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DSA is the major organization on the American left with an all-embracing moral vision, systematic social analysis, and political praxis rooted in the quest for radical democracy, social freedom, and individual liberties.
—Cornel West,
DSA Honorary Chair
DSA carries on a fine old American tradition— the tradition carried on by Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and thousands more. I am proud to be a member.
—Barbara Ehrenreich,
DSA Honorary Chair
Active organizing for democracy is needed now more than ever. For this to succeed, both working and poor people—who are the majority—have to have a voice. DSA is one of those voices.
—Dolores Huerta,
DSA Honorary Chair

Who we are & what we do

Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.

Talking Union

Blog of the DSA Labor Network.

Democratic Left

DSA's blog and quarterly print magazine.

The Activist

Blog of the DSA youth section, the Young Democratic Socialists.


The Grassroots Economics Training for Understanding and Power is a series of DSA Fund popular education workshops arming activists and organizers with the knowledge, tools and skills to explain economics from the perspective of the 99% instead of the 1%. Why is poverty on the rise? Why is a low-wage economy unproductive? Who is behind the deregulation, tax-cuts, privatization and de-unionization of the last thirty years? What might an alternative economic model look like?

Read more.

A three year project of the DSA Fund, marking the 50th anniversaries of Michael Harrington's The Other America, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the War on Poverty signed in to law by Lyndon Johnson. The project goal is to counteract widespread public misunderstanding regarding both poverty's cause and possible solutions, in order to promote broader class awareness and strengthen the social commitment to eliminating poverty in the United States.

Read more.

Upcoming Events

DSA Webinar: Building Healthy Diverse Chapters (7pm Eastern)

April 21, 2014 · 5 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

We all want our chapters to be diverse and attractive, but how do we get there?

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

NOTE: This training is at 7:00pm Eastern. The same training takes place later at 9:00pm Eastern. Please RSVP for the webinar that works best for your schedule.

Instructors:

  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy.

In Building a Healthy Chapter you will learn how to:

  • Get new people to come back after their first or second meeting.
  • Develop a healthy culture in your group that is both professional and fun.
  • Examine assumptions about people different from yourself so you can create a space that is accessible to all ages, colors, genders and gender identities, backgrounds, etc.
  • Avoid being dominated by one or two people, who are either cranky, or cliquey, or just talk too much.
  • Take specific steps that will make your chapter's culture more professional, friendly, effective, and welcoming to new people.

Training Details

  • Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  • Workshops will be via free webinar, so you need a computer with internet access. Or, you can request the slides as a PDF in advance and listen via phone conference call.
  • Your computer must have microphone and speakers, or you can follow along on the phone via conference call, but you will have to pay for any long distance charges.
  • You can participate in every one, since each workshop builds on the previous ones, or just attend once in a while.
  • Workshops will generally be the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time and repeated at 9:00-10:30pm Eastern Time.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 40 hours in advance.
  • NOTE: This training is scheduled for 7:00pm Eastern Time (6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific).
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