Updates

Happy New Year! It’s Time to Fight for Socialism

Jan. 3, 2022

2022 marks yet another year under capitalism. We’re quickly approaching two years of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and just days ago, the CDC revised its quarantine recommendations to help protect the profits of the ruling class. They’ve made it clear that the economy would collapse if it were not for the working class.

The working class has collective power. It’s time for the working class to get organized. 

If you haven’t yet, join the Political Revolution.

Once you join and become a member of STL DSA, you can get involved with one or more of our Committees and Priority Resolutions for the year.

Let us know how you want to get involved in 2022.

It’s true that these are dark days, but our power comes from being organized together.

Thank You for Contributing $4,620 to Amazon Workers and Their Families

Thanks to those who contributed to help the Amazon workers and families who were impacted by the tornado that hit the Edwardsville plant recently.

STL DSA was able to raise a total of $4,620. 

While our fund is now closed, the Missouri Workers Center is still collecting funds for these workers and impacted families. You can donate here.

RSVP for the January Chapter Meeting!

It’s time to RSVP for the January Chapter Meeting! The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, at 7 pm.

Sign up for the meeting here.

Join Communications Committee for Our Next Meeting

The Communications Committee is reconvening this month with our next meeting on Thursday, January 20, at 6:30 pm.

If you’re interested in helping with communications, or just want to learn more about what we do, please RSVP for the meeting here.

Help Us Reach $5,000: Fund for Amazon Workers & Families Affected by Edwardsville Tornado

Dec. 27, 2021

We are angry and heartbroken over the wholly unnecessary and senseless deaths of six workers - as well as the numerous injuries and impacts to so many others - that occurred at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois.

STL DSA stands in solidarity with these workers, as well as with their families and loved ones. Our chapter is donating $250 to a consolidated fund to support these workers. In addition, we are asking our members and supporters to give what they can here. Please help us hit the $5,000 mark by next week.

While a tornado ultimately claimed the lives of Clayton Cope, Deandre Morrow, Etheria Hebb, Austin McElwen, Kevin Dickey and Larry Virden, the conditions forced upon workers led to this tragedy. As long as we live under a system where capitalist profits are more important than workers’ lives, tragedies like these are inevitable.

We must fight for something better. We must fight for socialism.

Get Involved with STL DSA in the New Year: Sign Up for Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA in the new year? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with at the form here!

Give What You Can: STL DSA Fund for Amazon Workers & Families Affected by Edwardsville Tornado

Dec. 20, 2021

We are angry and heartbroken over the wholly unnecessary and senseless deaths of six workers - as well as the numerous injuries and impacts to so many others - that occurred at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois.

STL DSA stands in solidarity with these workers, as well as with their families and loved ones. Our chapter is donating $250 to a consolidated fund to support these workers. In addition, we are asking our members and supporters to give what they can here.

While a tornado ultimately claimed the lives of Clayton Cope, Deandre Morrow, Etheria Hebb, Austin McElwen, Kevin Dickey and Larry Virden, the conditions forced upon workers led to this tragedy. As long as we live under a system where capitalist profits are more important than workers’ lives, tragedies like these are inevitable.

We must fight for something better. We must fight for socialism.

Check Out Our 12 Days of #DSAcember

Through this Friday, December 24, STL DSA’s 12 days of DSAcember will continue on all our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Make sure to check our social channels for bits of December socialist history, and don’t forget to like and share!

Get Involved with STL DSA in the New Year: Sign Up for Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA in the new year? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with at the form here!

Join Our New Member Orientation on Saturday, December 18!

Dec. 13, 2021

New to STL DSA but not sure how to get involved? Interested in STL DSA but want to learn more? Then, this is the event for you!

Join us this coming Saturday, December 18, for an in-person New Member Orientation at Trinity Church. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and masks will be required when not eating or drinking. Only those who are vaccinated should attend. Trinity Church is ADA-accessible.

If you’re interested in attending our New Member Orientation this Saturday,please RSVP here.

We’ll see you there!

Check Out Our 12 Days of #DSAcember

Starting today, December 13, and running through Friday, December 24, STL DSA is unveiling the 12 days of DSAcember on all our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Make sure to check our social channels for all twelve bits of December socialist history, and don’t forget to like and share!

Internal Organizer Interest Event this Wednesday: Please RSVP if Attending

This Wednesday, December 15, we’re hosting an in-person Internal Organizer Interest Meeting for all those who are interested in potentially becoming Internal Organizers for STL DSA. Please note, this is a date change — originally, the meeting was scheduled for tomorrow, December 14.

This event will take place at Trinity Church, and all those who are attending must RSVP, so we have the right head count ahead of Wednesday evening. Dinner will be served, and masks are required when not eating or drinking. Only those who are vaccinated should attend.

If you’d like to attend this meeting, please RSVP for the meeting here.

RSVP for Tomorrow’s Labor Committee Meeting!

Join the Labor Committee tomorrow, December 14! We’ll be calendaring out future events and continuing discussion on both programming and strategies.

RSVP here for the meeting.

You’re Invited: Affordable Housing Report Card Online Event

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis has invited STL DSA members to attend its Affordable Housing Report Card for St. Louis event this Thursday, December 16, at 7 pm.

Register here to attend the online event about the state of affordable housing in our area. The program will include a discussion of ways to improve access to affordable housing in the region. Registration is required to attend. Once you register, you’ll receive Zoom info via email.

We Want YOU! STL DSA’s Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with at the form here!

Due by Wednesday: Free Year-long Subscription for DSA Members

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by this Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

Thanks to Those Who Came to the November Monthly Meeting & GND Socialist Social!

Dec. 6, 2021

Join the Labor Committee for a Meeting on December 14

Join the Labor Committee next Tuesday, December 14! We’ll be calendaring out future events and continuing discussion on both programming and strategies.

RSVP here for the meeting.

You’re Invited: Affordable Housing Report Card Online Event

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis has invited STL DSA members to attend its Affordable Housing Report Card for St. Louis event on Thursday, December 16, at 7 pm.

Register here to attend the online event about the state of affordable housing in our area. The program will include a discussion of ways to improve access to affordable housing in the region. Registration is required to attend. Once you register, you’ll receive Zoom info via email.

We Want YOU! STL DSA’s Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with at the form here!

DSA Members: Sign Up for Free Year-long Subscription of “In These Times”

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

TOMORROW NIGHT! November Meeting & GND Socialist Social

Nov. 29, 2021

Tomorrow, November 30, we’ll be hosting an in-person November Monthly Meeting and Green New Deal Socialist Social. Please note, masks are required for this event. We encourage only those who are fully vaccinated to attend.

Make sure to RSVP here for the event. We’ll see you there!

You’re Invited: Affordable Housing Report Card Online Event

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis has invited STL DSA members to attend its Affordable Housing Report Card for St. Louis event on Thursday, December 16, at 7 pm.

Register here to attend the online event about the state of affordable housing in our area. The program will include a discussion of ways to improve access to affordable housing in the region. Registration is required to attend. Once you register, you’ll receive Zoom info via email.

We Want YOU! STL DSA’s Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with at the form here!

DSA Members: Sign Up for Free Year-long Subscription of “In These Times”

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

NEXT WEEK: November Meeting & GND Socialist Social

Nov. 22, 2021

Next Tuesday, November 30, we’ll be hosting an in-person November Monthly Meeting and Green New Deal Socialist Social. Please note, masks are required for this event. We encourage only those who are fully vaccinated to attend.

Make sure to RSVP here for the event. We’ll see you there!

You’re Invited: Affordable Housing Report Card Online Event

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis has invited STL DSA members to attend its Affordable Housing Report Card for St. Louis event on Thursday, December 16, at 7 pm.

Register here to attend the online event about the state of affordable housing in our area. The program will include a discussion of ways to improve access to affordable housing in the region. Registration is required to attend. Once you register, you’ll receive Zoom info via email.

We Want YOU! STL DSA’s Committees and Priority Resolutions

How do you want to get involved with STL DSA? In September, at our Annual General Meeting, chapter members voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year. And we’re interested in hearing how you want to get involved!

Check out the list of all our Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you want to help with At the form here!

DSA Members: Sign Up for Free Year-long Subscription of “In These Times”

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

How Do YOU Want to Get Involved? Committee Goals & Priority Resolutions

Nov. 15, 2021

At our recent Annual General Meeting, the chapter voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year.

Check out the list of all STL DSA Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you’re interested in getting involved with at the form here!

Save the Date! Green New Deal Event on Tuesday, November 30

Make sure to save the date for Tuesday, November 30, for an in-person Green New Deal event.

We’ll send out more details on this event soon (including where, when and what’s all involved), but there will be speakers and other activities pertinent to the Green New Deal campaign.

More info to come soon!

#Strikesgiving: How to Support Workers on Strike

Many of the strikes that originally began in October are ongoing, and workers need support. If you’re interested in helping, boycott Kellogg’s products and/or donate to the active strike funds listed above.

DSA Members Can Get “In These Times” Year-Long Subscription for Free

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

RSVP ASAP: August Chapter Meeting is Tomorrow Night

Aug. 30, 2021

If you haven’t yet, RSVP here for the August Chapter Meeting, taking place on tomorrow, August 31, at 7 pm. We’ll discuss what resolutions came out of the recent DSA National Convention, as well as what plans lie ahead for STL DSA in coming months.

We’ll see you tomorrow night!

Have You Completed the DSA Member Survey Yet?

All DSA members are invited to complete the DSA Member Survey by tomorrow, August 31, at https://dsausa.org/survey!

DSA wants to hear from members like you about your engagement with DSA, your political and personal identities, your opinions of our organization, and a few other critical questions. While thousands of members have already submitted, every submission matters -- so send yours in today.

STL DSA Annual General Meeting Next Month: Get Involved Now to Help with Next Steps!

One more reminder that our annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers, is coming up in just a little over a month! Already, our members have started thinking about the important and essential work of growing our movement, the largest socialist organization in the country.

Nominations are open until the end of this month to run for our 2021-22 Executive Committee, run for one of our two Comrades-at-Large positions, or to chair one of our Committees. Any current member in good standing can run for any of these positions, and if you aren’t a member (yet) — you can join! If you have questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the current Executive Committee at info@stldsa.org.

Finally, folks within the chapter are beginning to figure out how to bring the resolutions passed at the national convention home to our work in St. Louis. There are already groups starting to look at several specific priorities, including Labor, Electoral, and the Green New Deal, and we are looking for more help! You can fill out this form, and we will connect you to some of the upcoming planning meetings that will take place before the September General Meeting.

STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride on Sept. 25: Sign Up for a Shift!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25 - and we need volunteers to help! Most shifts involve working the STL DSA table that day, but we also need members to help with setup and clean-up shifts, as well. We highly encourage members with trucks, vans or large-sized vehicles to sign up for one of those shifts, so they can help with moving some of the materials that day.

If you’d like to help with one of the shifts, please fill out the Pride Tabling Sign-up Sheet here.

Note, we’ll also schedule a tabling training a few days before the event for all volunteers. This will help get us all comfortable with talking to people about DSA.

Have You Completed the DSA Member Survey Yet?

Aug. 23, 2021

All DSA members are invited to complete the DSA Member Survey by Tuesday, August 31, at https://dsausa.org/survey!

DSA wants to hear from members like you about your engagement with DSA, your political and personal identities, your opinions of our organization, and a few other critical questions. While thousands of members have already submitted, every submission matters -- so send yours in today.

Save the Date: August 31 Chapter Meeting

If you haven’t yet, RSVP here for the August Chapter Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, August 31, at 7 pm. We’ll discuss what resolutions came out of the recent DSA National Convention, as well as what plans lie ahead for STL DSA in coming months.

See you there!

Update on DSA National Convention: Get Involved Now to Help with Next Steps!

Two weeks ago, we shared some of the exciting work and campaigns that came out of DSA’s 2021 National Convention (and now you can check out a more comprehensive list here), and as DSA members in St. Louis, we are ready to get to work. Our annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers, is coming up fast at the end of September! It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can get involved in the important and essential work of growing our movement, the largest socialist organization in the country.

Nominations are open until the end of this month to run for our 2021-22 Executive Committee, run for one of our two Comrades-at-Large positions, or to chair one of our Committees. Any current member in good standing can run for any of these positions, and if you aren’t a member (yet) — you can join! If you have questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the current Executive Committee at info@stldsa.org.

Finally, folks within the chapter are beginning to figure out how to bring the resolutions passed at the national convention home to our work in St. Louis. There are already groups starting to look at several specific priorities, including Labor, Electoral, and the Green New Deal, and we are looking for more help! You can fill out this form, and we will connect you to some of the upcoming planning meetings that will take place before the September General Meeting.

Join STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride This September!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25!

We will be meeting as a subcommittee before the August 31st chapter meeting to make our plans. If you’d like to help plan our day of tabling, please email Cody Burleson (caburleson90@gmail.com) or Jason Swierk (jasonreinhardtswierk@gmail.com).

