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

October 22, 2021

Striketober: What You Can Do Now

All over the country, tens of thousands of workers in multiple industries and occupations, tired of being underpaid and overworked for decades, are standing up to their bosses. They are demanding higher wages and a fair share of the super profits that corporations and the ultrawealthy have made during the pandemic. Workers, union and nonunion…

September 24, 2021

DSA Stands with the Palestinian People: National Political Committee Condemns Iron Dome Vote/DSA apoya al pueblo palestino: el Comité Político Nacional condena el voto de Domo de Hierro

The National Political Committee of DSA condemns the barbaric vote by the Congressional House to fund Israel an additional $1 billion for their Iron Dome “missile defense system.” The US already provides nearly $4 billion in annual military aid to Israel. And this money is used to fund the countless violations of international law and…

September 21, 2021

Abolish CBP and Let them In/Abolir La Migra y Déjalos Entrar

The National Political Committee of DSA condemns in the strongest possible terms the inhumane treatment of the 12,000+ asylum seekers currently stuck under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. These migrants have been forced to wait in a makeshift camp after crossing the Rio Grande for their petitions to be processed with little food, water,…

Democratic Left

Democratic Left - The Official DSA Member Magazine

October 25, 2021

On Colin Powell

I know Colin Powell meant a lot to a lot of people I respect, which might make the week to come nearly unbearable. It also makes the option of saying nothing feel like cowardice.

Powell’s name appears three times in my book I Ain’t Marching Anymore. Never positively.

October 25, 2021

“Will Not Work for Peanuts”: September Employment Report Shows Worker Resistance

In the Employment Situation–September 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics offered positives and negatives. Non-farm job numbers from business and government organizations were disappointing, adding only 194,000 positions. The August additions of 366,000 jobs had been weak, but September was worse. In the household survey, unemployment fell substantially from 5.2% to 4.8%. The number of…

October 18, 2021

Screaming for ‘Azadi’: A Review of “Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran”

Farbod Ardebili’s new short film Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran asks a simple yet powerful question: what are you willing to do for freedom?  Shima (Mohadeseh Kharaman), a young Iranian woman who fronts an underground metal band in Tehran, gives us her answer. Shima’s position in the band, combined with its genre of…