Towards a Mass organization
“What DSA represents, if ever realized, can be enormously exciting and important in the country. The difficulty is of course jumping that gap between what we are and what we want to be.”
- Dorothy Ray Healey
Democracy & Efficiency
To build an effective, efficient and democratic YDSA we must integrate with our parent organization, DSA. All YDSA members are DSA members and our goals, strategies, campaigns and positions should be the same, even as our tactics may differ with the various conditions in which we organize. This would reduce the amount of required administrative work, increase institutional memory, and project a strong unified socialist message. At the national level, this means integrating YDSA’s national committees with DSA’s Committees, going beyond liaising with associated committees towards sharing membership and priorities. At the chapter level, YDSAs must expand our connection with DSA chapters consistently working to build YDSA members involvement with local DSA chapter meetings and campaigns. Building a mass working class organization is difficult enough; YDSA cannot duplicate and undermine DSA in addition to the groundbreaking task ahead of us.
Developing the Middle Layer
YDSA is stronger when the work of our local chapters and the national organization are integrated together. This integration can only be achieved through transparent structures, repeated frequent one-on-ones with chapter leaders, and a strong network of experienced YDSA leaders. It is cruel to expect our 9 NCC members to coordinate the work of over 150 chapters, 2,000 members, and all of our national committees. Constellation believes that instead we must create a middle layer of leadership who can facilitate organizing which both uplifts the work of local chapters while growing the capacity of YDSA National.