Who we are

The Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the United States, with over 92,000 members and chapters in all 50 states. We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.

What we do

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.

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The Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the United States because we’re a member-driven mass organization. We believe that working people should run both the economy and civil society, and we show our commitment to this principle by being an organization of, by, and for the working class.

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Our Campaign Priorities

DSA and YDSA chapters organize around various issues, striving to run strategic campaigns based on local conditions. Nationally, we we also provide resources and support for work done as part of our major priorities as democratically voted upon:

Medicare for All

Health care is a huge segment of our economy and health care access is a deeply and widely felt need. In the capitalist system, you have to pay to get care or go without, but doesn’t have to be this way. In a democratic socialist system, we would collectively provide care as a society. M4A is a stepping stone towards that vision and we’re using this campaign to build a working class base of people fighting for state and national power.

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Electoral Strategy

Bernie Sanders launched a political revolution and DSA continues to build it, training our chapters to effectively support democratic socialist candidates running for local and state office while lifting up our key issues. We’re also grappling with how to build independent political power to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents rather than the donor class.

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Strong Labor Movement

Capitalism pits us against each other and workplaces are fundamentally authoritarian unless workers can self-organize and build collective power. This is why people build unions, and why employers undermine them. It is also why the capitalists as a class constantly promote narratives about unions that frame them as unnecessary, undemocratic, or ineffective. We know better, and we’re building worker power in every region of the country.

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Green New Deal

The climate crisis is an emergency. The world’s top scientists are saying we have little time to get off fossil fuels. Meanwhile, inequality is already out of control — and rising. We fight for a Green New Deal because it’s the only plan that meets the scale of the crisis, one that puts people and planet over profit to build a more just and sustainable economy. We’re organizing in our workplaces, communities and schools to build the working class movement it will take to win.

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Updates from the National Political Committee

September 9, 2021

Choosing Political Courage This Week

As the pandemic rages on, the willful inaction of people in power continues to remind us of our disposability under capitalism and the extent to which the capitalist class will go to defend their wealth. It’s enough to make us all feel like everything is bad and there’s nothing to be done.  But, the world…

August 27, 2021

Stop Line 3

The National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America sends strength and solidarity to the water protectors at the Minnesota state capitol fighting to stop the expansion of the Enbridge pipeline. We condemn any and all escalation by state police toward the hundreds of Indigenous and allied activists taking a stand to protect our…

August 3, 2021

“No Time for Games”

The National Political Committee of DSA would like to congratulate Congresswoman Cori Bush on the pivotal role she played in ensuring that millions of people, covering 90% of those renting, can continue living in their homes. This expansion of the eviction moratorium, specifically targeting counties with higher COVID infection rates, is a necessary step for…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

September 15, 2021

Bad Times Ahead? The August Jobs Report

COVID-19 and its Delta variant are not the only reasons people are reluctant to return to work. Sometimes the jobs just aren’t there; many of us believe that the truly unemployed vastly outnumber job openings.

September 13, 2021

Anti-Abortion Mobilization: Texas Brings Back the Past, We Fight for the Future

Christine Riddiough talks with veteran activists Heather Booth and Judith Arcana In late August, Texas governor Gregg Abbott, signed into law the most restrictive anti-abortion bill since the landmark abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade was decided. Women in Texas and around the country are outraged and fearful that other states will follow suit. Before Roe,…

September 11, 2021

A Tale of Two September 11ths

And as a New Yorker, I truly resented how the collective trauma we faced was used to inflict pain on the innocent.