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Your National Political Committee newsletter — We Need Radical Love

Enjoy your July National Political Committee (NPC) 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. Read on for more!

NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE — LEADERSHIP, LOVE, AND WINNING SOCIALISM

As our term comes to an end, we want to talk about leadership and love. We have navigated the last two years as the political leadership of an organization at its biggest size and at its widest scope of work so far. We encountered challenges at almost every turn and had to make tough choices amid crisis after crisis. And while this work brought us together, it wasn’t easy. Our commitment to DSA as a political home and recognition that struggle is a necessary component of this work is the only thing that allowed us to navigate our disagreements and debates. Trust was not a given. The first few months tested our grace and resolve as leaders and called to question what it means to lead in a multi-tendency organization. We were skeptical. We were, at times, unkind. But we pushed through, past the culture that says it’s okay to treat comrades as enemies and past the performance of solidarity to finally building actual relationships with one another. We are proud to say we would not have made it here without each other, and we hope that you’ll agree that DSA is stronger, bigger, and more powerful in part thanks to our ability to lead together. Our duty to a shared vision, the trust that we are each committed to building a militant and mass organization, got us here.

That’s also why we need to talk about love — about radical love in our spaces. The next couple years will not be easier. Things will not get better unless we fight to make them so. When everything feels urgent, how do we make sure we have each other’s backs? How do we give ourselves and each other permission to put down our work and rest? How can we make sure we humanize each other in this work, never demanding more than we ask of ourselves? Either we decide the work is not doable, or we step up and help each other. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is going to take every single one of our 94,915 comrades to win the world we want. That’s just the beginning. So let us lead with love and remind people that they are worth fighting for, that this world is worth saving, and that every action toward a socialist world is worth making, no matter how small it may feel at the moment.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who is doing the daily work of building our political home. Here’s to celebrating every win, learning from every loss, and to how liberating it is to have comrades with you every step of the way.

Solidarity forever,

Your National Political Committee

DSA National Convention Telethon: Jumpstart Socialism for a New Tomorrow! With Cynthia Nixon, Judge Franklin Bynum, Commissioner Mariah Parker, filmmaker Yael Bridge, music from Jodi and Sing in Solidarity, comedy from John Early, Nick & Brad, and Jamie Loftus — plus DSA Chapters across the country! July 30th 8pm ET/5pm PT

FRIDAY 7/30 — JUMPSTART SOCIALISM FOR A NEW TOMORROW! FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS, MUSIC, COMEDY, AND CHAPTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Join us Friday, 7/30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for Jumpstart Socialism For A New Tomorrow, our convention kickoff and virtual fundraiser!

Featuring:

  • Special guest speakers including Cynthia Nixon, Judge Franklin Bynum, Commissioner Mariah Parker, and filmmaker Yael Bridge
  • Music from Jodi and Sing in Solidarity
  • Comedy from John Early, Nick & Brad, and Jamie Loftus
  • Plus DSA chapters from across the country!

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FIELD ORGANIZERS RE-STARTING CHAPTER VISITS AND ORGANIZING TRAININGS

Field organizer Amy Z with UTEP YDSA member teaching an all-day organizing workshop in El Paso, Texas. A presentation slide projected on the wall shows people marching with a banner. Slide says "Why recruit? If we don't intentionally recruit members, we may unintentionally create a racially unrepresentative membership."

As many chapters have returned to in-person events, our field organizers have also returned to visiting chapters, including organizing trainings! Of the many ways staff support chapters, in-person visits are one of the most important, as they can connect chapters with national resources, think through challenges and solutions, and even directly support campaign work. 

At right, we see field organizer Amy Z. on a joint visit with DSA El Chuco and UTEP YDSA in El Paso, Texas. There, she and chapter leaders conducted an all-day organizing workshop for members around core skills. Our other field organizers have added to their in-person check-ins as well. Organizing depends on learning and relationships, and that’s what we’re so happy to be building, especially now again in person!

CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS: NEW PROPOSAL PAGE — PLUS SEE SARA NELSON, INDIA WALTON, AND ASTRA TAYLOR LIVE!

The Committee Reports, NPC Recommendations to the Convention, and Consent Agenda have just been released. You can find all of these, along with all proposed Resolutions and Constitution/Bylaws amendments, on the updated Proposal Compendium page.

And all members will be able to watch our great Convention speakers, including Sara Nelson, India Walton, and Astra Taylor, live on our YouTube channel here! Make sure to subscribe so you can be part of the excitement. You can find the full schedule and more on our Convention website.

WELCOME NEW CHAPTER AND OCS

We’re proud to introduce our new chapter, San Marcos, TX, and our latest Organizing Committees, Denton County, TX and Southeastern Massachusetts. Welcome!