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From the National Political Committee — United in Commitment

Enjoy your November 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, speak out for a ceasefire, hear more on Green New Deal organizing, join our labor solidarity debrief, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — United in Commitment

Comrades,

The past months have been a test for all of us. Israel’s relentless bombing and ground invasion of Gaza has now massacred more than 13,000 people, almost half of them children, all supported and directly funded by the United States. Amid such a blatant exhibition of atrocities sponsored by the ruling class, the machines manufacturing consent for war may be sputtering. Congressional opposition to these war crimes has slowly grown, only thanks to the constant demands of everyday people, on the streets, through millions of calls and letters, and a refusal to accept anything less than a ceasefire.

In a moment where the ruling class is counting on overwhelming us, we are united in our commitment to a free Palestine. 

The moral case for ending Israeli apartheid has never been clearer. Our political commitment against the Israeli occupation is part of a broader generational and cultural shift in the way the public understands the conflict. Our strong stance is the result of years of dedicated organizing by anti-occupation activists across the globe — and robust internal democratic processes within DSA. Against an onslaught of media criticism and obsessive efforts to divide us, we continue to push the focus back on what matters: our organizing to stop a genocide.

Check out our Palestine Solidarity toolkit here. 

We are so inspired by the many ways that DSA members are stepping up in this moment. On November 4th, DSA comrades across chapters were proud to participate in the largest Palestine mobilization ever in Washington, D.C., and have continued to show up to organize rallies, direct actions, and tabling across our communities. Last week, DSA members gathered at the Democratic National headquarters for a vigil to honor the Palestinians murdered with our tax dollars and to represent the majority of Americans who want a ceasefire — and were met not only with violent police attacks but with Democrats and Republicans lying about the brutality inflicted on protesters.

As of this week, more than 1,000 DSA members have made over 275,000 calls to Congress in our No Money for Massacres phonebanks, resulting in over 40 representatives having now signed onto the Ceasefire Now resolution. The growing support across the US to end the devastation in Gaza is only possible thanks to the unrelenting pressure from people of conscience against the elected officials who have been failing to represent us.

Join a DSA phonebank to keep building pressure for No Money for Massacres!

DSA labor organizers are stepping up to organize workers for Palestine, along with a growing number of unions. In recent weeks, the American Postal Workers Union has called for a ceasefire, as has the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union. Members of River Valley DSA have pushed the Western Mass Area Labor Federation to unanimously adopt a ceasefire resolution.

Amidst the worst attacks we’ve ever faced, this month DSA just had one of our most successful election nights yet — a win rate of 69% from 23 nationally endorsed races. That includes landslide reelections amid defamatory attacks from the Twin Cities to Boston, major contributions to ballot wins against a second Cop City in Colorado and for abortion rights in Ohio, protecting landmark rent control measures from the landlord lobby in Maine, legislating a tenants’ bill of rights in Tacoma, and expanding further with wins like the first-ever DSA elected official in New Mexico.

But this progress doesn’t come without retaliation.

Last month, in a shameful bipartisan attack, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 234-188 to censure Congresswoman and DSA member Rashida Tlaib of Detroit. Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American member of the House, has shown immense bravery in exposing the truth about Israel’s ongoing genocide of Palestinians while she endures vicious and racist attacks, which now extend to the halls of government. She stands strong alongside fellow DSA member and Rep. Cori Bush of St. Louis as an original co-author of the Ceasefire NOW resolution, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in urging President Biden to a ceasefire. And like Rashida, we will not back down.

We will not back down in the face of vitriol toward our comrades. We will not allow groups like AIPAC to use their hundreds of millions of dollars to interfere against democracy, nor weaken our resolve to fight for a free Palestine. To defeat the powerful forces that wage war on working people both here and abroad, we need to build an alternative to the empty politics of the Democratic Party.

Rashida says: “Millions of ordinary people like you must take to the streets, organize your neighbors and coworkers, lead your unions in massive strikes, and unite across faiths and nationalities to wield our power as the working class. But don’t do it alone; join DSA.

And if you’re already a member of DSA, recommit to the long fight ahead by switching to solidarity dues — and join us in calling members through the holiday season about all the work our collective resources will keep supporting!

