Political Education

"Convention Prep #1: Collective Power Network's Call for Stronger Structures."

Monday, January 25th 2021 at 7 PM (Weekly event!)

Zoom Call (please RSVP for meeting link)


BuxMont DSA Steering Committee: buxmontsoc@gmail.com

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Event Info

Every two years, DSA convenes a National Convention, the highest decision-making body of the organization, whose delegates collectively set our political agenda, choose national organizing priorities, vote on important internal reforms, and elect members to the National Political Committee (NPC). We must prepare our members for this Convention and develop a deep understanding of the urgent political and organizational questions up for debate. To this end, BuxMont DSA plans to host an educational session once per month leading up to the Convention in which we read and discuss an essay published by a national DSA caucus that asserts a particular (and perhaps contentious) perspective on an issue likely to make its way to the Convention floor. We aim to represent all major ideological tendencies within DSA throughout this initiative to highlight the political diversity of our organization, help members develop their own political positions, and foster informed, comradely debate despite often sharp, impassioned, and urgent disagreements among our membership. 

For our first session, we will be joined by Olivia M, co-chair of Metro Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky DSA & Collective Power Network (CPN) member, to discuss her recent essay published in CPN’s outlet The Organizer titled “To Win the Future, DSA Needs Stronger Structures.” Olivia gives a detailed overview of what we mean when we talk about DSA’s “structures” and addresses what can be understood as “centralist” and “decentralist” orientations to questions of structure. Critical of the typical autonomy of committees and working groups within many DSA chapters, Olivia argues that “we must move away from a model of organization focused on separate, functionally independent issue teams (often composed of experts or experienced activists on that issue), and toward one of collective, democratic decision-making and exercise of power.”