RSVP for the Communications Committee Meeting on August 24

The Communications Committee is looking for members who want to help with social media, graphics/artwork, writing, editing, layout, photography and more!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Communications Committee, its work and how you can help, RSVP now for the next meeting on Tuesday, August 24, at 6:30 pm

Update on DSA National Convention: Get Involved Now to Help with Next Steps!

Aug. 16, 2021

Last week, we shared some of the exciting work and campaigns that came out of DSA’s 2021 National Convention (and now you can check out a more comprehensive list here), and as DSA members in St. Louis, we are ready to get to work. Our annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers, is coming up fast at the end of September! It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can get involved in the important and essential work of growing our movement, the largest socialist organization in the country.

Nominations are open until the end of this month to run for our 2021-22 Executive Committee, run for one of our two Comrades-at-Large positions, or to chair one of our Committees. Any current member in good standing can run for any of these positions, and if you aren’t a member (yet) — you can join! If you have questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the current Executive Committee at info@stldsa.org.

Finally, folks within the chapter are beginning to figure out how to bring the resolutions passed at the national convention home to our work in St. Louis. There are already groups starting to look at several specific priorities, including Labor, Electoral, and the Green New Deal, and we are looking for more help! You can fill out this form, and we will connect you to some of the upcoming planning meetings that will take place before the September General Meeting.

Save the Date: August 31 Chapter Meeting

If you haven’t yet, RSVP here for the August Chapter Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, August 31, at 7 pm. We’ll discuss what resolutions came out of the recent DSA National Convention, as well as what plans lie ahead for STL DSA in coming months.

See you there!

Join STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride This September!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25!

We will be meeting as a subcommittee before the August 31st chapter meeting to make our plans. If you’d like to help plan our day of tabling, please email Cody Burleson (caburleson90@gmail.com) or Jason Swierk (jasonreinhardtswierk@gmail.com).

RSVP for the Communications Committee Meeting on August 24

The Communications Committee is looking for members who want to help with social media, graphics/artwork, writing, editing, layout, photography and more!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Communications Committee, its work and how you can help, RSVP now for the next meeting on Tuesday, August 24, at 6:30 pm

2021 DSA Convention Results!

Aug. 9, 2021

After a week of deliberation and discussion with over 1,300 other socialists, the 2021 DSA National Convention has come to a close. This, of course, hardly means the fight is over! Delegates committed to continuing our priority campaigns for a Green New Deal and Medicare for All; reaffirmed our strategy of organizing in both the Labor and Electoral arenas (as well as a new national-level campaign committed to Voting Rights!); passed important organizational resolutions to grow our numbers well past 100,000 into a movement truly representative of the multi-racial working class; and we elected a slate of new leaders, the National Political Committee (NPC), to guide our work until next convention:

In the coming weeks, before our September General Meeting, we will be refining and developing these into chapter priorities. You can help us begin these plans—just stay tuned to these weekly emails to learn more! Finally, if you have not yet, please JOIN us in becoming not just the largest socialist movement in this country, but a powerful and unstoppable force committed to transforming the world into a more just and better place to live.

RSVP for Tomorrow’s Green New Deal for Public Schools Launch Call

The public launch of the Green New Deal for Public Schools Campaign is tomorrow, August 10, at 7 pm, CDT. RSVP here to join Congressman and DSA Member Jamaal Bowman — as well as many other guests and hundreds of fellow DSA members — to discuss this bold effort to build the labor-climate coalition our socialist movement needs.

Join STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride This September!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25!

We will be meeting as a subcommittee before the August 31st chapter meeting to make our plans. If you’d like to help plan our day of tabling, please email Cody BurlesonRSVP hereRSVP for the meeting here (caburleson90@gmail.com) or Jason Swierk (jasonreinhardtswierk@gmail.com).

Technology Committee Meeting Rescheduled to This Evening, Aug. 9

The quarterly Technology Committee meeting has been rescheduled from Wednesday, August 4, to TODAY, August 9, at 6:30 pm.

RSVP here if you’d like to join tonight, so you can help steer the direction of the Technology Committee, learn more about the tech tools our chapter is using, and discuss how we can use these tools to safely and effectively promote our organizing work.

Join Community Committee to Discuss Strengthening Our Base Priority Resolution

The Community Committee is meeting again on Wednesday, August 11, at 6 pm, to discuss the Strengthening Our Base priority resolution from last year, go over how it went throughout the past year, and rewrite the resolution for renewal during the September Chapter Meeting.

RSVP for the meeting here. We’ll see you there!

2021 DSA Convention is Happening! Watch Speakers Live

Aug. 2, 2021

DSA’s biennial National Convention — “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow” — is happening now! STL DSA has sent eight delegates to the convention, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events and presentations where these delegates will tell you what priorities were decided upon and what to expect going forward.

You can find more information at the official convention website here. AND you can watch some of the convention happenings, including speakers like India Walton, Sara Nelson, Astra Taylor and others, live on the DSA YouTube channel.

Cori Bush and Homes for All St. Louis Fight to Extend Eviction Moratorium

As most of Congress has gone on recess, abandoning the working class and leaving renters to fend for themselves with an expired eviction moratorium, Congresswoman and DSA member Cori Bush is sleeping on the steps of the Capitol Building, demanding an extension of the moratorium.

Currently, STL DSA coalition partner Homes for All St. Louis is organizing to help those who are being forced out of their homes in this area. They have a toll-free hotline (314-252-8356), where they provide free education, organize support, provide advocacy services to arm renters against slumlords throughout St. Louis.

Join STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride This September!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25!

We will be meeting as a subcommittee before the August 31st chapter meeting to make our plans. If you’d like to help plan our day of tabling, please email Cody Burleson (caburleson90@gmail.com) or Jason Swierk (jasonreinhardtswierk@gmail.com).

Technology Committee Meeting Rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 9

To avoid overlapping with the DSA National Convention, the quarterly Technology Committee meeting has been rescheduled from this Wednesday, August 4, to next Monday, August 9, at 6:30 pm.

RSVP here if you’d like to help steer the direction of the Technology Committee, learn more about the tech tools our chapter is using, and discuss how we can use these tools to safely and effectively promote our organizing work.

Join Community Committee to Discuss Strengthening Our Base Priority Resolution

The Community Committee is meeting again on Wednesday, August 11, at 6 pm, to discuss the Strengthening Our Base priority resolution from last year, go over how it went throughout the past year, and rewrite the resolution for renewal during the September Chapter Meeting.

RSVP for the meeting here. We’ll see you there!

Sign Up for Tomorrow’s Socialist Night School: “Theories of Social Change”

July 12, 2021

It’s time for round four of the Socialist Night School series! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the fourth event — Theories of Social Change — which takes place tomorrow at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

Join Communications Committee for Its Meeting This Weekend

Are you interested in social media? Graphic design? Writing, editing, photography or something else? Then, join the Communications Committee for its upcoming meeting this Sunday, July 18.

Whether you already have experience in any of these areas, or you’re looking to learn more and help out, we want to see you there! RSVP for the meeting here.

Save the Date: Post-SNS Pizza and Kickball Party on Friday, July 30

To celebrate the end of this year’s Socialist Night School series, STL DSA is hosting a party (complete with pizza and kickball) at the Humboldt South Pavilion in Tower Grove Park on Friday, July 30, from 6 to 8 pm. Everyone is welcome to the event, including non-members.

We’ll send out more details and an RSVP link in next week’s email, but for now, save the date!

Next SocFem Book Club Meetup Scheduled for July 26!

Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group for its book club! The second meeting is Monday, July 26, at the Cypress North Pavilion at Tower Grove Park, at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the remainder of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis (chapters 5-10).

Anyone is welcome to join (both members and non-members)!RSVP for the event here.

2021 DSA Convention Updates!

Just a reminder that this August is DSA’s biennial national convention—the highest governing body of the organization, where national leaders are elected and priorities are set.

STL DSA is sending eight delegates, so keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming events and presentations where the delegates will keep everybody in the loop on what to expect. 

You can find more information at the official convention website here.

Sign Up for Next Week’s Socialist Night School Event!

July 5, 2021

It’s time for round four of the Socialist Night School series! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the fourth event — Theories of Social Change — which takes place next Tuesday, July 13, at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

First SocFem Book Club Meeting Tonight; Next Meetup is July 26

Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group for its book club! The first meeting is tonight at the Cypress North Pavilion at Tower Grove Park, at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the first four chapters of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis.

Anyone is welcome to join (both members and non-members)! RSVP for tonight’s event here.

If you can’t make tonight’s event but want to join the next book club meetup on Monday, July 26, RSVP here.

2021 DSA Convention Updates!

Just a reminder that this August is DSA’s biennial national convention—the highest governing body of the organization, where national leaders are elected and priorities are set.

STL DSA is sending eight delegates, so keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming events and presentations where the delegates will keep everybody in the loop on what to expect. 

You can find more information at the official convention website here.

Thanks to All Who Joined the Pride Picnic This Weekend!

June 28, 2021

Third Socialist Night School is Tomorrow! With both the first and second Socialist Night School events now finished, it’s time for round three! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the third event — What is Ideology? — which takes place tomorrow, June 29, at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

SocFem Book Club Meets on July 5:

Everyone is Welcome to Join!

Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group for its first book club event! We’ll be meeting at Cypress North Pavilion at Tower Grove Park on Monday, July 5, at 7 pm. Before the event, we’re reading the first four chapters of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis, so we can discuss it that night.

Anyone is welcome to join (both members and non-members)! RSVP for the event here.

What are Your Preferences for Upcoming Meetings? Let Us Know!

How comfortable are you with attending in-person STL DSA meetings in the near future? Do you think masks should be required? What about meetings where meals are provided?

Let us know your preferences at the poll here. Once we’ve collected responses, we’ll use this member feedback to help plan out upcoming meetings in the next few months.

June Chapter Meeting is Tomorrow Night

June 21, 2021

Our June Chapter Meeting is tomorrow, June 22! We will hear more about the upcoming national convention, including resolutions on prioritizing DSA’s electoral work.

Also, if you’re a socialist who uses public transit, you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s meeting! A few STL DSA members are organizing a Transit Caucus, and they’ll be presenting this proposal tomorrow night. Here’s the Transit Caucus Charter they’ll be presenting tomorrow.

If you haven’t yet done so, RSVP for the June Chapter Meeting here.

Note, Chapter Meetings will continue to be held via Zoom until further notice.

Join Us for a Pride Picnic This Saturday, June 26!

Another outdoor, in-person event is almost here! Join STL DSA for a picnic to celebrate Pride this Saturday, June 26, at 2 pm.

The picnic will be held in the parking lot at Trinity Episcopal Church at 600 N. Euclid Ave. We’ll have plenty of food items and beverages (more than enough for everyone who attends). RSVP for Saturday’s picnic here.

If you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, we request that you please wear a mask in compliance with CDC protocols.

RSVP Now for the Third Socialist Night School Event: What is Ideology?

With both the first and second Socialist Night School events now finished, it’s time for round three! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the third event — What is Ideology? — which takes place next Tuesday, June 29, at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

What are Your Preferences for Upcoming Meetings? Let Us Know!

How comfortable are you with attending in-person STL DSA meetings in the near future? Do you think masks should be required? What about meetings where meals are provided?

Let us know your preferences at the poll here. Once we’ve collected responses, we’ll use this member feedback to help plan out upcoming meetings in the next few months.

Socialist Night School Resumes Tomorrow!

June 14, 2021

STL DSA’s first Socialist Night School of 2021 was a success! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the second event — Race & Class — which takes place tomorrow, June 15, at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings for tomorrow’s event here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

RSVP for the June Chapter Meeting

Our June Chapter Meeting is almost here! Save the date for Tuesday, June 22, and make sure to RSVP for the meeting here.

Note, Chapter Meetings will continue to be held via Zoom until further notice.

Save the Date of June 26th!

STL DSA is having a picnic to celebrate Pride on June 26th. Stay tuned for more information coming soon! We look forward to celebrating with everyone.

What are Your Preferences for Upcoming Meetings? Let Us Know!

How comfortable are you with attending in-person STL DSA meetings in the near future? Do you think masks should be required? What about meetings where meals are provided?

Let us know your preferences at the poll here. Once we’ve collected responses, we’ll use this member feedback to help plan out upcoming meetings in the next few months.

Join the SocFem Book Club!

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Socialist Feminist Working Group’s book club, now is the time to do so! The group has voted on and selected the first book: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis.

To sign up for the book club, follow these steps:

1) Use this link to create a Bookclubz account.

2) Use this Doodle poll to indicate your availability to meet. (Note, we’ll be meeting once at the beginning and once at the end of July). 

Once we have the July book club dates confirmed, we’ll send a note out to the Bookclubz list, so you know how to receive a free copy of the book (courtesy of DSA).

RSVP for the Next Communications Committee Meeting

Artists, writers, designers, photographers, social media gurus, and more: The next Communications Committee next meeting is Thursday, June 17.

