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DC Democratic Socialists of America (DC - DSA) Message Board › Open question: socialist party registration

Open question: socialist party registration

A former member
Post #: 2
Dear DC-DSA Meetup,

I have an open question for any and all who would like to reply. First, the background for the question. I have learned that DSA is not an actual party and does not run candidates. I have learned that there are 2 Social Democrats in the US, each claiming "apostolic succession" -- if you can, forgive the analogy. I have learned that there are doctrinal differences (still not completely clear on them) between Socialist Party USA and the Socialist Labor Party of America. Then there are the Maoist, Stalinist, and Leninist fringe groups whose URLs I really do not even want to visit.

So, I will admit to registering Statehood/Green; I cannot register Republicrat or Demopublican. But, and here is the question: Is there any way (or effort underway) to register socialists in DC?

The searches I have done simply point me to voter registration in DC, not the registration procedures for a party.

Thank you for reading.
Ben K.
Washington, DC
Post #: 19
The simple answer to your question is that yes, we are not a party, and we never have been.
Back in the early 70s the old Socialist Party of America (known as the "SP") split three ways over differences regarding the Vietnam War. Our predecessor organization, Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC), was the largest faction to emerge from the split. Go here for more info:­ (also lots of info on Wikipedia)

SPUSA was another group that emerged and is to our left ideologically, though mainly on issues of electoral politics. They are small and frankly quite weak most places. They have virtually no activity in the DC Metro area as far as I can tell other than sporadic activity in northern VA.

The Socialist Workers' Party, I think it was, run at least one candidate in DC elections in 2010. You would have to go to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics site to see about party registration. I am registered as a Democrat and vote for the Greens sometimes; I like to push the Dems to the left in the primaries. I haven't heard of any effort to register socialists here.
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