Nobody is Too Poor for DSA
“From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” – Karl Marx
DSA is a self-funded organization. We self-fund by having members pay a fee for membership, aka “dues.” Members may pay dues in whatever amount they are comfortable with.
Being self-funded is central to our mission. When organizations are funded by wealthy donors, they become influenced by that money. Sometimes that influence is direct – the wealthy donors give orders and the members or volunteers follow them. Sometimes it’s subconscious, like members being hesitant to make decisions that would upset their donors. However, by having a member-run and member-funded organization, we are accountable to only ourselves. This is people power in practice.
At the same time, we recognize that times are tough and the working class is being squeezed by every system we interact with: skyrocketing health care and housing costs, crushing student loans, unlivable wages at work, with little to no sick or vacation time to escape these chains. Our movement won’t be successful until it is a mass working-class movement. We absolutely will not exclude anyone based on their inability to pay dues. If dues are a barrier for you, our chapter will subsidize memberships with no questions asked.
It’s a pretty simple process:
- Email us and tell us that you wish to become a member but need financial sponsorship.
- We’ll schedule a meeting with you to go through the membership signup and cover the costs for you, and answer any questions you might have about DSA, our chapter, or organizing goals you have in general.
That’s it! We look forward to organizing alongside you soon. Solidarity Forever.