Whether you’re already a member of the committee, interested in joining, or just wanting to learn more, RSVP for the meeting here.

Did You Know Members Have Access to the Meeting Minutes Library?

A few members have been asking about past meeting minutes and whether they have access. The answer is yes! Members can find meeting minutes in this shared Google library here.

Also, this library is always linked at the bottom of these weekly emails under the “Keep Up with STL DSA” section.

Reminder: Vote for Delegates by End-of-Day Wednesday, June 9

June 7, 2021

Don’t forget! All votes for the DSA National Convention delegates representing STL DSA are due by end-of-day this Wednesday, June 9. Last week, we sent out an OpaVote link to all members in good standing, so if you haven’t voted yet, check your email (including your spam folder)!

Note, if you’ve searched and cannot find this OpaVote link in your email, you can reach out to saintlouisdsa@gmail.com for help.

What are Your Preferences for Upcoming Meetings? Let Us Know!

How comfortable are you with attending in-person STL DSA meetings in the near future? Do you think masks should be required? What about meetings where meals are provided?

Let us know your preferences at the poll here. Once we’ve collected responses, we’ll use this member feedback to help plan out upcoming meetings in the next few months.

Take the Poll: When Should Community Committee Meet Next?

Community Committee wants you! Both current committee members and those interested in learning more about the work we do: Fill out this Doodle poll and let us know what date works best for our next meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Socialist Night School: Sign Up for the Second Event!

STL DSA’s first Socialist Night School of 2021 was a success! Now, it’s time to sign up for the second event — Race & Class — which takes place next Tuesday, June 15, at 7 pm.

If you haven’t yet done so, Use this link.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the rest of the Socialist Night School lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

Join the SocFem Book Club!

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Socialist Feminist Working Group’s book club, now is the time to do so! The group has voted on and selected the first book: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis.

To sign up for the book club, follow these steps:

1) Use this link to create a Bookclubz account.

2) Use this Doodle poll to indicate your availability to meet. (Note, we’ll be meeting once at the beginning and once at the end of July). 

Once we have the July book club dates confirmed, we’ll send a note out to the Bookclubz list, so you know how to receive a free copy of the book (courtesy of DSA).

RSVP for the Next Communications Committee Meeting

Artists, writers, designers, photographers, social media gurus, and more: The next Communications Committee next meeting is Thursday, June 17.

Whether you’re already a member of the committee, interested in joining, or just wanting to learn more, RSVP for the meeting here.

Did You Know Members Have Access to the Meeting Minutes Library?

A few members have been asking about past meeting minutes and whether they have access. The answer is yes! Members can find meeting minutes in this shared Google library here.

Also, this library is always linked at the bottom of these weekly emails under the “Keep Up with STL DSA” section.

Socialist Night School Starts Tomorrow!

May 31, 2021

STL DSA’s first Socialist Night School of 2021 is tomorrow evening! If you haven’t yet, RSVP and find the readings for tomorrow’s event here.

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Find the full lineup under “Upcoming Events,” below.

Join the Fight to Pass the PRO Act

The fight to pass the PRO Act continues. Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

If you can help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon Has Been Extended!

May 10, 2021

This past week, the National Network of Abortion Funds announced that they were extending the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon! While STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group has already raised more than $8,000 in funds and achieved top-team status for Missouri Abortion Fund’s campaign this year, this extension means there’s still time to make a donation to those who need abortions and supportive care and help our team stay in the lead.

Remember, these funds directly support abortion seekers in Missouri, as well as Missourians seeking abortions throughout the United States. As abortion access is increasingly under attack at the local, state, and federal levels, it is more important than ever to join the fight for reproductive justice.

Join the Fight to Pass the PRO Act

The fight to pass the PRO Act continues. Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep phone banking moving, so if you can afford to do so, please donate here. If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

Communications Committee Elects New Co-Chairs and Commits to 2021 Goals

Multiple new co-chairs were elected at the March General Chapter Meeting, including Katie Davis and Konstantin Podleski as the two new Communications Committee Co-Chairs.

Both the co-chairs and the larger Communications Committee membership have committed to these goals for the 2021 year:

If you have any interest in joining or helping out with the Communications Committee and its goals this year - whether through social media, graphic design, writing, editing, PR work or anything else - please reach out to Katie and Konstantin at comms@stldsa.org.

2021 DSA Convention: Attend a Pre-Convention Conference; Self-Nominate to Be a Delegate

https://convention2021.dsausa.org, “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow,” is online-only and takes place Sunday August 1, through Sunday, August 8.

All members in good standing can both register to attend one of the many pre-convention conferences, as well as self-nominate to be a delegate representing STL DSA at the national convention. Note, you don’t have to be a convention delegate to attend a pre-convention conference.

If you’re interested in attending one of the pre-convention conferences, be aware, each event has a different registration deadline. Registration is already closed for the conferences on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22.

Those wanting to self-nominate to be a delegate at the national convention must do so before the May Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

After May Day, the fight for the working class continues!

May 3, 2021

This past Saturday was May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, a holiday with a long history and association with socialists, who recognize the importance of the working class as the engine of change in fighting the exploitation of capitalism and the oppressions the ruling class use to maintain its hold on power. With help from other members, St. Louis DSA’s Megan Green, 15th Ward alderwoman, introduced a resolution that passed unanimously, recognizing this important day. In Tower Grove Park, members gathered together in solidarity—the first of hopefully many more in-person events, as we emerge from the worst of the pandemic.

But we know that the fight for the working class must go beyond one day. The good news is that Congress is currently debating the PRO Act, which, if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep phone banking moving, so if you can afford to do so, please donate here. If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

2021 DSA Convention: Attend a Pre-Convention Conference; Self-Nominate to Be a Delegate

DSA’s 2021 Convention, “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow,” is online-only and takes place Sunday August 1, through Sunday, August 8.

All members in good standing can both register to attend one of the many pre-convention conferences, as well as self-nominate to be a delegate representing STL DSA at the national convention. Note, you don’t have to be a convention delegate to attend a pre-convention conference.

If you’re interested in attending one of the pre-convention conferences, be aware, each event has a different registration deadline. Registration for the Saturday, May 15, conference is already closed.

Those wanting to self-nominate to be a delegate at the national convention must do so before the May Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

Congratulations to SocFem for Raising More Than $8,000 to Support Abortion Access!

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group was the top team for Missouri Abortion Fund’s Fund-a-Thon campaign this year! They contributed about 30% of the total funds raised by MOAF.

Thank you to everyone who joined our team, fundraised for us, and donated to our team members! These funds directly support abortion seekers in Missouri, as well as Missourians seeking abortions throughout the United States. As abortion access is increasingly under attack at the local, state, and federal levels, it is more important than ever to join the fight for reproductive justice.

St. Louis City Election Tomorrow

April 5, 2021

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Election Day in St. Louis, with a number of very important elections for our city’s future, including Mayor, Comptroller, 16 Board of Alderman seats, the Earnings Tax, and the School Board. The mayoral race has two candidates promising change and a city that cares more about the people than wealthy investors. The Earnings tax is incredibly important for the city’s revenue and overturning it would lead the city to take drastic steps to seek new sources of revenue to replace it. There are many progressives running for the Board of Aldermen, and we have a chance to flip the Board to a progressive majority. The school board is equally important as the city fights efforts at privatization and attacks from charter schools trying to undermine public education. We strongly encourage you to research each of these issues before voting tomorrow.

Also, if you have not yet signed the People First Budget campaign petition, please do to make sure the candidates know that you feel strongly about a budget that puts people before private profits and police. If you are a city resident, please sign the petition here.

If you live outside of the city, please sign here.

Religious Socialists Caucus organizing!

Are you a religious socialist? Then we want to hear from you! A group of members are planning a Religious Socialist Caucus in StL DSA! The current goals of the potential caucus would be to offer a faith voice to socialist campaigns, provide a space where people of faith can live out their commitment to create more just and equitable communities from a religious socialist foundation, deconstruct the perceived animosity between socialism and religion in the public imagination, and promote socialism within religious spaces, congregations, and institutions. If you are interested in helping develop the proposal further, please email the chapter at info@stldsa.org and the EC will put you in touch with the authors. We are particularly interested in having non-Christian members involved in the planning!

Help SocFem Surpass $6,000 in Funds Raised for Abortion Access!

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon and just held its Trivia-thon event this weekend. The trivia event raised $365, which is more than half the cost of a first-trimester abortion and more than three average MO Abortion Fund pledges!!!

That means our team is now less than $100 away from surpassing $6,000 in funds raised for abortion access. Once we pass this threshold, we’ll have covered the cost of 12 first-trimester abortions and more than 52 average MO Abortion Fund pledges! Even better, we still have about a month and a half left to fundraise, so please create your fundraising page and/or donate to one of our team members, and help us continue making a tremendous difference for Missourians who need access to abortions and supportive care.

TOMORROW! March Chapter Meeting

March 22, 2021

Tomorrow night at 7pm Central, we have our March Chapter Meeting and there will be some important topics to discuss. In addition to our regular monthly chapter business, we have several voting issues to review If you are a voting member of the chapter, you should have already received an email from us detailing the issues that will be discussed tomorrow night. We will be discussing the following topics:

Whether you are a current member or not, you are encouraged to attend the meetingto catch up on the latest chapter business and check out future chapter business.

In Grief and Solidarity: NPC Statement on the Anti-Asian Violence in Atlanta

STL-DSA stands in solidarity with the victims of anti-Asian violence after the attacks in Atlanta and wanted to pass along the statement from DSA’s National Political Committee’s statement: https://fund.nnaf.org/team/344846

We mourn the lives of the 8 people, including 6 Asian women, who were murdered in Georgia Tuesday, and send love to their families and communities. These attacks fit a xenophobic pattern of anti-Asian violence that the capitalist class welcomes as a scapegoat for their complete inaction in the face of the COVID crisis. Of the thousands of incidents, many have been toward women, the poor, the elderly, and the undocumented. You can read our full statement here.

Building Power for Abortion Access

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. Thanks to all the members who have created a page or contributed, we’ve raised over $3,600 for Missouri Abortion Fund so far, outraising all other Fund-a-Thon groups across the state. Even better, we have until the end of April to raise funds for abortions and supportive care!

As socialists, we know attacks on abortion access are attacks on the working class. These funds are crucial, as they help pregnant people in our region gain access to the abortions and care they deserve. Additionally, abortion access has suffered tremendously under the Trump administration and the COVID pandemic, which makes this year's Fund-a-Thon especially important.

Donate to and/or join our team here on our fundraising page!

And RSVPto our upcoming Trivia-Thon event on Saturday, April 3! Use this link if you would like to register a teamuse this link

IMPORTANT! Chapter Meeting tomorrow!

Jan. 25, 2021

Another reminder that tomorrow night (Tuesday, 1/26) is our January Chapter Meeting—the first of 2021. We will have updates on the campaigns, priorities, and activities STL DSA has been hard at work on, including fighting privatization and protecting public ownership, and hearing from municipal candidates for the city of St. Louis spring elections. The first half of the meeting is open to all, but at the end we will have a members-only portion to debate endorsements, and hear from two STL DSA members running to fill vacancies on our Executive Committee! Not a member (or need to renew?)—please join here! All members at the national level have full voting rights and privileges with the local chapter. See you all tomorrow!

Say No to the Spy Plane!

Last week, the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 200 to advance to the Final Vote by a vote of 15-14. Board Bill 200 gives Persistent Surveillance Systems the right to fly spy planes above the city. These unmanned planes were originally used for war and are another step towards the militarization of police. In addition, having a private corporation working with the State to monitor and collect data on its residents is a violation of our civil liberties and should terrify socialists.  Fortunately, there is still time for us to defeat the bill from passing though. The Board of Aldermen still must vote to finalize the bill, and private investors have said they want additional funding and community support for the spy planes. We only need to flip one vote to hopefully kill the bill. City residents, please sign and share this petition saying No to the Spy Plane!

Social (Distanced) Fun this Saturday Night!

All are invited to come to STL DSA's first PowerPoint Party, co-organized by the STL DSA Community Committee and Socialist Feminist Working Group! Come watch some of our own members share 5 to 10 minute presentations about a topic of their choice. Laughing and learning something new are guaranteed! RSVP here!

Socialist Sprouts!

Interested in creating a more inclusive and welcoming space in STL DSA for parents, caregivers, and children? If you are a member that is a caregiver, or are interested in helping organize Socialist Sprouts, please fill out this short survey!

Celebrate the full legacy of MLK

Jan. 18, 2021

Today we all celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but many Americans conveniently choose to select only parts of King’s dream. In addition to racism, King opposed capitalism and imperialism and recognized that a system of democratic socialism was necessary to overturn the systemic oppression plaguing American society. In 1961, King said to the Negro American Labor Council:  “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” Next time you hear someone talk about King’s dream of a color-blind society, make sure to remind them that his dream also included a system of democratic socialism where the people have democratic control over their lives and workplace.

