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Your National Political Committee newsletter — We Deserve the World

Enjoy your August 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 — THE WORKING CLASS DESERVES THE WORLD

As the NPC, we recognize the difficult choices we must make when it comes to our organizational priorities. It is incumbent on us to identify what we do with what we have, making choices grounded not in personal preference but in an analysis of current conditions and what it will take to build a successful socialist movement. In a couple of weeks, at our first NPC meeting, we will discuss and decide on a material, strategic path forward. We aim to begin our term from a place of shared understanding: of the organization and of each other as organizers and political leaders.

But the vision we have for DSA cannot happen without each and every one of you. That’s not a nicety: that’s a reminder that we need everyone involved, and everyone involved involving others! The resolutions approved at the Convention are now all of our responsibility to carry forward. They will require time and energy from each of us and every one of you. We will not build power without putting in work to carry out effective and deeply felt campaigns. And the resolutions we passed will not be operationalized without intentional efforts to carry out that work in every corner of our political home.

We have come a long way in the last two years. DSA has grown exponentially: from an organization of 56,000 at the start of the pandemic to more than 95,000 members. That’s 39,000 new comrades, many of whom are joining a political organization for the first time. There’s hope not only on the horizon but in our day-to-day work of building a mass socialist organization. We must seize the political opportunities to offer people an alternative to the everyday bullshit we see and experience on an everyday basis. We will not grow DSA without asking people to join and become members. Because we are not doing anyone a favor: we are reminding people of their agency, of the power we have to collectively act and pointing out the names of the class enemies standing in our way.

As we set about our strategy for the next two years, there are a few things that are certain: we must commit to care, discipline and to our shared project because things will not get easier. Our government has no problem letting us die. The climate crisis adds a layer of urgency to our work and the pandemic has only exacerbated the worst aspects of the capitalist world we live in. In moments when you feel overwhelmed by the state of the world, may the work we have done together as DSA keep hope at the forefront of what we do. We’ve won electoral victories across the country. We’ve supported workers both on the picket lines and in their workplaces, including nurses and Nabisco workers; we championed support for the PRO Act with more than a million calls and chapter solidarity actions with union allies across the country! Mutual aid efforts in the South have kept people alive and reminded us of the beauty of community even in the most dire conditions. Our Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign is reminding people that we do not live single-issue lives.

Do not doubt that we can win. The working class deserves the world.

We are members of DSA because we believe it is the best vehicle to build and confront power and to get us through the major fights of our lifetimes. Courage and care, comrades. And as always, solidarity forever!

BALLOTS ARE DROPPING! SUPPORT OUR ENDORSED ELECTORAL CAMPAIGNS

DSA chapters around the country are past the primaries and working hard to win endorsed campaigns. Election day is November 2, but mail-in ballots are arriving now, so time is running out to help them. Please donate to our DSA slate and volunteer for our endorsed campaigns. If you’d like training on running remote solidarity phone banks or have any questions, just email the NEC at [email protected]

ELECTORAL TRAINING SERIES STARTING THURSDAY 9/30 — RSVP TODAY

The National Electoral Committee, in collaboration with the Growth and Development Committee Training Subcommittee, is hosting a series of trainings to help members jumpstart their chapter electoral work! They will cover what you need to know about running a candidate, developing a field program, and messaging your campaign.

Join us on Thursday 9/30 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for the first in the series, Running Electoral Campaigns 101. In this training, you’ll learn the basics of getting your chapter work started, finding strategic districts to run in, and evaluating a strong DSA candidate.

And save the date for more in this series:

THURSDAY 9/30 — DSA SAYS LET CUBA LIVE: ENDING THE US BLOCKADE TODAY

US sanctions have besieged socialist Cuba for over six decades. Most recently, US economic interference has stymied Cuba’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in deteriorating conditions on the island. With escalating tensions coming from the Biden administration against the Cuban people, solidarity is more timely than ever.

Join Gail Walker (Executive Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, and co-chair of National Network on Cuba), Manolo De Los Santos (Founder/Co-Director, The People’s Forum, and researcher at Tricontinental), and Daniel Montero (Havana journalist, and producer of Belly of the Beast) on Thursday 9/30 6pm ET/5pm CT/4pm MT/3pm PT for a discussion, moderated by Brendan James, co-host of Blowback, as we reaffirm our commitment to ending the immoral, illegal economic blockade and call upon our membership to mobilize against the outrageous injustice of the US embargo of Cuba.

SIGN UP FOR ABOLITION IS INTERSECTIONAL: A DISCUSSION GROUP ACROSS MOVEMENTS! NEXT DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY 10/6

Want to learn about abolition and be in conversation with comrades across DSA? Then join the National Abolition WG for a bi-weekly reading and discussion group based on the Study and Struggle curriculum.

