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

November 30, 2022

DSA Stands in Solidarity with Rail Workers

The Democratic Socialists of America call on Biden and members of Congress to force the billionaire railroad bosses to accept workers’ demands. Short of that, railroad workers must not be denied the right to strike. The Tentative Agreement has been rejected by members of the Maintenance of Way Union (BMWE), Sheet Metal and Rail Union…

November 19, 2022

To the UC Academic Workers: Your Fight is Our Fight!

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) stands in unwavering solidarity with the 48,000 academic workers walking picket lines across the University of California system today as three United Auto Worker locals (UAW 2865, SRU-UAW, and UAW 5810) declare an open-ended unfair labor practice (ULP) strike. Some of our highest concentrations of DSA members in unions…

October 11, 2022

United in Common Struggle: Solidarity with Chilean Starbucks Union

The Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the goals of the Encuentro Internacional de Trabajadores Precarizados de la Comida Rápida (International Meeting of Precarious Workers in Fast Food), the international meeting called by the Chilean Starbucks Union on October 10, 2022. On behalf of Starbucks workers and fast food workers and all Chilean…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

December 1, 2022

Why did Chileans reject a leftist constitution?

“Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism, it will also be its grave.” — Chilean president Gabriel Boric On September 4, 2022, Chilean voters rejected a constitution that had been hailed as a “‘new global standard’ on climate and inequality.” The new draft was written to replace the 1980 constitution imposed by the military dictator Augusto…

November 28, 2022

Say It Loud, But Say It Clear: The Importance of Language Justice in DSA Organizing

Our goal as U.S. socialists is to build a multiracial, multigenerational, internationalist working-class coalition, one capable of uniting the different ethnic and racial groups that compose the U.S. working class.  One of the basic principles of organizing, to build such a coalition, is meeting people where they are