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 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Democratic Left

Solidarity is in the Details: Unions Adapt to a COVID-19 World

Linking labor movements to organizing around rent and debt is critical not only to improving peoples’ lives in the short-term, but also to resist financial capitalism’s multiple sites of extraction and expose some of the contradictions between them. High rents aren’t payable on low, insecure wages. Instead of individualizing this economic problem, unionizing enables people to collectively refuse responsibility for it. In 2017, for example, when faced with a 60% to 80% hike, the LA Tenants Union carried out a nine-month rent strike and won an agreement to limit rent rises to 5% and the right to negotiate on future increases.

LETTER TO DSA CHAPTERS: November 4, Hit the Ground Running!

Prospects appear good that Donald Trump will be defeated in November, but even with a change in the White House and power shifts in both the House and Senate, the country – especially the working class – will still be struggling with an economic disaster and a disastrous pandemic. We will need a recovery for all that includes the items listed above and goes beyond them. 

Lessons from People’s Park, Occupy, and Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest

George Floyd’s murder unleashed a firestorm of protests, fueling demands for an end to rubber bullets and tear gas for crowd control, a ban on chokeholds by arresting officers, and defunding of police. No less striking was the creation of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). CHOP…