Report: Membership Survey on Racial Justice

Executive Summary 12/17/20

The Steering Committee of Philly DSA commissioned a membership survey on racial justice which was conducted from 11/20 - 12/4 via a google form. This report is based off of 165 verified member responses collected during that time frame. The Steering Committee requested that the Racial Justice Commission meet to further review the survey results and to provide additional commentary to this report in the next month.

Priorities to Improve on Racial Justice

The survey asked members to rate a battery of 10 potential strategies to improve the chapter’s racial justice work on a scale of 1 (lowest priority) to 5 (highest priority). This was not a ranking (selecting all 5s or all 1s was possible). Based on member response, there were 2 priorities consistently ranked as most important, and least often ranked least important: 1. Increase work with rank and file union membership, 2. Organize in BIPOC, working-class communities.

 

Rank by "most important" (most “5- Highest Priority” responses)

1

[Organize in BIPOC, working-class communities]

2

[Increase work with rank and file union membership]

3

[Partner with BIPOC-led organizations in Philadelphia]

4

[Integrate racial justice work into existing committees and commissions]

5

[Create political education on BIPOC socialist thinkers and activists]

6

[Ensure racial diversity in leadership]

7

[Create a permanent racial justice body]

8

[Work with local AfroSoc working group]

9

[Have more events centering anti-racism]

10

[Have anti-racist trainings for the membership]

 

 

Rank by "least important" (fewest “1- Lowest Priority” responses)

10

[Increase work with rank and file union membership]

9

[Organize in BIPOC, working-class communities]

8

[Create political education on BIPOC socialist thinkers and activists]

7

[Partner with BIPOC-led organizations in Philadelphia]

6

[Integrate racial justice work into existing committees and commissions]

5

[Ensure racial diversity in leadership]

4

[Work with local AfroSoc working group]

3

[Create a permanent racial justice body]

2

[Have more events centering anti-racism]

1

[Have anti-racist trainings for the membership]

 

Summary - full tallies

1 - Lowest Priority

2

3

4

5 - Highest Priority

[Create a permanent racial justice body]

48

10

34

26

40

[Have anti-racist trainings for the membership]

64

11

28

30

24

[Integrate racial justice work into existing committees and commissions]

29

16

35

26

53

[Ensure racial diversity in leadership]

36

20

29

29

46

[Partner with BIPOC-led organizations in Philadelphia]

24

14

32

23

65

[Have more events centering anti-racism]

49

14

34

32

30

[Work with local AfroSoc working group]

42

7

29

44

36

[Create political education on BIPOC socialist thinkers and activists]

22

11

44

29

52

[Organize in BIPOC, working-class communities]

8

3

22

28

99

[Increase work with rank and file union membership]

7

9

22

32

91

 

Satisfaction with current work on racial justice

The membership surveyed had mixed opinions on the current state of racial justice work in the future. Responses among members in general were similar to those specifically among members of color’s perceptions of how welcoming the chapter is. The results of this survey as a whole will help to clarify the direction of future initiatives to further our racial justice work as a chapter. 

How satisfied are you with Philly DSA's work on racial justice?

1 - Not satisfied

13%

2

15%

3

24%

4

21%

5 - Very Satisfied

27%

 

(Members of color only) How welcoming is Philly DSA to people of color?

1 - Least Welcoming

17%

2

22%

3

22%

4

9%

5 - Most Welcoming

30%

 

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