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

June 8, 2021

Statement on the Elections in Peru

It is with great honor that DSA congratulates the citizens of Perú for upholding their democracy amidst a very polarizing presidential election. The impending victory of Pedro Castillo and Perú Libre over Fujimorismo represents the power of the poor, the working class, and the campesinos of rural Perú. DSA celebrates the democratic choice made by…

May 13, 2021

DSA Stands with Palestinians: from Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza and Beyond

The Democratic Socialists of America unequivocally condemns the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians everywhere, including the dispossession (aka illegal “evictions”) of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, the ongoing racist violence by Israeli police and Jewish settlers, and Israel’s latest bombardment, invasion, and murder of Palestinians in Gaza. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against…

April 20, 2021

The Derek Chauvin Verdict is Not Justice

The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial is not justice. Justice looks like a world where George Floyd grows old, where Black people can live with dignity, where police no longer terrorize our streets. As they did today, cops will sacrifice their own in order to quell outrage and maintain trust. But justice will not…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

July 27, 2021

Debs and Socialist Unity

Debs emerges as a cagey political craftsman or captain of a ship amid a storm, not as the naif that Left and Right, even noted biographer Nick Salvatore, have too often seen him.

July 22, 2021

Against “Sanctified Sinophobia”

Doing nothing about the relationship between pastors and senators has produced the horrifying escalation in anti-Asian incidents, but the harm is by no means limited to the suffering of hate-crime victims.

July 21, 2021

The Radical Legacy of Michael Jamal Brooks

A year ago, the U.S. Left mourned the unexpected death of Michael Brooks, a progressive political commentator and host of “The Michael Brooks Show,” a weekly podcast with over 140,000 YouTube subscribers. Today, the Left has many lessons to learn from his life’s work.