Structure and Campaigns

Chapter Structure and Campaigns

Committees

Metro DC DSA has five standing committees. Committees are intended to oversee the chapter’s health and function, and to facilitate our other structures — working groups and caucuses — to do the work they’re passionate about. Read the formal description of each committee in our Chapter Bylaws.

Steering Committee

Ryan M. (Secretary), Brian W. (Treasurer), Irene K. (At-Large), Paola S. (At-Large), Stu K (At-Large), Ali M. (At-Large), Rachel B. (At-Large), Tim Z. (At-Large), Peter G. (At-Large), Kurtis H. (At-Large), Gabe R. (At-Large)

Email: steering-all@mdcdsa.org Slack: #steering for discussion, meeting agendas, and updates; #steering-votes for asynchronous voting outside of regularly-scheduled committee meetings.

If you would like to submit an item for a future Steering Committee agenda, please create a Red Desk ticket and select help topic: “Steering Meeting Agenda Item.” Steering Committee minutes are posted to our Minutes and Historicals page as they are completed.

Administrative Committee

Zach E. (Co-Chair), Brian W. (Co-Chair)
Committee discussion takes place on a private channel that can be joined by invitation if you would like to help with AdCom work. If you have administrative questions or need assistance, let us know in #helpdesk.

Email: admin@mdcdsa.org

Endorsements Committee

Caleb-Michael F. (Co-Chair), vacant (Co-Chair)

Email: endorsements@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #endorsement-committee

Charged with all communications and processing of political candidates who seek the Chapter’s endorsement. An administrative body that remains neutral on ideological motivation of candidates and conducts the administrative tasks of processing all endorsement applications, regardless of political party or office sought.

Finance Committee

Brian W. (Chair)

We’re actively looking to build out this committee! If you have experience or interest in budgeting, financial organization or reporting, fundraising, compliance, bookkeeping, or regular old spreadsheeting, please get in touch! The Compliance Subcommittee works within the finance committe to provide the necessary legal and financial oversight our electoral work requires for the chapter to stay in compliance with DC, Maryland, and Virginia campaign finance codes across election cycles.

Email: finance@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #finance

Internal Organizing Committee

Brandon H. (Co-Chair), Luke R. (Co-Chair)

Email: ioc@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #ioc


Working Groups

Working Groups are formed whenever five dues-paying members come together around a shared vision of work. They may be issue or campaign-based, and may be affiliated with one of the five standing committees above or may operate independently as they deem useful.

Disability Justice

As Democratic Socialists, we know that solidarity between disabled and non-disabled comrades lies at the intersection of disability rights and anti-capitalist action. Under capitalism, disabled individuals are subject to labor exploitation yet are simultaneously seen as inefficient and unfit to perform labor. This type of modern ableism drives a wedge between communities, segregating “productive” workers from those deemed “less able” — code for “less deserving” of dignity and justice. Ableism also serves the interests of political and economic elites by conditioning our society to see forms of social and economic stratification as being somehow natural and justified. We reject this notion and believe that inclusivity is not something to be debated. In fact, the experiences of disabled folk reflect the central contradictions of capitalism. Activism that does not consider the challenges facing the disabled community may perpetuate ableism, regardless of legal and societal reform.

The Metro DC DSA Disability Justice Working Group is dedicated to the empowerment and liberation of the DMV disabled community through non-hierarchical, issue-based campaigns designed by, in consultation with, and for disabled comrades. We aim to promote a democratic socialist platform in areas of health, education, infrastructure, housing, employment, and political representation. We also invite non-disabled comrades to act in solidarity and become an integral part of this Working Group. Our group works to expand accessibility and combat ableism within chapter organizing spaces. Moreover, we engage in internal and external political education surrounding the disabled community and its relationship to capitalism and other systems of oppression through our upcoming workshops, discussion/reading groups, and panels.

Email: disability-justice@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #disability-justice
Twitter: @djwg_mdcdsa

DSA 4 Bernie

DSA for Bernie is organizing to advancing the core demands of Sanders’s platform — not merely the candidate himself — such as Medicare for All, College for All, Green New Deal, ending cash bail, $15 minimum wage and more. DSA for Bernie is working to build a broad campaign of working people and progressives in the DMV to organize behind the Sanders campaign and its democratic socialist agenda.

