DSA’s International Committee has been around for more than two decades, and was officially recognized by the NPC, first in 2003 and again in 2015. Over these decades, and often in parallel with the ebbs and flows of DSA as a national organization, the committee has gone through periodic swings between activity, inactivity and rejuvenation.
In mid-2018, a request was made by the NPC for the existing committee to create a structure and procedures to update itself to respond to the new needs and reality of DSA as an organization, and to help build a committee that would reflect the diversity of the organization that DSA strives to be.
In early 2020, a large-scale reform of the International Committee was approved by DSA’s National Political Committee. The pre-existing committee structure was disassembled and two new executive bodies were created: an International Secretariat and a Steering Committee. Following a competitive application process, ten DSA members were appointed to each of these two bodies by the NPC.
The Secretariat was tasked with overseeing DSA’s diplomatic affairs and political work outside the United States, as well as with providing political counsel to the NPC. The Steering Committee was tasked with overseeing DSA’s international political work inside the United States, crucially through the International Committee’s various Subcommittees.
These Subcommittees, whose co-chairs were also appointed by the NPC, will serve as central nodes for much of DSA’s international solidarity and international political education going forward. Through a progressive process, they will be opened to all DSA members in good standing. Opportunities to join these Subcommittees will be publicized on this website and other DSA social media as they arise. The International Committee’s Subcommittees are: Americas, Antiwar, Asia+Oceania, Economics+Trade, Ecosocialism, Europe, Labor, Middle East+Africa, Migration+Refugees.
All NPC leadership appointees and structural reforms are set until the 2021 DSA Convention. At that time, the NPC will renew its instructions to the International Committee, including possible leadership changes and other changes to the body’s political directives and ways of working, on the basis of what does and does not work during this transitional period.
Contact: [email protected] (for matters relating to the Secretariat, i.e., diplomatic and political affairs outside the US); and [email protected] (for matters relating to the Steering Committee, i.e., international solidarity and political education within the US).
As with much of DSA, the International Committee is run by volunteers. We aim to reply in as timely a manner as possible, but thank you in advance for your patience.