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What is DSA?
Membership and Dues
- How do I change or update my name, mailing address, or email address?
- When will I receive my membership card? Can I attend DSA events or meetings without one?
- How do I join or renew?
- How do monthly dues payments work?
- How do I update or change my dues type or amount?
- I can’t access the Discussion Board!
- Is DSA a political party? Will joining change how I’m registered to vote?
- Do I have to be a US citizen to join DSA? / I live outside of the United States, but I want to join DSA
- What’s the difference between the various membership levels?
- Where did the “family membership” option go? Why can’t I sign up as a family anymore?
- Is it possible to buy someone else a membership?
- I never received my confirmation email!
- I lost my membership card. Can I get a new one?
- I mailed in an application form and a check, but my check has not been cashed and/or I haven’t received a confirmation.
- I can’t register for any of the new member orientation calls or I missed the call I registered for. What can I do?
- How do I stop my recurring dues payments?
- I’m no longer interested in being a member. How do I cancel my membership?
- My bank/credit card says I got charged multiple times, but I didn’t get confirmation emails for the payments from DSA. What happened?
- I’m trying to donate but I’m getting a “street address and postal code do not match” error message. What’s happening?
- How can I change or cancel my monthly donation?
- What is your dues and donation refund policy?
- I started a monthly contribution to DSA. Does this make me a member?
- How can I change the credit/debit card I’m using for my monthly donations?
- How can I change or cancel my monthly donation amount?
Chapters and Getting Involved
- How do I get involved?
- How can I find other members near me?
- How can I get updates on national DSA action alerts, events, and political education?
- Can I join a chapter near my work or school rather than my home?
- I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. How do I start one?
- I don’t have a DSA chapter in my area. Are there other ways for me to be involved?
- I want to start an international DSA chapter. Can I?
- How do I get a national endorsement from DSA for my political race?
- How do I get a national endorsement from DSA for my organization?
Membership and Dues
A: Click here to update your name or mailing address. Submit the form using the email address currently associated with your membership. Do not use this form to change the email address associated with your membership!
To change the email address associated with your membership, please contact [email protected] . Please don’t renew under a different email address. Doing so will create a duplicate membership profile for you in our system.
A: If you got a confirmation email (“Thank you for being a DSAer! Here are the next steps…”), we’ve received your dues and you should expect to receive your membership card in 6-8 weeks from your join date (pending delays due to COVID-19.) If you never received a confirmation email and/or your bank or credit card statement doesn’t reflect your dues payment(s), email [email protected] to verify.
You don’t need your membership card to go to DSA events! Once you’ve paid dues, you’re considered a full member, so you can vote in local elections as well.
For questions about replacement or renewal cards, click here.
A: The quickest and easiest way to join or renew is to do so online. If you’re renewing, use the email address currently associated with your DSA membership. If you want to change the email address you use for DSA communications, email [email protected]. See below for important information about monthly dues.
You can also mail this form with a check or money order to Democratic Socialists of America, PO Box 1038, New York, NY 10272.
A: If you choose to join as a Movement Builder – a monthly dues paying member, the amount you select or enter on the membership form is the amount you will be charged every month. Our system does not automatically calculate monthly installations. If you would like the dues to be charged on a specific day of the month (for example, the 15th of every month), you will have to sign up on that date.
A: Using the email associated with your membership, sign up for your new dues type or amount on any DSA join page and your previous dues payment will be automatically canceled and replaced.
A: DSA is not a political party, but a non-profit activist organization. Joining DSA will have no impact on how you’re registered to vote or who you can vote for!
A: You don’t have to be a US citizen to join DSA! If you live outside the country, you can join by mailing in this form with a check or money order to Democratic Socialists of America, PO Box 1038, New York, NY 10272.
If you are international but have a US billing address, you can join online here.
A: There’s no difference between any of the options in terms of membership benefits. We work to make our membership accessible to all. Because we’re member-funded, we just ask that people join at the highest level they can.
A: DSA members must now join individually, not as a unit of multiple members as in the formerly used “family memberships.” This change will allow us to better maintain our database and ensure all DSA members receive their membership cards in a timely fashion.
A: Yes, it is! You can give a friend the gift of DSA membership. To pay by check or money order, mail in your payment with the name, mailing address, and contact information of your membership recipient to:
Democratic Socialists of America
PO Box 1038
New York, NY 10272
To pay by credit card, fill out the membership form with your friend’s email address (not yours!) and phone number. Then, enter your name and billing address along with your credit card information. Once the payment has been submitted, you can fill out this form to update your friend’s name and mailing address. Just make sure to once again enter your friend’s email address on that form, not your own!
A: First, please check your spam and promotions folders! The confirmation email comes from [email protected] and thanks you for being a DSAer in the subject line. If your confirmation email isn’t there, email [email protected] to request another one using the email address associated with your membership, and put “confirmation request” in the subject line or body of your email.
