Much of the work of our chapter is accomplished through our committees. Some of these committees are standing committees; others are convened for a specific purpose or event. Members who have an interest or expertise in a particular area are encouraged to serve on or start a committee.
Communications Committee –
Produces written content for website, press releases and social media. Creates visual content and branding. Ensures consistency in voice and messaging with DSA nationally. This Secretary oversees the work of the Communications Committee.
Education Committee –
Plans and oversees the educational activities of the chapter and socialist education outreach to the Southern Maine community. Develops and maintains the chapter’s library, subscriptions and educational materials.
Environmental Action Committee –
Advocates for environmental justice, sustainability and stewardship in our region. Leads action on intersectional environmental issues that build solidarity between environmental activists and constituencies for social and economic justice, with the goal of shifting power from corporations to the 99%.
Executive Board –
Acts as a liaison with the national DSA and other chapters, formulates strategic plans and tracks progress on committee work, sets general membership meeting agendas, and oversees routine business of the chapter. The Chair oversees the work of the Executive Committee.
Fundraising Committee –
Organizes events for the purpose of raising money to support the activities of the Southern Maine DSA. Events can include parties, theater or music performances, dances, picnics or other social activities. The Treasurer oversees the work of the Fundraising Committee.
Healthcare Action Committee –
Works to promote the idea that healthcare is a human right. Campaigns for policies that help achieve the highest standards for physical and mental health regardless of one’s ability to pay. Collaborates with other community and political organizations to bring about social changes that improve access to healthcare.
Housing for All Committee
Researches and monitors local fair-housing policy. Advocates for and spreads awareness of local and national policy that promotes affordable housing, housing equality for marginalized groups and housing access for non-citizens.
Labor Committee –
Dedicated to building the power of Maine’s workers and fighting to achieve economic justice. We work to educate ourselves and others, promote collective action and whole-worker organizing, support unions and the labor movement, and build solidarity between workers of all kinds.
Committee for Organizing Political Action –
Helps the DSA Southern Maine organize for non-violent political action with a focus on tracking state legislation, member education, lobbying and candidate endorsement.