Our mission is to create a more equitable world by establishing socialism as a political force at the city, state, national, and international levels. We believe that Chicago, as well as local and national governments and economies, should operate through social ownership: for the benefit of all instead of for a select few.
Chicago DSA is an intersectional—feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, etc.—organization that both educates Chicagoans about socialist values and policies and trains and mobilizes grassroots activists to build coalitions that move Chicago, the U.S. and the world toward a socialist future.
In the near term, we work toward reforms that shift power and resources away from corporate elites and put them in the hands of ordinary citizens by campaigning locally for socialist policies and candidates and by establishing a diverse and continually expanding range of working groups to tackle Chicago’s various inequalities and injustices.
In the long term, we fight for a world in which all people share equitably in creating and governing economic, political, and cultural institutions, as well as developing interpersonal and communal relationships.
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 groups, 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. 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, and check out the events calendar to find out when the next meeting is!
- Anti-Racism Working Group
- Communications Working Group
- Community Councils Working Group
- Electoral Working Group
- Environmental Justice Working Group
- Health Care Working Group
- Housing Working Group
- Labor Working Group
- Public Education Working Group
- Queer Socialist Working Group
- Rapid Response Working Group
- Socialist Night School
- Socialist Feminist Working Group
- Solidarity Economy Working Group