This is the internal wiki for the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. We are a democratic organization committed to the project of building a mass socialist movement in the United States and freeing people everywhere from the deprivations of capitalism. If you are not yet a member, you can join DSA here! If you are a member looking to get more involved, check out the New Member Resources for some steps to get yourself plugged into chapter activities. Once you’re ready to get involved, visit the Chapter Events page to see information about working group meetings and new member orientations. Find a working group you care about and pitch in!
About the Boston DSA Wiki
Welcome to Boston DSA's wiki! A wiki is an editable website and any member of Boston DSA can view and edit this website. It's here to serve as a reference for how our chapter works, how to organize, and how to get involved in our work. If you would like to view and contribute to this wiki, please read the How to contribute to this wiki section below.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, all chapter meetings and events (except for protests) are meeting remotely for the foreseeable future. We realize this makes navigating the chapter a little harder since you can’t just turn up to a meeting anymore. Pages related to safely and cooperatively planning online events include How to set up a Zoom call and How to make a Facebook event.
- Boston DSA website: Contains information about the chapter, along with working group contact information and a calendar of events.
- New Member Resources: New to the chapter? Start here! Find out how to get on the email list, how to get involved in a campaign or working group, how to get on the chapter Slack, and other key information about the chapter.
- Chapter Communications (and other technical resources): Here is a list of the various media the chapter uses for communications, along with information for use and process guidelines. Importantly, it includes How to set up a Zoom call.
- Chapter Policies: Links to chapter bylaws and other documents, as well as guidelines and policies regarding member data, security, financials, and other sensitive topics.
- How-to Guides: Not sure how to do a thing? This section includes process documents and best practices for a variety of activities within the chapter, including events planning, administrative tips and tricks, and other organizing basics.
- Online Voting Guidelines: Information about the online voting and discussion system used for absentee voting on resolutions posed at chapter-wide meetings. (During covid-19 restrictions, all voting is handled through this system.)
- Chapter Priorities: Information about the chapter’s process for selecting chapter priorities, as well as a description of the current chapter priorities and how to get involved with them.
- General Meetings: Information about the monthly all-chapter meetings.
- Annual Convention: Information about our annual chapter convention (not to be confused with the national DSA convention, which occurs every two years).
- Information about National DSA
- Coordinating Committee
- Harassment and Grievance Officers
Working groups carry out our external political work. Working groups meet regularly, and information about working group meetings can be found on the Events page. A list of current working groups is below; if you have an idea for a new one, check out How to start a new working group.
- Eco-Socialism Working Group
- Electoral Working Group
- Healthcare Working Group
- Housing Justice Working Group
- Immigration Working Group
- Internationalism Working Group
- Labor Working Group
- Mental Health Working Group
- Mutual Aid Working Group
- Political Education Working Group
- Prison Abolition Working Group (on hiatus)
- Socialist Feminist Working Group
Committees help the chapter function by carrying out administrative work and other internal organizing. They maintain the various systems we use to do work in the chapter, such as administering elections and maintaining member data.
- Childwatch Committee
- Communications Committee
- Elections Committee (Hellections)
- Direct Action/De-escalation/Security (DADS)
- General Meeting Planning Committee
- Membership Committee
- Tech and Infrastructure Committee
Campaigns and Teams
Campaigns and teams are individual projects, some of which are large enough to have their own infrastructure outside of a working group, others of which are run by individual working groups. Four campaigns are chosen as Chapter Priorities every year. Our current campaigns are:
- Take Back the Grid
- DSA for Rent Control
- Tenant Organizing
- Anti-Harassment and Inclusion
- Boosting Member Participation and Capacity
Identity Caucuses are affinity spaces hosting social events for members who share particular identities.
Political caucuses are vehicles for socialists to organize within the chapter in support of a shared political program.
- Forward Caucus
- Libertarian Socialist Caucus
- Revolutionary Socialist Caucus
- Reform & Revolution Caucus
Sister City Program
How to contribute to this wiki
- If you're a member of Boston DSA in good standing, you can request an account here. Make sure to use the email address you used to join DSA. If you're not a member of DSA, join here!. If you can't afford dues, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a hardship waiver. If you're in another DSA chapter and would like access, contact the admins at email@example.com.
- Abide by these rules:
- Don't write other people's personal information besides first names (and last initials; think Rosa L) and non-personal email addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org or other emails they made for this purpose). No home addresses, workplace information, last names, personal email addresses, or work email addresses without explicit consent.
- Don't write anything about sensitive direct actions.
- Don't write anything that might compromise coalition partners or their members, or other vulnerable people.
- Get consent when taking notes at a meeting; people may want to use an alias or go off the record.
- These rules apply to Google Docs that you link to in the wiki as well. If a Google Doc has sensitive information in it, it should not have link sharing on (so that when people click on the link, they will only see the content if they have been granted permission to see it).
- Pitch in!
- If you see something incorrect or out of date, don't hesitate to fix it.
- If you have extra information that abides by our rules, add it!
- If an edit is getting changed back and forth multiple times, there's an edit war, and we like no war but class war. If you see an edit war, try resolving it through communication or tell the admins at email@example.com and we will take care of it.
- If you see information that violates our rules or is clearly inappropriate, undo the edit AND tell the admins at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, our code of conduct applies.
Example wiki page has basic instructions on how to create and edit new wiki pages.
If editing a working group resource, consult Standards & Practices for a template and general guidelines.
Here is a cheat sheet to formatting edits to pages.
Contribution Wish List - check out what people want to see or add something you want to know about!