Fight for Democracy, Fight for Socialism — Your January Dispatch

Here’s your January Dispatch! This month, multiracial organizing, fighting the right here and abroad, getting ready for our national Convention this summer, and more. Read on to get involved. 

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From Maria — Fight for Democracy, Fight for Socialism

Almost exactly two years after far-right attackers stormed the U.S. Capitol, the same thing happened in Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world. After three years of surviving the COVID pandemic, we can’t wait to fight against international fascism! Only the global working class, acting as a united front, can stop the existential political threat posed by the authoritarian far right that masterminded these attacks here and abroad. Fascistas não passarão!

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday this weekend, the right will try to co-opt him again, cherry-picking quotes from his I Have a Dream speech. They don’t mention that he also said “the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism are all tied together,” and that “these are revolutionary times. All over the globe, men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born.” Together we can bring this better world into being!

If you, like me, resolved to strengthen your relationships with more people in 2023, get to a DSA event. If you want to build collective power and change the world, get to a DSA event. If you’ve been doing your part all along, get to a DSA event and welcome folks who come to help lighten the load. We are stronger together, so let’s start the year off right!

Join Our National Convention Call Thursday 1/26!

Planning is in progress for the 2023 Convention this August! There will be changes to the structure this year. To hear more about these changes and the Convention timeline, join our mass membership event “The Future of DSA” on Thursday 1/26 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. You’ll hear NPC members on important political questions facing DSA, and what the terrain looks like for us and for the left broadly. This call will also include an orientation on the format and structure of the Convention and Pre-Convention. Don’t miss it!

We’re also looking for a design volunteer for the 2023 National Convention graphics! If you’re interested, please fill out this form.

Help Grow Our Movement! Apply by Friday 1/27

New year? New members! Every member strengthens our movement!

The Growth and Development Committee trains organizers to launch campaigns, run regular phone and text banks to members with lapsed memberships, mentor chapters to start membership committees, and so much more! Apply to join the Growth and Development Committee by Friday 1/27 to continue this vital work of growing the membership and developing socialist organizers.

Multiracial Organizing Committee Survey — Fill Out by Sunday 2/12

DSA is committed to building a multiracial socialist organization based on mutual respect, trust, solidarity, and militant anti-racism (resolution 31, passed at the 2021 DSA National Convention). Growing DSA and winning power for working people depends on a multiracial working class leading our campaigns and organization.

To address structural challenges within DSA, the Multiracial Organizing Committee would like to hear about your experiences with multiracial organizing within DSA or through other organizations. Please fill out our multiracial organizing survey today! The survey deadline is Sunday 2/12. We plan to translate the survey findings and subsequent one on one conversations into a program of trainings, best practices and other tools to be made available to chapters struggling with doing multiracial organizing.

DSA International Committee 2022 Organizing Recap — Join Us!

The DSA International Committee would like to highlight our 2022 organizing work in the DSA, thank all those involved, and encourage anyone interested to join. In the past year, we organized some 50 events, statements, projects, and campaigns! Check out our recap on Twitter for a full rundown and more info.

All DSA International Committee work is 100% volunteer labor, so consider joining us in 2023.

Socialist Forum Call for Submissions — Deadline Thursday 1/26

The Socialist Forum editorial committee is accepting pitches for article ideas for the upcoming Winter 2023 issue. Pitches must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, 1/26 to be considered. If your pitch is accepted, the full article should be roughly 3500-4000 words in length. Please note that submissions are not officially accepted until after editors review the first draft of a full article. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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