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para construir democracia en el lugar de trabajo, exigir el derecho a la vivienda, enfrentar a los especuladores de la detención de inmigrantes, enfrentar a Amazon, garantizar una transición justa y luchar contra el fascismo. La membresía de DSA es actualmente la más grande en nuestra historia, con aproximadamente 70,000 miembros nacionales y crece cada día. Nuestra organización está en constante evolución para enfrentar los desafíos que presenta el capitalismo, el fascismo y la desigualdad sistémica.

News and Updates

Our newsletter will keep you up-to-date on events, resources, and news.

Upcoming Events

abril 21, 2021
abril 22, 2021
abril 24, 2021
  • Defund MPD Phonebanking (DSA) - April 24, 2021

    abril 24, 2021  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Zoom, Zoom once you RSVP, Washington, DC 20001

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/defund-mpd-phonebanking-dsa-april-24-2021

    Description:

    DSA's Defund MPD working group is phone banking to generate calls to Council Members asking them to support the demands of the Defund MPD coalition.

    We'll do a short training at the beginning and welcome both new and returning folks!

    See more details

  • Meet and Greet with Karishma!

    abril 24, 2021  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Towers Park, 801 South Scott Street, Arlington , VA 22204

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/meet-and-greet-with-karishma

    Description:

    Come meet our fighter for VA 49 and hang out with comrades in a socially-distanced park gathering. Food and fun will be provided! Feel free to bring your own dish too if you like! This will be hosted in between our morning (10 am) and afternoon (2 PM) canvasses, so come by after you knock doors in the morning or before you knock doors in the afternoon.

    https://www.mobilize.us/karishmaforvirginia/event/383898/

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    This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

  • Socialist Feminist Reading Group | Apr 24 | Monthly - 4th Sat. 2pm

    abril 24, 2021  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/socialist-feminist-reading-group-apr-24-monthly-4th-sat-2pm

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/socialist-feminist-reading-group-apr-24-monthly-4th-sat-2pm

    Description:

    Please join our monthly SocFem Reading Group Discussion on the 4th Saturday each month.

    RSVP to this event to access zoom info. Zoom info will also be emailed to you.

    APRIL ESSAYS:

    ~Two Required~
    (1) “Wages Against Housework” By Silvia Federici (1975)

    (2) Women, Race and Class.
    By Angela Davis (1981)


    ~One Optional~

    (3) "Socialist Feminism and the Pandemic" by Tithi Bhattacharya (2020)

    Each month we will discuss different essays from the 'Day School' reading list of the Socialist Feminist Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America.

    Who We Are: The Metro DC Socialist Feminist Caucus is committed to political education and coalition building in the DC metro region and beyond. We are expanding upon our radical origins to build the collective power of workers for the common good. We envision a world that is free from all forms of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, capitalism, imperialism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other patriarchal constructs.

    Please note: Currently, all SocFem gatherings and discussions are welcoming only those who identify as womxn, non-binary people, or those of marginalized genders. We ask that men do not participate at this time.

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    Are you a DSA member? Join our slack channel: #socialist-feminist

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford. Join TODAY!

    See more details

abril 25, 2021
  • Discussion #1: Updates to Metro DC DSA's Electoral Endorsement Questionnaire

    abril 25, 2021  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/discussion-1-updates-to-metro-dc-dsas-electoral-endorsement-questionnaire

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/discussion-1-updates-to-metro-dc-dsas-electoral-endorsement-questionnaire

    Description:

    This is the first of two events for Metro DC DSA chapter members to
    discuss updates to the chapter’s electoral endorsement questionnaire.

    This event is hosted by the chapter's Political Engagement Committee and
    will be facilitated by PEC members Brad C and Nicole Z. The goal of
    this event will be for chapter members to discuss and offer suggestions
    for how the PEC should reform the chapter's electoral questionnaire. As
    stipulated by the chapter's bylaws, the PEC is responsible for
    periodically updating our questionnaire and then proposing the revised
    questionnaire to all chapter members for a vote. Our goal for this
    process will be to ensure that the chapter’s priorities and values are
    reflected in our candidate questionnaire, so that -- as a chapter -- we
    can learn whether a given candidate shares those priorities and values.
    Our questionnaire should also offer candidates a chance to share their
    analysis of the election at hand and how they view the political
    conditions of their jurisdiction.

