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!

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

August 21, 2017
· 21 rsvps

Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.


Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 41 rsvps

Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
· 23 rsvps


Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.