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:

Medicare for All

Health care is a huge segment of our economy and health care access is a deeply and widely felt need. In the capitalist system, you have to pay to get care or go without, but doesn’t have to be this way. In a democratic socialist system, we would collectively provide care as a society. M4A is a stepping stone towards that vision and we’re using this campaign to build a working class base of people fighting for state and national power.

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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

March 31, 2021

Justice for Trans People Requires Power

DSA unequivocally condemns the legislative attacks on transgender youth and on transgender athletes of all ages in Arkansas and in 26 other states.  Legislatures in many of these states are trying to make the provision of lifesaving healthcare for young trans people illegal, forcing young people to disclose their identities to potentially-hostile parents to receive…

March 22, 2021

Solidarity with Bessemer Workers/Solidaridad con los Trabajadores de Bessemer

All eyes are on the workers of Bessemer, Alabama as they struggle against Amazon to win a union. These mostly Black and brown workers, a majority of whom are women, are in the midst of a seven-week union election ending on March 29th to affiliate with RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union.) While Amazon…

March 22, 2021

In Solidarity with Kshama Sawant

In Seattle a vicious campaign against working-class communities and politics is underway in the form of a campaign to recall Kshama Sawant. Sawant, the three-time elected city councilwoman, is a socialist, trade unionist, and community activist who has dared to run as an open independent socialist and take on Big Business. Sawant long championed the…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

April 7, 2021

100 Days of Socialism, with the Green New Deal

Last week, DL began its unfurling of the National Political Education Committee’s landmark 100 Days of Socialism, a dynamic alternative to all that chatter about the Biden Administration’s “first 100 days.”  Exploring what the first 100 days of a socialist government might look like, we began with the NPEC’s own Sanjiv Gupta and Daphna Thier…

April 5, 2021

A Plague on For-profit “Homes”

Much of both the revenues and the business model of the nursing home industry is attributable to private equity (PE) penetration of the industry. PE investment in nursing homes skyrocketed from $5 billion in 2000 to over $100 billion today, with PE firms acquiring four of the top ten nursing home operators. The most extensive study of the industry found that, after being acquired by a PE firm, the home’s performance declined on patient care measures, but the enterprise brought in more occupants and increased revenue.