Till victory,

Your National Political Committee

Tell Your Representative: Sign on to the Ceasefire NOW Resolution!

Join DSA, Adalah Justice Project, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, and MPower Change to show mass support for Cori Bush’s “Ceasefire NOW” resolution! The Israeli government has cut off 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza from food, water, fuel, and electricity, while bombing one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. That’s why DSA member and Missouri Representative Cori Bush introduced the “Ceasefire NOW” resolution, which demands that the Biden administration call for an immediate ceasefire and for humanitarian assistance to be allowed to enter Gaza.

People around the country are calling and writing their reps, staging sit-ins, and protesting to demand their representatives join Cori Bush’s resolution. It’s critical that they hear us. Write your Congress member to demand a ceasefire now!

Wednesday 11/29 — RSVP for our Green New Deal Campaign Commission’s November Campaign Huddle

Join the Green New Deal Campaign Commission on our last Strategic Campaign Huddle of the year. We’ll be going over “strategic goal setting” in a collaborative format with campaign leaders across the organization. The call will be Wednesday 11/29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Huddles will be back in January 2024!

Join our 2023 Strike Ready Debrief Call Thursday 11/30!

Can you believe it’s been over seven months since the Strike Ready Campaign launched? From the UPS contract campaign and practice pickets, to UAW’s historic Stand Up Strike, DSA has stood with workers fighting back against the boss. We’ve seen renewed militancy, rejuvenated democracy, and now a turn to new organizing to expand the labor movement!

As this chapter of the labor movement draws to its conclusion, join us at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT on Thursday Nov 30th for a debrief call, where we will discuss DSA’s role in these struggles: what we accomplished, what we need to do differently next time, and how we fit into the the new landscape of the labor movement.

Apply to DSA’s National Electoral Commission Steering Committee! Deadline is Friday 12/1

Passionate about strengthening DSA’s national electoral program? Consider applying to the National Electoral Commission’s Steering Committee! The deadline is Friday 12/1. For this one-year term, candidates will be elected by representatives of chapters that have run nationally endorsed campaigns in the last three years. Applicants should be prepared to participate in a Zoom candidate forum on Sunday 12/10 at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT to share their vision for the commission and DSA’s electoral efforts generally.

DSA Archives Workshop Sunday 12/3 — Learn how to Preserve our History

Join the National Political Education Committee and DSA Fund Sunday 12/3 at 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT for the Winter 2023 DSA Archives Project Workshop! This is a workshop for DSA members as part of the DSA Archives Project: a multifaceted, ongoing endeavor to preserve our material and digital culture and learn how to use our institutional histories to strengthen our organization and support the growth of socialist politics. This workshop is offered in happy collaboration with the Tamiment Archives at NYU, where DSA’s national archives are housed, and is co-sponsored by the DSA Fund and the DSA National Political Education Committee (NPEC).

The workshop is designed to help current chapter leaders and political educators organize their digital materials, learn how to preserve physical materials and educate their membership about how to do that, and begin thinking of projects to use archives for the benefit of DSA and the wider public. It is framed by several baseline questions for instruction, and large and small-group discussion and visioning.

  1. What are archives, and what are they for?
  2. Why are archives important to socialists/socialism?
  3. What should we save, and how do we save it?
  4. What should we (DSA) do with our archives?  

If you’re a rank-and-file member interested in starting archive work in your chapter as a new working group, or have a lot of socialist and DSA materials you’d like to learn how to handle, we welcome you too!

We will use closed-captioning on Zoom, and it will be recorded for internal assessment purposes, not for public distribution.

Tuesday 12/5 — DSA 2023 Budget Report to Members

Join members of DSA’s Budget and Finance Committee and national staff for a report on DSA’s 2023 budget and projected financial position at the end of the calendar year. The call will be held on Tuesday 12/5 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Understanding our financial health as the National Political Committee prepares to decide the 2024 budget will aid in building sustainable funding models that can support our collective work for the long haul.

DSA Store Launches New Merch!

Check out the new items on the DSA store! You can get new baseball caps, member-designed t-shirts, and re-issued favorites.