Plan for the Future — Your National Political Committee newsletter

Enjoy your December National Political Committee (NPC) newsletter! Our NPC is an elected 18-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) that functions as the board of directors of DSA. This month, hear about our Convention plans, sign up for our January Future of DSA call, check out multiracial organizing resources, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — Rest, Reflection, and Planning for the Future

Dear comrades,

As 2022 comes to an end, we hope you are able to prioritize some time to rest: one of the most overlooked steps as we organize through constant crisis. Burnout is common in organizers, and individual solutions are insufficient to combat the stress, fatigue, and despair that can result when we are building an organization while simultaneously navigating the everyday violence of capitalism. This affects how we treat each other and how we do this important work. Serving in the national leadership of DSA is an intense and often exhausting responsibility, and we are saddened to share that since our last newsletter, Sabrina C has resigned from the NPC. We thank her for all of her work, especially with the National Electoral Committee (NEC), and will greatly miss her perspectives on the NPC. May this holiday season be a reminder that we must be compassionate to ourselves and to each other as we learn and transform our ways of working together in order to build a sustainable and resilient organization.

With rest also comes a time for reflection. As we look to 2023, we know the fight ahead will not get any easier. But we are members of DSA because of the shared belief that the world not only should be different, but that it can be different, and that we can make it happen. The NPC will be drafting an End of Year report and releasing it to members next month. This compilation will include highlights of organizational victories, an overview of the work carried out from our 2021 Convention resolutions, and what’s to come in the next year. One of these upcoming events is our Convention! We are excited to officially announce that the 2023 National Convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois on August 4th-6th! This Convention will be structured a little differently, and we are looking forward to sharing what we have planned. To explain these changes and the Convention timeline, we are hosting a mass membership event on Thursday, January 26th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. “The Future of DSA” will feature NPC members debating and discussing important political questions facing our organization and what the terrain looks like for DSA and for the left broadly. This call will also include an orientation on the format and structure of the Convention and Pre-Convention. You don’t want to miss it! You can register for the call here.

Our Convention would not be complete without a theme! We’re happy to announce our second annual theme contest. Do you have an idea for a theme for next year’s convention? You don’t need to be an expert in design to make a submission. (Though if you are interested in helping with Convention design work, let us know). Tell us your vision: a tagline, a mood board, a color scheme, you name it — just give us a good sense of the vibe. Make your submissions using this form before Friday, January 27th! We’re so excited to see what you come up with!

We hope you have a safe, restful, and joyous holiday season. We look forward to ringing in 2023 with a renewed commitment to the world we deserve. Courage and care, comrades. And as always, solidarity forever,

Your National Political Committee

DSA Multiracial Organizing Committee Discussion Resources

While organizing on the left, many of us have seen challenges with class reductionism on one hand and identity essentialism on the other. How can we organize a constructive politics based on solidarity across differences?

Check out DSA’s Multiracial Organizing Committee (MROC)’s recent conversation with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of Elite Capture and Reconsidering Reparations, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and member of Metro DC DSA and Pan-African Community Action! Watch and share from Facebook or Youtube.

You can also use MROC’s discussion guide of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) for reading groups with members of your chapter or other comrades. And fill out this form to get involved in MROC!

Fall 2022 Socialist Forum Issue Out Now

The Fall 2022 issue of DSA’s Socialist Forum is now live! The new issue features ten articles covering a range of topics, from the recent national DSA Recommitment Drive to the practice of labor internationalism, to one DSA member’s struggles with navigating America’s inefficient and confusing disability program. As always, members are encouraged to submit responses to any of our articles at [email protected].