Peace for Palestine — Your National Political Committee newsletter

Enjoy your October 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, phonebank for peace in Palestine, sign up for a study group, join our Housing 101 training, and more!

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From the National Political Committee — Weekend of Action

This week, an Israeli airstrike massacred over 500 Palestinians and wounded countless more in an attack that directly targeted a hospital in Gaza. Bombing a hospital is an unspeakable atrocity. This is the latest escalation in an ongoing genocide, from the beginning of the Nakba 75 years ago to today.

We honor the lives of the Palestinians who died this week and extend condolences to their families. Since October 7, more than 3,000 Palestinians have been killed, 10,000 injured, and 1.1 million displaced — all at the hands of the Israeli military. While our hearts are with Palestinians grieving everywhere, our minds and bodies must be in action alongside them.

From the Capitol to centers of capital, comrades across the country are springing into action. Join the demonstrations scheduled in your area for the upcoming National Weekend of Action for Gaza in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

Join an Action Near You This Weekend

Over the last week, Israeli Occupation Forces rained over 6,000 bombs on the people of Gaza, while armed Israeli settlers murdered over 50 Palestinians and burned Palestinian villages to the ground in the West Bank. The US government provides unconditional financial, political, and military support of Israel, making us all complicit in these crimes against humanity. It is our responsibility as socialists in the heart of empire to do everything in our power to force Biden and Congress to stop the genocide of the Palestinian people and end all US aid to Israel.

While the war machine is working overtime to manufacture consent for these escalating atrocities, Reps. Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib introduced a resolution in Congress to demand a ceasefire now, which we are proud to endorse.

Today more Americans stand with Palestine than ever — we must make it undeniable. Jewish comrades are fighting back against attempts to weaponize their grief to fund war and reject smears of antisemitism. DSA Labor has formed a subcommittee to coordinate the work of comrades in the labor movement in support of the demands for a ceasefire and for Palestinian liberation.

This week, DSA chapters are planning solidarity phone banks targeting politicians to demand they support an immediate ceasefire, and vote NO on additional funding for Israel to commit ethnic cleansing. Hundreds of comrades have made over 80,000 calls so far — the pressure is working, and we will keep pushing. The events are open to DSA members in good standing. Please be sure to register with the email associated with your membership.

Join a DSA Phonebank to Demand No Money for Massacres!

As DSA members committed to justice and the freedom of Palestine, it is our responsibility to stand in solidarity with our Palestinian neighbors locally as they grieve and gather. It is our responsibility to stand in support of their liberation and right of return. We’ve put together a toolkit that all members can use to stay informed, take action, and fight for liberation. It contains important guidance for members and chapters on communications, security, and what you can do right now to help.

Read our Palestine Solidarity toolkit here.

No Money For Massacres. End the Occupation.

From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.

In Solidarity,

The DSA National Political Committee

New Electoral Website — Check Out Endorsements and Phonebanks Starting Wednesday 10/25

The National Electoral Commission proudly announces our website redesign — check it out! New additions include more detail on our current and past campaigns, announcements and other news, and a listing of upcoming phonebanking and textbanking opportunities for our nationally endorsed campaigns.

Join our Housing Justice Commission Monday 10/30 and Thursday 11/2 for Housing Training 101

The DSA Housing Justice Commission (HJC) and Growth and Development Committee (GDC) are launching Housing Training 101 (HT101) this fall, open to all DSA members looking to become housing leaders in their local chapter. This training covers 2 days and will be held on Monday 10/30 and Thursday 11/2. Both trainings will be held at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT.

By the end of Day 1, participants will be more equipped to communicate about the capitalist housing market, outline HJC’s four pillars of social housing, and tenant organizing-centered theory of change to achieve social housing.

By the end of Day 2, participants will be more equipped to recruit peers into DSA to join their Emergency Tenant Organizing Committee (ETOC) cohort and to recruit DSA comrades into their ETOC cohort.

RSVP for Abolition Study Group on Cop Cities Wednesday 11/1

DSA’s National Abolition Working Group is hosting a study group on cop cities to develop a collective understanding of the emergence of these militarized training centers and why campaigns to oppose their construction are crucial if we are to move toward a socialist horizon. We’ll be meeting virtually on Wednesday 11/1 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Texts will be emailed out to participants a week before the study group. This is open to DSA members and non-members alike. See you there!

Quarterly Harassment and Grievance Officer Meeting Sunday 10/29

Join the National Committee of Grievance officers for our next CGO gathering call on 10/29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. On this call, we will be talking about how to train and onboard new HGOs and discuss ways to recruit for and retain comrades in this role. Whether you are a new HGO yourself or you want to be able to train your comrades and pass along knowledge, this will be a space to share with and learn from each other.

Discussion Board Relaunch — Check it Out!

The NTC has done a refresh of our National Discussion Board. If you haven’t logged in in a while, visit the Discussion Board here. If you haven’t signed up, create an account here! The NTC is currently looking to expand member input with our Forum Committee and our Moderator Team. There’s information on the Discussion Board for how to join those, or you can reach out to [email protected] for more info!