The next discussion is Wednesday, 10/6 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. You can register here. Topics include: relationships, community care, land, climate justice, class, revolution, nation, and state. Main texts include Mariame Kaba’s new book, Assata Shakur’s autobiography, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and Remaking Radicalism. The National Abolition WG will be joined by comrades from other national working groups and committees, including comrades from AfroSoc and the Immigrant Rights Working Group. Come build consciousness and relationships with folks across DSA. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DSA NATIONAL DISABILITY WORKING GROUP EXECUTIVE BOARD — DEADLINE THURSDAY 9/30

Nominate yourself or someone else for the DWG 2021-22 Executive board! The Disability Working Group is having our first officer elections. Nominations will be accepted until midnight Pacific Time on Thursday, 9/30. You must be a member in good standing who identifies as disabled, equivalent, or allies thereof.

Once a nomination has been made, the DWG will contact the nominee to confirm acceptance, and acquire candidate information and statements. Elections will be held October 18th-19th. DWG is an opportunity to use the resources to bring matters of disability-liberation, access, and policy to national and organization-wide prominence. More information about the board make-up, roles, and duties can be found in the DWG bylaws, or email us at [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE! INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SUNRISE CEREMONIES MONDAY 10/11 AND WEDNESDAY 11/24

Indigenous Solidarity! Save the date for a two-part DSA webinar with Indigenous leaders from across the United States. These webinars will focus on human rights and ecological stewardship. Indigenous religious/spiritual worldviews often hold it a duty to ensure the ecological balance of 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 sites.

Join us Monday 10/11 and Wednesday 11/24 to learn firsthand from Indigenous leaders about the obstacles and lack of basic human rights faced on a daily basis. You will learn how we can act in solidarity with Indigenous groups. This event will be co-sponsored by Indigenous groups in California and at least one will be broadcast from Alcatraz, site of an 18-month occupation by the American Indian Movement and others that ended 50 years ago this past summer. More details to come!

TO WIN THE GREEN NEW DEAL, BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE UAW: JOIN US TUESDAY 10/12!

Up to one million United Auto Workers (UAW) members will vote by mail next month in a historic referendum on adopting direct elections of top union leaders! Democratizing the UAW will not only help stop corruption and restore our most important industrial union to its militant roots, but also enable it to take on its biggest challenge yet: bringing good union jobs to the electric vehicle industry.

As we fight to win the Green New Deal, the strength of the UAW will have great implications on the success of our efforts! Join us on Tuesday 10/12 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for an evening of discussion with DSA members Kate Aronoff (The New Republic, A Planet to Win), Jane Slaughter (Labor Notes, Secrets of a Successful Organizer), Chris Viola (UAW member, UAWD member, and electric vehicle assembly worker), and Lisa Xu (UAWD staff organizer, former UAW member) about union democracy, rank-and-file organizing, and winning the Green New Deal. If you are a UAW member, sign the pledge to mail in your ballot in October and join UAWD, the rank-and-file caucus fighting to win direct elections!

JOIN THE 2021-2023 DSA MEDICARE FOR ALL CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE! APPLICATION DEADLINE FRIDAY 10/15

At our national Convention in August, our Convention delegates voted overwhelmingly to continue prioritizing the fight for Medicare for All. And the fight for a more just health care system has never felt more urgent: hundreds of thousands of people have now been killed in the United States alone by the COVID-19 virus, and our society and our health care system continue to prioritize profit over public health. We cannot stop pushing, and we cannot stop fighting.

Apply here to join the DSA M4A Steering Committee and help lead our organization in that fight! The application deadline is Friday 10/15. Interested in getting involved but not able to commit to being on the DSA M4A Steering Committee? Stay tuned — there will be more ways to get involved soon!

RUN FOR DSA IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS WORKING GROUP STEERING COMMITTEE! APPLICATION DEADLINE SATURDAY 10/16

We are looking for some new faces to help head the national DSA Immigrants’ Rights Working Group (IRWG)! The IRWG organizes for the full liberation of peoples impacted by mass displacement, forced migration, and oppression caused by global capitalism and imperialism. We fight to abolish ICE, abolish borders, end detention, end travel bans, and halt deportations.

Nominate yourself via this form and help DSA expand the fight for immigrant rights! The SC is made up of five (5) regional seats or four (4) at-large seats.

The application deadline is Saturday, 10/16 at 11:59pm ET.

SOCIALIST FORUM CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE THURSDAY 10/7

The Socialist Forum editorial committee is now accepting pitches for the Fall 2021 issue of Socialist Forum. If you would like to contribute an article to Socialist Forum, please use this Google form to submit a short pitch describing your article. If your pitch is accepted, the full article should be roughly 3500-4000 words in length.

Please note that submissions are not officially accepted until after editors review the first draft of a full article. Pitches must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday, 10/7 in order to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

FALL DEMOCRATIC LEFT OUT NOW!

The Fall Democratic Left is out now! This issue features an exclusive Interview with DSA member and disability activist Ady Barkan; lessons from the Indian Farmers’ Movement; and racial justice and the Madison Teachers’ Union fight. All articles are available online in English and Spanish to read and share with friends.