Email: DSA4Bernie@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #bernie

Internationalism

The Internationalism Working Group uses its strategic location in the heart of the empire to further the global struggle against militarism, imperialism, authoritarianism, right-wing nationalism, and capitalism. We aim to ensure that democratic socialist organizing in the United States incorporates a global perspective and builds transnational solidarity in pursuit of a world of peace, cooperation, equality, liberation, democracy, and socialism.

Email: internationalism@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #internationalism
Twitter: @Intl_Solidarity

Labor

The Labor Working Group organizes with workers across the District to fight bad bosses, build new unions, and turn out for solidarity actions. Are you upset with changes management is making at your job? Do you think you have had wages or paid sick leave stolen from you? Maybe you’ve spoken about organizing a union with your co-workers, and those conversations went great, but you don’t know what to do next. If any of that applies to you, the LWG strongly encourages you to e-mail us at labor@mdcdsa.org. An LWG organizer will promptly respond. All communications are confidential.Membership in the LWG is open to everyone, especially workers who are members of unions or worker organizations, or who want to organize their workplace.

Email: labor@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #labor

Migrant Justice

The Migrant Justice Working Group focuses on challenging the apparatus of private contractors that make up the deportation machine. Anyone interested in researching and protesting profiteers to advocate for an end to deportation can join us!

Email: migrantjustice@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #migrantjustice

Mutual Aid

The Mutual Aid Working Group aims to allow comrades to provide essential resources and services to working class and marginalized communities in the District of Columbia on the basis of non-hierarchy, voluntary association, and solidarity. We show this goodwill based on the belief that mutual aid serves as a viable alternative to the profit-seeking, exploitative nature of capitalism. In addition to providing resources and services, we will conduct political education on the ways that mutual aid can assist in the Democratic Socialist struggle to upend the rapaciousness of capitalism.

Email: mutualaid@mdcdsa.org Slack: #mutual-aid

Political Education

Political education is central to the struggle against capitalism and to build socialism. It helps us better understand our own world and how to fight for a better one. This work is rooted in political struggle and supports it as well. The main work of the Political Education Working Group is to organize our Socialist Night School, a series of twice-monthly sessions that explore basic ideas, concepts and historical events related to socialism. The working group also organizes reading groups and other events, and works with other working groups to support their own political education work. Some other working groups do political education work independently.

Email: politicaleducation@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #political-education

Publications

The MDC DSA Publications Working Group produces our chapter’s weekly email updates and monthly Washington Socialist newsletter. The group also works to refresh our website content, print handouts for outreach and tabling, creates zines, and provide graphic design support for the chapter. The Pubs group is overseen by a five-member Publications Editorial Board, which was enabled by a bylaws amendment passed in the 2018 local chapter convention.

Email: thesocialist@mdcdsa.org Slack: #publications for discussion, content review, and editing

Rent Control Working Group

With current rent control laws in Washington, D.C., set to expire on December 31, 2020, we face a unique opportunity to pressure the D.C. Council to strengthen and significantly expand these protections. The MDC DSA Rent Control Working Group formed as part of a citywide coalition comprising tenants, legal advocates, labor unions, and community organizations that aims to (1) expand rent control to cover thousands of additional buildings in the district; (2) close legal loopholes that allow landlords and developers to profit from gross neglect and evictions; and (3) abolish above-inflation rent increases on rent-controlled units and preserve affordable housing for current residents. Join us as we organize for rent control and fight for housing justice.

Email: rentcontrol@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #dc-rentcontrol

Stomp Out Slumlords

Tenants organizing tenants to make this city work for tenants. From our anti-eviction canvasses, to helping working-class Washingtonians organize in their buildings, to our coalition with the DC Tenants Union, we’re figuring out how to build tenant power to take on the landlord class.

Email: tenants@mdcdsa.org
Website: http://stompoutslumlords.org/
Slack: #tenantsrights
Twitter: @StompSlumlords


Branches

Montgomery County Branch

The branch works toward socialism in Montgomery County by fighting for housing for all, workplace democracy, towards police and prison abolition, against austerity, and electing socialists to state and local-level offices.

Email: MontgomeryCountyDSA@gmail.com

Slack: #montgomery-county

Twitter: @MoCo_DSA

Northern Virginia Branch

The Metro DC DSA NOVA Branch works to fight for the interests of the working class and marginalized communities in Northern Virginia.

Email: novabranch@mdcdsa.org
Slack: #northern-virginia
Twitter: @dsa_nova

Coalitions

DC Jobs With Justice
DMV Resist Islamophobia Network
Occupation Free DC
Reclaim Rent Control