What is Democratic Socialism

Democratic socialists advocate for a radical restructuring of our economic and political systems to value people over profits. Rather than our current economy, which is controlled by the wealthy few for their own benefit, we envision an economy that is democratically controlled by all Americans. By working toward progressive change that empowers workers, people of color, women, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized Americans, we believe that we can create a free, democratic, humane society.

For a more detailed overview of Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America’s work, please visit our About page. If you’re interested in learning more about our national structure and the broader democratic socialist movement in the United States, please visit our national’s website, dsausa.org.

For more information about our stances on specific economic, political and social causes, please visit the Our Issues page.

For more information about the history of Democratic Socialists of America, please visit the Our History page.

For a more detailed information about democratic socialism and organizing, please take a look at the resource documents below.

Socialism 101: An Introduction to the Democratic Socialists of America

Our local chapter uses this slideshow presentation as part of our Socialism 101 events, in which we provide participants with a background in what socialism is and how the socialist movement has influenced the United States. (“Democratic socialism is as American as apple pie!”)

Introduction to Democratic Socialism: Short Reading List

The reading list below offers resources that go into more detail about what democratic socialism is and how it intersects with other economic and social justice issues, including race, gender, and sexual orientation and identification.

Resistance Rising: Socialist Strategy in the Age of Political Revolution

Democratic Socialists of America is committed to vision of socialist organizing that builds the Left movement through advancing racial and economic justice. Members of Democratic Socialists of America voted to adopt the strategy document below that lays the foundation for Democratic Socialists of America’s priorities and activities moving forward.

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