Our chapter is comprised of 3 branches and several committees. We host monthly neighborhood hangouts, we have chapter meetings nearly every month, and we organize plenty of actions, forums, other events throughout the year. Again, please visit http://www.dsa-la.org and learn more there.
WHAT DSA IS
The Democratic Socialists of America is a grassroots, multi-tendency*, socialist organization committed to the radical deepening of democracy and freedom in every aspect of our lives. Our goal is a society liberated from oppression, using tactics rooted in a realistic understanding of how to build political power and challenge entrenched structures. With over 30,000 members, DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States and poised to be a significant force in the resurgence of a popular socialist movement.
The “multi-tendency” aspect of DSA means a willingness to accept people holding a wide variety of political views (tendencies) as allies and members.In other words, DSA is a “big tent” organization: within the context of political action in the United States, DSA may make common cause with leftists and progressives of all stripes.
WHAT DSA IS NOT
The Democratic Socialists of America is not a political party, nor is it a movement that has a narrow, unchanging view of how to achieve our collective political goals.
The principal goal of DSA is the complete elimination of capitalist modes of economic organization and all interrelated forms of oppression. DSA members typically believe that capitalism is inseparable from racism, misogyny, ableism, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, classism, and the myriad intersecting forms of oppression we experience and witness on a daily basis. Democratic socialists believe that our economy and society should exist not to make profits for a few, but to meet human needs and foster true equality.
All of our chapter’s members are volunteers. We are workers, students, and retirees. We are various ages, races, and genders. We have diverse backgrounds,interests, and skills. We engage with the work, contributing our time and labor each as we are able. Some are veteran activists and some of us are just beginning.We share a vision of a just and equitable society, and we are building power across Los Angeles (and beyond!) to achieve that vision.