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 operates from a democratically agreed upon constitution which you can read here.
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Chicago DSA has 3 geographical branches: a North Side Branch, a South Side Branch, and a West Cook Branch. Find out more about each branch below.
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, Electoral, Environmental Justice, Health Care, Housing, Labor, Public Education, Rapid Response, Service Assistance Initiative, Socialist Feminist, Solidarity Economy, as well as several reading groups and caucuses. 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. Find more information about them below!
- Anti-Racism Working Group
- Communications Working Group
- Electoral Working Group
- Environmental Justice Working Group
- Health Care Working Group
- Housing Working Group
- Labor Working Group
- Libertarian Socialist Caucus
- Public Education Working Group
- Queer Socialist Working Group
- Rapid Response Working Group
- Service Assistance Initiative
- Socialist Feminist Working Group
- Solidarity Economy Working Group