Why Build a Democratic Socialist Organization?
Bernie Sanders said it best: "Nobody in the White House, no matter how good he or she may be, can address the issues facing working families and the middle class without an active, organized, politically conscious grassroots movement."
And it's not just about the White House. The institutions in our government as well as our economy are run by an unaccountable few, without transparency or democratic input. It is time to demand that these institutions put people over profit.
But why do it as democratic socialists? Isn't there too much baggage?
Because red-baiting using the word "socialist" is the battering ram that corporate America wields when even the smallest democratic reforms threaten its power. Too often, even progressives distance themselves for fear of being squashed. To erode that power and build toward a truly just economy and society, we build a visible socialist presence within grassroots democratic movements and with a credible socialist voice in policy debates.
Over the last two years, we have continued renewing and revitalizing our organization to meet the challenge of making the socialist tradition relevant to the twenty-first century United States. We have grown our membership, and new DSA locals and YDS chapters have organized.
But we have much more work to do. Our message has never been more important.
Attend the convention to:
- Get to know fellow members from around the country, share activism best-practices, and build democratic socialist community
- Discuss and debate our strategy in a rapidly changing political environment, including passing an updated Socialist Strategy Document to guide our work in the coming five to ten years
- Elect our national leadership for the next two years
- Develop your democratic socialist organizing skills