NPC Statement on the Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the Dallas Police Officers

The Need for A Democratic Transformation of the Criminal Justice and Police System Issued by the National Political Committee of DSA, July 12, 2016 Democratic Socialists of America condemns the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. These are the latest in the endless taking of black lives by the excessive and precipitous use of deadly police force. Despite the increased attention to these arbitrary killings by the militant protest of #BlackLivesMatter, the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and scores of others go unpunished. Continue reading

Remembering Sigrid Dale

Our Sigrid  By Kim Redigan   Having tasted the bitter fruit of war and oppression in her native Germany, Sigrid Dale gave her life to the hard work of active peacemaking. As a young child, Sigrid experienced the dual horror of losing her father to Hitler's eugenics program followed by the trauma of living under intense Allied bombing. The reality of war coupled with an innate proclivity for justice informed Sigrid's unwavering commitment to nonviolence for the rest of her life. Knowing deeply the unspeakable cost of war, Sigrid's work for peace was both passionate and pragmatic. Continue reading

DSA at the Peoples Summit

Detroit DSA joined DSA members from around the country at the People's Summit in Chicago. We'll have our own take on it posted pretty soon, but in the meantime here are some great articles about this exciting event: YDS at the People's Summit There Was No Clear Agenda at the People’s Summit—and That’s a Good Thing  Life After Bernie: People’s Summit Searches for the Movement’s Political Future    

DSA Condemns Mass Murder in Orlando and the Intolerant Ideologies That Promote Such Acts

Democratic Socialists of America condemns the perpetrator of the mass killing and wounding of innocents at the LGBTQ night club Pulse in Orlando Florida this past weekend on Latin nigh. We stand in solidarity with the victims and their families and the LGBTQ and Latinx community of Orlando and beyond. Continue reading

NPC Statement on the Disability Integration Act (SB 2427)

Democratic Socialists of America expresses its support for The Disability Integration Act (SB 2427). This critical bill would ensure that seniors and people with disabilities would have the financial resources necessary to receive in home and community-based services as an alternative to institutionalization. More broadly, the bill would stop states and insurance companies from denying these individuals the right to continue living in their communities. In addition to personally touching the lives of many DSAers, DSA believes this bill is important because we view it as part of a larger fight to secure basic civil rights for seniors and people with disabilities who have lacked them for so long. As democratic socialists, we believe the struggle for genuine equality involves ensuring all people have the capacity to lead flourishing lives and to participate as equal members of society with all their brothers and sisters. Consequently, we view the fight for a society that enables people with disabilities to live good lives with dignity as a central component of our democratic socialist vision.

DSA Calls for Ending Sanctions Against Venezuela

Democratic Socialists of America calls on President Obama and the US Congress to end unjust sanctions againstVenezuela In the past year, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has been dismayed to see President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) violate US and international law to impose sanctions against the nation of Venezuela. We call on the President and Congress to reverse these actions and stop seeking to undermine theVenezuelan people and their legitimate, democratically elected government. Continue reading

Talking Points for DSA’s Electoral Work between May and November 2016

The National Political Committee (NPC, DSA’s elected leadership) is providing the following Talking Points, passed by the NPC on May 20, 2016 to enable DSA members to present a coherent description of how the NPC believes DSA members should engage in electoral work at various points between now and the November 2016 election. DSA members are free to disagree with these talking points, but the NPC asks that DSA members articulate these points as the organization’s perspective and then indicate where the individual member disagrees. Finally, these are just preliminary talking points on the elections; the NPC will issue a formal statement on DSA and the elections directly after the National Conventions this summer. Continue reading

Fighting Back Against the Rising Tide of Nativist and Racist Reaction

A statement by the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) call on all progressives across the United States to join together in a broad coalition against the rising tide of racist and nativist politics in the United States. The nativist fear-mongering by one Democratic and 27 Republican governors about the alleged threat posed to U.S. residents by Syrian refugees (themselves often fleeing ISIL violence) and undocumented immigrants obscures the true violent threat to our collective security: nativist, racist and misogynist terrorism. Continue reading

DSA National Covention

The DSA National Convention, which took place in Pennsylvania Nov. 13-15, was a huge success! Click here to read a report on the convention. 

Watch our National Director on C-Span!

Our National Director, Maria Svart, was on C-Span's Washington Journal on Sunday, October 18th. She spoke about DSA, and our efforts to elect Bernie Sanders. Click here to watch the video.