The 2013 DSA convention, held in Emeryville, Calif. October 25-27, brought together socialists from across the country to rejuvenate DSA’s organizing capacity and reorient our strategy. The convention passed a resolution identifying DSA’s priorities for use of its resources during 2013-2015. The introductory paragraphs follow; click on the link at the end to read the full resolution.
DSA’s main task in the coming two-year period is to develop a plausible democratic socialist vision for social justice in the 21st century. We will challenge the attacks of neoliberal capitalist austerity on the rights and freedoms of citizens and on key government programs. We will elaborate this critique and vision in dialogue with fellow social-movement activists and organizations that oppose neoliberalism and seek a better life for all. A discussion of the changed political terrain and DSA’s basic strategic orientation in the coming two years will educate, empower, and grow our current activist core, while equipping DSA with intellectual tools appropriate to this century.
Right-wing assaults on voting rights, reproductive and sexual freedom, and union rights, as well as the sanctioning of vigilante actions and police harassment of communities of color, threaten the very basis of democracy. In addition, the privatization and deregulation of publicly controlled services further aggravates inequality and poverty. To respond to these challenges, DSA will prioritize working with disenfranchised groups that are actively struggling for economic and social justice.
We recommit to activist work around both formal (electoral and legislative) and informal (work-based and community-based) power with a new emphasis on state and local level fights because the Right controls many state and local governments and the next Left is likely to take shape in fights in these arenas.