Hope and Solidarity — Your National Political Committee newsletter

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. This month, get strike ready, sign up for organizing trainings, support Palestinian liberation, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — Hope and Solidarity

Dear comrades,

As we come to the end of our term, we’re excited to be ending it among so much exciting and important work in DSA. The national endorsements we’ve made across labor, electoral, and issue-based campaigns over the past few months are heating up! Our Strike Ready campaign is on fire, with chapters and members supporting the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and UPS Teamsters flexing the power of a union!

All over the country, over 100 chapters are rallying and canvassing their communities, joining practice picket lines, and fundraising to support this work. DSA-LA’s Hollywood Labor circle has raised over $50,000 in donations for striking entertainment workers through the Snackpack program, and has been delivering snacks, supplies, and solidarity to ten different picket lines across the city. We’ve amassed over 4,000 commitments to join us in solidarity if UPS forces a strike starting August 1st, and we encourage you to reach out to your local chapter to see how you can plug in.

Our Ohio chapters are taking a strong stand against Ohio Issue 1, which makes all future ballot initiative work in the state impossible, and you can join the fight by signing up to support this nationally endorsed campaign here, to protect the right to have an abortion in Ohio, to raise the floor for Ohio workers by making sure everyone can be guaranteed one fair minimum wage, and other critical future ballot measures that can make a material difference for millions of Ohioans.

We also signed onto “Not On Our Dime!”, an initiative advanced by DSA in office and Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani — a groundbreaking piece of legislation affirmatively supporting Palestinian rights in New York, and the first of its kind in the country. We invite our NYC members to a rally TONIGHT, Thursday 7/20, calling for an end to Israeli settler violence, and demand New York state stop subsidizing Israeli settlement expansion to ensure not another dollar is spent on expelling Palestinians from their homes and dispossessing them of their lands.

Meanwhile, DSA members were among the only 9 elected representatives in Congress who voted No against a shameful resolution backing Israel’s apartheid state, which Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib bravely denounced in a powerful floor speech in advance of boycotting the Israeli President’s joint address to Congress in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Internally, our 2023 National Convention is only TWO weeks away, and this is the final newsletter from your 2021-2023 National Political Committee. We can’t wait to see you in Chicago and discuss, debate, and vote on proposals that will guide our work over the next couple years. We leave you with the hope that you find hope and solidarity in your work as a member of DSA and that our organization maintains your commitment to a better world.

Solidarity forever,

Your National Political Committee

RSVP for National Political Education Committee’s July Trainings: Strike Ready Child Watch Tuesday 7/25 and Comradely Disagreement Thursday 7/27!

On Tuesday 7/25 at 8pm ET/7pm/6pm MT/5pm PT, join DSA’s National Political Education Committee (NPEC), Mutual Aid Working Group, and National Labor Commission for our Strike-Ready Child Watch training! Want to help make the picket line more accessible to kids and their caregivers? You’ll learn how to build a safe, fun, and socialist child watch program tailored to strikes, picket lines, and other labor-specific events. Whether you’re new to child watch or have lots of experience with child watch in a labor context, we’d love to have you at the training! This will be a space to share ideas, support, and tried-and-true good practices among chapters. You can RSVP here, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

And on Thursday 7/27 from 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT, join the NPEC for our pre-convention Comradely Disagreement and Debate Training! As we head into convention season, come learn tips and tricks for having productive, comradely discussions about controversial issues. We’ll cover principles for framing and working through disagreement, de-escalation tactics, how to know when to step back from a conversation, and more — and you’ll have the opportunity to practice having a tricky conversation in a comradely environment. RSVP here — we look forward to seeing you! And please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Solidarity Fund — Support a Comrade, Get a Sticker!

We’re just two weeks out from DSA’s National Convention, but we’re still a few thousand dollars short of having a fully funded Convention Solidarity Fund. Can you give right now to make sure we hit our goal? The Convention Solidarity Fund directly supports delegate travel, lodging, and accessibility needs at the National Convention. Pitch in today to sponsor a comrade and we’ll send you a beautiful union-printed sticker!

Meet Your Staff

Introducing Yasmine, People Operations Manager at DSA! Yasmine is an active member of DSA and has a sizable amount of labor organizing experience, particularly in her own workplace. She comes to you from the Worker’s Justice Project, where she focused on supporting migrant day laborers and played a crucial role in the successful campaign for minimum pay for New York City’s app-based delivery workers. Yasmine’s commitment to social justice, decolonization, and community empowerment make her an invaluable addition to the DSA team. When she’s not championing social justice, you can find Yasmine dancing salsa, tending to her plants, or engaging in creative DIY and design projects. She proudly calls Brooklyn her home.

Welcome New Organizing Committees!

A warm welcome to our new Organizing Committees!

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