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:

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

July 19, 2022

Statement of Solidarity with Organizers of Akron

The Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the Organizers of Akron, including Akron DSA, and endorses their 12 Points of Action in response to the tragic murder of 25-year-old Jayland Walker at the hands of Akron’s police force on June 27. Jayland was murdered during a traffic stop when eight killer cops fired…

June 24, 2022

Fight for Democracy, Fight to Protect Abortion

The DSA National Political Committee condemns today’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which eviscerates the right to privacy and bodily autonomy protected by Roe v. Wade for nearly fifty years, a right the vast majority of Americans support and agree should be protected by the Constitution. The far right wing…

June 1, 2022

New NPC Member Announcement

We’re excited to welcome three new members to the National Political Committee: Tefa Galvis, Marvin Gonzalez, and Kevin Richardson. Tefa, a member of NYC-DSA, is a leader of NYC’s DSA Latinos Socialistas and Ecosocialist Working Group. Marvin, also of NYC-DSA, serves on the International Committee Secretariat and is President of the Campaign Workers Guild. Kevin,…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

August 11, 2022

The Truth About Ethel Rosenberg

72 years ago today, Ethel Rosenberg, was arrested on suspicion of spying for the Soviet Union; this past June marks the 69th anniversary of her execution along with husband Julius, who’d been arrested a month earlier. . We’re lucky that a poet and historian has found a new way to tell her story. This new…

August 10, 2022

Who Pays the Price to Control Inflation?

I am a historian of the economy, not an economist, and I was dismayed to find that over many decades the experts expended little energy to find softer ways than higher unemployment to tame inflation. Today, many economists–including the informative liberal Paul Krugman–are happy that the Federal Reserve is jacking up interest rates to raise unemployment, scare workers, and cut wage increases. Left-wing economists do not share that enthusiasm.