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Your National Political Committee newsletter — A Vision of the Whole

Enjoy your November National Political Committee 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. Read on for more!

NATIONAL POLITICAL COMMITTEE — A VISION OF THE WHOLE

As we approach the end of what has been a tough year (2021 has been brutal), the NPC is taking some time to plan, assess, and make some necessary decisions as we head into a new one. As the highest decision-making body between conventions, we are entrusted with the development and political direction of the organization, as well as the implementation of strategy and goals that enact the democratic will of the Convention that elected us. We do not take lightly that we are responsible for shepherding the largest socialist organization in the US through historic and existentially dire circumstances and position ourselves as a visible alternative and vehicle for political power on the Left, particularly as we approach our 40th (!!) anniversary.

We know we have the vantage point to not only understand the moment, but to meet it and move with the flexibility and direction that organizing requires. Our aim is to operate from our vision of the whole to learn how to lead and move as a national organization. It was with this goal in mind that we met in person for an NPC retreat in St. Louis this past weekend. Our agenda made us think through the political and economic scenarios that are likely to happen during our term in order to discuss DSA’s role in them. We talked about our role as political leaders and what our responsibilities are in building the organization, our membership, and our movement. Additionally, we discussed how we can better support our chapters, the lifeblood of this organization, to navigate running campaigns, intentional recruitment, focused training, and retaining members during the pandemic. We ended our retreat by having some serious discussion and debate about our organizational priorities. While we are still finalizing what those priorities are, what those projects look like, and who will carry out the work, the NPC can confidently say we are a lot closer to figuring out our organizational strategy for the next two years.

Furthermore, we also want to make sure members are attuned to the decisions we make on a more regular basis. This newsletter will continue to be a place where you can hear directly from us, but we are also developing more avenues to talk to chapter leaders and members alike about the struggles we encounter in our organizing work and how to overcome the challenges we face while building this organization. DSA may be seen as a very young organization, and our character and composition has certainly changed tremendously in the last four decades, but what has not changed is our resolve to build a better world and our belief that organizing will get us there. To borrow from our national platform: “Transformational change in society does not come from moral righteousness or a checklist of policy positions, but from growing and wielding power. It is therefore imperative that we organize the largest possible number of people to join DSA and work together with broader coalitions united around common goals.”

As members of DSA, our role is to commit ourselves to that work. As leaders of DSA, our role is to make sure as many people as possible see the importance of that work.

We have a world to win.

TONIGHT, THURSDAY 11/18 — JOIN OUR INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE MOVIE NIGHT! FEATURING KOREA: UNTIL DAYBREAK

Join the DSA International Committee TONIGHT, Thursday 11/18 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for our first Virtual Movie Night! We will be presenting a live streaming of the documentary Korea: Until Daybreak, which details footage of decades of mass struggles and popular uprisings across the Korean peninsula. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with special guests from Nodutdol and the International Strategy Center in Korea talking on contemporary Korean leftist movements and current struggles. This event is open to all!

JOIN OUR NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMITTEE — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO TUESDAY 11/23

The deadline to apply to serve on the National Electoral Committee has been extended by one week! Applications to serve on the NEC will now be accepted until Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

The DSA National Electoral Committee is seeking 24 individuals to serve as voting members of the committee for a term of two years starting January 2022 and ending in December 2023.

To apply to serve as a voting member of the National Electoral Committee, please complete this form. You may nominate yourself or another person. Only DSA members in good standing may apply, nominate others, or be nominated to serve.

For more information on the application process and the goals and expectations of serving on the NEC, please read the Application Guide or email [email protected] with any questions.

Please share the information above with your chapter and electoral leads and anyone you think would be a good fit!

RSVP FOR THURSDAY 11/25 INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY EVENT

Join the DSA Religion and Socialism Working Group Thursday 11/25 at 6pm ET/5pm CT/4pm MT/3pm PT for an Indigenous Solidarity webinar on human rights and ecological stewardship!