King’s democratic socialism was also inspired by his religious convictions. King’s understanding of Christianity was based on the teachings of Jesus, who—like King—had his radical beliefs co-opted by conservatives who ignored his rejections of greed and support for the poor. While you do not need to be a Christian to be a Socialist, it is hard to imagine how one can not be a socialist if they truly follow the beliefs of King or Jesus.

Join St. Louis DSA as we host a discussion on how the politics of socialism and the politics of Jesus intersect. The panel includes local St. Louis area clergy, professors, and activists that will explore in conversation what it means to be both Christian and Socialist. The conversation will be moderated by Andrew Wilkes, pastor of The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York and co-editor of the Religious Socialism publication of DSA—You can RSVP here.

NOTE: While STL DSA gives Trinity Episcopal Church a monthly donation for use of space for storage and meetings and we are hosting this event, we are a secular organization and welcome people of all faiths and religions to join us at our events and to become members!

City Politics are heating up!

The St. Louis city Board of Aldermen and Mayoral races are coming up, so if you’re a city resident it’s a great time to get involved. On Thursday’s (members only) electoral working group meeting, we will weigh in on some potential local endorsements. We believe this could be an important election in our city if we’re able to gain more progressive representation and break the stranglehold of the capitalist status quo on our city. Below are several forums and debates available to help you weigh in on who to support in the upcoming elections.

Action STL (Mayoral) - Already happened, video is available.

St. Louis Young Democrats (Mayoral, Comptroller, Board of Aldermen) - January 19th, 7PM

St. Louis League of Women Voters (Mayoral)- January 23rd, 3PM

Social Policy & Electoral Accountability Collaborative (SPEAC) (Mayoral) - February 10th, 6:30

Spy Plane

In case you missed it, a couple weeks ago, the Public Safety Committee on the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 200, which gives Persistent Surveillance Systems the right to fly spy planes above the city. These unmanned planes were originally used for war and are another step towards the militarization of police. In addition, having a private corporation working with the State to monitor and collect data on its residents is a violation of our civil liberties and should terrify socialists.  Fortunately, there is still time for us to defeat the bill from passing though. The Board of Aldermen still must approve the bill and the private investors have said they want additional funding and community support for the spy planes. City residents, please sign and share this petition saying No to the Spy Plane!

Tenant Organizer Needed!

Homes for All—St. Louis, a housing justice organization that STL DSA is a part of, is hiring a tenant organizer! The role is focused on building power in Black and Brown communities around the Greater St. Louis area and altering the socio-political landscape for renter-friendly policies by catalyzing tenant unions.

To apply, please send a resume with at least 3 references to h4astl@gmail.com and respond to the prompt in 1000 words or less: “One of our slogans is ‘Housing is a Human Right’, what does this mean to you?

Socialist Sprouts!

Interested in creating a more inclusive and welcoming space in STL DSA for parents, caregivers, and children? If you are a member that is a caregiver, or are interested in helping organize Socialist Sprouts, please fill out this short survey!

Expel the GOP Members Who Instigated the Coup

Jan. 11, 2021

Many of us in St. Louis find ourselves this week in a bizarre position. One of our representatives in Washington, Sen. Josh Hawley, has been trying to subvert democracy and the majority of voters who want Donald Trump out of office and encouraging the authoritarian mob that stormed the Capitol. We encourage all our members and those receiving this email to sign this petition demanding his resignation.

However, we are also fortunate to be represented by St. Louis’s (and DSA’s!) own Rep. Cori Bush! Make no mistake—what we witnessed on January 6th was an attempted coup, and everyone responsible for it must be held accountable. Even though she just joined Congress, Cori has already clearly and unabashedly said: any politician that incited these attacks has to go! Please sign and share this petition.

Spy Plane

Last week, the Public Safety Committee on the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 200, which gives Persistent Surveillance Systems the right to fly spy planes above the city. These unmanned planes were originally used for war and are another step towards the militarization of police. In addition, having a private corporation working with the State to monitor and collect data on its residents is a violation of our civil liberties and should terrify socialists.  Fortunately, there is still time for us to defeat the bill. The Board of Aldermen still must approve the bill and the private investors have said they want additional funding and community support for the spy planes. City residents, please sign and share this petition saying No to the Spy Plane!

Socialist & Christian: The Bridge Between Faith & Radical Politics

Join St. Louis DSA as we host a discussion on how the politics of socialism and the politics of Jesus intersect. The panel includes local St. Louis area clergy, professors, and activists that will explore in conversation what it means to be both Christian and socialist. The conversation will be moderated by Andrew Wilkes, pastor of The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York and co-editor of the Religious Socialism publication of DSA. You can RSVP here.

NOTE: While STL DSA gives Trinity Episcopal Church a monthly donation for use of space for storage and meetings and we are hosting this event, we are a secular organization and welcome people of all faiths and religions to join us at our events and to become members!

Tenant Organizer Needed!

Homes for All—St. Louis, a housing justice organization that STL DSA is a part of, is hiring a tenant organizer! The role is focused on building power in Black and Brown communities around the Greater St. Louis area and altering the socio-political landscape for renter-friendly policies by catalyzing tenant unions.

To apply, please send a resume with at least 3 references to h4astl@gmail.com and respond to the prompt in 1000 words or less: “One of our slogans is ‘Housing is a Human Right’, what does this mean to you?

Powerpoint Party

Last chance! If you want to present in the Powerpoint Party, you must submit an idea tonight!

Do you love making Powerpoint presentations? Are you passionate about sharing your interests with others? Apply to present in STL DSA's upcoming Powerpoint party! A Powerpoint party is a virtual event where folks present about a fun topic of their choice for 5-10 minutes. Read more about what a Powerpoint Party is and how to submit a presentation idea at this form. Stay tuned for more information and thank you in advance for your interest!

Hello #Strikesgiving: How to Support Workers on Strike

Nov. 8, 2021

Goodbye #Striketober, hello #Strikesgiving. While we’re now in November, these strikes are still ongoing, and workers need support. If you’re interested in helping, boycott Kellogg’s products and/or donate to the active strike funds listed above.

Sign Up for the Labor Committee’s First Meeting on November 9!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Labor Committee, make sure to RSVP here for the first meeting tomorrow, November 9, at 6:30 pm.

Join the Electoral Working Group Next Monday to Get Involved

Next Monday, November 15, at 6:30 pm, the Electoral Working Group is meeting to relaunch STL DSA’s electoral work and map out a new strategy. To join the meeting next week, make sure to RSVP here.

DSA Members Can Get “In These Times” Year-Long Subscription for Free

DSA members can take advantage of an offer from In These Times for a free year-long (12 issues) subscription of the magazine. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, fill out the form here by Wednesday, December 15.

Note, this is a special offer from In These Times and the Puffin Foundation. As such, no payment or credit card information is necessary to sign up.

This Day in History: Journalist and Activist Dorothy Day Born in 1897

Committee Goals & Priority Resolutions: Tell Us How You Want to Get Involved!

At our recent Annual General Meeting, the chapter voted on a number of different Committee goals and Priority Resolutions for the upcoming year.

Check out the list of all STL DSA Chapter Resolutions and Committees, and select the ones you’re interested in getting involved with at the form here!

Annual General Meeting: RSVP for the Biggest Meeting of the Year!

Sept. 27, 2021

Annual General Meeting TOMORROW: RSVP for the Biggest Meeting of the Year!

Our biggest meeting of the year - the Annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers - is TOMORROW, September 28, at 7 pm. Make sure to RSVP nowfor the meeting!

At the meeting tomorrow night, we’ll also hear from guest speaker Kristian Hernandez (from  the DSA National Political Committee). You don’t want to miss it!

STL DSA Joins #StopTheBans Coalition: Join the Rally this Saturday

STL DSA is a proud member of the #StopTheBans Coalition!

Help us stand in solidarity with our fellow coalition members, and show your support for reproductive freedom, by coming to the rally at St. Louis City Hall this Saturday, October 2, at 10 am.

Sign the Petition for a Green New Deal for Public Schools!

September is a critical month for the campaign as Congress decides on a new budget, and STL DSA has joined the fight for this GND4PS campaign.

If you haven’t yet, please sign our petition for a Green New Deal for Public Schools in the Greater St. Louis and Metro East areas.

RSVP for the Fall Social on October 14!

Join STL DSA for our Fall Social! We’ll be meeting at Earthbound Beer on Thursday, October 14, to hangout on the patio, have drinks and enjoy time with our comrades. We welcome members to bring family and friends, as well! Please RSVP here.

Note: Masks are required to use the restrooms at Earthbound. Also, while we will be sitting outside, we encourage only those who are fully vaccinated to attend the social, as we’ll be sitting in close proximity to many other people without masks.

Join Communications Committee for a Meeting This Thursday

The Communications Committee is meeting again this Thursday, September 30. If you have ANY interest in helping with social media, photography, graphic design, illustrations, layout/design, multimedia, writing, editing, PR or anything else comms-related, please join us on Thursday night!

You can RSVP for the meeting here.

BIGGEST STL DSA Meeting of the Year: RSVP Now for the Annual General Meeting!

Sept. 13, 2021

Our biggest meeting of the year - the Annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers - is coming up soon on Tuesday, September 28, at 7 pm. Make sure to RSVP now for the meeting, if you haven’t yet done so!

Join DSA in the Fight for a Green New Deal for Public Schools!

There are almost 100,000 public schools in the US, serving 9 out of 10 children. The federal government has neglected them, leaving it up to localities to fund through unequal property taxes. Working-class and poor Black, brown and white people can't afford to always be on the defense when it comes to privatization. We must fight FOR our public schools, good jobs and our kids' futures.

September is a critical month for the campaign as Congress decides on a new budget, and STL DSA has committed to join the fight for a Green New Deal for Public Schools campaign. You can help us in this fight! Here’s how:

  1. Join us this Saturday, September 18, for a Social and Postcard Zap at the Old Carriage Shelter in Tower Grove Park. RSVP for the event here.

  2. Don’t forget to sign our petition for a Green New Deal for Public Schools in the Greater St. Louis and Metro East areas!

  3. Sign up for a shift to help STL DSA and Kansas City DSA members phone bank for the PRO Act and a Green New Deal.

SocFem Working Group: Join Us as We Discuss How to Help Texas Comrades

This Thursday, September 16, the Socialist Feminist Working Group meets to discuss what’s going on in Texas, as well as how we can help our comrades there.

RSVP here to join us for this conversation and learn next steps.

STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride on Sept. 25: Sign Up for a Shift!

STL DSA is still looking for volunteers to help at Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25! Most shifts involve working the STL DSA table that day, but we also need members to help with setup and clean-up shifts, as well. We highly encourage members with trucks, vans or large-sized vehicles to sign up for one of those shifts, so you can help with moving some of the materials that day.

If you’d like to help with one of the shifts that day, please fill out the Pride Tabling form here (including the Sign-up Sheet linked in the form). If you’ve already put your name down on the Sign-up Sheet, then you just need to complete the form.

Note, we’ll also schedule a tabling training a few days before the event for all volunteers. This will help get us all comfortable with talking to people about DSA.

Happy Labor Day from STL DSA!

Sept. 6, 2021

On Labor Day, we celebrate the power of the working class and the unions that built that power.

But the fight isn’t over! There are still too many workers who are working tirelessly for low wages with no benefits. We need to struggle alongside working people for higher wages, better benefits and legislation like the Pro Act to ensure all workers have the right to organize.

STL DSA Annual General Meeting Next Month: Get Involved Now to Help with Next Steps!

One more reminder that our annual General Meeting, where we decide on local priorities and elect chapter officers, is coming up in just a little over a month! Already, our members have started thinking about the important and essential work of growing our movement, the largest socialist organization in the country.

Nominations are open until the end of this month to run for our 2021-22 Executive Committee, run for one of our two Comrades-at-Large positions, or to chair one of our Committees. Any current member in good standing can run for any of these positions, and if you aren’t a member (yet) — you can join! If you have questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the current Executive Committee at info@stldsa.org.

Finally, folks within the chapter are beginning to figure out how to bring the resolutions passed at the national convention home to our work in St. Louis. There are already groups starting to look at several specific priorities, including Labor, Electoral, and the Green New Deal, and we are looking for more help! You can fill out this form, and we will connect you to some of the upcoming planning meetings that will take place before the September General Meeting.

STL DSA at Tower Grove Pride on Sept. 25: Sign Up for a Shift!

St. Louis DSA is returning to Tower Grove Pride (in Tower Grove Park) on Saturday, September 25 - and we need volunteers to help! Most shifts involve working the STL DSA table that day, but we also need members to help with setup and clean-up shifts, as well. We highly encourage members with trucks, vans or large-sized vehicles to sign up for one of those shifts, so you can help with moving some of the materials that day.

If you’d like to help with one of the shifts that day, please fill out the Pride Tabling form here (including the Sign-up Sheet linked in the form). If you’ve already put your name down on the Sign-up Sheet, then you just need to complete the form.

