Who We Are & What We Do

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United 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. 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.



Current Campaigns

DSA and YDSA chapters organize around a variety of issues based on local priorities, especially labor solidarity and anti-austerity work. However, the national office provides resources and support for the main activist priorities of the organization as voted on by delegates to our national convention:

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, and under a democratic socialist system, we would collectively provide care as a society. Medicare for all is a stepping stone towards that vision and our campaign is designed to build a working class base of people fighting for state and national power. Click here to go to the campaign website.

Strong Unions

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 work to undermine unions and promote narratives about unions that frame them as unnecessary, undemocratic or ineffective. We are forming a national project to fight back and build power in the economy, since outside of Wall Street, workplaces are the place where the owning class extract resources from the working class. Click here to learn more about the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission.

Electoral Power

Bernie Sanders launched a political revolution and we continue to build it, supporting democratic socialist candidates running for local and state office. We’re also grappling with how to build independent political power to hold candidates we elect, and others, accountable to their constituents rather than the donor class. Click here to go to our electoral website.


DSA Weekly

Notes on The Party, Reform, Revolution and the Myth of Spontaneity in Rosa Luxemburg

For those of us who think reform and revolution are concepts tied at the hip, Luxemburg is likely the most important Marxist to speak about politics as practiced in Western democratic societies, and that includes even Antonio Gramsci. I won’t bury Lenin, but I do think we as western radicals have more to learn from Red Rosa than from Vladimir, particularly in her invocation of workers councils (just as Lenin did) and in the value of mass strikes, themselves educational opportunities.

Prayer Is Not a Weapon

While the right’s use of Christian prayer to promote an agenda of hatred is perverse, the left’s prayers are oily, often nothing more than an attempt to score points. Prayer is not a rhetorical flourish or a tool of one-upmanship.

After 40 Years, NORMA RAE Still Has a Lot to Teach Us About Organizing

On the 40th anniversary of the classic labor film Norma Rae, this new review takes a look back at how well it presents the union organizing process. We’d love to see it paired with some of the labor films that followed it, such as 9 to 5 (1980), Silkwood (1983),  and Matewan (1987) — or with its most contempoorary peer, Boots…