Democratic Socialists of America International Committee
Democratic Socialists of America International Committee is the International body of Democratic Socialists of America.
Our Past DSA’s International Committee has been around for more than two decades, and has been officially recognized by the NPC, first in 2003 and again in 2015. Over these decades, and often in parallel with the ebbs and flows of DSA as a national organization, the committee has gone through periodic swings between activity, inactivity, and rejuvenation.
In mid-2018, a request was made by the NPC for existing committee members to create a structure and procedures to update the committee so as to respond to the new needs and reality of DSA as an organization.
Our Present On this basis, we have been serving since late 2018 as an interim body in an active process to reconstitute the committee along these lines. This has been a huge challenge, particularly in terms of creating a structure that can sustain the new size and activity of the organization without totally overwhelming those of us who are working on it as activists in our spare time.
That said, over the past months we have made progress in this reconstitution process, including: culling the committee down to active members (about 40 at present); electing co-chairs (Carrington Morris and Ethan Earle); establishing four world-regional working groups (each with elected chairpersons); developing working rules and procedures; and beginning to build connections to local DSA groups doing international work.
We have also gotten into the core work that brings us here, among other things: creating educational materials for DSA members in the U.S. and traveling abroad; producing memos and statements on international political situations for the NPC; hosting conference calls for membership to support international political campaigns; providing interstitial support for international campaigns; and connecting comrades from abroad with DSA’s national leadership as well as its local chapters.
DSA’s International Committee, 2019
DSA Venezuela Solidarity
DSA Venezuela Solidarity is an offshoot of the Democratic Socialists of America International Committee.
Ella Mahony is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America International Committee
Ella Mahony November 3, 2018 ·
Pedro Fuentes Carrington and Ella, da Comissao Internacional do DSA.
NYC International Committee
Wednesday, February 20 2019, saw the inaugural gathering of the NYC International Committee, where some 30 DSA members braved the snow to meet up at the West Village’s Jefferson Market Library.
Starting with a brief presentation on internationalism and why, amid DSA’s other priorities, it is worthy of our members’ time and efforts, the meeting proceeded with member attendees sharing their own thoughts on the subject and what inspired them to weather the stormy conditions to attend. Members representing the NYC Anti-War Working Group, the NYC Immigrant Rights Working Group, and the DSA national International Committee were all present.
The NYC International Committee was founded in autumn 2018 on the principle that “As socialists, we are also internationalists who believe that we are engaged together with working people around the world in the struggle for socialism.” Our objective is to promote member education and solidarity efforts in the struggle for “national sovereignty, for equality, democracy and justice in nations around the world.”
The committee’s founding document emphasizes that the fight for socialism extends beyond borders: “Consequently we are also anti-imperialist, opposing U.S. imperialism and other imperial powers that threaten the sovereignty of nations and peoples.” It also emphasizes that this principle comes with a mandate, namely for socialists to keep informed about international developments and engaged in solidarity efforts across the globe.
While February 20 marked the first membership meeting of the NYC International Committee, it comes after four separate NYC-IC events since the committee’s inception. The debut event, which took place on November 1, 2018, in Manhattan, came on the heels of Brazil’s run-off election that brought Jair Bolsonaro to power and featured Pedro Fuentes, a leader in the Brazilian Party for Socialism and Liberty (PSOL), in discussion with DSA member and NPC representative Ella Mahony.
Subsequent events included a panel on the political repression of journalists and dissidents in Turkey, with a focus on the case of Max Zirngast, an Austrian journalist and socialist activist working in Turkey; a “Lessons from Yellow Vest Movement” panel discussion; and “Socialists in Office: Against Bolsonaro, Against Trump,” featuring socialist congresswomen from both Brazil and Brooklyn in conversation about the power and limits of the electoral approach in the struggle for socialism.