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:

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.

DSA for Bernie

When Bernie Sanders says “not me, us,” he’s talking about an urgent political project: building a mass movement of working people that can change society. We are supporting Bernie so we can beat back Trumpism and the Wall Street Democrats, while also building the grassroots pressure and infrastructure we will need to keep fighting long after election day, so we can transform our economy and politics into a true democracy.

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

Bernie is Democrats’ Best Shot in 2020, Even if the DNC Refuses to See It

Bowing to Michael Bloomberg is a new low for the Democratic establishment,

There are very few Americans who are “socially liberal but fiscally conservative” (like Bloomberg).  This is a political creature that exists among the relatively well-off in the Boston through D.C. or Seattle through San Diego coastal beltways, and pretty much nowhere else besides (and many of these vote libertarian). Worse, Bloomberg is a particularly problematic example of this elusive species. 

Socialism Featured by One of the Most Mainstream of Media

I think this is a pretty good overview of the long and complicated history of the socialist movement in the United States, especially for those with little or no prior knowledge of that history. Watch it, see what you think, and do further research for more details.

They Are Sending Their Best People: Immigrants Helping to Make America Great

Mexico has sent the United States what can only be described as some of its best people; we are very fortunate indeed to have these families living here. The United States must bring these people out of the shadows and away from exploitation, offering them citizenship. They have certainly earned it; they have done so much to make America great!