Hot Socialist Summer — Your National Political Committee Newsletter

Enjoy your June 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, volunteer opportunities, labor organizing training, new summer reading, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — Hot Socialist Summer

Dear comrades,

This summer is heating up with activity! Chapters are stepping up to combat the public health and climate crisis when and where the government refuses to:

Our Strike Ready campaign, our top national priority, is in full swing as more than 60 chapters prepare their solidarity efforts. This past weekend, workers signaled to UPS that they will strike if provoked, voting overwhelmingly by 97% to authorize a strike ahead of the contract expiring August 1st. This means that 340,000 UPS workers are ready to hit the picket line, and we are ready to stand with them if they strike for their just demands.

Internally, we are gearing up for our 2023 National Convention. You can now review our 2021-2023 NPC recommendations! Every resolution, including the NPC recs, can be amended. Amendments require 300 signatures and must be submitted by Wednesday 6/28. NPC candidates will also be finalized this week, and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to submit your questions for our candidates, who will be announced on Friday 6/23! To win the world we want, we need all of our comrades at the table, so we are also asking members to make a donation to the Solidarity Fund that directly covers costs like travel and housing scholarships and accessibility needs, including onsite child watch for parents and accommodations for Convention delegates with disabilities. Finally, we have our final NPC quarterly meeting taking place Saturday 7/15-Sunday 7/16. This meeting is open to all members in good standing. You can register to watch here.


Your National Political Committee

Help Moderate the Convention Slack! Deadline Extended to Monday 6/26

The NPC Comms Committee is looking for members to help moderate the DSA National Convention Slack. This space is for delegates to discuss business, reach out to each other before meeting face-to-face, and access resources in preparation for the Convention. The Convention Slack will be open to delegates and alternates Wednesday 7/5 through Thursday 8/3.

Please note that delegates, alternates, and NPC candidates cannot serve as Convention Slack moderators. The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday 6/26. Moderation training will be the week of Wednesday 6/28.

Labor Organizing Opportunity — Volunteer Online with the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee

Are you a social media warrior? Think you could be great at coming up with punchy tweets? Know your way around TikTok? Like to spend time on Reddit? Do it for the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC)! Love to write, wanna blog? Do it for EWOC! Want to make sure hundreds of workers reaching out for an organizer’s support get a call back? Do it for EWOC!

If you want to feel like your online life is going to a good cause, donate some of your time and skills to building the labor movement by joining EWOC. Sign up here today (no experience necessary).

Bring Comrades Together for DSA’s National Convention

In just one month, delegates from all over the country will travel to Chicago for DSA’s National Convention! But attending Convention costs money, and working class delegates need your support. Pitch into the Convention Solidarity Fund today to sponsor comrades who need support for travel, lodging, or accessibility accommodations at Convention. By giving what you can, you help make sure cost isn’t a barrier to participation in DSA’s highest decision-making body. Give today!

Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee Foundational Training — English/Spanish Bilingual and West Coast Friendly! Series Begins Monday 7/10

Trying to organize your workplace? Join the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee’s first-ever bilingual Foundational Training to learn how.

In this training series, you’ll

  • hear from experienced organizers and workers organizing their own workplaces
  • practice connecting with coworkers and engaging in collective decision-making
  • learn how to prepare yourself and your coworkers to take collective action
  • learn how to lay the groundwork for unionization

Sessions will be held Mondays beginning 7/10 at 9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PT to make the series accessible to West Coast workers. Space is limited to 200 participants. Register today, or share with Spanish-speaking coworkers, friends and family!

¿Quieres organizar tu lugar de trabajo? Participa en la primera serie de capacitación bilingüe del Comité para la Organización Laboral de Emergencia (EWOC).

En esta serie:

  • Escucharas de organizadores experimentados y otros trabajadores que están organizando sus propios lugares de trabajo
  • Practicaras conectarte con tus compañeros de trabajo y cómo participar en décisions colectivos
  • Aprenderás a prepararte y a tus compañeros de trabajo para tomar acciones colectivas
  • Aprenderás cómo sentar las bases para la sindicalización

Estas sesiones empiezan el 10 de julio a las 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT para asegurar que son accesibles para los trabajadores de la Costa Oeste. El espacio está limitado a 200 participantes. Regístrate hoy, o comparta con sus compañeros de trabajo, amigos y familiares hispanas.

Saturday 6/24 — The Korean War 70 Years On

70 years have passed since an armistice was signed, yet the Korean War never officially ended. Join the DSA International Committee Saturday 6/24 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for The Korean War 70 Years On. On this call, you’ll hear from the co-host of Blowback, Korean organizations, and activists from the US and Korea who will speak on the causes and impacts of the war and a path to peace.

Monday 6/26 — AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color General Meeting

Join the AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color for their quarterly General Meeting Monday 6/26 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT! All BIPOC members are invited to attend. The meeting is open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of color, regardless of their membership status in either AfroSoC or DSA.

Housing Justice Commission Tuesday 6/27 — How to Organize Your Building

Join the Housing Justice Commission on 6/27 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for How to Organize Your Building! This panel features DSA members from East Bay, San Diego, and Connecticut who unionized their buildings, negotiated with their landlord, and leveraged the possibility of a rent strike. Hear about the practical organizing strategies to bring tenants into a tenants union and encourage collective action!

DSA International Committee — Leadership Applications Open Until Sunday 6/25

Do you have international organizing experience & interest in leading DSA’s International Committee? Applications are open to DSA members in good standing. Apply to lead by Sunday 6/25, or apply for rank-and-file membership anytime!

Special Offer Alert — Discounted Subscription to Jewish Currents Now Through Friday 6/30

All DSA members are eligible to receive a special discounted subscription to Jewish Currents magazine from now through Friday 6/30! Jewish Currents features independent journalism, breaking news, political commentary, analysis, and a “countercultural” approach to Jewish arts, literature, and the politics of the Jewish Left. Follow the link to subscribe and enter the special DSA discount code (DSA2023) to get your subscription going. Better yet, recruit a friend or comrade to join DSA by Friday 6/30 and read together!

Friday 8/4 — Convention Bash for Socialist Cash

You’re invited! Get your ticket to the 2023 Convention Bash for Socialist Cash today. Join us in Chicago or online Friday 8/4 at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT for a night of comedy, dancing, prizes, and more! RSVP for details. Help celebrate all that our movement has accomplished so far and raise funds for the important work we still have ahead of us. Proceeds directly support DSA’s work building the multiracial working class movement we need. Every dollar counts!

Can’t make it to Chicago? RSVP today to get access to the event livestream and join in the celebration from wherever you are!

New Issue of Socialist Forum Out Now!

The Spring/Summer 2023 issue of Socialist Forum, DSA’s quarterly long-form publication of theory, strategy, and debate, is now live. This issue tackles a wide range of topics, including:

  • how the Build Public Renewables Act got passed
  • reflections on democratic socialist electoral strategy
  • how DSAers in Vermont are building the labor movement with “workers’ circles”
  • building more inviting and inclusive chapter cultures

As always, we welcome responses and feedback at [email protected].