    Please see a rough agenda for this
    event below:

    1. Meeting opening and goals

    2. Review of current
    questionnaire

    3. Review of sample questionnaires

    4. Open discussion on
    priorities, analysis, and new questions

    5. Meeting closing and next
    steps

    This is a 90-minute long meeting, so there will be plenty of time
    for discussion, interaction, and planning among chapter members who
    attend. Please come with lots of ideas! As PEC members work to update
    the questionnaire, we will do our best to incorporate as much input from
    this form and live discussions as possible. If you have questions,
    please email steering-all@mdcdsa.org or post in the #steering channel on
    the chapter’s Slack.

    In Solidarity, The Political Engagement
    Committee Metro DC DSA

    *The reason there are two events is to offer
    multiple times for chapter members to attend. The events will be
    identical, but you can attend both if you'd like!

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    This event is open to DSA Members.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

  • Ecosocialist Reading Group:People's Power Study Circle, Session 2

    abril 25, 2021  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/ecosocialist-reading-grouppeoples-power-study-circle-session-2

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/ecosocialist-reading-grouppeoples-power-study-circle-session-2

    Description:

    The EcoSocialist Reading group invites comrades to attend the second discussion session of Ashley Dawson's "People's Power", which is scheduled for Sunday, April 25, at 4pm. This is a joint session with the Baltimore DSA, who are spearheading this text reading. We'll be discussing Chapter 4 (the second half of the book) entitled the "Energy Commons". This is the piece of the text that really gets into re-working the energy system, and will be important for our understanding of public power in the fight for the Green New Deal.

    See more details

  • Medicare for All Work Group Weekly Meeting | #M4A

    abril 25, 2021  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/medicare-for-all-work-group-weekly-meeting-m4a-4

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/medicare-for-all-work-group-weekly-meeting-m4a-4

    Description:

    Democratic Socialists are fighting to make single-payer Medicare for All healthcare a reality.

    JOIN US! Help us fight to replace our fractured and broken health system with a unified Medicare for All system.

    In order to get our politicians to buck their billionaire donors and side with the majority, we have to threaten them with a mass political movement. But the movement we need cannot be built overnight.

    That’s why we need each and every person to get involved. Winning Medicare for All will mean establishing a piece of real democratic socialism and building a broader working-class movement to take on the elite and the billionaire class.

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    Are you a DSA member and on Slack? Join our channel: #m4a

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: http://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

abril 26, 2021
  • Mutual Aid + Policy Advocacy | Socialist Night School

    abril 26, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/mutual-aid-policy-advocacy-socialist-night-school

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/mutual-aid-policy-advocacy-socialist-night-school

    Description:

    Food lines, PPE lines, supply lines. The lines for mutual aid and other critical services can feel endless, especially during a global pandemic. We're in them or serving on them because we need resources or want to help our community members access them. But the question of this session, "Why Are We on the Line?" asks something more. Our panelists will ask us to think about the larger political and capitalist forces that create the need for these support lines in the first place. Without critically assessing and actively working to dismantle those systems of oppression, we risk burning out our most precious community leaders. The line is necessary, but the line shouldn't be forever. What role does mutual aid serve? What is the role for policy change? Why do they need to work together to really get things done?

    Trupti Patel is the District of Columbia’s first Indian-American woman Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. She represents the Historic Foggy Bottom District and ran for office when her elected officials ignored her voice and vote and repealed One Fair Wage. Trupti is part of the national movement seeking to end the last vestige of Jim Crow- the subminimum wage-and pay all workers the full minimum wage plus tips on top. As a member leader of ROC-DC (Restaurant Opportunities Center), she focuses on issues such as wage theft and sexual harassment that impact tipped workers in the restaurant industry.

    Diana Ramírez is the Fellow in Residence (Workplace Justice) at the National Women's Law Center. Diana is focused on the intersection between wage equity and the food industry and the need to form direct links to racial, gender, and economic justice--especially in a post-COVID world-- as a path to an equitable recovery. Diana helped to lead the 2018 ballot initiative in DC for One Fair Wage and will also share reflections about how that grassroots effort was undermined by the powerful restaurant association and how we can build back stronger going forward.

    Reana Kovalcik is a food and farm lover, community organizer, and founder of the Share a Seed program. Reana is a policy and communications professional dedicated to making our food and farm system more equitable and sustainable. She has worked both in the local and federal policy spheres for roughly ten years and is an expert at bridging the gap between complex policy happenings and community action.

    Kya Parker is a plant-based chef and founder of Kyanite Pantry and Kyanite Kitchen. When Kya lost her job during the pandemic, she saw an opportunity to serve as part of the DC Black Lives Matter movement. For the last year, Kya has been running the mutual aid organization Kyanite Pantry and working to build her professional business, Kyanite Kitchen. Kya is a cornerstone in the DC mutual aid movement and can share key insights about building community power, acquiring and sharing resources, and how we can leverage solidarity to build a lasting movement.

