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

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,…



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…



Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

June 30, 2022

The Myth of A “Vet-Friendly” Firm: How Amazon & Its Founder Wrap Themselves in The Flag

The goal of Sanders’ “Stop Jeff Bezos Act” legislation was to force Amazon to reimburse the federal government for the cost of public benefits, like Medicaid or food stamps, that thousands of its workers are eligible to collect because their pay is so low. Sanders’s attempt to hold the company accountable was not successful, in part because Congress already has too many members like the ones Bezos helps finance via With Honor. At a town hall meeting hosted by Sanders, Navy veteran Seth King, who quit Amazon after three months on the job, publicly questioned his former employer’s commitment to providing fair wages and “workplace wellness.”