The Washington Socialist <> January 2017
About two dozen attendees at the December membership meeting gathered at the Communication Committee breakout meeting, with a showing of interests and skills across the range from traditional media to web and social-media work to even techi-er aspects of extending the radical, socialist perspective.
Both enthusiasm and expertise in evidence made it seem like we have a really passionate and knowledgeable group to help expand our local’s outreach efforts on many fronts. We're glad that you're all excited to help us share our message of an economy that values people over profits.
The communication committee as a group will, at this point, next meet at the general membership meeting Jan. 22, after the inaugural events and demos.
The communications committee will also meet at a to-be-determined date and location between now and the general meeting to discuss breaking out into subcommittees. Members should check for a Doodle poll about meeting times from Merrill Miller.
Individual and small-group conversations will follow as the communication program develops new means of moving that socialist analytical message in harness with the existing newsletter, website, social media, Meetup page and other expanding opportunities for outreach.
Some take-aways from the general meeting in December:
Existing committee members and those interested in joining can add ideas, such as ways that we can expand DC DSA's social media outreach. (Should we invest in a social media management tool like Hootsuite? Should DC DSA get on Instagram and SnapChat?) Folks on the tech side have also been working on using data skills and coordination to enhance our ability to reach out to DSA members and others traveling to DC – initially for the inaugural actions – to provide housing and comradeship.
We might also see a need to train ourselves as effective, surefooted spokespersons for socialism. We are sometimes approached at demos etc. by media people who want to know about DSA and, without getting into a rote recitation of a “line,” we should devise training so individual members will feel comfortable engaging in this. An extension of this would be developing the kind of presence that could represent socialism in a radio format, such as WPFW-FM.
The communication committee has an important role in the local. Communicating our socialist message at different levels of clarity and detail appropriate to various audiences is critical to DSA’s success and to the development of a social-movement resistance against what one author (in the Reagan era!) famously called “Friendly Fascism.” The “Friendly” part seems to be getting left out of this latest incarnation of the tendency and that may provide an even better opening for precisely the skills we are bringing to the struggle
-- Merrill Miller and Woody Woodruff
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