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Your National Political Committee Newsletter — Courage and Care

Enjoy your February National Political Committee newsletter! Our NPC is an elected 18-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) which functions as the board of directors of DSA. This month, staying in the struggle in the face of pandemic and war, strike support, political education, and more. Read on to get involved!

FROM THE NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE — COURAGE AND CARE

As we approach our second year of the pandemic and another war, it can all feel a little hopeless. Many of you may be feeling burnt out or disillusioned from the lack of in-person camaraderie or from not knowing what to do in the face of terrifying events. Every day can compound this feeling that things are happening to us and that we are powerless. But part of why we are socialists, why we have joined an organization like DSA, is because of the shared belief that the world not only should be different but it can be different. That’s hope.

We must refuse to fall to the idea that there aren’t everyday people doing extraordinary things every single day to transform our world. Because there are. We owe it to our comrades, both here and gone, to keep the vision burning. And when we are too tired to continue, look to each other. Take breaks, reground yourself in what pulled you in to join DSA in the first place. Being a comrade means finding people who can take on some of your work or being the person who answers the call for help. We can’t do this alone. As the NPC, we are resolved to give more context to the decisions we are making, ways to get involved in national efforts, and what work we’ve been able to carry out as mandated by our most recent Convention. To that end, we will have a monthly Fireside Chat open to all DSA members starting February 27th. You can register to attend here.

DSA is approaching 40 years as an organization, and we are blessed to have long-time comrades still involved in this struggle. They’re a living and lasting reminder that your involvement can change: oscillate between leading a campaign to dropping off supplies for a mutual aid drive to mentoring a new chapter to canvassing for a socialist candidate. All of these are examples of what people across the country are doing to build the organization we need. Those who we’ve lost are a stark reminder that we are fighting for a future we may not see, but their legacy serves as fuel to take a step closer. Our organization may look very different now than it did four decades ago, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to not allow things to remain the same.

Our task to build a mass socialist organization can be overwhelming, and you may not be sure where to start. But the answer is simple: you can start right where you are. We know the root of what we are facing and the horrors we are witnessing is capitalism. This system is our shared enemy and the obstacle to our collective liberation. Every crack in the machine is an opportunity to see the new world more clearly. So now is the time to act collectively. Organizing requires doing this work together and bringing in more and more people, destroying the divisions that only strengthen the capitalist class. All over the world, workers are fighting back, and you have the opportunity to join them from right where you are. When we organize, united against this same system, we can win.

Courage and care, comrades,

Your National Political Committee

SUPPORT NATIONALLY-ENDORSED CANDIDATES — EARLY VOTING IN TEXAS ON NOW!

Our endorsed candidates in Texas and Los Angeles are fighting carceral capitalism and mass evictions to ensure tenants can stay in their homes. Their fight is our fight! Your gift of any size helps provide the materials and energy they need to win. Donate today!

SATURDAY 2/26 — INTERVIEW WITH INDIGENOUS AND PRISONER RIGHTS ADVOCATE LENNY FOSTER

Join the DSA National Religion and Socialism Working Group, the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, and DSA Santa Cruz Saturday 2/26 at 6pm ET/5pm CT/4pm MT/3pm PT for a historic interview with Indigenous Rights and Prisoner Rights activist Lenny Foster!

Lenny is one of the last people living to have taken part in many of the most important human rights campaigns of the last half-century. In terms of securing religious freedoms for Indigenous prisoners in the United States, his experience is unique. He has never written a book on his experiences, and hopes that this interview will be a living testament for future generations.

In this interview, Lenny will share some of his life experiences, give a first-hand view of pivotal Indigenous rights events over the last half-century, and speak on work to ensure that Indigenous prisoners in the United States can practice their spiritual and religious rights. He will also speak about Leonard Peltier and the work being done to obtain his release from an unjust prison sentence.

APPLY TO SUPPORT OUR NEW POLITICAL EDUCATION PODCAST! DEADLINE SUNDAY 2/27

The National Political Education Committee is looking for a Co-Producer and a Sound Engineer to produce podcast episodes from March to May. The goal is to create one of the most digestible leftist podcasts by making episodes 20 to 30 minutes long. 

Our current episode lineup includes “Lessons From The Black Panther Party,” “What is capitalism?,” “What is socialism?,” and more!

We are looking for people who can volunteer 6-8 hours a month. Again, the commitment will be from March to May, with the opportunity to continue beyond that. Please complete this application form by Sunday 2/27 if you are interested.

We will contact you about whether or not you’ve been invited to interview on Monday, 2/28. Please reach out to both [email protected] and [email protected] with any questions!

MONDAY 2/28 — JOIN OUR BUILDING POWER THROUGH DSA STRIKE SUPPORT CALL!

RSVP here for our DSA Democratic Socialist Labor Commission’s Building Power Through DSA Strike Support call Monday 2/28 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT!

Over the past year, DSA chapters across the country have built connections with labor unions through PRO Act rallies and strike support. While members have had great conversations with workers on the picket line, and perhaps invited them to share their strike experience at a chapter meeting, many chapters have had difficulty cultivating deep, long-lasting relationships with these rank-and-file workers.

This can often be traced back to the member not making an immediate next ask after that teach-in, rather than the worker’s disinterest. Feelings of awkwardness and uncertainty can hold us back from providing these potential members a pathway into our chapter, which in turn limits our ability to build a multiracial working-class movement.

This workshop offers practical tips on building solidarity with workers. Join us! Effectively incorporating rank-and-file union members into our chapters has the potential to strengthen both DSA and the labor movement more broadly.

MUTUAL AID WORKING GROUP STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS OPEN UNTIL MONDAY 2/28

Nominations are open to run for the DSA Mutual Aid Working Group (MAWG) Steering Committee! This is a fun and fulfilling leadership position that guides members and chapters doing work in mutual aid. Help shape strategy, develop leaders, and develop your own leadership! Nominations are open until Monday, 2/28  at 11:59pm PST. You can find the nomination form here.

Not a member of MAWG? Join here!

JOIN DSA’S NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE! APPLY BY MONDAY 3/14

The NPC is seeking members with fundraising experience to join DSA’s National Development Committee. The Development Committee will support the coordination of national fundraising efforts and serve as an advisory body for DSA’s fundraising practices and strategy. As a socialist organization engaged in class struggle, we must fund our own work! Apply here by Monday 3/14.

RSVP FOR DSA DISABILITY WORKING GROUP MEETING SATURDAY 3/19

Apply to join the DSA National Disability Working Group (DWG) today! The DWG is committed to disability justice, anti-oppressive organizing, mobilization, and advocacy. We actively work for inclusion of disabled people in all aspects of DSA and all settings where DSA participates, including accommodation of in-person and online meetings.

We invite all DSA members to our upcoming General Meeting Saturday, 3/19 at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT. Join us to learn about our group and how you can be a part of our ongoing efforts, which include presenting to high schoolers on mental health, expanding our external communications, helping chapters build accessibility, and more!

You can apply for membership, join our newsletter, and learn more here. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @DSADisability too!

WELCOME OUR LATEST CHAPTER AND ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

And a warm welcome to our latest chapter, Marin DSA in California, and our latest organizing committee, Pasco-Hernando OC in Florida!