Our mission is to establish democratic socialism as a political force in the United States and around the world by training and mobilizing socialist activists to participate in a vibrant and diverse socialist organization at both the local and the national level. DSA both educates the public about democratic socialist values and policies and builds progressive coalitions to win victories that move the U.S. and the world toward social democracy. In the near term, democratic socialists struggle for reforms that shift power and resources away from corporate elites and put them in the hands of ordinary citizens. In the long term, democratic socialists fight for a world in which all people share equally in the governing of the economic, political and cultural institutions and relationships that shape their lives.
Chicago DSA is affiliated with the national Democratic Socialists of America but is separately incorporated. Anyone paying national membership dues in the Chicago area is automatically a member of the Chicago DSA local. Chicago DSA is incorporated as an Illinois non-profit corporation and, like DSA nationally, has 501(c)4 status from the IRS. This means we are tax-exempt, but contributions are not tax deductible. It also means our electoral participation is limited in much the same way as participation by labor unions is limited.
Chicago DSA covers Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties — basically, ZIP codes 600 through 609. As this is far too large a territory for members to effectively participate through chapter-wide general membership meetings, members are encouraged to form local branches.
Current Chicago DSA Branches
- City of Chicago DSA (Northside Branch) – find us on Facebook
- E-mail: email@example.com
- City of Chicago DSA (Oak Park Branch) – find us on Facebook
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- City of Chicago DSA (Southside Branch) – find us on Facebook
- Email: email@example.com
General membership meetings for each branch are held every month. Anyone can attend!
The Executive Committee usually meets the second Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm, usually at the Chicago DSA office but sometimes elsewhere. The Executive Committee is made up of officers and duly elected representatives of the branches. Every DSA member is welcome to attend. Watch our event calendar for the time and location of meetings, events, socials, benefits, protests, and other DSA actions.
Chicago DSA has an office staffed by volunteers. You can contact us via phone, e-mail, or social media!
The heart of Chicago DSA is our Working Groups. Through these small, self-organized units, we promote strategies and advance tactics in our communities that forward a working-class-centered politics of humanity and solidarity, effect positive change in Chicago’s neighborhoods, and build relationships with other organizations with similar values and goals. Our current Working Groups include Anti-Racism, Communications, Disability, Electoral, Environmental, Fundraising, Health Care, Labor, Mental Health, Political Education, Public Education, Rapid Response, Socialist Feminist, Solidarity Economy, and Tech, as well as several reading groups. New Working Groups are also forming — there’s sure to be something that will let you get involved with the DSA in a way that speaks to your motivations. Please watch the calendar or contact us with any questions about the Working Groups; a new section about them is on its way!