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Socialism Wins in the South — Your National Political Committee newsletter

Enjoy your May 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, celebrate DSA electoral wins, support striking workers, stand up against genocide in Palestine, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — Socialism Wins in the South!

Tuesday night was a huge night for socialists in the south, with two major electoral primary wins for DSA chapters in states that have long been considered hostile territory for socialist electoral work. Both campaigns were run almost entirely by the chapters themselves, and both candidates are long-time active DSA member-organizers — “cadre candidates,” as we like to call them, and we can’t wait to see what they’re able to do when they take office.

In Louisville, KY, former Louisville DSA Co-Chair JP Lyninger took home an overwhelming win with nearly 50% of the vote in a three-way primary race for Louisville Metro Council District 6. This is a major win for a chapter that has been developing an electoral program for years and was hugely galvanized by the Access for All Kentucky reproductive justice campaign, which JP chaired and which won abortion protections across the state.

In Smyrna, GA — a working-class majority-minority suburb of Atlanta and part of Atlanta DSA’s catchment — Gabriel Sanchez beat an incumbent moderate Democrat (and a number of heavy-hitting establishment endorsements and the money that accompanies them) by 14 points in his campaign for Georgia House District 42. Gabriel is a long-time chapter organizer, and was a field lead for the Stop Cop City campaign. His DSA-led campaign replicated the tireless sidewalk-pounding canvass-heavy strategy the chapter developed during that campaign.

That’s a huge part of the DSA Difference: we aren’t just running electoral campaigns in a vacuum. We’re building a mass movement of the working class, which means we need to meet our fellow members of the working class where they are: on the shop floor, in our apartment buildings and mobile home parks, at our PTA and library board meetings, in marches for reproductive freedom and in protests against police brutality and in encampments for Palestinian liberation. And we take the skills we learn, we mobilize the formations we’ve built, and we empower the organizers we’ve developed, and we just keep winning bigger, and transferring more and more power from the ruling class to the working class. 

DSA’s power as an independent organization is especially important in a national election year, where we can show how we organize for the power we deserve against a political system stacked for the ruling class. Our member-led organizing is strengthened with collective resources that help us punch way above our weight. Just this month, DSA passed a milestone of over 2,500 solidarity dues payers, giving 1% of their annual income for the 99%! If you haven’t made the switch yet, we encourage you to become a solidarity dues payer — organized people and organized money get the goods. And join us for our last Solidarity Dues Call-a-Thon phonebanks this month on Sunday 5/26 and Tuesday 5/28! We keep having great conversations with fellow DSA members across the country about how we are building for the long haul. 

We have a world to win and we’re doing it together! Check out the happenings in your local chapter and check out the offerings below for other ways to get involved!

Tonight, Thursday 5/23 — Join Our UAW 4811 Strike Support Call!

The academic workers of UAW 4811 are going on an unprecedented strike to protect their rights to free speech, protest, and collective action. The University of California system allowed counter-protestors to assault peaceful demonstrations against genocide in Palestine, and called riot cops on its students and workers. That’s why UAW 4811 members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike over the violation of basic workplace rights like safety. Campus by campus, UAW 4811 workers will be standing up and walking out.

Join us tonight, Thursday 5/23 at 7pm PT/6pm CT/5 pm MT/4pm PT for a mass call featuring academic workers from the University of California system! On this call, you’ll hear how the strike is going and how DSA members can ramp up support. This call is co-sponsored by DSA’s National Labor Commission and Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA).

Give to the UAW 4811 Hardship Fund

Donate now to support striking University of California workers standing up for Palestine! For the rest of this month, for every dollar donated to the UAW 4811 Hardship Fund, DSA will be matching the amount in the form of grants to chapters doing picket support. Upload a screenshot of your donation receipt here for it to be matched. Our goal is $5,000 of support from DSA members!

RSVP for Thursday 5/30 Electoral Call — How We Won in the South

Join DSA’s National Electoral Commission Thursday 5/30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. On this call, you’ll hear Louisville DSA and Atlanta DSA members debriefing, discussing, and celebrating their recent electoral wins: JP Lyninger for Louisville Metro Council and Gabriel Sanchez for Georgia State House!

Member Feedback Requested: Should the NPC Re-Endorse AOC?

Recently, the NPC passed a resolution soliciting feedback from members on whether to re-endorse Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14). We encourage members to share their thoughts on this question in 250 words or less using this form by Thursday 6/6. Please also share this form with other members of your chapter, as we would like to hear from as much of the membership as possible.

Apply for the International Committee’s Brazil/USA Political Education Exchange Course! Deadline Monday 6/3

Democratic-socialist political movements in Brazil and the US are focused on fighting neo-fascist political projects, and at the same time, seeking to better represent the multi-racial, multi-gendered working class in large, complex countries marked by the legacies of settler colonialism and slavery.

Join DSA’s International Committee and Fundação Perseu Abramo for this six-module political education course aimed at providing new tools and strategies to a cohort of local and national leaders of US and Brazil socialist currents. The application deadline is Monday 6/3.

DSA is Hiring!

Join our team as an Operations Director or a Development Director! If you are passionate about making a difference and have the skills and experience to thrive in these roles, we encourage you to apply. For more details and to submit your application, please visit our Careers Page.