by J. Hughes
The survey was fielded on April 4 to the 330 or so people who had joined North Star caucus, and to another 350 or so people who had signed a North Star statement. Of the 115 people who responded, 80% were DSA members, and 74% considered themselves members of North Star. So the response rate among North Star members was about one in four. Of those who were still members of DSA (92), 23 were considering leaving, and 20 of those are North Star members.
Only half of respondents are participating in their chapters at all, a quarter monthly or less, and a quarter more than monthly. About a third were involved in some kind of working group activism, including labor/DSLC, electoral committees, international committees and religious socialism.
In response to the question “Which issues are most disturbing about the development of DSA?” the most common complaints were toxic behavior and sectarian organizations.
The proposed “Conflicts in DSA” Zoom meeting was overwhelmingly endorsed (80%). Other Zoom meetings that respondents suggested included meetings on electoral and labor organizing, political education, new member orientations, and coalition meetings with progressive organizations.
Friends were the most common source of DSA news, followed by Democratic Left and the North Star list serv.
As to identities, we are almost all (78%) comfortable using the “democratic socialist” label for our politics. Compared to the 2021 survey of DSAers in general, the North Star respondents are more likely to be “Berniecrats,” “Democrats,” and “social democrats,” and less likely to be “Communists,” “anarchists,” and “revolutionary socialists.” We are also less comfortable just using “socialist” without the modifier “democratic.” Otherwise, it seems notable that we have roughly the same proportion of political types and interests as DSA as a whole.
We encourage NS members to use this information in deciding upon issues, campaigns, and DSA membership.
North Star caucus members
antiracismdsa (blog of Duane Campbell)
Hatuey's Ashes (blog of José G. Pérez)
Authory and Substack of Max Sawicky
Online University of the Left
In These Times
The American Prospect
Black Agenda Report
Dollars and Sense
Working Families Party
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Progressive Democrats of America
Democracy for America
Black Lives Matter
Movement for Black Lives
The Women's March
Jewish Voice for Peace
National Abortion Rights Action League
National Organization for Women
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights