Join us for the first event in a new series on How We Win, where we’ll get an inside look at successful housing justice campaigns in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Charlottesville, VA; and New York—what democratic socialist organizers and coalitions did to achieve these victories, and what it takes to implement those wins as effective policy.

Panelists will discuss their respective housing campaigns, strategies that worked (and didn’t), what they won (so far), and what happens next. They’ll respond to your questions and discuss the longer view of where they see we need to go now to win on good housing as a right and ways we can work to get there.

Senator Jabari Brisport will moderate the event. He is a democratic socialist and represents New York’s 25th State Senate district in Brooklyn. Before becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color to serve in New York’s legislature, he was a public school math teacher.

Councilmember Robin Wonsley Worlobah is a democratic socialist who represents Minneapolis’s Ward 2 on its city council.

Elizabeth Stark is the co-chair of the Charlottesville DSA chapter, which organized anti-eviction work that resulted in a program to fund counsel in eviction cases.

Brigitte Temple is a volunteer with Housing Equity Now St Paul, which led the Keep St Paul Home campaign to put rent stabilization on the municipal ballot in St. Paul.

This virtual event is co-sponsored by the DSA Housing Justice Committee, Charlottesville DSA, Dissent Magazine, Housing Equity Now St. Paul, Housing Justice Center (MN), and In These Times. 


Not Dead Yet: Ending Ageism

The past two years of the pandemic have revealed in stark terms how ageism affects access to services including health care. This virtual event will explore the intersection of ageism and capitalism and activists’ efforts to address discrimination based on age.

Panelists will include Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People, Susan Chacin, long-term feminist activist, and Paul Garver, retired labor leader.


LIVE EVENT: Big Scary “S” Word In-Person Screening

St. George’s Tavern, 103 Washington St, New York, NY 10006

Saturday, November 13th 

6pm – Doors | 6:15pm – Screening

Bring your proof of vaccination with a form of ID (required).

Join the Democratic Socialist of America Fund for a LIVE in-person screening of The Big Scary “S” Word, followed by a Q&A with director Yael Bridge and Dissent publishing director Flynn Murray. 

The Big Scary “S” Word examines the history and resurgence of socialism in the United States. The film features first-hand accounts from teachers on strike and socialists in elected office, the history of socialism in places across the United States, along with animated vignettes exploring socialist ideas and conversations with luminaries from across the country. 

This event is co-sponsored by the DSA Fund and Dissent magazine, who have joined forces with other organizations to sponsor previous virtual events on this film and current-day campaigns to win universal healthcare, a green new deal, and expand economic democracy.

Join us in NYC for this live screening and conversation on November 13! This will be an indoor event, so proof of vaccination and a form of ID is required to attend.


The Big Scary “S” Word and Economic Democracy

Tuesday, September 14th at 8 EDT / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm PT  

A Virtual Discussion with the filmmaker and activists on socialism, worker cooperatives, and the fight for economic justice.

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Join the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, Dissent magazine, NYC-DSA’s Housing Working Group, In These Times, Housing Justice for All, Dollars & Sense, and the Sustainable Economies Law Center for the third installment in a series of virtual events inspired by the film The Big Scary “S” Word. This month’s discussion will focus on worker cooperatives and the fight for economic justice.

The Big Scary “S” Word, a new documentary feature from director Yael Bridges examining the past, present, and future of socialism in the United States, connects the dots between many of our social and economic crises and focuses on American socialists’ responses. The film is now available for screening, and a link will be sent when you RSVP.

On September 14, the filmmaker will join us to show a clip from the film and answer questions about the movie. The panelists will discuss and respond to your questions about how we get where we need to go now to work beyond capitalism for economic democracy.

Yael Bridge is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. She produced Left on Purpose, winner of the Audience Award at DOC NYC. She was also the director of productions at Inequality Media, making viral videos that tackled complex political issues and gained over 100 million views in 2016. She holds an MFA in documentary film and video from Stanford University and an MA in media studies from the New School. She resides in Oakland, where she works as a filmmaker and film educator.

Senator Jabari Brisport is a democratic socialist and represents New York’s 25th State Senate district in Brooklyn. Until becoming the first LGBTQ+ person of color to serve in New York’s legislature, he was a public school math teacher.

Ricardo Samir Nuñez is a worker cooperative ecosystem development specialist supporting cultural practices, policies, organizations, and systemic changes that allow communities to build beyond the interlocking systems of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. He is currently the Director of Economic Democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where he co-coordinates educational programs, legal services, policy advocacy, and regional and national ecosystem development to restore human labor to right relationship with people and the planet. He is board president of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and at-large board member at the California Center for Cooperative Development and the Southern California Focus on Cooperation.

Cea Weaver has worked as a tenant organizer, campaign researcher, and housing policy advocate in New York State for over ten years. She is from Rochester, New York and holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from NYU.

And a representative from Cooperation Jackson, building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.

This event could go as late as 9:30pm Eastern.


Our Purpose

The Democratic Socialists of America Fund is a 501(c)3 fund devoted to public education and outreach about democratic socialism. The DSA Fund endeavors to demonstrate how an awareness of social democratic and democratic socialist values and policies would strengthen the quality of policy debates in the U.S. The Fund also works to introduce young activists to the history and traditions of democratic socialism.


Fund Activities

  • Promotes greater public understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of democratic socialism in the United States and the world and greater public understanding of the achievements of individual democratic socialists and institutions with a democratic socialist tradition
  • Makes foreign democratic socialists aware of the history and traditions of democratic socialism in the United States
  • Provides a forum for democratic socialists to meet and exchange ideas on the nature of democratic socialism
  • Encourages democratic socialists to study and analyze American society and its institutions and to make the results of such studies known to the public
  • Makes grants to the national organization of Democratic Socialists of America for its educational work, especially among young people
  • Publishes educational material and develops video and audio material about democratic socialism
  • Solicits tax-deductible donations for the work of the Fund
  • Conducts training programs both to educate participants about democratic socialism and to enable participants to educate others

History

The Democratic Socialists of America Fund was originally established in 1978 as the Institute for Democratic Socialism (IDS). Michael Harrington, who became famous for his 1962 work The Other America, was a founder of IDS as well as its sister organization, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (now merged into Democratic Socialists of America/DSA). IDS’s mission, like that of the DSA Fund today, was to help spread democratic socialist ideals through educational materials and activist training.

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