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“If you’re on your own reading Jacobin and agreeing with it, but you aren’t yet part of a socialist organization, you’re perhaps best described as a socialist sympathizer. It’s helpful for organized socialists to have fellow travelers cheering us on, but we’d much rather you join us, because we need as many people dedicating their time and energy to transforming society as possible. When you do join us, you cross the threshold from being someone who not only believes socialism is preferable to capitalism to someone who demonstrates and acts on that belief through strategic collective action.”

Why You Should Join a Socialist Organization
Meagan Day, Jacobin, 5/01/2020

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Check our calendar to see what’s coming up.

You don’t have to be a DSA member to attend our events and meetings, and attending in person is a great way to get a feel for us and our work. (But if you’re ready to join DSA, you can go ahead and do that online right here.)

If you can’t make it to meetings

Many people can’t, due to work, school, family, transportation, their health, or other obligations or obstacles, but you can still be a member and still be actively involved. Simply join DSA through the national website, then email us at That’ll allow us to get you plugged into our local online organizing resources as quickly as possible.

Can’t afford to join DSA? 

You can maintain a membership for as little as $5/year, but for some folks even that’s too much. If that’s your situation, you can submit dues waiver request with DSA.

A note for people who go by a name other than their legal name, or for people who want to receive their DSA mail at an address other than their billing address. After you sign up (or renew your membership) on the DSA website, use this online change of address form to change your name or address. Make sure you use the same email you used to sign up for DSA. (We have been pushing to get the membership form changed so that people don’t have to go through a two-step process to have their membership correct.)

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