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March Dispatch — We Reclaim Hope

Enjoy your March Dispatch! This month, socialist feminist organizing, Medicare for All, political education, and more. Read on to get involved!

FROM MARIA: WE RECLAIM HOPE

Two years ago, Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses by building a grassroots voter mobilization rooted in the state’s diverse working class and focused on bread and butter issues that resonated with people who had given up on politics. His campaign was built on blood, sweat, and tears. It was built using good organizing strategy and tactics, and it was built on hope.

Today we face a heartbreakingly different political environment. The balance of power is decidedly against us. The Senate’s undemocratic structure, the rich’s ability to buy elections, and the Supreme Court’s unassailability combine with a two year pandemic, rising global authoritarianism and the threat of nuclear war and climate change to challenge our movement — for both DSA and our allies.

We will only win if we fight for it. If we’re smart about it. And if we reclaim hope.

You can plug in to your chapter or a national campaign, and I ask you to recommit now. You can confront our new political reality and debate what that means for our strategy — though I’d argue that our fundamental theory of power still applies: building a powerful grassroots in the political and economic arenas. And you can look for reasons to keep up the struggle.

My reason for hope is that workers in over 100 Starbucks locations in 19 states are forming a union, part of a rejuvenation across industries. Teachers in Minneapolis are on strike and tech workers at the New York Times just won their union election. We have a window of opportunity before the next presidential election to train ourselves and others to organize and demand unions in our workplaces — and a lot of workers are already taking advantage of that chance! Let’s join them.

Onward,

Maria Svart
DSA National Director

NEW ENDORSEMENTS: ELECT KENTUCKY SOCIALISTS!

We’re excited to introduce our newest endorsed candidates — Tyler Lamon and Robert LeVertis Bell in Louisville, Kentucky! Primary Election Day — May 17 — will be here before you know it, so donate to Tyler and Robert’s campaigns today!

Be sure to donate to Tyler and Robert’s campaigns and follow @DsaElectoral for more updates on endorsements and electoral work going on across DSA. Last year we raised over $100,000 for socialist candidates across the country. Let’s double that in 2022!

SOCIALIST FEMINIST EVENTS THIS MONTH — JOIN OUR SATURDAY 3/12 SOCFEM DAY SCHOOL AND SOCIALIST FEMINIST WORKING GROUP MEETING MONDAY 3/21

Our Socialist Feminist Working Group this month is kicking off a spring political education and organizing! This Saturday 3/12 at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12pm PT, join us for the first session of the 2022 Socialist Feminist Day School! This month’s topic is Sex Work.

And on Monday 3/21 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT, join us for our general meeting to discuss upcoming events, including the SocFem Day School and the National Network of Abortion Funds Fundathon. RSVP today!

MONDAY 3/14 — MEDICARE FOR ALL BUILDING POWER FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS CALL

The DSA Health Workers Collective is hosting our first event of 2022! Monday 3/14 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT, join socialist nurses, doctors, health care students, and others for a panel discussion on how we can build worker power in the health care sector. The call is co-hosted by the DSA Medicare for All Committee, and features Gabriel Winant, author of The Next Shift, as well as health care workers fighting for a union, organizers working with health care workers, and more. We’ll have a short panel discussion with our speakers (with time for Q&A), followed by breakout rooms for participants to discuss issues they are having at work and roleplay organizing conversations in the workplace.

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

The National Political Committee, our elected leadership body, is seeking members with fundraising experience to join DSA’s National Development Committee. Apply here by Monday 3/14. 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!

DISABILITY WORKING GROUP MEETING SATURDAY 3/19 — RSVP TODAY

The Disability Working group has been hard at work! Can we count on you to join us in our fight for disability justice and making DSA more inclusive?

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 learn more about us, apply for membership, join our mailing list, apply for leadership, and follow us on Twitter here.

SATURDAY 3/19 — INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE NO-KINAWA: STOP CONSTRUCTION OF NEW U.S. MILITARY BASE IN HENOKO CALL

Saturday 3/19 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT, the DSA International Committee and ZHAP (ZENKO Henoko Anti-base Project) will have an urgent call to prevent the construction of a new US military base in the already heavily militarized islands of Okinawa. Join us!

TUESDAY 3/22 — JOIN OUR IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS WORKING GROUP FOR IMMIGRATION CRISIS AND THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT

Join our Immigrants’ Rights Working Group Tuesday, 3/22 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for Immigration Crisis and the Socialist Movement!

In this call, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of immigrant struggles as well as different classes within the immigrant community itself. This educational event includes the timeline of events, US foreign and domestic policies, the circumstances that have resulted in the current immigration crisis in the US, and what role we as socialists can have in this moment.

SOCIALIST FORUM SPRING 2022 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — DEADLINE THURSDAY 3/24

The Socialist Forum editorial committee is now accepting pitches for the Spring 2022 issue. If you would like to contribute an article to Socialist Forum, please use this form to submit a short pitch describing your article. If your pitch is accepted, the full article should be roughly 3,500-4,000 words in length.

Please note that submissions are not officially accepted until after editors review the first draft of a full article. Pitches must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday 3/24 in order to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

SATURDAY 3/26 — JOIN OUR NATIONAL POLITICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE FOR THE SOCIALIST PROGRAM: PROSPECTS AND LESSONS

Saturday 3/26 at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT, hear Bhaskar Sunkara, Mike Macnair, Renee Paradis, and Seth Ackerman on the prospects and lessons of the socialist program!

With the recent drafting and adoption of DSA’s Political Platform, this event aims to encourage debate on our organization’s views on and strategic conceptions of the political platform/program. In accordance with the length and diversity of the history of the international worker’s movement, different perspectives on the nature and purpose of the political program have come about. Post 1991, what lessons, pros, cons, and principles can and should we extract from this rich history of the political program and strategy? How should democratic socialists view a program? RSVP now to listen to our guest speakers and join the Q&A!

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY 3/27: APPLY FOR THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF GRIEVANCE OFFICERS!

Applications are being accepted for the National Committee of Grievance Officers, a new committee that will organize quarterly meetings for chapter HGOs and develop skill-sharings, trainings, and recommendations on how DSA can better handle conflict. We are looking for HGOs, former HGOs, and those with experience in conflict resolution to join the committee.

To apply, please fill out this form. Applications are open until Sunday 3/27 at 11:59PM PST. You will need to provide two character references, and will be interviewed as part of the application process. You can expect to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week on CGO responsibilities with meetings usually every two weeks. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

APPLY TO JOIN DSA’S INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE! NEXT ROUND DEADLINE THURSDAY 3/31

DSA’s International Committee is accepting applications through our always-open application form! While we encourage all DSA members to apply, please remember that the IC strives for gender and racial equity, and that per Convention resolution, “the committee shall privilege applicants to the IC who are undocumented workers, migrant workers, immigrants, or the children thereof.” Application reviews and onboarding happen in batches, roughly four times per year. Apply by Thursday 3/31 to be included in the next batch review.