What Is DSA? An Introduction


DSA provides a supportive community for folks questioning capitalism and looking and working for an alternative. DSA members educate the public about democratic socialism and "join the fights" as activists, too.

Here are some resources so new members can do that. And long-time members can use these too: to learn more, to share with friends, and even to start their own chapter.

First: welcome to DSA! Click here to find a chapter near you. We are the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA members are building the mass, multi-racial democratic socialist movement we need right now.

DSA members come from many political perspectives. But we all believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We work to end oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and more. And we understand how these forms of oppression connect with capitalism.

You can learn more about DSA’s political orientation and strategy here. You can share this piece with friends — or at a chapter meeting.  This short reading list is helpful also.

And you can hear more about democratic socialism too. A condensed version of our New Member Orientation call is here on our Audio Recordings page. And check out our podcast, Rose Radio!

You can find organizing tools on our members' organizing blog here. And we have online and phone educational events and skills training regularly. Check our calendar for dates and times of, and to RSVP to, our next New Member Orientation call, conference calls, and webinar trainings. We are adding new events on a regular basis.

Would you like to get more involved? Learn more about our national working groups and caucuses. We currently have Socialist Feminism, Religion and Socialism, Anti-Racism, Disability Caucus/Working Group, Labor, Queer Socialism, Veterans, and Solidarity Economy working groups. DSA members can also propose new working groups. If you want to volunteer right away and don't see anything here that seems to fit, click here to check out our activist sign-up page.

And here's a sign you can download to show your commitment to DSA's mass, multi-racial democratic resistance!

And of course, make sure to like DSA on Facebook, follow DSA on Twitter, and read, share, like, retweet, and comment. Encourage your friends to #TrySocialism, and let's build this movement!

How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.

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