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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Statements

Updates from the National Political Committee

May 3, 2022

They Have The Courts, We Have The People

A draft Supreme Court opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade was leaked last night. While it is not a final decision of the court and abortion now remains legal, this cannot stand. The time to hit the streets is now: we call on all DSA chapters, members, and electeds to mobilize immediately against this…



February 26, 2022

On Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

The Democratic Socialists of America condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demands immediate diplomacy and de-escalation to resolve this crisis. We stand in solidarity with the working classes of Ukraine and Russia who will undoubtedly bear the brunt of this war, and with antiwar protestors in both countries and around the world who are calling…



February 17, 2022

Our Lives Are Not For Sale! Stop the Giveaway of Medicare to Wall Street! 

Medicare for All, not profit over people! Capital continues to find new ways to exploit the U.S. healthcare system. The latest attack on the health and safety of the working class is Direct Contracting, an attempt to further entrench private profit into the U.S. healthcare system. Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) are for-profit intermediaries that manage…



Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

May 24, 2022

April 2022: Jobs, Unemployment, and Strange Things

The official unemployment rate stayed low in April at 3.6%. It has been at or below 4.0% since December of 2021. The official rate is only about half the real unemployment rate (9.3%–see the Full Count of the National Jobs for All Network at www.njfac.org), but remembering that the official rate reached 14.8% in April…



May 16, 2022

Trifecta for the Buffalo Terrorist Attack: A Deadly Combination

  The visceral and shocking scenes out of Buffalo took seconds to permeate social media and the national consciousness. From the second the planned execution of Black shoppers began in the Buffalo grocery store, it was available for public consumption.  What are the necessary conditions that allow this to keep happening over and over again?…