Enjoy your May Dispatch! This month we have a PRO Act update, socialist organizing and history calls, and more.
- From Maria: May Day Shows DSA Power!
- Support Our Socialist Slate — Races Coming Up 5/18
- Wednesday 5/19 — Join our Democratic Socialist Labor Commission for Socialists on the Job!
- RSVP for Demilitarize US 2 Palestine Coalition Launch Event Friday 5/21
- Tuesday 5/25 — Building a Mass Organization Training Call
- Chapter Survey Report and All-Member Survey Coming Up!
FROM MARIA: MAY DAY SHOWS DSA POWER!
WOW! I hope I don’t get trapped by your spam filter for using all caps and an exclamation point, but that’s how I feel. WOW! What an amazing May Day we had — and what an important time it is for our movement. We organized 86 grassroots DSA chapter events, with particularly inspiring actions in Virginia and Arizona to pressure Senators Warner, Sinema, and Kelly to support the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. And we’ve called over 700,000 voters so far asking them to keep up the heat.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken notice and we have our work cut out for us to keep up the pressure. We see how the owning class uses their control of the media to frame narratives that hurt us — like claiming we’re too lazy to come back to dangerous, underpaid jobs. Nowhere do they admit that there are no workers because bosses don’t want to raise wages lest they have to pay a living wage permanently — or that a disproportionate share of essential workers were left to die of COVID because bosses didn’t provide PPE or sick time. Our perspective certainly wouldn’t help the owners use their political power to cut unemployment and other economic relief so they can force us back to work.
That’s where DSA comes in. You and I know the TV or radio doesn’t tell the whole story, and that things won’t change unless we ourselves make it happen. But we have the power, if we come together. Every DSA chapter is a place for working class people to combine our efforts — and not only will it help us win, it helps us feel less alone. Look up your local chapter today and sign up for an action or meeting.
We’re stronger together!
DSA National Director
SUPPORT OUR SOCIALIST SLATE — RACES COMING UP 5/18
DSA has endorsed electoral campaigns from Texas to Ohio, Florida to New York, and they all need your support. Learn about the latest eight campaigns that our National Electoral Committee has endorsed, some of which have elections as soon as Tuesday 5/18, and split a donation between them!
WEDNESDAY 5/19 — JOIN OUR DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST LABOR COMMISSION FOR SOCIALISTS ON THE JOB!
Join us for Socialists on the Job Wednesday, 5/19 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT! On this call, you’ll hear from Ajamu Dillahunt, who organized as a postal worker in North Carolina for over 30 years; Bill Breihan, who began working as a steelworker in the late 60’s and organized for decades; Elly Leary, who organized as an autoworker in the 70’s and 80’s; and Eric Brandt, who organized as a coal miner and part of the United Mine Workers in West Virginia.
In the 1970s, many left organizations encouraged their members to get traditional working class jobs. They hoped to play a part in amping up class struggle, leading fights against bosses, and replacing bureaucratic union leaders. They also hoped to recruit workers to socialist politics and to transform groups rooted in the student movement into groups rooted in the working class.
As a result, a few thousand former student radicals got jobs as miners, auto workers, steel workers, truckers, rail workers, and telecom workers. Others took the same class struggle outlook with them as they became public employees, such as teachers, social workers, or public transit workers.
Join us Wednesday, 5/19 for a panel to discuss their experiences and the lessons from them for a new generation that wants to make their jobs places where they can fight for democracy, worker power, and socialism.
RSVP FOR DEMILITARIZE US 2 PALESTINE COALITION LAUNCH EVENT FRIDAY 5/21
Join Demilitarize US 2 Palestine for our launch event on Friday, 5/21 at 12pm ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT! Demilitarize US 2 Palestine is a network of grassroots organizations, including the DSA National BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group, that seek to support campaigns to end state violence and police militarization in the U.S. and Palestine.
Our network will offer resources and be a strategizing space for coalitions or local groups who are currently engaging or seek to engage in campaigns on these issues. At the launch event, we’ll hear from Olivia Pace, DSA member and Disarm PSU organizer; Ajamu Dillahunt, a member of Black Workers for Justice and organizer on a successful campaign with Demilitarize Durham 2 Palestine; and researcher Eran Efrati of Researching the American Israeli Alliance and Jewish Voice for Peace on how to take on demilitarize campaigns from an abolitionist and internationalist perspective in your own city. We’ll also break out into smaller groups for cross-campaign strategizing. To see the full scope of campaigns we’ll cover and the organizations involved, visit the Demilitarize US 2 Palestine website.
TUESDAY 5/25 — BUILDING A MASS ORGANIZATION TRAINING CALL
What makes DSA different from other types of organizations? How can we build the movement we need to win a better world? The national training subcommittee is launching a new training, Building a Mass Organization, which will help members understand the anatomy of a mass socialist organization and what differentiates it from other types of organizations, and identify a base and basebuilding strategy that fits your DSA chapter.
CHAPTER SURVEY REPORT AND ALL-MEMBER SURVEY COMING UP!
The Training and Surveys Subcommittee of the Growth and Development Committee (GDC) is excited to share that we will be releasing a chapter survey report within the next month outlining key takeaways, data that gives a clearer picture of our current chapter work and infrastructure, and committee reflections as we make our way to 100K members. Big thanks to the 181 chapters who took part. Keep an eye out for this report and for our next big project: an all-member survey.