    See more details

abril 27, 2021
abril 28, 2021
  • NoVA Tenant Organizing Planning Meeting

    abril 28, 2021  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/nova-tenant-organizing-planning-meeting-33

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/nova-tenant-organizing-planning-meeting-33

    Description:

    This meeting is for discussing research, canvassing and other work for the NoVA Tenant Organizing Working Group.
    *****PLEASE RSVP TO ACCESS THE ZOOM LINK, THANK YOU!*****
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    This event is open to both DSA Members and non-members.
    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: http://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

  • Discussion #2: Updates to Metro DC DSA's Electoral Endorsement Questionnaire

    abril 28, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/discussion-2-updates-to-metro-dc-dsas-electoral-endorsement-questionnaire

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/discussion-2-updates-to-metro-dc-dsas-electoral-endorsement-questionnaire

    Description:

    This is the second of two events for Metro DC DSA chapter members to
    discuss updates to the chapter’s electoral endorsement questionnaire.

    This event is hosted by the chapter's Political Engagement Committee and
    will be facilitated by PEC members Brad C and Nicole Z. The goal of
    this event will be for chapter members to discuss and offer suggestions
    for how the PEC should reform the chapter's electoral questionnaire. As
    stipulated by the chapter's bylaws, the PEC is responsible for
    periodically updating our questionnaire and then proposing the revised
    questionnaire to all chapter members for a vote. Our goal for this
    process will be to ensure that the chapter’s priorities and values are
    reflected in our candidate questionnaire, so that -- as a chapter -- we
    can learn whether a given candidate shares those priorities and values.
    Our questionnaire should also offer candidates a chance to share their
    analysis of the election at hand and how they view the political
    conditions of their jurisdiction.

    Please see a rough agenda for this
    event below:

    1. Meeting opening and goals

    2. Review of current
    questionnaire

    3. Review of sample questionnaires

    4. Open discussion on
    priorities, analysis, and new questions

    5. Meeting closing and next
    steps

    This is a 90-minute long meeting, so there will be plenty of time
    for discussion, interaction, and planning among chapter members who
    attend. Please come with lots of ideas! As PEC members work to update
    the questionnaire, we will do our best to incorporate as much input from
    this form and live discussions as possible. If you have questions,
    please email steering-all@mdcdsa.org or post in the #steering channel on
    the chapter’s Slack.

    In Solidarity, The Political Engagement
    Committee Metro DC DSA

    *The reason there are two events is to offer
    multiple times for chapter members to attend. The events will be
    identical, but you can attend both if you'd like!

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    This event is open to DSA Members.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

  • Why You Should Join DSA / New Member Orientation

    abril 28, 2021  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-you-should-join-dsa-new-member-orientation-13

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/why-you-should-join-dsa-new-member-orientation-13

    Description:

    Curious about DSA? Thinking about joining but want to hear more info first? Attended a few of our events already and ready become a member? Already a member and want to get more involved?

    If so, this event is for you!

    You'll learn about DSA, what we do, and how you can get involved in the fight for a brighter future.

    We'll outline our chapter's structure and our campaigns, branches, and caucuses. Our chapter covers the DMV area, including the District, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland.

    RSVP for Zoom link.

    See more details

abril 29, 2021
  • Harassment and Grievance Officer Nominees Town Hall

    abril 29, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/harassment-and-grievance-officer-nominees-town-hall

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/harassment-and-grievance-officer-nominees-town-hall

    Description:

    This Town Hall event is an opportunity for members to meet and ask questions of the Steering Committee's nominees for new Harassment and Grievance Officers (HGOs). HGOs are responsible for managing the grievance workflows. They receive filed grievances, conduct any necessary investigation of the claims, and present their findings to the Steering Committee with a written report.  

    The incoming HGOs will also head a new commission that will be tasked with reviewing and suggesting revisions as necessary MDC DSA’s current harassment policy and grievance procedure. The commission will research and explore the potential for creating a parallel process to the chapter's grievance procedure that would be used to handle disputes and provide conflict resolution for issues that arise between members that do not fall within the scope of the grievance procedure. This may include having a committee of members trained in and dedicated to offering mediation and conflict resolution. The commission will make recommendations to the Steering Committee on what this process and committee can look like.

