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Some Basic Facts About Chicago DSA

DSA Why We Are Democratic Socialists

Chicago DSA is affiliated with the national Democratic Socialists of America but is separately incorporated. Anyone paying national membership dues in the Chicago area is automatically a member of the Chicago DSA local. Chicago DSA is incorporated as an Illinois non-profit corporation and, like DSA nationally, has 501c4 status from the IRS. This means we are tax exempt but contributions are not tax deductible. It also means our electoral participation is limited in much the same way as participation by labor unions is limited.

Chicago DSA formerly covered the entire Chicago metropolitan area. As of 2017, Chicago DSA's jurisdiction is Cook County, with the exception of the northwest panhandle. Chicago's far western suburbs now have a separate DSA chapter, West Suburban Illinois DSA. There is now a Northern Illinois DSA Organizing Committee for DeKalb and Rockford.

Cook County is still too large a territory for members to effectively participate through chapter-wide general membership meetings; consequently, we encourage the formation of branches and commissions. If there are none in your geographic area or in your area of interest, consider taking the initiative in forming one. The members of the Executive Committee would be glad to help. For more information, also refer to our by-laws.

Current Chicago DSA branches:

A great deal of activity is conducted through "working groups" formed under a variety of auspices. We should have a contact list here... soon.

General membership meetings are held four times a year, at least, including an annual Membership Convention in June. Any interested person may attend these meetings but only members in good standing may vote.

The Executive Committee usually meets the second Saturday of each month at Noon, usually at the Chicago DSA office but sometimes elsewhere. The Chicago DSA Executive Committee is made up of officers and duly elected representatives of any "branches" or "commissions". Every DSA member is welcome to attend (and speak at) Executive Committee meetings. Call the CDSA office for additional information: 773.384.0327.

Chicago DSA has an office irregularly staffed by volunteers. When no one is in the office, a telephone answering machine will take a message of modest length. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Current Executive Committee
(aka board of directors)

Bill Barclay, male co-chair
[vacant], female co-chair
[vacant], political education director
Bob Roman, secretary
Peg Strobel, treasurer
Tom Broderick, GOPDSA representative
Clara Alcott, North Side Chicago DSA representative
Leonard Pierce, North Side Chicago Chicago DSA representative
Alec Hudson, North Side Chicago DSA representative
Meg Welch, North Side Chicago DSA representative
Patrick Wilson, North Side Chicago DSA representative
[vacant], South Side Chicago DSA representative
[vacant], South Side Chicago DSA representative

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