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September National Political Committee newsletter — Keep fighting for democracy

Last week, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg reminded us all of the fragile state of our democracy. The fate of millions of working-class people in this country too often lies in the hands of a few appointed justices. Now, as always, we have to keep fighting for democracy at every level of society — in our cities, in our states, and in our workplaces.

That means we have to get organized. That’s what our Green New Deal Campaign did just a few weekends ago, when they assembled with delegates from more than 60 DSA chapters to carve out a strategic path for DSA to fight for a Green New Deal. At the summit, breakout groups focused on three potential top-level demands for a GND campaign: a federal job guarantee, public power over energy utilities, and a people’s shock doctrine — an economic recovery response that expands and reinvests in the public sector and divests from militarism. The discussion focused on potential targets, tactics, timelines, key moments, and allies for each demand, and considerations of DSA chapter capacity and opportunities for coordinated regional and national strategies in either of the main election outcomes. Delegates engaged in constructive debates over whether it is possible to organize to win various GND demands through national coordination, and those with experience in local public power and electoral campaigns shared insights about the successes and limitations of their work to date. 

The summit was a great opportunity for DSA members from across chapters to participate in organizing conversations outside of national and regional conventions. As fires ravage the West Coast and storms descend on the East, as smoke covers huge swaths of the country, the pressing need for climate action is painfully visible.

Meanwhile, the whole country is looking toward the November election. We know that a second Trump term would have devastating effects for our class and for our movement. As DSA, we have to continue to fight against the constant attacks on the working class in this country, and we have to be ready to mobilize, no matter what happens on November 3rd.

As we approach the election, and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the next few months will be full of uncertainty and, more than likely, surprises. The only thing we know for sure is that we have to continue our fight for socialism.

Solidarity!

Your National Political Committee (NPC)

Other Announcements from Around DSA:

WEDNESDAY 9/30 — REV. ANDREW WILKES AND BHASKAR SUNKARA ON RELIGION IN THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT

Join Bhaskar Sunkara, founding publisher and editor of Jacobin magazine, and Rev. Andrew Wilkes Wednesday, 9/30 at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT/5:30pm MT/4:30pm PT for “Taking Heart in a Heartless World: How Faith Traditions Can Strengthen Socialist Movements.” This is the third installment in our Religious Socialism working group’s monthly conversation series.

At a time when religious narratives and communities are simultaneously being mobilized for inequality-reproducing and emancipatory purposes, Rev. Wilkes and Sunkara will discuss the role of religion and faith traditions within the wider socialist movement and Left politics. Join us to be a part of the conversation!

MONDAY 10/5 — COVID SAFE GET OUT THE VOTE TRAINING

Join our National Electoral Committee Monday, 10/5 at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT/5:30pm MT/4:30pm PT to learn how your chapter can stay safe while doing Get Out The Vote canvassing! DSA endorsed candidates are running around the country, and we can build working class power by electing socialists up and down the ballot. On this call, DSA members will share how they safely and effectively reached their community during the primaries. RSVP today!

MONDAY 10/12 — IMMIGRANTS’ STRUGGLES IN THE TIME OF COVID/LA LUCHA EN LOS TIEMPOS DE COVID!

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 12 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT,  join the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group (IMWG) for a webinar on Immigrants’ Struggles in the Time of COVID/La lucha en los tiempos de COVID! We will be joined by comrades on the front lines of the immigrants’ rights movement discussing resistance in the concentration camps, struggles on the job, and ways to get involved! Stay in touch, sign up for our Immigrants’ Rights Working Group email list today.

SIGN OUR DSA 100K PLEDGE

There’s never been more of a need for a powerful, fighting DSA. And right now we have the opportunity to bring in thousands of new members to our organization in the run up to the presidential election. That’s why the National Political Committee voted to launch our first ever DSA Recruitment Drive from 10/1-11/7, as a crucial part of our plan to grow to 100,000 members in 2021!

To reach our ambitious goal, we are asking ALL members to sign our 100K Pledge — a commitment for each of us to recruit three new DSA members during the month as we work to build a mass socialist organization that reflects the diversity of the US working class. Can we count on you to sign our 100K Pledge to talk with your friends, family, and coworkers about joining DSA today?

APPLY TO JOIN DSA’S INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE — DEADLINE SUNDAY 10/4

DSA’s International Committee (IC) welcomes all DSA members interested in global solidarity to apply to join the IC via one or more of the subcommittees listed in the application here. The deadline to apply is Sunday, 10/4.

While the IC plans ultimately to open to full membership, we will be doing so in stages as we build capacity. Membership applications will be reviewed and final decisions made by Subcommittee co-chairs, in consultation with representatives of the IC steering committee.

To the extent possible the IC will strive for gender and racial equity. In accordance with 2019 Convention commitments, as the IC expands, “the committee shall privilege applicants to the IC who are undocumented workers, migrant workers, immigrants, or the children thereof.” Applications for those not selected in the first round will be kept on hand for consideration in future openings. You can learn more about the International Committee here.

APPLY TO JOIN OUR ABOLITION WORKING GROUP — DEADLINE THURSDAY 10/8

Calling experienced organizers interested in supporting DSA’s national abolition strategy, including defunding the police, getting cops out of schools, building and investing in de-carcerated communities, and more! Please consider applying for the interim Abolition Working Group Steering Committee to grow and develop this work. The deadline to apply is Thursday, 10/8. BIPOC organizers are encouraged to apply. More opportunities to get involved will be announced soon.

AT-LARGE MEMBERS — FILL OUT OUR SURVEY

The retention subcommittee of the Growth and Development Committee conducted the first survey and engagement campaign specifically targeted at our more than 5,000 at-large members in DSA history. The results will be released in a report, and what we learned is already being used to build out new programs for all DSA members to get more involved in the national organization. We hope to encourage both chapters and working groups to include accessible avenues for engaging with campaigns, and to identify hot spots where new chapters are ready to bloom. And we want to hear more from our at-large members!  If you’re an at large member and would like to get more engaged with DSA work, fill out this survey today! 

NATIONAL TECH COMMITTEE ON DATA HARVESTING

The National Tech Committee has written a primer for DSA members about data harvesting. Check it out here.