Back in February, our chapter voted overwhelmingly to endorse Bernie Sanders because he is the only candidate in the race who will fight for our values. From Medicare for All to the Green New Deal to his Housing for All plan, Bernie has consistently championed programs to build working class power and fight the massive inequality plaguing America today.
This is an opportunity to continue our work building support for Bernie's campaign in earnest. Do you know a friend who's curious about DSA? A member of your union who you've been trying to radicalize? A coworker who complains about how all politicians are crooks? Bring them!
Weeknight canvasses are an easy, but important way to have face-to-face conversations with working people about the shortcomings of our capitalist system and how Bernie is the ONLY candidate offering solutions that address the needs of the working class. If you are a first time canvasser, no worries! You'll be trained and paired with an experienced canvasser.
Please bring a fully charged phone if you can! We'll be using miniVAN, which you can download as an app for free!
Please RSVP via the link at the bottom of the page to help our hosts prepare for the correct number of canvassers!
If you're curious about DSA, looking to get more involved, or just want to hang out with other democratic socialists, come out to our happy hour! At our happy hour, you can relax, chat about politics, or find ways to get more plugged into the political work Philly DSA is doing.
In recent years, socialism has reemerged as a central framework in discussions of the ongoing political, economic, and social crises facing Americans. DSA has exponentially grown in size since 2015, its ranks swelling with activists interested in building a better world. Though “democratic socialism” has reentered public discourse, there remains much debate about what the term actually means.
This session of the Night School is centered around three questions: Why should we oppose capitalism—a system hostile to both democracy and freedom? How would a socialist society organize complicated systems of production and distribution in a more just way than capitalism? And most urgently, what should democratic socialists be doing to get us beyond our present conditions?
Join us to discuss democratic socialism and what DSA wants to accomplish as an organization.
Erik Olin Wright, "At Least Capitalism is Free & Democratic, Right?"
Sam Gindin "Socialism for Realists"
Bhaskar Sunkara & Joseph Schwartz, "What Should Socialists Do?"
A regular meeting of the Philly DSA Policy Committee.
With an eye to supporting future socialist politicians in Pennsylvania and also building out our organizational capacity, at our November General Meeting we voted to establish an ad-hoc Policy Committee that will be charged with extending our electoral work by researching democratic-socialist policy, drafting policy recommendations for the Local to approve, and holding events on policy areas relevant to Philly DSA projects and potential candidates, like education, housing, and healthcare.
The Policy Committee Needs Your Help!
Do you have a socialist policy idea? Something to start a campaign in the chapter or support our ongoing work? Something that we need to put on Bernie Sanders' desk? At our November 2018 General Meeting, the local established a Policy Committee to research policy and present Philly DSA members with the opportunity to engage in discussions about the kinds of policies that we would like to see pursued at all levels of government. The Committee now has a form for members to submit these ideas and work with the Committee on a project. We will help you produce a pamphlet, white paper, or even model legislation!
Join us for our first post-Iowa Caucus Debate Watch Party!
Isn't it time to do something? Get involved with the Local.