Note, we’ll also schedule a tabling training a few days before the event for all volunteers. This will help get us all comfortable with talking to people about DSA.

July Chapter Meeting is TONIGHT!

July 20, 2021

Don’t miss out on the July Chapter Meeting. We’ll meet to discuss a number of different priorities tonight, July 20, at 7 pm.

RSVP for the meeting here, and we’ll see you there!

Join Fast-Food Worker Strike Solidarity Event Today, July 20

Workers at McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants are on strike.

Today, July 20, join these workers in a show of solidarity when they meet at the Schnucks parking lot at 4171 Lindell Boulevard, at 11:45 am, along with Show Me $15, Jobs for Justice, and others demanding they receive a minimum of a $15/hour wage.

Find more info on the strike solidarity event here.

Sign Up for the Last Socialist Night School!

It’s almost time for the last Socialist Night School series! If you haven’t yet, sign up for the event — Socialist Futures — which takes place next Tuesday, July 27, at 7 pm. RSVP and find the readings here.

This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome!. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

RSVP for the SNS End of Semester Party on Friday, July 30

To celebrate the end of this year’s Socialist Night School series, STL DSA is hosting a party (complete with pizza and kickball!) at the Humboldt South Pavilion in Tower Grove Park on Friday, July 30, from 6 to 8 pm. Everyone is welcome to join the event, including non-members.

RSVP for the End of Semester Party here.

Next SocFem Book Club Meetup Scheduled for July 26!

Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group for its book club! The second meeting is Monday, July 26, at the Cypress North Pavilion at Tower Grove Park, at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the remainder of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis (chapters 5-10).

Anyone is welcome to join (both members and non-members)!RSVP for the event here.

Community Committee Meeting

The Community Committee will be back in action next Wednesday, July 28, at 6 pm. Join us to discuss some of our upcoming events and how we feel about returning to in-person meetings, as well as learn how to do one-on-one conversations with both each other and our other comrades.

RSVP for the meeting here. See ya Wednesday!

2021 DSA Convention Updates!

Just a reminder that this August is DSA’s biennial national convention—the highest governing body of the organization, where national leaders are elected and priorities are set.

STL DSA is sending eight delegates, so keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming events and presentations where the delegates will keep everybody in the loop on what to expect. 

You can find more information at the official convention website here.

May Chapter Meeting is Tomorrow Night!

May 24, 2021

Our May Chapter Meeting is TOMORROW, May 25, at 7 pm! Join us tomorrow evening as we hear from 2021 DSA Convention delegates, learn the latest updates from those working on the Religious Socialism Caucus and more.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure toregister for tomorrow night’s meeting here, so you have the information you need to join the Zoom call.

Show Me $15 and a Union Event

We stand with the workers at McDonald’s and Show Me $15 in their fight for a livable wage and a union. Thank you to all members who came out and stood in solidarity with McDonald’s workers last Wednesday.

Register Now for this Summer’s Socialist Night School Series!

STL DSA is launching a summer school edition of the Socialist Night School!

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CDT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Here’s the lineup, below. Click on the weeks you want to attend, and then RSVP!

Week 1 on June 1 — Actually Existing Capitalism: Anatomy of a System in Crisis

Week 2 on June 15 — Race & Class

Week 3 on June 29 —  What is Ideology?

Week 4 on July 13 —  Theories of Social Change

Week 5 on July 27 — Socialist Futures

In addition to the series, we’re looking for both Organizers and Facilitators for Socialist Night School: 

Being an organizer is simple: the goal is moving people to show up! This means doing the outreach work necessary to get people to attend and become invested in Socialist Night School. Basically, if you sign up as an organizer, you'll be responsible for emailing, texting, calling, and messaging folks who have indicated they're interested in attending.Sign up to become an organizer here.

Being a facilitator entails doing the reading ahead of time and helping lead breakout groups during the class. We are hosting a Facilitation Training TONIGHT, from 7 - 8 pm, CDT, to go over details of how to facilitate these breakout sessions, as well as answer any questions you have. Please RSVP here if you have interest in being a facilitator.

Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group’s Book Club!

STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group is launching a book club and wants you to join! If you haven’t yet, register a free account on bookclubz.com, so you can participate.

Book orders will be made, and we’ll be sending out more information soon!

Last Week for the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon!

It’s the LAST WEEK to donate to the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon to help people seeking abortions and supportive care. This means it’s your last chance to sign up for a phone-banking shift here to the STL DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group team, so team members can raise even more than the more than $8,000 collected so far.

Let’s end this Fund-a-Thon season strong! Donate what you can to help abortion seekers in Missouri, as well as Missourians seeking abortions throughout the United States. 

Take Part in the Fight to Pass the PRO Act

The fight to pass the PRO Act continues. Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, and its most recent goal is to hit 1 million calls by the end of May. But we need extra help! 

If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

2021 DSA Convention: Pre-Convention Conferences; Deadline to Self-Nominate to Be a Delegate is TOMORROW

DSA’s 2021 Convention, “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow,” is online-only and takes place Sunday August 1, through Sunday, August 8.

Those wanting to self-nominate to be a delegate at the national convention must do so before the May Chapter Meeting TOMORROW evening, May 25.

All members in good standing can both register to attend one of the many pre-convention conferences, as well as self-nominate to be a delegate representing STL DSA at the national convention. At this time, there are only two remaining pre-convention conferences that have not yet closed their registration — those scheduled for Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13.

Note, you don’t have to be a convention delegate to attend a pre-convention conference.

Register Now for this Summer’s Socialist Night School Series!

May 17, 2021

STL DSA is launching a summer school edition of the Socialist Night School!

We’ll be meeting every other Tuesday night from 7 - 8:30 pm, CT, over Zoom from June 1 through July 27. This night-school series is intended to create a climate of political discussion, comradely debate, and shared understanding. Our classes will provide a unique educational atmosphere — one detached from the dominant, competitive for-profit model and rooted in the political struggles of working people. Everyone is welcome to come to any of the sessions. Please feel free to invite family and/or friends, as well.

Each night school event will come with short readings to help ground our discussions. Here’s the lineup, below. Click on the weeks you want to attend, and then RSVP!

Week 1 on June 1 — Actually Existing Capitalism: Anatomy of a System in Crisis

Week 2 on June 15 — Race & Class

Week 3 on June 29 —  What is Ideology?

Week 4 on July 13 —  Theories of Social Change

Week 5 on July 27 — Socialist Futures

In addition to the series, we’re looking for both Organizers and Facilitators for Socialist Night School: 

Being an organizer is simple: the goal is moving people to show up! This means doing the outreach work necessary to get people to attend and become invested in Socialist Night School. Basically, if you sign up as an organizer, you'll be responsible for emailing, texting, calling, and messaging folks who have indicated they're interested in attending. Sign up to become an organizer here.

Being a facilitator entails doing the reading ahead of time and helping lead breakout groups during the class. We are hosting a Facilitation Training on May 24 from 7 - 8 pm, CT to go over details of how to facilitate these breakout sessions, as well as answer any questions you have. Please RSVP here if you have interest in being a facilitator.

The Socialist Feminist Working Group is Launching a Book Club!

STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group is launching a book club and wants you to join! Register a free account on bookclubz.com, and then vote on what will be read in the book club via this survey here.

Please make sure to get your votes in by this Friday, May 21, so book orders can be made accordingly. More information to come!

STL DSA Unapologetically Stands in Solidarity with Palestinians in Their Struggle for Liberation

St. Louis DSA proudly stands in solidarity with Palestine and applauds the statement from the national organization of its support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it ends its apartheid rule and campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Community Committee Check-In: New Charter, Survey on Next Meeting & More

Hey team!  It’s Jason S., your renewed chair of the Community Committee.

First, thanks for re-electing me! I appreciate that! Second, I want to reiterate the goals of the Community Committee.

If you haven’t read our recently updated charter, check it out here and read through what we’ve committed to. If you don’t feel like reading a bunch of boring procedural stuff, the main takeaways include our committee’s following commitments to the chapter:

  1. We run the hospitality crew (those are the folks that set up/clean up our in-person meetings)
  2. We help out with breakout room discussions by acting as facilitators
  3. We plan or help with the fun social events
  4. We welcome the new folks and help them feel comfortable with the organization
  5. We (are going to) help with an annual census of our membership

If you want to help make STL DSA a fun, welcoming place, please join us by filling out this Doodle poll. Once we have a time and date decided on, we’ll set up a meeting and get back to it!

In addition to our upcoming membership canvas, we’re going to plan another BBQ in June and start getting ready for in-person meetings.

To stay in touch, please fill out the survey on this page and I’ll make sure you get our usual email blasts.

Hope to see you all there!

Communications Committee Wants You! Let Us Know Your Availability

STL DSA’s Communications Committee is looking for writers, editors, social-media users, photographers, graphic designers and more! Whether you already have these skills, or are interested in developing them, now is the perfect time to join.

But to get started, we need to meet you and see what areas you’re most interested in — and that means joining us for an upcoming meeting! We haven’t yet scheduled our next meeting because we want to know, what date works best for you? 

Let us know what meeting dates work for you by selecting all the days you’re available at the Doodle survey here.

We look forward to meeting you and collaborating on some upcoming projects!

This Wednesday: $15/Hour Day of Action and How to Get Involved

This Wednesday, May 19, McDonald’s workers in St. Louis are going on strike to demand a $15/hour wage and a union.

Show them your support by standing in solidarity with them! Meet up at 4930 Christy Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63116, and then march with workers to the nearby McDonald’s.

Find more information at the official On Strike for $15/Hr and a Union Facebook page here. You can also let strike organizers you’ll be there this week by registering here.

Keep Our Fund-a-Thon Team in the Lead!

Last week, the National Network of Abortion Funds announced they were extending the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon, and they continue to accept donations for those seeking abortions and supportive care. While STL DSA’s Socialist Feminist Working Group has already raised more than $8,000 in funds and achieved top-team status for Missouri Abortion Fund’s campaign this year, this extension means there’s still time to make a donation.

Remember, these funds directly support abortion seekers in Missouri, as well as Missourians seeking abortions throughout the United States. As abortion access is increasingly under attack at the local, state, and federal levels, it is more important than ever to join the fight for reproductive justice.

Take Part in the Fight to Pass the PRO Act

The fight to pass the PRO Act continues. Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep phone banking moving, so if you can afford to do so, please donate here. If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

2021 DSA Convention: Attend a Pre-Convention Conference; Self-Nominate to Be a Delegate

DSA’s 2021 Convention, “From the Ashes of the Old: Socialism for a New Tomorrow,” is online-only and takes place Sunday August 1, through Sunday, August 8.

All members in good standing can both register to attend one of the many pre-convention conferences, as well as self-nominate to be a delegate representing STL DSA at the national convention. Note, you don’t have to be a convention delegate to attend a pre-convention conference.

If you’re interested in attending one of the pre-convention conferences, be aware, each event has a different registration deadline. Registration is already closed for the conferences on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 22.

Those wanting to self-nominate to be a delegate at the national convention must do so before the May Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

TOMORROW! April Chapter Meeting & Committee Co-Chair Elections!

April 26, 2021

Tomorrow evening, April 27, is our April Chapter Meeting, and it’s not one to miss! We have quite a few important matters we’ll be covering throughout the event.

We’ll go over our usual reports, but we’ll also cover the delegation process for the upcoming National Convention, discuss the PRO Act campaign, and most importantly, we’ll hold our Committee Co-Chair Elections.

Here’s a list of everyone running in these elections:

Each candidate has significantly contributed to the development of these committees. Review their completed questionnaires here to learn more about each of these candidates and their visions for these respective committees. Each candidate will speak during the meeting tomorrow, as well as be ready to answer a few questions. 

Voting will actually take place at tomorrow’s meeting, so plan to attend and have your vote counted.

Of course, you have to be a member to vote—so, if you’re not yet a member, join DSA now!

Donate or Phone Bank for the PRO Act & Help Strengthen Organized Labor

Let’s face it. Neoliberalism has significantly weakened the labor movement over the last few decades. The good news is that Congress is currently debating the passage of the PRO Act, which if passed, would be one of the most consequential pro-labor bills since the New Deal.

Currently, DSA has a massive phone banking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep phone banking moving, so if you can afford to do so, please donate here. If you want to help out by making calls, please sign up for a phone-banking shift here.

Join Us for a Socially Distanced May Day Event this Weekend

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, has a long history as a day of commemoration and celebration for the working class. As socialists, we want to continue this tradition and meet up to celebrate May Day, especially after more than a year of being distanced, alienated, and without community.

Join us on Saturday, May 1, in Tower Grove Park at 2 pm, for a socially distanced May Day picnic. STL DSA will be grilling and providing food and refreshments, but anyone who attends can bring their own food or refreshments (just no glass bottles please). We’ll also have options for vegetarians/vegans and can accommodate other dietary needs, as requested (just let us know!).

