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.

Democratic Left

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Politics and the Future of Palestine

The Israeli government and its bi-partisan American minions have inflated BDS into a larger-than-life boogeyman. By painting BDS as a global antisemitic conspiracy, they promote a picture of Israel as a valiant democracy under threat. Israel exploits that picture to justify a litany of antidemocratic and brutal measures: from closing its borders to critics to murdering unarmed civilians at the weekly “Great March of Return” demonstrations in the Gaza Strip since March 2018.

Book Review: Deadly Disease, Life-giving Partnerships

Remaking a Life is not just intended for an audience of service providers, black feminists, or other academics. There are key lessons for socialists and movement members as well. It reveals key insights into how structural violence is compounded, how communities fail the most vulnerable, and how even the gravest injustice can be rectified. The AIDS safety net represents an important tool for helping women regain their strength after surviving trauma.

What Next for Cuba?

Cuba today is under threat from the Trump administration at a time when the island nation transitions from almost 60 years of being led by the Castro brothers.