What Is DSA? An Introduction

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DSA provides a supportive community for folks questioning capitalism and looking and working for an alternative. DSA members educate the public about democratic socialism and "join the fights" as activists, too.

Here are some resources so new members can do that. And long-time members can use these too: to learn more, to share with friends, and even to start their own chapter.

First: welcome to DSA! Click here to find a chapter near you. We are the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA members are building the mass, multi-racial democratic socialist movement we need right now.

DSA members come from many political perspectives. But we all believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We work to end oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and more. And we understand how these forms of oppression connect with capitalism.

You can learn more about DSA’s political orientation and strategy here. You can share this piece with friends — or at a chapter meeting.  This short reading list is helpful also.

And you can hear more about democratic socialism too. A condensed version of our New Member Orientation call is here on our Audio Recordings page. And check out our podcast, Rose Radio!

You can find organizing tools on our members' organizing blog here. And we have online and phone educational events and skills training regularly. Check our calendar for dates and times of, and to RSVP to, our next New Member Orientation call, conference calls, and webinar trainings. We are adding new events on a regular basis.

Would you like to get more involved? Learn more about our national working groups and caucuses. We currently have Socialist Feminism, Religion and Socialism, Anti-Racism, Disability Caucus/Working Group, Labor, Queer Socialism, Veterans, and Solidarity Economy working groups. DSA members can also propose new working groups. If you want to volunteer right away and don't see anything here that seems to fit, click here to check out our activist sign-up page.

And here's a sign you can download to show your commitment to DSA's mass, multi-racial democratic resistance!

And of course, make sure to like DSA on Facebook, follow DSA on Twitter, and read, share, like, retweet, and comment. Encourage your friends to #TrySocialism, and let's build this movement!

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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