    During this event, each nominee will have a chance to introduce themselves and share why they are a good fit for the position. Attendees will then have a chance to ask them questions relevant to nominee's fit for the role. After the Town Hall, members will have a week to submit to the Steering Committee statements of dissent about any nominees that explain why they think a nominee is not suitable to be an HGO.

    Please see the MDC DSA Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedure for more information about the role of HGOs in our chapter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mvXHsRtPCkuhcpl7oLxCP99SE629eENZEVx58JAMoNY

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    This event is only for DSA Members.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

mayo 1, 2021
  • May Day Action

    mayo 1, 2021  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Old Town Metro Station in Alexandria, 1900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22301

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/may-day-action

    Description:

    Join us on May 1st as we march and rally in support of the PRO Act! Let's tell Sen. Warner that he needs to stand with working people and and help pass the most progressive labor bill in generations.

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    This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

  • May Day Reggaeton Bash

    mayo 1, 2021  9:00 pm - 11:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/may-day-reggaeton-bash

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/may-day-reggaeton-bash

    Description:

    Join us for music and dancing after the May Day Action! DJ Oscar V. is
    hosting a Reggaeton bash on May 1st. Sure to be a fun and safe way to
    let loose after a day of rallying!

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    This event is open to both DSA Members and supporters.

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

mayo 2, 2021
  • Medicare for All Work Group Weekly Meeting | #M4A

    mayo 2, 2021  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/medicare-for-all-work-group-weekly-meeting-m4a-5

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/medicare-for-all-work-group-weekly-meeting-m4a-5

    Description:

    Democratic Socialists are fighting to make single-payer Medicare for All healthcare a reality.

    JOIN US! Help us fight to replace our fractured and broken health system with a unified Medicare for All system.

    In order to get our politicians to buck their billionaire donors and side with the majority, we have to threaten them with a mass political movement. But the movement we need cannot be built overnight.

    That’s why we need each and every person to get involved. Winning Medicare for All will mean establishing a piece of real democratic socialism and building a broader working-class movement to take on the elite and the billionaire class.

    ---------------------------------
    Are you a DSA member and on Slack? Join our channel: #m4a

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: http://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro%20DC

    See more details

mayo 4, 2021
mayo 5, 2021
mayo 13, 2021
  • SocFem Grrrls* Night Social Hour | May 13 | Monthly - 2nd Thurs. 7pm

    mayo 13, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm https://actionnetwork.org/events/socfem-grrrls-night-social-hour-may-13-monthly-2nd-thurs-7pm

    More Info and RSVP (Get Zoom link for online events here):

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/socfem-grrrls-night-social-hour-may-13-monthly-2nd-thurs-7pm

    Description:

    Let's hang out and talk about whatever crosses our minds. Feel free to pass through for two minutes or the full two hours.

    With the pandemic, having a space to talk about socialism and be social is a great way to decompress from the oppressions we face in our patriarchal and capitalistic society.

    Special Guest!

    Sarah R. is Co-chair of the New River Valley, VA DSA and she’ll talk about her work as the Chair of their chapter’s Childcare for All Workgroup.

    Possible discussion topics for May Hangout:

    • Why is childcare for all important?
    • Should it be "affordable" to all or free to all?
    • What kind of training, work conditions, pay and benefits should (unionized!) childcare workers receive?
    • Why hasn't the issue of childcare received more attention by lefties in the U.S.? By DSA? By Metro DC DSA?
    • Does anyone want to champion this issue?


    Please note: The event is open to all Grrrlz*, and DSA membership is not required. Grrrlz* Night is a happy hour space for those who identify as womxn, non-binary people, or those of marginalized genders. We ask that men do not participate at this time.

    PLEASE RSVP TO THIS EVENT TO ACCESS THE ZOOM LINK.

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    Are you a DSA member? Join our slack channel: #socialist-feminist

    Not a Member? Please consider becoming a Member. Fees are on a sliding scale according to what you feel you can afford: https://act.dsausa.org/donate/membership2020/?source=metro+dc

    See more details

mayo 18, 2021

Endorsements

Learn more about our endorsement process and supported candidates.


Washington Socialist

The monthly Washington Socialist informs readers about perennial and evolving aspects of democratic socialism. Each issue includes essays, briefs, and articles covering topics oriented to specific local campaigns and socialist analysis.


Night School

Learn and discuss the nature and tenets of socialist ideology, organizing, and action. These group discussions are intended for members old and new.


Defund MPD

Here in DC, militarized policing is terrorizing black and brown communities instead of keeping people safe. Its bloated budget starves our communities of resources and diverts money from non-police violence reduction programs. You can send Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council a letter here demanding we fund social programs that directly benefit the people of DC