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September Dispatch — Together We Have a Fighting Chance

Enjoy your September Dispatch! This month you can help pass the PRO Act and a Green New Deal for Public Schools, support striking workers, be part of DSA’s voting rights work, and learn about DSA mutual aid. Read on for more!

FROM MARIA: IF WE COME TOGETHER, WE HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE

As our new National Political Committee notes this week, the capitalist class got 50 more billionaires during this deadly pandemic. Meanwhile, Wall Street Democrats have allowed 11 million people to lose unemployment benefits entirely or receive reduced benefits — on Labor Day, no less.

The times can feel hopeless. And the wealthy-owned media contributes. This month marks ten years since Occupy Wall Street completely shifted the trajectory of politics in this country, reintroducing the concept of a one-sided class war between the 1% and the rest of us after socialism had been purged from mainstream conversation since the McCarthy years. Yet if this ten year anniversary is mentioned at all, it’s called a failed experiment. 

Why wouldn’t the powerful want us to realize our collective power? They’ve spent decades convincing us that there is no alternative to neoliberal individualism — where it’s each of us alone against the world and political resistance is about personal expression — and the economic and political project it masks, where the government’s role is to structure all of society to funnel money from the working class to the ruling elite.

We face the battle of our lives, but if we come together we have a fighting chance. And it’s our only chance. The authoritarian Right is investing their billions in grassroots organizing, while the mainstream progressive movement still has faith in the courts and technocratic solutions. Our only source of real power is a mass, multiracial, working class movement fighting for collective solutions and a government based on solidarity, not exploitation. In DSA you can work side by side with comrades to take us one step closer to that goal.

PHONE BANK FOR THE PRO ACT AND A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS — SHIFTS NOW UNTIL SUNDAY 9/19!

Thousands of DSA members have been going hard for the Green New Deal this year, building nationally for the PRO Act, and the Green New Deal for Public Schools (#GND4PS). The infrastructure bill fight is now in its 11th hour. Let’s fight for the PRO Act and a GND4PS. Let’s fight for a strong labor movement and massive green investment for the working class!

The best way to get involved is to sign up to phone bank from now until Sunday, 9/19. Workers and the world, unite!

LABOR SOLIDARITY ALERT: STAND WITH BCTGM NABISCO STRIKERS

Since August 10th, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) workers at the Nabisco factory in Portland, Oregon have been on strike. This strike has since expanded to locals in Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, and Colorado.

DSA labor activists in nearby chapters have been organizing in support of the strikers. The DSLC encourages DSA members to support this strike by donating to local strike funds, and organizing strike support. You can find local strike funds here:

APPLY TO THE VOTING RIGHTS COMMITTEE — DEADLINE FRIDAY 9/17

We are now taking applications for members wishing to serve on the steering committee of our new Voting Rights Committee. If you have interest, capacity, and experience with this work, apply here by Friday, 9/17.

JOIN OUR HOW DSA BUILT AN ONLINE CONVENTION CALL MONDAY, 9/20

This event will focus on how DSA built its voting system for the 2021 DSA Convention. We’ll review the tech tools used at the convention, discuss the different voting options we considered, then do a deep dive on the features that enabled a convention to happen online with Robert’s Rules in mind. The call will be Monday, 9/20 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT.

DSA members and coalition partners who are interested in learning how to build their own voting system will be invited to a hands-on technical call in early October.

SUPPORT THE US POSTAL SERVICE — SIGN UP FOR TUESDAY, 9/21 DSA4USPS DUMP DEJOY LAUNCH CALL!

DSA’s Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) DSA4USPS subcommittee of the DSLC is starting a new campaign: Dump DeJoy and Protect the Vote! The launch call will be Tuesday, 9/21 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Sign up here to join the call and get involved.

NEW DSA MUTUAL AID WORKING GROUP MAGAZINE — READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Mutual Aid Working Group is proud to release the first edition of the MAWGazine! In it, you’ll find case studies of mutual aid projects from Central CT DSA and Las Vegas DSA, a big-batch chili recipe from a Southwest Louisiana snack mom, and a dive into the way Brazil’s Partido dos Trabalhadores (the largest Left party in the hemisphere) uses mutual aid to build power in their communities. 

MAWG is also currently working with chapters on the Gulf Coast and in the Northeast to support chapters doing mutual aid projects in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Please follow us on Twitter (@dsamutualaid) or sign up to join MAWG today to help learn how you can support this work!

SOCIALIST FORUM SUMMER ISSUE OUT NOW

The Summer 2021 issue of DSA’s Socialist Forum is now live! The new issue features 10 articles covering a range of topics, from DSA’s international politics and the recent delegation to Venezuela, to reflections on the recent national convention, to reviews of new books on queer radicalism and contingent faculty organizing in higher education. As always, members are encouraged to submit responses to any of our articles at [email protected].

MEET YOUR STAFF

Amy, Organizing Manager

Amy is leaving her role as Field Organizer to take on our newly created Organizing Manager position. She is stepping back from her role working with many of her chapters, but will still be actively engaged in working with our Organizing Team with a focus on chapter organizing. Amy joined DSA’s staff in December 2018 after working for the Texas State Employees Union, serving as Houston DSA’s co chair, and on the Medicare for All Organizing Subcommittee. She is proud of the work she has done with DSA chapters, the DSA Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, and the Training Subcommittee on Kickstart Your Chapter. She lives in Houston with her partner, two dogs, and a cat, and will happily give her opinions on the best pickles to anyone who will listen.

Rachel, Program Associate of Creative Assets

I’m Rachel, and I am delighted to be a part of the Communications team here at DSA as the new Program Associate of Creative Assets. I have worked in nonprofit communications with a focus on arts and education for the past several years. Prior to that, I spent years as a touring musician, composer and recording artist. I joined DSA after volunteering on the Bernie campaign, and as a DSA member, I worked on my local chapter’s Communications Committee. Getting involved on a local level was transformative for me, and I am thrilled to join DSA at the national level to continue working collectively to organize and fight for a better world!