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 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…

October 2, 2022

Congratulations to Lula and the Workers Party

  The Democratic Socialists of America extend their congratulations to Lula, the Workers Party, and their electoral coalition for their impressive showing in today’s election. As they prepare to move into another round of elections, we continue to stand on the side of democracy and condemn any efforts to subvert it via political violence.  We…

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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

November 23, 2022

Employment and Unemployment: October Figures Bring Troubling Signs

Why no serious proposals from officials in the president’s cabinet for more constant regulation and anti-trust action? It is flabbergasting that federal officials act as though there is little they can do about a huge rip-off of consumers in a key area of high inflation. 

November 14, 2022

New York’s Socialist “Red Wave”

The typical response to Democrats’ failures is to punch left or blame the electorate for not turning out, but – make no mistake – last night’s result is a failure of the New York Democratic Party’s leadership. New York Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs in particular has shown a complete lack of interest in enacting policies that will improve the lives of New York’s working class voters, focusing on fighting DSA rather than the rising right.