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

In this Economy, Coronavirus Needs a More Liquid Response

 The most pernicious aspect of provisioning liquidity through the CARES act is the way the act perpetuates indebtedness on working Americans for the benefit of capital. The SBA loans to small businesses, for example, are distributed by banks at varying rates of interest according to credit history and risk determinations. The two mechanisms – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)—advance the interests of capital by stipulating payments to debt mechanisms as one such required use. In the case of the PPP specifically, 25 percent of the total loan must be used for costs other than payroll, which include interest payments on existing debt. Similar conditions apply to EIDL loans. In both cases, small businesses are offered cash–public money–for immediate needs by turning it into capital for banks. Instead of providing payments directly to small business owners and distributing money through banks, the government  perpetuates the creditor-debtor relationship and the role of money as a commodity. Under these conditions, the post-pandemic economy will not emerge as one better for workers or the poor. 

Never Can Say Goodbye To Our Best Marshal

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Nationalizing Big Pharm Makes it to Network TV!

We may be in the “Socialist Moment,” as the New Republic calls it, but it was still a little startling to see one of our DL Online writers being consulted as an expert on national TV. Not on cable news, but on a top-rated comedy show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. So who was it saying last week,…