Mutual Aid is a type of organizing that aims to make our communities less dependent on/vulnerable to capitalism by building support networks, sharing resources, and teaching new knowledge and skills. Our Mutual Aid Committee has held fundraising events for asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse, and abortion access, as well as planned skill sharing events around ecology and growing food. Currently, the Mutual Aid Committee is running the Puro Mutual Aid Network, which helps us meet the new needs created by the pandemic.
The Municipal Action Committee engages with institutional power on the local scale. This can include electoral organizing - school board and city council elections - but also involves organizing to make local utilities such as CPS and SAWS more democratic and less profit oriented as well as looking at things like gentrification, housing justice, and public transportation.
The Labor Committee organizes workers at their workplaces to build working class power. This involves working with existing unions and also organizing the unorganized. Right now, the Labor Committee is focusing on service workers and other “essential workers” during the pandemic, with multiple goals. From building a local movement around the Fight for Fifteen, to educating workers about their rights, to increasing union density and even starting new unions, the Labor Committee has plenty of ways to get involved.
YDSA is the youth section of DSA and mainly includes student chapters at universities and high schools. There are currently YDSA chapters at UTSA, Trinity, and Northwest Vista college. They’re organizing university employees, running divestment campaigns, and organizing university students. While for the most part, you have to be a student to join, it’s always possible that an at large member connected to a school or university could join their local YDSA chapter or help organize a new one at their campus.
The Membership Engagement Committee (MEC) welcomes new members to our chapter and engages existing members. People are the driving force in any movement and we recognize that making them feel welcome and comfortable within our chapter is essential. The MEC assists the Membership Chair with maintaining the Local’s official membership roster, welcoming new members each month, and organizing New Member Orientations. In addition, this committee assists the Local Council with planning social events and creating situations in which members can socialize and get to know each other.
To join any of the above committees, attend one of their upcoming meetings or join their channel on our Slack to get plugged into their work!