The Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America will hold our twelfth annual Douglass-Debs awards dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the second year of DSA’s amazing growth and national impact. National DSA went from about 6,000 members in 2015 to 25,000 by July of 2017 and has now reached 50,000, thanks to a huge influx of newly activated people looking for a better way. Our local chapter’s membership grew from 362 to 485 just this past year. At the 2018 dinner, you will have an opportunity to meet some of our many new members, as well as to reconnect with old friends.
I believe it’s no accident we’ve grown so rapidly over the past few years. At a time when the U.S. left was a shadow of its former self, DSA continued to hold up the torch of socialism tempered by a deep commitment to democracy, comradely discourse, “big tent” strategy, and coalition building. Also, DSA members winning elections across the country, of course, brought us a lot of attention. But our work has just begun.
If we want a future where all people are able to live in dignity with bread and roses, it’s up to us. If we want a future where millions or even billions of people aren’t forced to become climate refugees, it’s up to us. If we want a future where democracy survives the waves of economic, racial and nationalist fascism coming our way, it’s up to us.
In Atlanta, the funds we’ve had on hand from our annual Douglass-Debs dinner have been key to helping us navigate these turbulent times, support our coalition partners, and continue to take action and conduct essential political education.
This year’s dinner will take place in a new venue: Chosewood Ballroom at 420 McDonough Blvd. SE, Atlanta 30315, with a catered meal. We will present awards to the Housing Justice League and to Alexa Vaca, organizer of TakeAKneeKSU at Kennesaw State. Our keynote speaker will be Erica Smiley, co-executive director of national Jobs with Justice.
The venue is wheelchair accessible through the back of the building. There will be signage to direct. The event will have amplified sound.
We will also have an area to collect winter weather clothing donations so please bring whatever spare hats, coats, gloves, warm socks and scarves that you have.