Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Twin Cities DSA? What is YDS?

The Twin Cities chapter of DSA brings together members from all across the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro, building a more free, democratic, and humane society.

Alongside the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) chapter at the University of Minnesota, we use a variety of tactics, from direct action to legislation, to effect reforms that will strengthen the power of working people.

 

What is a Branch, Committee, Caucus, and Working Group… and what’s the difference?

  • Branches are organized around an issue, cause, or geographic region. They are specifically broad in scope because they work on issues affecting a large group of people: Labor, Unionization, and Economic Justice; Feminism; or a sub-region such as a specific County or City.
  • Committees do work and are ‘tasks’ organized, working on similar tasks over a long period.
  • Working Groups are formed to handle a specific task or project that’s too big for just one person.
  • Ad-Hoc Committees would describe any other group formed for a brief period to handle a specific issue, event, or situation.
  • Caucuses are quasi-branches, but do not need required numbers of members to form.

What is the structure and leadership of the group?

Local chapters of DSA tend to follow a model based on the national structure, but less hierarchical. This makes it possible to be both deeply democratic and nimble enough to respond to events and circumstances in our own communities.

The ongoing activities of Twin Cities DSA are directed by a Steering Committee (SC) which meets in person monthly and also communicates as needed through electronic means.

The SC comprises the seven officers elected at the annual meeting in September, plus democratically elected representatives from active branches. Everyone is welcome to attend SC meetings, and DSA members are particularly encouraged to speak out and contribute to debate, contribute ideas, or provide feedback.