Feel free to bring along friends and/or family members, including kids! It will be an all ages-appropriate event. We just ask that you RSVP and note any additional guests on your RSVP, as the city of St. Louis is still restricting gatherings to 50 people or less. Once you RSVP, someone from STL DSA will reach out to you before the event with more details about the exact location within Tower Grove Park.

We look forward to celebrating on May Day with you!

Help SocFem Surpass $7,500 in Funds Raised for Abortion Access by Joining the Team!

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. They have already raised more than 30% of the Missouri Abortion Fund-A-Thon goal!

The team is now less than $300 away from surpassing $7,500 in funds raised for abortion access.  Please create your fundraising page and/or donate to one of our team members, and help us continue making a tremendous difference for Missourians who need access to abortions and supportive care. 

Attacks on abortion are attacks on the working class. Please, make a fundraising page to help us in this fight.

Join Us for a Socially Distanced May Day Event!

April 19, 2021

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, has a long history as a day of commemoration and celebration for the working class. As socialists, we want to continue this tradition and meet up to celebrate May Day, especially after more than a year of being distanced, alienated, and without community.

Join us on Saturday, May 1, in Tower Grove Park at 2 pm, for a socially distanced May Day picnic. STL DSA will be grilling and providing food and refreshments, but anyone who attends can bring their own food or refreshments (just no glass bottles please). We’ll also have options for vegetarians/vegans and can accommodate other dietary needs, as requested (just let us know!).

Feel free to bring along friends and/or family members, including kids! It will be an all ages-appropriate event. We just ask that you RSVP and note any additional guests on your RSVP, as the city of St. Louis is still restricting gatherings to 50 people or less. Once you RSVP, someone from STL DSA will reach out to you before the event with more details about the exact location within Tower Grove Park.

We look forward to celebrating on May Day with you!

Demand the PRO Act to Strengthen Organized Labor

Neoliberalism has significantly weakened the labor movement over the last few decades, but Congress is debating passing the PRO Act, which would be one of the most pro-labor bills since the New Deal. DSA has a massive phonebanking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep the phonebanking going, so if you can afford it, please donate. If youhttps://airtable.com/shrSsfC04676HiNCQ want to help out with phonebanking, please sign up here.

Interested in leading one of our committees? Nominate yourself here!

We are currently accepting nominations to lead our Communications, Community, Political Education, and Technology committees. If interested, please apply here ASAP, as there’s only one day left to submit! Once you do, the Executive Committee will follow up with a questionnaire to complete.

At our next chapter meeting on Tuesday, April 27, all interested candidates will be invited to give a short speech and answer questions from members, with an electronic election scheduled to be held after the meeting.

Help SocFem Surpass $7,500 in Funds Raised for Abortion Access by Joining the Team!

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. They have already raised more than 30% of the Missouri Abortion Fund-A-Thon goal!

The team is now less than $300 away from surpassing $7,500 in funds raised for abortion access.  Please create your fundraising page and/or donate to one of our team members, and help us continue making a tremendous difference for Missourians who need access to abortions and supportive care. 

Attacks on abortion are attacks on the working class. Please, make a fundraising page to help us in this fight. https://fund.nnaf.org/team/344846

St. Louis City Election Results!

April 12, 2021

Congratulations to two of our endorsed candidates, Matt Davis for St. Louis Public Schools School Board and Dr. Megan Green for alderwoman of the 15th Ward, for winning their elections last week. Unfortunately, our third endorsed candidate, Emily Hubbard, lost her bid for the School Board, but we are grateful for her platform to protect public schools from privatization. We are proud of each of our endorsed candidates and we look forward to working with all of them in the future.

Demand the PRO Act to Strengthen Organized Labor

Neoliberalism has significantly weakened the labor movement over the last few decades, but Congress is debating passing the PRO Act, which would be one of the most pro-labor bills since the New Deal. DSA has a massive phonebanking campaign going on to apply pressure to Congress, but we need extra help! DSA needs to raise funds to keep the phonebanking going, so if you can afford it, please donate. If you want to help out with phonebanking, please sign up here.

Interested in leading one of our committees? Nominate yourself here!

We are currently accepting nominations to lead our Communications, Community, Political Education, and Technology committees. If interested, please apply here and the Executive Committee will follow up shortly with a questionnaire. At our next chapter meeting, all interested candidates will be invited to give a short speech and answer questions from members, with electronic election to follow the meeting.

Help SocFem Surpass $6,200 in Funds Raised for Abortion Access by Joining Their Team!

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. They have already raised over 30% of the Missouri Abortion Fund-A-Thon goal!

The team is now less than $300 away from surpassing $6,500 in funds raised for abortion access.  Even better, we still have about a month and some change to fundraise, so please create your fundraising page and/or donate to one of our team members, and help us continue making a tremendous difference for Missourians who need access to abortions and supportive care. Attacks on abortion are attacks on the working class. Please, make a fundraising page to help us fight.

Join Us Wednesday for a Discussion on Housing & Healthcare

March 29, 2021

Join the Protecting Public Ownership Working Group this Wednesday evening for the third and final webinar as part of its People First Budget series — “Taking Care of St. Louis: Protecting Housing & Healthcare as Human Rights.”

During the event, panelists will discuss the dangers of skyrocketing rent costs, stagnating wages, poverty and increasing homelessness within the St. Louis area, as well as major health concerns stemming from more than 540,000 people in Missouri having no healthcare coverage. Our panelists will also look at the racialized aspects of housing and healthcare in our region, including staggering statistics that reveal 31% of people without any healthcare coverage in our state are black or people of color.

Our panelists will consider how we can pave the way for more affordable housing and healthcare in St. Louis and the region at large, as well as how we can protect access to both as fundamental human rights.

The webinar will take place at 7:30 pm this Wednesday, March 31. RSVP to attend the event on Zoom here, or if more convenient,  live stream the webinar on our Facebook page.

Religious Socialists Caucus organizing!

Are you a religious socialist? Then we want to hear from you! A group of members are planning a Religious Socialist Caucus in StL DSA! The current goals of the potential caucus would be to offer a faith voice to socialist campaigns, provide a space where people of faith can live out their commitment to create more just and equitable communities from a religious socialist foundation, deconstruct the perceived animosity between socialism and religion in the public imagination, and promote socialism within religious spaces, congregations, and institutions. If you are interested in helping develop the proposal further, please email the chapter at info@stldsa.org and the EC will put you in touch with the authors. We are particularly interested in having non-Christian members involved in the planning!

Reminder: Sign the People First Budget petition!

The St. Louis city election is almost here, and our Spring “People First Budget” campaign is winding down. There is still time to make demands of the local politicians before the election though. We are demanding politicians refuse cuts to public services outside of police and jails, reject any attempts at privatization, and pass pro-public ownership legislation. It is extremely important that we have a local government that puts People First, and strengthening the public sphere to serve all of the city’s residents is a significant step forward. But we must apply pressure to politicians to get our voices heard! Let’s flood their inboxes with emails and let them know how we feel before the election.

If you are a city resident, please sign the petition here

If you live outside of the city, please sign here.

Building Power for Abortion Access

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. Thanks to all the members who have created a page or contributed, we’ve raised more than $5,000 for Missouri Abortion Fund so far, outraising all other Fund-a-Thon groups across the state and gaining a recent shout-out from the National DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group.

As socialists, we know attacks on abortion access are attacks on the working class. These funds are crucial, as they help pregnant people in our region gain access to the abortions and care they deserve. Additionally, abortion access has suffered tremendously under the Trump administration and the COVID pandemic, which makes this year's Fund-a-Thon especially important.

> Donate to and/or join our team here on our fundraising page!
> RSVP to our upcoming Trivia-Thon event on Saturday, April 3!

> Use this link to register a team (only 2-4 players required for a team).

Building Power for Abortion Access

March 15, 2021

STL DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group is organizing for the annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. Thanks to all the members who have created a page or contributed, we’ve raised nearly $2,800 for the Missouri Abortion Fund so far, outraising all other Fund-a-Thon groups across the state. Even better, we have until the end of April to keep raising funds for abortions and supportive care!

As socialists, we know attacks on abortion access are attacks on the working class. These funds are crucial, as they help pregnant people in our region gain access to the abortions and care they deserve. Additionally, abortion access has suffered tremendously under the Trump administration and the COVID pandemic, which makes this year's Fund-a-Thon especially important.

Donate to and/or join our team here on our fundraising page!

And RSVP to our upcoming Trivia-Thon event on Saturday, April 3!

Keep Warm—and Keep Fighting!

Feb. 15, 2021

As temperatures stay below freezing, we at STL DSA urge people to take care and stay safe. When the capitalist class and their political supporters will not provide people with what they need to survive, we know we need to organize and fight for that ourselves! If you want to stand with us, and fight in St. Louis and beyond for working class power, join DSA! And check out some of these events and actions coming up:

Finally, if you would like to meet with a chapter leader to find out how to get involved, please schedule a meeting with this form! More events and information below in this email!

#StandWithSLPS

A few weeks ago, we voted to join the Solidarity With SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) Coalition. St. Louis continually closes public schools while opening new charter schools, causing further inequality in educational opportunities. The Solidarity With SLPS coalition calls on St. Louis city to put a moratorium on adding new charter schools in order to protect our public schools. We encourage all members to sign the petition!

IMPORTANT—Join Our Webinar to Protect Public Schools!

Feb. 22, 2021

Members of the St. Louis community, welcome! Here at STL DSA, we have two major events coming up this week and we hope everyone can attend. First, tomorrow is our February Chapter Meeting, at 7pm via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to learn about the campaigns and priorities our chapter is working on—and how you can get involved. RSVP here!

Second, on Wednesday night, STL DSA is hosting:
Millions for the Rich, Pennies for Our Kids: The Role of Big Development Tax Breaks in Defunding Our Schools

We are very excited about this webinar and strongly encourage everyone to attend and invite any guests who are concerned about public education in our city—and how privatization and the capitalist class are trying to destroy it. Joining us will be Ray Cummings, President of American Federation of Teachers Local 420, Megan Green, 15th Ward Alderperson, Gerry Connolly, Tax Incentive expert, and Dorothy Rohde Collins, President of the St. Louis City Board of Education.

Finally, if you have not yet signed the People First Budget petition to demand our local politicians prioritize people over profits for big businesses, we ask that you take a few minutes to read over and submit this petition.

#StandWithSLPS

A few weeks ago, we voted to join the Solidarity With SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) Coalition. St. Louis continually closes public schools while opening new charter schools, causing further inequality in educational opportunities. The Solidarity With SLPS coalition calls on St. Louis city to put a moratorium on adding new charter schools in order to protect our public schools. We encourage all members to sign the petition!

STL City, don’t forget to vote tomorrow!

March 1, 2021

St. Louis city residents—we have an important election coming up tomorrow. As a reminder, this will be the first election with Approval Voting on the ballot, so you can now vote for as many candidates as you like tomorrow, and party affiliation is irrelevant. The top two candidates for each primary will then run off for the general election on April 6th. We have a realistic chance to flip the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis city to have a progressive majority and have a much more progressive mayor, but on the other hand we could end up with the status quo that St. Louis has suffered from over the last couple decades. Having a more progressive local government will not save us from capitalism, but it will reduce the worse effects of neoliberalism and strengthen our push to provide public services for all residents. So we encourage all city members to research the mayoral and Board of Aldermen candidates for your ward and make sure to vote tomorrow!

It is also not too early to begin planning your vote for the April election. Below is some useful information about absentee voting and registration.

Finally, volunteers with STL DSA’s Technology Committee have built an interactive dashboard to visualize campaign finance data for the March Primary.  Check it out at data.stldsa.org and bookmark it for later, as it will continue to be updated through the general election in April!

Update on the fight for Public Ownership

Last week, Solidarity with SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) and our Protect Public Ownership working group hosted a webinar “Millions for the Rich, Pennies for Our Kids: The Role of Big Development Tax Breaks in Defunding Public Education”, which showed how tax abatements are defunding our public schools. It was an extremely insightful and moving webinar that we recommend everyone watch to understand how our public schools are under attack. You can view it here.

Also, watch out for the next webinar in the People First Budget series, “Rethinking Transit & Public Services: Accessibility and Safety Across STL”, on March 11th at 7:30 PM.  We also have a Candlelight Vigil coming up on March 13th at 6:30 PM to honor the victims of Covid and the victims of capitalism. Finally, make sure to sign our People First Budget petition:

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8, 2021

Today marks International Women’s Day, in which we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in society. Like many holidays, International Women’s Day is now tainted with capitalism, with companies like Amazon offering deals on books by notable women authors. But it’s important to remember the socialist origins of International Women’s Day. Many socialists recognized early on how capitalism subjugates women into a lower status and reproduces patriarchy, and that socialist liberation required the emancipation of women. Likewise, many great feminists, including Helen Keller, Rosa Luxemburg, and Angela Davis, were also socialists because they realized that overthrowing patriarchy necessitated full democratic control over the means of production.

