding the next meeting. If there is not a chapter near you, fill out the chapter interest form. After you fill out the form we will work on connecting you to resources and assistance to help you organize in your area.


Q: I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. How do I start one?

A: First, you will need to become a member of DSA, if you are not already. The next step is filling out our Start a Chapter form. After you submit the form, we will contact you with further steps and work on connecting you to resources and assistance to help you organize in your area.


Q: I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. Are there other ways for me to be involved?

A: Yes! You can join in one of our national identity/issue-based teams or join one one of work committee or volunteer teams. You can also participate in our national trainings, discussions, and lectures.


Q: I want to start an international DSA chapter. Can I?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to support organizing outside of the United States at this time. DSA members living abroad can participate in DSA webinars, and we do have resources online.


Electoral Work

Q: How do I get a national endorsement from DSA for my political race?

A: In order for candidates to be eligible for a national endorsement, they must first receive an endorsement from their local chapter. The DSA National Electoral Committee will accept no applications that haven’t been chapter-endorsed first.

Chapter leaders can endorse candidates here.

You can contact the DSA National Electoral Committee at elections@dsausa.org.


Q: How do I get a national endorsement from DSA for my organization?

A: Email the NPC at npc@dsausa.org.

 

 

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

 

FAQ updated 5/29/2018.

New Member Call, June 24

June 24, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

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You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

Questions or Comments? Contact: 

Sam M


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**Note: this page originally had the wrong date listed. The Correct date is Sunday the 24th**

M4A Chapter Activist Training Call: How to Pass a Medicare for All City Council Resolution

June 30, 2018

Saturday June 30th at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

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In March, Philadelphia DSA members showed up in droves with healthcare workers, community members, and elected leaders to pass a Philadelphia city-wide resolution supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2017 and affirming universal access to healthcare as a human right. This victory showed that in a city where the poverty rate is over 26%, city council leaders learned where to stand when it comes to universal healthcare. To move a national campaign to win Medicare for All, we need to build support from a broad range of cities and municipalities across the country. With some research, planning, and lobbying, you could work with city council members to pass a resolution of support in your city too!

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