Although November 25 is celebrated as “Thanksgiving Day,” many peoples within the United States observe it as a “National Day of Mourning” or “Unthanksgiving Day.”  The economic system of the United States is rooted in genocide and colonialism. The entire area of what is now referred to as the United States is composed of Indigenous Ancestral Lands, with hundreds of thousands of Indigenous burial sites, cultural sites, and sacred sites. Because of forced land appropriation and privatization, Indigenous Peoples are denied the right to protect, steward, and manage the ecologies of the vast majority of these sites, even though the responsibility of ecological management is often an integral component of Indigenous traditions.

Indigenous people are now taking the lead in the effort to protect their Ancestral lands.  Indigenous Land Stewardship programs, and public actions such as opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 3, have directly grown out of the efforts to promote fundamental human rights regarding Ancestral cultural sites and Ancestral Lands.

Join us to learn firsthand from Indigenous leaders about the lack of basic human rights that Indigenous Americans face on a daily basis, and how you and your fellow DSAers can act in solidarity with Indigenous groups. Hear speakers from the International Indian Treaty Council, the American Indian Movement, and the Lakota People’s Law Project, and learn about an issue in which DSA chapters have been heavily involved — the effort to Protect Juristac, an area often described as “Silicon Valley’s Version of Standing Rock.”

SUPPORT THE US POST OFFICE! JOIN OUR DUMP DEJOY LETTER WRITING WORKSHOP TUESDAY 11/30

Join our DSA4USPS campaign Tuesday 11/30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for our Dump DeJoy Canvassing and Tabling Training! The US Post Office is a socialist treasure, and Postmaster DeJoy, a Trump crony, is doing his best to slash it. You can help stop him!

December 8 is the end (or re-nomination) of DeJoy-ally Chair of the Postal Board of Governors, Ron Bloom’s term. We are at a critical juncture, and need to continue pressuring Biden to dump DeJoy and bounce Bloom. So we’re turning on the heat by canvassing at post offices. Come to our phone banking, leafleting, and tabling workshop to get involved!

APPLY TO JOIN OUR DSA MEDICARE FOR ALL TEAM! DEADLINE TUESDAY 11/30

The DSA Medicare for All (M4A) Steering Committee is gearing up for the coming year! We’re now recruiting more members to our Regional Organizing and Communications teams.

Are you passionate about M4A? Have you organized M4A work in your chapter? Join the Regional Organizing team, and help other chapters get started on M4A work. Or are you a graphic design enthusiast? Or a writer or editor who has something to say about M4A? Join the Communications team! Applications are due by Tuesday 11/30 at 11:59 PST. You can find information on the application form here.

SIGN INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OPEN LETTER OPPOSING THE US INNOVATION AND COMPETITION ACT (USICA)

DSA International Committee is asking individuals, DSA chapters, and allied organizations to sign on to our open letter to Congress opposing the US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), a legislative packet that recently passed the Senate with only Bernie voting against in the Democratic caucus.

This bill would increase military spending, ramp up militarization in the Indo-Pacific, promote conflict with China, and deteriorate global cooperation around crucial issues like climate change, all in the interests of reinforcing US global hegemony. The bill is set to go up for a vote in the House soon, so we encourage everyone to sign on to endorse the open letter.

You can also use this form to contact your House rep and voice your opposition to the bill. For more information on the USICA, watch our recent International Committee panel with Vijay Prashad, Tings Chak, and Richard Wolff.

ABOLITION WORKING GROUP DEFUND SUMMIT SATURDAY 12/11 — RSVP TODAY

Join DSA’s National Abolition WG and members from across the country to learn with and from each other how to organize strategic Defund campaigns! We recognize that chapters need a structured opportunity to come together, deepen their organizing skills and understanding of how to wage a Defund campaign, and have space to troubleshoot with each other. Join us online Saturday 12/11 at 1pm ET/12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT for our one day Defund Summit! The summit includes an opening plenary, two workshop sessions, and a closing strategy session. Please fill out this form to register and pick your workshop sessions. And share with comrades!