Webinar and Candlelight Vigil this week!

The People First Budget campaign is rolling right along, and we are hosting two major events this week. First, on Thursday at 7:30pm we are having a webinar titled “Rethinking Transit and Public Services: Accessibility and Safety Across STL.” We will look at how privatization and the focus on public safety derails much needed public transit.

Then on Saturday, we are having an outdoor Candlelight Vigil at Trinity Church in the Central West End commemorating the year anniversary of the pandemic, and the lives lost from Covid-19 and capitalism. Capitalism’s inability to respond to the pandemic has cost thousands of people their lives and livelihood, and we want to honor them. This will be a masked and socially distanced event, and we hope to see everyone there!

Finally, if you have not yet signed it, please make sure to sign our People First Budget petition:

#ProtectSLPS

Feb. 1, 2021

Last week we voted to join the #ProtectSLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) Coalition. St. Louis continually closes public schools while opening new charter schools, causing further inequality in educational opportunities. The Protect SLPS coalition calls on St. Louis city to put a moratorium on adding new charter schools in order to protect our public schools. We encourage all members to sign the petition!

Other Chapter Business

In other exciting news, we have filled both vacancies on our Executive Committee. Congratulations to Alicia Hernández for returning as the Co-Chair and to Annie Shields for joining as the Treasurer. We are very fortunate to have two experienced and dedicated organizers willing to step up and help guide our growing chapter.

We also voted to renew our membership in the Missouri Jobs with Justice coalition. Jobs with Justice has been an important partner in our struggle for racial and economic justice. In addition, we voted to renew our commitment to making Trinity Episcopal Church as our Base of Operations. Trinity has provided us with a convenient and central place for meetings, office space, and storage, and hopefully one day we can return to in person meetings there!

If interested in other chapter business, please check our Twitter or Facebook pages.

Cori Bush’s Environmental and Racial Justice bill

US Representative—and St. Louis DSA member—Cori Bush and Senator Ed Markey are proposing a bill calling for Environmental and Racial Justice. Environmental problems have a disproportionate effect on Americans of color, and Bush and Markey are proposing a bill that will research decades of environmental racism and fight environmental and racial justice. St. Louis DSA is proud to endorse the bill, and we welcome everyone to sign on to show your support for it.

Interested in meeting with a chapter leader?

If you support DSA but are not an active member, and want to get more involved but are not sure where to start, we encourage you to sign up for a 1:1 with a chapter leader to help plug you in the chapter. Getting started as an organizer can be intimidating, but talking with one of our leaders will help you feel comfortable with knowing what we are about, how we operate, what campaigns we are currently involved in, and how you can help make the world a better place.

Join STL DSA as we fight for a People First Budget!

Feb. 8, 2021

For almost a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken our loved ones from us. It has cost us our jobs, our housing, our healthcare, and caused untold suffering due to isolation from our families, friends, and communities.

This suffering has not been spread out evenly. As usual, working class and poor people have borne the brunt of this pain, with black and brown and LGBTQ working class communities seeing the most devastation. The capitalist class—business owners and investors who run most companies have seen their fortunes grow to unimaginable levels while suffering little of the pandemic’s effects.

Viruses don’t see class or race, so what is going on? This crisis is due to our economic structure and our government’s inability to take care of our most basic needs; this is a crisis of capitalism and white supremacy.

As part of our Protect Public Ownership chapter priority, we are launching a new campaign for a People First Budget! We are making 3 simple demands of the future St. Louis City Board of E&A: Mayoral candidates Tishaura Jones, Cara Spencer, Lewis Reed, & Andrew Jones; and Comptroller Darlene Green:

  1. Commit to pass a budget with NO cuts to public services EXCEPT Police and Jails
  2. Veto or vote no on ANY legislation that privatizes a publicly owned utility or asset - selling OR leasing.
  3. Support legislation that protects publicly owned utilities and assets

Tell the candidates our demands by sending them an email with this link!

Don’t live in the City? Sign this petition to show your support for these demands!

We are also having a webinar series about the many ways austerity and privatization make like miserable for us, and democratic socialist alternatives. The first one is on the connection between tax cuts for wealthy developers & the defunding of public education.

Finally, March 13th is the one year anniversary of the city and county enacting restrictions for COVID. We are hosting Candlelight Vigil on this anniversary to mourn the many losses we’ve suffered: loved ones, jobs, time with family and friends, housing, so much more. We know these are not just victims of COVID, but victims of our racist capitalist system. Join us as we stop for a moment to heal. As Mother Jones said, we will “mourn the dead, and fight like hell for the living”.

#StandWithSLPS

A couple weeks ago, we voted to join the Solidarity With SLPS (St. Louis Public Schools) Coalition. St. Louis continually closes public schools while opening new charter schools, causing further inequality in educational opportunities. The Solidarity With SLPS coalition calls on St. Louis city to put a moratorium on adding new charter schools in order to protect our public schools. We encourage all members to sign the petition!

Interested in meeting with a chapter leader?

If you support DSA but are not an active member, and want to get more involved but are not sure where to start, we encourage you to sign up for a 1:1 with a chapter leader to help plug you in the chapter. Getting started as an organizer can be intimidating, but talking with one of our leaders will help you feel comfortable with knowing what we are about, how we operate, what campaigns we are currently involved in, and how you can help make the world a better place.

Resolution 2021: Organize for Socialism!

Jan. 4, 2021

St. Louis DSA wishes everyone a Happy New Year and hope this is a big year for us! But hope alone will not make this year any better, we need to organize for it, because we know the problems are deeper than just the numbers on the calendar. Keep an eye on your inbox, join us (if you have not already), and let’s make 2021 a memorable year for STL DSA.

Medicare for All Organizing Call

As the COVID pandemic continues, and we continue to see politicians prioritize the interests of capital over working people, it has become even more apparent how important and basic a human right healthcare is for all people. In this spirit, DSA’s national Medicare for All campaign is kicking off 2021 with a series of regional calls, open to members to coordinate and get everything they need to start organizing. RSVP here!

Protect the City Jail Residents Against COVID-19

After two disturbances in the St. Louis City Justice Center stemming from detainees protesting over concerns over exposure to Covid-19, our allies with the Organization for Black Struggle have started a petition to demand protection for the detained residents—please sign and share!

Powerpoint Party

Do you love making Powerpoint presentations? Are you passionate about sharing your interests with others? Apply to present in STL DSA's upcoming Powerpoint party! A Powerpoint party is a virtual event where folks present about a fun topic of their choice for 5-10 minutes. Read more about what a Powerpoint Party is and how to submit a presentation idea at this form. Stay tuned for more information and thank you in advance for your interest!

Goodbye 2020—Hello Organizing

Dec. 28, 2020

It’s safe to say, as 2020 winds to an end, that none of us foresaw all the events and challenges we would come up against this year. From a global pandemic, to a sustained uprising in the streets against the ongoing legacy of racism and policing, to now facing an economy that has both delivered obscene wealth to a few while millions of working and poor people are unsure if they will have money to meet their most basic needs.

For all these reasons, we at STL DSA will continue to fight. We know the problem isn’t the year on the calendar, it’s the system—capitalism—that perpetuates these injustices, hand in glove with oppressive systems like racism and patriarchy that allow the powerful to continue dividing the working class. And while we are glad Trump will be leaving office soon, we know these problems run deeper than the Presidency. If you haven’t already, please join us in this fight, now and into 2021. Happy new year!

Happy Holidays from everyone at St. Louis DSA!

Dec. 21, 2020

Regardless of how you celebrate, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season and has a chance to take their mind off the constant trepidation of American racial capitalism. Please take care of yourself during this time and look for more events coming up when we regroup after the holidays.

Goodwill CEO is a real Scrooge!

Our allies at Missouri Jobs with Justice along with Coalition for Truth in Independence and UFCW 655 are staging an event tomorrow at 2pm to present Goodwill CEO David Kutchback with a “Certified Scrooge” award for making $193/hour last year while also clamping down on union organizing of his employees. We encourage anyone who can make it to attend and let the Goodwill CEO know what we think of the Scrooge.

Busy week of events coming up!

Dec. 14, 2020

Thanks to all who attended our New Member Orientation Saturday! We were pleased to see around 50 people, mostly new members, spend a Saturday morning to learn about DSA and our strategy for bringing change to our society.

We have a busy week full of events for both old and new members to get plugged into. Tomorrow night we have a Protect Public Ownership event, where we will continue planning our next campaign. Wednesday night we have a Tech Committee event, Thursday we have both a Community Event and an Electoral Working Group meeting, and Friday we have an AfroSOC movie night. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to contribute!

New Member Orientation this Saturday!

Dec. 7, 2020

Reminder: December is for New Members!

If you’re new to the movement, a veteran pulled back into the socialist struggle, or just concerned that Biden and the Democrats will dissipate the tremendous energy needed in the fight for structural changes to save the planet from capitalism—our December STL DSA Orientation is for you!

Our New Member Orientation is here to help give new and potential members some grounding in DSA: what we believe, how the organization functions locally and nationally, and ways to get involved. Also we’ll give people a friendly face at the next DSA event you attend! StL DSA invites you to come learn about (and hopefully join!) our working class community organizing for power—RSVP here.

Final session of the Fall Term for Socialist Night School

Tomorrow night is the final session of the Fall Term for Socialist Night School!

Week 5: Why Get Involved Locally? (and how-to!)

In this last class of the current session we will discuss direct action and electoral strategies, specifically looking at examples from St. Louis. Presenters will provide concrete information about how to get better informed and involved in local politics.

RSVP here!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 30, 2020

Across the country, people are hurting and their government—let alone capitalism—is doing little if anything to ease the suffering. In St. Louis, publicly funded programs that protect the actual public interest, and not just capital’s, are few and far between. As the COVID cases locally keep rising, and an economic recovery looks less and less likely in the immediate future, socialists (and everyone!) need to beware the threat of austerity: severe cuts to the needed resources and programs.

STL DSA has prioritized fighting privatization—helping beat back Rex Sinquefield and his cronies scheme to take over the airport—and we must keep up this fight to demand an anti-austerity budget from City Hall!

In order to do this, we need an effective strategy and campaign. Join us tomorrow, for the first of several conversations about how we can do that, including basics like cutting an issue and picking a target. New members and those curious about DSA welcome!

Reminder: December is for New Members!

If you’re new to the movement, a veteran pulled back into the socialist struggle, or just concerned that Biden and the Democrats will dissipate the tremendous energy needed in the fight for structural changes to save the planet from capitalism—our December STL DSA Orientation is for you!

Our New Member Orientation is here to help give new and potential members some grounding in DSA: what we believe, how the organization functions locally and nationally, and ways to get involved. Also we’ll give people a friendly face at the next DSA event you attend! StL DSA invites you to come learn about (and hopefully join!) our working class community organizing for power—RSVP here.

Join us for our November General Meeting!

Nov. 16, 2020

As we crawl toward the end of the Trump era, it’s more clear than ever that politics as usual will do nothing to stem the escalating crisis of capitalism. To fight this, we know we need to grow and strengthen our base of working-class people! Already we are seeing an exciting growth in membership and interest in socialism—just in time for our November chapter meeting. We want to give a space for new members or people interested in joining our movement a space to discuss with each other and learn what priorities and campaigns our chapter is up to.

In addition, we will be discussing this proposal by members Jon Stratton and Aaron Rogers to host a webinar about Socialism and Christianity, as a base building event. They will be at the meeting to present and take questions, then we will have an electronic vote in the days following. RSVP here and see you Tuesday night!

All StL DSA members can submit resolutions to be discussed at chapter meetings and voted on! Check out this submission form for the details, and contact the executive committee at info@stldsa.org with any questions. If you've got an idea but not sure how to get started, drop us an email!

Trump Loses, but the Struggle Continues—Join us tomorrow for another Socialist Night School

Nov. 9, 2020

We are pleased with the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but we know our work is just beginning and it is not the time to get complacent. Assuming Trump’s attempt to hold onto power fails, once Biden takes office, the same neoliberalism that disenchanted millions and led to Trump returns. We must recognize that Trump and Trumpism (as well as the neoliberalism pushed by most Democrats) are symptoms of the deeper problem: capitalism. And the only way to fight capitalism is with a mass socialist movement.

Our task is not easy. Amendment 3 passed in Missouri, which opens the door for further gerrymandering that favors Republicans. Moderate Democrats have already begun attacking Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the progressive wing of the Party, signaling that the corporate bloc of the Party’s reluctance to lose power. Locally, St. Louis city politicians attack and vilify the Left, despite the fact that growing numbers of younger and left-leaning voters say they prefer socialism to capitalism. But socialist policies like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All are more popular than ever based on exit polls.

As a mass movement, DSA can build the power to push the political discourse to the left and force politicians to address our demands. We are continuing our popular (and now virtual!) Socialist Night School series tomorrow night and hope you can join! This session will look at how socialist politics must go hand-in-hand with anti-racist politics to succeed, and how we can build a multi-racial working class coalition.

