The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. We believe that the economy should be run democratically, by working people, to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are an activist organization, not a political party. We oppose all forms of oppression, including those based on race, immigration status, ethnicity, religion, ability, gender, and sexuality. In local chapters around the country, DSA members are building movements for social change and establishing a democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.
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Meetings are generally the first Saturday of the month, 10 am – noon at Ant Hall (2320 Caniff, Hamtramck). We are currently meeting online to protect the health and safety of our members.
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The heart of Detroit DSA is our working groups. Through these small groups, we promote strategies and advance tactics in our communities that move forward a working-class-centered politics of humanity and solidarity, effect positive change in the metro Detroit area, and build relationships with other organizations with similar values and goals. There are also sometimes ad hoc groups that form to take on specific tasks. There’s sure to be something that will let you get involved with the DSA in a way that speaks to your motivations. Follow our events page or send an email to the working group address to keep up with upcoming meetings and actions.
Crisis Coalition Work
External outreach on behalf of DSA to check in with other groups in the area (other activist groups, unions, labor groups, non-profits, community organizations, etc.) and learn about what efforts are underway, and determine when, where, and how Metro Detroit DSA can engage.
Department of Disruption
Join Detroit’s finest protest brass band and make every action a little louder and more fun. We are looking for musicians of all skill levels and ages to join our ranks.
This working group is dedicated to a politics that places people and the planet before profit, and works to agitate, educate and organize on the local, state and national levels for an ecosocialist future in which democracy and equity are united with sustainability.
In accordance with our long-term objective of building a mass socialist political formation in the United States, MDDSA prioritizes cultivating and supporting socialist candidates who will be accountable to DSA’s political agenda. This work is critical in the development of a genuine alternative to the neoliberal third-way politics of the corporate establishment within the Democratic Party.
In the wake of a global pandemic that has brought capitalism to its knees, the need for building working-class power is clear. Grocery store employees, delivery drivers, restaurant staff, factory laborers, and especially healthcare workers have realized their value and are eager to rise up in opposition to the status quo. Join this working group to connect with union and labor organizers from education, to healthcare, to service-work and learn crucial labor organizing skills.
An ever evolving working group that aims to use a range of narrative tools to expose the contradictions of capitalism and illustrate the vision of the socialist future we’re fighting for. The Detroit Socialist newspaper is a continuing project of the chapter and a new accompanying podcast is in development. We’re always seeking other creatives to join us to work on zines, art displays, digital media, videos and beyond.
Medicare For all
We need a healthcare system that prioritizes the health of working-class Americans over the profits of insurance companies and their billionaire executives. We need a single, universal system with comprehensive coverage that is free at the point of service. We are currently organizing around the House representative pressure campaign for the Medicare for All bill. Recent activities include literature drops and teletownhall drop-ins to urge Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin to support it.
We spearhead political education work aimed at both members and the broader public. This involves the planning of the Socialist Night School and Socialist Reading Circle.
We are socialist teachers, parents, and citizen taxpayers that make an effort to bring awareness and combat privatization in the public education system K-University. We refuse to see people as clients, sterile data points, or bottom lines for testing companies and educational profiteers. Our efforts thus far have been screenings and community events surrounding the gross and abusive for profit charter school industry in Michigan.
Readying a starter team that conducts training calls with comrades who are interested in learning the Red Rabbits security basics course. These training sessions will cover the core tactics and methods around de-escalation interventions, basic event marshalling, contingency planning, and non-violent security support.
The Socialist Feminist Working Group brings a more prominent feminist perspective to the DSA and a socialist perspective to the mainstream feminist movement. We organize around feminist issues such as reproductive justice including economic justice and other issues that especially impact working class and poor women.
Standing Committees are permanent subcommittees of the Steering Committee. These committees help administrate, plan, and guide major Chapter activities such as fundraising, membership engagement or electoral work.
Builds and maintains the various lines of communication of the MDDSA.
Organizes direct action events and campaigns and identifies possible actions.
Education and Policy
Responsible for the political education and policy research of the Chapter.
Coordinates the electoral activities and campaigns of the Chapter.
Responsible for managing, coordinating, and assisting fundraising efforts for the Chapter, Branches, working groups, and committees.
Responsible for the oversight and implementation of a member engagement system that may engage in recruitment, onboarding, or engaging members with Chapter projects and initiatives.
Rules & Bylaws
Assists the Chapter in drafting and maintaining necessary rules and amendments to bylaws.
Coordinates the technology needs of the Chapter like overseeing cyber-security or programming.
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