How to Run a Film Discussion: The Handmaid's Tale

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Hulu is currently running a 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale. The mini-series tells the story of a dystopian future, in which a militaristic elite has seized control of the United States, and used religion and brute force to turn women into walking incubators. The series continues until June.

Right now, the horrifying prospects shown in The Handmaid's Tale look far too possible. But there are things you can do right now to organize for a better future. You can start by hosting a film discussion. Check out some tips here.

Film discussions are a great way to talk about democratic socialism and make organizing connections in your community. You can do this with a group of friends, or host a larger event. For The Handmaid's Tale, our film discussion handout offers organizing ideas you can use for further action. And here is a downloadable sign you can print out as well.

DSA has supported socialist feminism and reproductive rights for many years. As socialists, we know that people should have the right to make their own reproductive decisions, and that access to both reproductive care and childrearing resources is an economic issue. You can read DSA's National Political Committee statement here. And we put those words into action. This April, DSA chapters raised $45,000 for the National Network of Abortion Funds. You can learn more about that work here.

DSA has call-in film discussions regularly. Check out our calendar to see what's coming up. And invite your friends!

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June 22, 2018

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M4A Chapter Activist Training Call: How to Passing 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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