Our Work

COMMITTEES & WORKING GROUPS


Housing Justice Committee

Chair: Jane D. (he/him)

As Birmingham DSA's Housing Justice Committee, we aim to organize tenants in and around Birmingham, with the goal of building support for tenants' rights and advocating into existence local ordinances that establish stronger tenant protections.

To do this, we canvass apartment complexes and other housing developments with high rates of evictions and tenant complaints, connect with tenant unions and other housing-related organizations, and more.

We hold meetings as needed.

To contact the Housing Justice Committee, e-mail housing@bhamdsa.org.

Labor Committee

Co-Chairs: Jane D. (she/they), Jane D. (he/him)

As Birmingham DSA's Labor Committee, we aim to guide labor organizing within Birmingham DSA, educate Birmingham DSA members on workplace organizing strategies and history, strengthen relationships with existing labor organizations, and build worker power within the greater Birmingham area.

To do this, we build relationships with existing unions and other worker organizations in our region -- including District 20 locals of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and their auxiliaries, Starbucks Workers United (SBWU), and BAmazonUnion -- through strike support and community organizing. We also support new workplace organizing efforts with support from the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), develop labor-related educational opportunities for both our membership and the community, and much more.

We hold monthly meetings.

To contact the Labor Committee, e-mail info@bhamdsa.org.

Mutual Aid Committee

Co-Chairs: Jane D. (he/him), Jason K. (he/him)

As Birmingham DSA's Mutual Aid Committee, we aim to guide mutual aid organizing within Birmingham DSA, educate Birmingham DSA members on mutual aid organizing, strengthen relationships with existing mutual aid organizations, and more.

To do this, we organize mutual aid programs like our Brake Light Clinics, where we repair the brake light bulbs and covers of our neighbors to minimize their interactions with police, and our Direct Snacktion hot meal program. We also develop mutual-aid related educational opportunities; build relationships with existing regional mutual aid organizations like Birmingham Mutual Aid and Margins; and much more.

We organize mutual aid events at least once a month. We hold committee meetings every 2-3 months.

To contact the Mutual Aid Committee, e-mail mutualaid@bhamdsa.org.

Socialist Feminist Working Group

Facilitator: Jane D. (she/her)

Birmingham DSA's Socialist Feminist Working Group (SocFem) aims to bring a more prominent feminist perspective to Bham DSA and a socialist perspective to the mainstream feminist movement as it exists in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas.

To do this, we provide material support for intersectional feminist organizations in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas, including Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), among other tactics and strategies.

To contact the Socialist Feminist Working Group, e-mail socfem@bhamdsa.org.

MEMBER SECTIONS


AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color (AFROSOC)

Facilitator: Jason K. (he/him)

Birmingham DSA's AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color (Bham DSA AFROSOC) Section advocates for and builds power with socialists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and their communities.

Our goal is to affirm a space and network for BIPOC comrades to gain support, develop as leaders in DSA and in their communities, and take action.

We also aim to organize a mass movement of the multiracial, multiethnic working class in order to end racial capitalism, as well as all forms of material oppression based on social construction and biological existence.

Any person in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas who self-identify as BIPOC can become a voting member of AFROSOC. Birmingham DSA and/or DSA membership is not required to be a voting member of AFROSOC.

To contact Birmingham DSA's AFROSOC Section, e-mail afrosoc@bhamdsa.org.

INTERNAL COMMITTEES


Steering Committee

Co-Chair (Seat 1): Jane D. (he/him)
Co-Chair (Seat 2): Jane D. (she/her)
Treasurer: Jason K. (he/him)
Secretary: Jane D. (she/her)
Communications Officer: Currently vacant

The Steering Committee is the elected leadership of Birmingham DSA. The Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Officer, and Co-Chair Seat 1 are elected annually at our January general meeting. Co-Chair Seat 2 is elected annually at our July general meeting.

The two Co-Chairs serve as the chief executive officers of Bham DSA, ensuring all resolutions and decisions of the members are executed. They also preside over all general meetings.

The Treasurer is entrusted with the care and custody of all chapter funds, securities, properties, and assets.

The Secretary is entrusted with the care and custody of all Bham DSA records. They also ensure that the minutes of general meetings are kept and distributed to members.

The Communications Officer is responsible for all external and internal chapter communications. External chapter communications are public-facing communications, including this website, social media, and agitprop. Internal communications are communications intended only for Bham DSA members, including our regular chapter bulletin and electronic workspace.

All members of Bham DSA in good standing may observe Steering Committee meetings, which are held monthly.

To contact the Birmingham DSA Steering Committee, e-mail steering@bhamdsa.org.

Communications Committee

Facilitator: Jason K. (he/him)

The Communications Committee assists the Communications Officer, who chairs the committee, in managing the chapter's external and internal communications.

To contact the Communications Committee, e-mail info@bhamdsa.org.

Membership Committee

Chair: Jane D. (he/him)

Birmingham DSA's Membership Committee manages internal member outreach, leads member onboarding and retention efforts, and develops the chapter's most involved organizers.

Application to the Membership Committee is open to all Bham DSA members in good standing.

To contact the Membership Committee, e-mail info@bhamdsa.org.