Later in the week, we will also be meeting to discuss how we put that base-building strategy to work locally—leading up to our first post-election chapter mass meeting next week! Hope to see you all there! Stay tuned to these emails, our website, and social media for more announcements of organizing and social events through the end of 2020, and of course, if you haven’t yet—join DSA!

Chapter Meeting: This Wednesday!

Oct. 19, 2020

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, October 21st, at 7pm for our October chapter meeting! We will be hearing about updates and opportunities to get engaged in our chapter priorities, as voted on at our September General Meeting, looking at a proposal for a discretionary spending budget, and getting an overview about amendments and resolutions on the ballot for St. Louis city and Missouri state voters! RSVP here to join us!

One amendment STL DSA is committed to stopping is the deceptive Missouri Constitutional Amendment 3. This would overturn the will of an overwhelming majority of Missouri voters that backed the Clean Amendment in 2018, and would disproportionately alter political power in the state through disenfranchisement of the poor and working class. Help us spread the word by calling voters!

Finally, two of our priorities are teaming up next week! Join us Tuesday, October 27th for the second session of our Fall Socialist Night School, covering readings by Thomas Sugrue and Diane Feeley, on the importance of public ownership. RSVP here!

Socialist Night School Resumes Tomorrow!!

Oct. 12, 2020

Welcome back for the first session of our Fall 2020 STL DSA Socialist Night School curriculum!

The Socialist Night School is open to anybody interested in learning more about the ideas and history behind left and socialist movements. Like most STL DSA events, we will be conducting these virtually, via Zoom, at least through the end of 2020. In this week's session, we will be covering a few basic readings:

The first is an article, published recently on Jacobin, called "Building Socialism from Below".

The second article, "Action Will Be Taken", discusses the importance of education and discussion in building a socialist movement.

Hope to see you there! Zoom information will be sent after RSVPing to the event at the link.

DSA Recruitment Drive

At the last DSA Convention, our members voted on a goal of growing our multiracial, working class socialist organization to 100,000 members by 2021. To achieve this, the NPC voted to establish an ambitious five-week Recruitment Drive running from October 1st to November 7th: to bring in 5,000 new members, grow every chapter by 10%, and plug these new members into existing campaigns.

Recruitment drive pledge & referral link generator: https://100k.dsausa.org/login

And if you haven’t yet—you can join DSA here!

Q & A with Cori Bush Wednesday!

Oct. 5, 2020

Over the last four years, we have seen an explosion in interest in left-wing and socialist politics, including the growth of DSA—the largest socialist organization in the country—to over 70,000 members nation-wide. To keep this momentum going, DSA is starting our (first-ever!) recruitment drive for the next month! Current members committed to helping can pledge here. If you are not a member yet—but feel that the political status quo and ways wealth and power are shared in the US now are stacked against working people—you can join here!

To help kick off the drive, STL DSA member Cori Bush is taking part in a national Q&A for new and curious members! RSVP here to find out ways to get involved, at both the local and national level, with exciting campaigns and events to help grow the socialist movement!

Congratulations to the recently-elected 2020-21 Executive Committee! Chris O will continue serving as chair, with Julia N as recording secretary, Emmett M as corresponding secretary, Cody B as treasurer and comrade-at-large, and Kelly P as the other comrade-at-large.

In addition to the resolution outlining responsibilities for the Executive Committee and setting commitments to our priorities, we would like to share the following priority campaigns our chapter voted on for the next year:

Happy Labor Day!

Sept. 7, 2020

Labor Day’s legacy of protecting and commemorating worker’s rights rings true now more than ever, as COVID-19 has devastated American workers. Labor Day 2020 marks a day when STL-DSA is in solidarity with unemployed and unemployed Missourians.

As a reminder, STL DSA ​Executive Committee (EC) elections are coming up later this month! The EC acts as the administrators for the local chapter and oversees the implementation of the decisions of the General and Regular Meetings. The EC also works with formal and informal leadership to build our membership, strategize, and create a welcoming space for all. You can learn a bit more about individual roles here​ and submit your interest using this form. EC elections will take place through online voting, immediately following our September General Meeting

Finally, we will also be discussing a proposal to fund a small arts project to produce an animated short about the dangers of privatization. Check out that proposal HERE.

Major Election Victories!

Aug. 10, 2020

Last week, we passed Medicaid Expansion: an amendment to the Missouri constitution, which will provide health care to 230,000 more Missourians! That’s hundreds of thousands fewer of us who won’t have to choose between healthcare and groceries.

Cori Bush will now be representing us in Washington, which is another large-scale win! Cori will now be able to lead our fights for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, defunding the police, and more -- all while helping to make a space and an example for more democratic socialists in power around the country!

Even though Megan Ellyia Green won’t be heading to Jefferson City next year, we are reassured she will still be here in St. Louis, helping to lead the fight to stop the billionaires and capitalist interests from privatizing the airport, shutting down out state’s only abortion provider, and making life harder for poor and working people in this city.

We should also remember that, while wins are rejuvenating and help keep our momentum always pushing forward, we must realize the fight for a better world is far from over, and there is much more to do, even now. In November, it is likely that voters in the city of St. Louis will be faced with at least one attempt, again, to privatize Lambert airport. Legislators in Jefferson City and their powerful backers are also fighting to claw back some of the reforms voters overwhelmingly supported in last year’s CLEAN amendment, and go even farther with the grossly undemocratic Amendment 3. St. Louis DSA and the broader community of left and progressive movement activists must join and commit in the fight to defeat both these measures in November.

Vote Yes on 2!

Aug. 3, 2020

When STL DSA gathered hundreds of signatures this past winter, we looked forward to the day when Medicaid Expansion would qualify for the ballot. Now, it’s on the August ballot and we all get to vote for Amendment 2 tomorrow! Amendment 2 will lead to 230,000 additional people getting health insurance through Medicaid. It also sends a message that working class people want actual public services, not more austerity and cuts. Everyone deserves healthcare, and the best way to get it is through public ownership and democratic control of our healthcare system.

We know the fight for truly universal healthcare doesn’t end tomorrow if we pass Amendment 2, but let’s go claim what’s ours by voting Yes and tell the capitalists their racist scare tactics won’t work to divide the working class

Today Medicaid Expansion, tomorrow Medicare for All!

Check out our other August 4th endorsements on Instagram and Twitter!

Socialist Night School Celebrates Ricardo Flores Magón

June 22, 2020

We are continuing our ongoing virtual night school during social distancing with a special short lecture and discussion this week on Ricardo Flores Magón, a Mexican Revolutionary in St. Louis.

"Forward, comrades! Soon you will hear the first shots; soon the shout of rebellion will thunder from the throats of the oppressed ...Land and Liberty!"

These were the words of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magón printed in Regeneración, the bilingual anarchist newspaper published by the Magón brothers and their compañeros (commonly known as magonistas), on November 19th,1910, just one day before the Mexican Revolution began to radically transform world history. Magón, one of the political precursors to the Mexican Revolution, made this declaration not in Mexico, but in the U.S., where he had been living with other magonistas, in exile due to their radical activities. They originally fled to the Southwest U.S. and in 1904 propelled the group further away from the border, to St. Louis, Missouri.

While in St. Louis, the Magón brothers founded the Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM, Mexican Liberal Party), which despite its name was a radical political organization rather than a party. Magón and his compañeros continued their agitation against the Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz and projected their anarchist vision of a world without bosses or borders.

Their organizing and bonds created during their time in St. Louis would lay the foundation for long-term relationships among the radical left in both Mexico and the United States.

Join us tomorrow, June 23rd, for Socialist Night School Week 5! RSVP and access the reading here!

Decline to sign the airport privatization petition!

June 15, 2020

If you have been at an action, public event, shopping center, or even staying at home, you may have been approached recently by somebody asking for your signature. The pitch you heard may have varied—reparations for oppressed communities, reinvestment in the North Side or other neglected areas, or just “cleaning up” the government in St. Louis. While all these messages may seem aligned with our socialist values, the ugly truth is that the reason for this petition is a continued push to privatize Lambert Airport, and St. Louis DSA is committed to continuing the fight to stop it.

If you are approached by a signature gatherer, decline to sign and tell anyone you see talking to the gatherer to do the same. Often just being present and countering the message of the gatherer is enough to dissuade anyone from stopping by to sign.

If you see gatherers at the protests to defund the police, tell everyone around that this petition guarantees $300 million of the proceeds from the deal to the police.

Looking to hear more about our anti-privatization campaign, as well as other chapter priorities (including our endorsed electoral campaigns), and an update on the local fight for housing justice? Our next chapter meeting is this Sunday, June 21st. The business portion will be short and followed by a fun, social (and socially distanced!) event especially geared towards newer members, to key them in to organizing opportunities and help them meet other comrades in the chapter. Hope to see you there!

We All Have a Stake in Abolishing the Police

June 8, 2020

As we enter the third week of an uprising sparked by the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we need to be clear on our own stake in the rising people’s demands. Every working class person, even white people, will benefit from the abolition of police departments and the investment of that money into programs that benefit us all. Abolition of police institutions advances every short and long term goal of this organization.  We must live and organize by the mantra “an injury to one is an injury to all” in order to combat a capitalist system that requires racism to separate and divide the working class. Wanting to go out to an action, but feeling uncertain/have no one to go with/have concerns/ something else? You’re not alone! Fill out this form if you wanna be included on our action signal chat we use to keep track of each other at actions!

We are also excited to share that our ongoing political education series Socialist Night School continues this week, with a reading excerpted from the just-published book, Capitalism on Edge. The book argues that present-day capitalism is systemically shifting the risks of economic activity onto the most vulnerable populations while simultaneously redirecting the rewards of that activity to politically favored economic actors. The result is widespread economic and social precarity. But this situation may present an opportunity. For the source of this precarity is the competitive production of profit, the very heart of the capitalist system. So if we can persuade people to fight against precarity, we’ll have persuaded them to fight against capitalism itself.

Reopening Puts Everyone at Risk for the Gain of the Moneyed Few

May 18, 2020

Contrary to the judgment of NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and our own Board of Health Chair Dr. Will Ross, the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are opening back up today, Monday, May 18th. As of May 17th, the city has over 1680 confirmed cases and exactly 100 deaths, and the number of cases and deaths continues to rise. This is not what “flattening the curve” looks like, and we know it. The decision to open non-essential businesses is clearly based on economic, rather than scientific, considerations. Mayor Krewson and County Executive Page are putting everyone’s lives at risk by reopening prematurely. It should come as no surprise that working class people and people of color in particular are the hardest hit by this crisis in economic terms, as well as by morbidity and mortality. We urge you to maintain the practices of quarantine, social distancing, and mask-wearing whenever possible, and to know the risks.

Check out this list of demands for local governments to make in response to COVID-19 from DSA elected officials across the country—including STL DSA’s own Megan Green.

BERNIE-and Beyond

April 13, 2020

After a hard-fought primary, this past week saw Bernie Sanders officially suspend his campaign, effectively ending his run for the 2020 presidential nomination. While this is undoubtedly a major disappointment and setback, we should also be absolutely clear about the huge advances Bernie’s campaign made for democratic socialism. Millions of voters across the country made it known that continuing down a path of neoliberalism, means-tested social programs, and a system where the most vulnerable are continuously left behind is unacceptable. 

We also know that the end of a campaign can not be the end of our movement’s momentum. We must continue to fight with those millions—as well as the millions more now being affected by a global pandemic and its economic effects; and the billions more that will be devastated by climate disaster if capitalism continues on its destructive trajectory. 

To win this fight though, we need a truly mass movement of the entire working class. We need to fight for material improvements in the lives of working and oppressed people now, while maintaining a transformative strategy that seeks to fundamentally reorganize society. The Democratic Socialists of America have seen explosive growth thanks to the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and other elected leaders, not to mention the work being done by chapters across the country, and we are now by far the largest socialist organization in the United States. If you haven’t, please join us (or renew!), and—if you’re already a member—get involved! We have a world to win.

Deadly Loopholes for Workers in Parson’s Order

April 12, 2020

Many of you probably heard that Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order effective last Friday evening. However, this order barely pays lip-service to public safety and is no different than the social distancing order issued on March 21. It is full of loopholes for non-essential businesses and allows for the override of stay-at-home orders made by local governments. Any system that allows bosses to make potentially life or death decisions about the health of workers is unacceptable for socialists! You can take action against this order though Missouri Health Care for All’s action alert calling on Parson to issue a real state-wide stay at home order here.

While we fight for workers rights and prioritize the health and safety of our chapter and our community, STL-DSA also acknowledges that bonding with comrades in these dark times extends beyond formal political action. Simple socializing can be just as essential as contacting your legislators when it comes to keeping up morale and camaraderie right now. STL-DSA, led by our community committee, will be hosting social hours and game nights over Zoom, so keep an eye out for more information to come!

Also, stay tuned for a big announcement later this week about COVID-19  mutual aid work and updates on STL-DSA fundraising for those projects from the EC.