A: If you lost your membership card, or recently renewed and are looking for a new card, please use this form to request a new member card. Please be sure to us the email address currently associated with your DSA membership. Any updates you need to make to your mailing address, name, and/or phone number submitted via this form will be reflected on your membership record.
A: Email [email protected] to verify that your check and application have been received. Physical applications and payments take longer to process than those online.
A: DSA recorded two of our most popular conference calls, the New Member Orientation and Introduction to Socialist Feminism. You can listen to the audio of those calls at https://www.dsausa.org/audio.
A: Please complete this form using the email associated with your DSA membership and we will process your request within 5-7 business days. Please note: if you use an email that is different from the email associated with your DSA membership, existing payments will not be canceled. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
A: Please complete this form using the email address associated with your DSA membership. We will process your request within 5-7 business days. Please note: if you use an email that is different from the email associated with your DSA membership, existing payments will not be canceled. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
A: Any time you try to make a payment with a debit or credit card, banks and credit card companies put a “hold” on your account in that amount (it may appear on your statement as “pending” or “processing”). If your payment was rejected for some reason, you will NOT be charged. However, the “hold” for that amount may stick around for a few business days until your bank/credit card company verifies that the charge was rejected. If you wish to verify how many times you were charged, email [email protected].
A: This message means the address you entered doesn’t match the billing address on the card that you’re paying with. Please try again, entering your billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card/bank statement.
NOTE: we can only accept credit cards based in the US.
If you are interested in updating or canceling your monthly dues payment, please read the Membership and Dues Section above. If you are interested in canceling or updating a monthly donation (not your dues), please submit this cancellation form and we will process your request.
A: If you have made an error in making your dues payment, donation or change your mind about contributing to the Democratic Socialists of America or the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, we will honor your request for a refund made within 45 days of your dues payment or donation.
To request a refund, call 212-727-8610 or email us at [email protected]. If you made your dues payment or donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. If you made your dues payment or donation by cash or check, your refund will be mailed within 30 business days.
A: Yes, it does. As a monthly sustaining member, you’ll get all of the same membership benefits with annual dues, including a digital or paper membership card (based on which type of membership you signed up for) and subscription to Democratic Left magazine.
Please note that if you choose to join as a monthly sustaining member, the amount you select or enter on the membership form is the amount you will be charged every month. For example, if you want to pay $60 a year at a monthly level, enter $5 into blank dollar amount field and select “Monthly.” Our system does not automatically calculate monthly installations.
A: To change your monthly dues payment amount, go to the DSA join page here. Enter the email associated with your DSA membership and select the dues type and amount you would like to pay and submit the form.
Once you have completed these steps, any existing dues payments you have will be canceled and replaced by your most recent submission. You will receive a confirmation email that your previous payment has been canceled within one week of your new dues submission. Please note: if you use an email that is different from the email associated with your DSA membership, existing payments will not be canceled. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
To cancel your monthly payment, please complete this form using the email associated with your DSA membership. We will process your request within 5-7 business days. Please note: if you use an email that is different from the email associated with your DSA membership, existing payments will not be canceled. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Contact [email protected] with questions.
Chapters and Getting Involved
A: Sign up for DSA’s bi-monthly member newsletters, The Dispatch and the NPC Newsletter, in your inbox! The Dispatch is sent the first Thursday after the first Monday of the month, and the NPC Newsletter follows two weeks later. Each includes action alerts, upcoming events, political education, and more. Note: The emailed newsletter version sometimes includes items not posted in the website version. The email version of these newsletters are available for DSA members only.
When you join DSA, you’ll start receiving the Dispatch and NPC Newsletter by email so you can see what it’s like. To make sure you continue to receive it, be sure to opt in!
A: First, check out the Chapters page. If there’s a DSA group near you, contact the organizers about getting involved and finding the next meeting. If there is not a chapter near you, fill out the chapter interest form. After you fill out the form we will work on connecting you to resources and assistance to help you organize in your area.
A: Yes! To join a chapter, you must either live, work, or study within that chapter’s zip code jurisdiction, and DSA must have the correct corresponding address for you in our database. Once you’ve submitted your annual dues or initiated recurring monthly dues, changing the address associated with your membership will not interrupt your payments. You can update the address associated with your DSA membership here.
A: Yes! You can join in one of our national identity/issue-based teams or join one one of work committee or volunteer teams. You can also participate in our national trainings, discussions, and lectures.
A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to support organizing outside of the United States at this time. DSA members living abroad can participate in DSA webinars, and we do have resources online.
A: In order for candidates to be eligible for a national endorsement, they must first receive an endorsement from their local chapter. The DSA National Electoral Committee will accept no applications that haven’t been chapter-endorsed first.
Chapter leaders can endorse candidates here.
You can contact the DSA National Electoral Committee at [email protected].
A: Email the NPC at [email protected].
If you have any other questions, please contact us.