Austin Democratic Socialists of America

Who We Are

Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the United States and we are in the midst of explosive growth nationally and locally. We are not a political party; we are an activist organization. Our vision is of a democratically run economy and society that gives power to the people rather than the privileged elites. Learn more about us.

Convention 2020 is coming up and you can be apart of it!

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Simply put, we fight for a better world. Join us in our mission to build a democratically run economy and society that serves the needs of all.

Ready to help make a difference?

The next general body meeting will be 6:45PM-8:30PM at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. See our calendar for more events!

Upcoming Events

August 4, 2020
  • Phonebank for Rashida Tlaib!

    July 28, 2020  3:00 pm - August 4, 2020  6:00 pm
    Austin DSA

    RSVP here at the time slot(s) that works for you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLATXfp_SlELer3ai7o06lSn10fj0a763tkZ_5-hQuXOiVmg/viewform

    Join the DSA National Electoral Committee as we phone bank together for Rashida Tlaib! We’ll be signing up to phone bank for one of Rashida’s nightly phone banks on her website (link above), so that we can talk to voters together.

    Training is sent out ahead of time & provided on a Zoom call before the phone bank begins.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2470565529900112/

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  • DSA National: Q&A about DSA

    August 4, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

    8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT / 6:00 PM MDT / 5:00 PM PDT

    Call / Meeting Info

    RSVP: RSVP Here

    Event Information

    Are you interested in joining DSA? Are you curious what being an active Democratic Socialist Organizer looks like? Jump on this call to meet DSA Leaders, explore what it means to be a DSA member, and ask questions about DSA and the movement we’re building.

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August 5, 2020
  • EWOC Workplace Organizing Training Program: Leader Identification

    August 5, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    http://tiny.cc/Organize

    Join us for our six-session EWOC training program for both workers and Intake and Intermediate organizers! Register here- http://tiny.cc/Organize

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  • Socialist Night School: Why Are The Police Like This?

    August 5, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Austin DSA

    You must RSVP at this URL to get the Zoom meeting link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/socialist-night-school-why-are-the-police-like-this/

    Readings are at the bottom of this description.

    Join us on Wednesday, August 5th for a discussion about the history of policing in America, and their role in repressing labor and social justice movements.

    Socialist Night School is an open course that provides a chance to develop our politics together, regardless of background knowledge or whether you’ve attended a class before. Non-members, New members, and lifelong socialists, all are welcome!

    We will start with a brief lecture on the readings, then break out into discussion groups.

    "We live in the aftermath of a history."

    -Alex Gourevitch

    Readings:

    Why Are The Police Like This? - by Alex Gourevitch:

    https://jacobinmag.com/2020/06/police-united-states-strikebreaking-class-war.

    The Best Way to “Reform” the Police Is to Defund the Police, an Interview with Alex Vitale:

    https://jacobinmag.com/2020/06/defund-police-reform-alex-vitale

    https://www.facebook.com/events/318815382498613/

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August 6, 2020
August 9, 2020
  • New Member Call

    August 9, 2020  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    RSVP here for the zoom link ---> https://actionnetwork.org/events/new-member-call

    Democratic Socialist politicians like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Austin's own Jose Garza are raising the expectations of millions of people across the United States and bringing them into a political awakening. The membership of DSA, the largest socialist organization in the United States, is rapidly growing by the thousands. Millions of everyday people are calling for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, defunding the police, universal rent control, and more.

    But what is democratic socialism? What does it mean to be a member of DSA?

    Let's talk about it.

    💻 📱 This event will be held on zoom! RSVP for the Zoom link here ---> https://actionnetwork.org/events/new-member-call

    Join us to discuss what our political moment calls for, make new friends, and get plugged into our fight for democratic control of the things that we need for all of us to live a dignified life.

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August 11, 2020
  • Feminist Action Committee Meeting

    August 11, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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August 12, 2020
  • EWOC Workplace Organizing Training Program: Mapping and Charting a Workplace

    August 12, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    http://tiny.cc/Organize

    Join us for our six-session EWOC training program for both workers and Intake and Intermediate organizers!

    ***Make sure to register for each session separately.***

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August 13, 2020
  • MOVIE: Union Time

    August 13, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Event on Austin DSA Facebook: https://bit.ly/3hVBexA

    The DSA Labor Commission is proud to sponsor an education event on Thursday, August 13 which will feature the Zoom showing of the 70 minute film "Union Time" Union Time documents the history of the successful 16 year process of organizing the Smithfield pork processing plant in Tar Heel North Carolina. 

    This is one of the largest food processing facilities in the world with 5000 workers and was one of the largest private sector union victories in a generation. Here is a link to the description of the movie: https://www.videoproject.com/Union-Time.html The movie deals with all the issues of 2020: police repression, Black Lives Matter, Immigration and corporate anti-unionism.

    The movie will be introduced by the Smithfield campaign director Gene Bruskin. After the showing Bruskin will answer questions and discuss the movie. Bruskin is a labor organizer with over 40 years experience who was also one of the co-founders of US Labor Against the War.

    Sign up for the film screening here. https://bit.ly/3jVKof9 

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August 15, 2020
  • CWA/DSA Union Organizing Training Day 1

    August 15, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

    Austin DSA and CWA, the Communications Workers of America, is providing a training for any DSA members interested in learning the how's and why's of forming a union at work. The training will take place over two two-hour sessions, please plan on attending both.

    Part 1 - Saturday, August 15th 10:00am-12:00pm
    The first session will focus on the broader theory and history of why unions are a critical component of any democratic movement that wants to challenge capitalist control of our economy. In other words, why do socialists need a strong labor movement and why does the labor movement need socialists?

    Part 2 - Sunday, August 16th 10:00am-12:00pm
    The second session will focus on the practical steps to organizing your workplace, no matter where or how you work. Many socialists, new and old, are unfamiliar with the specifics of what goes into organizing in their workplaces,

    Advance registration is required for attendance. You will receive a confirmation email once you have completed the form. Emails with the link for the video conference will be sent to registrants at least 24 hours prior to the first training. Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

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August 16, 2020
  • CWA/DSA Union Organizing Training Day 2

    August 16, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

    Austin DSA and CWA, the Communications Workers of America, is providing a training for any DSA members interested in learning the how's and why's of forming a union at work. The training will take place over two two-hour sessions, please plan on attending both.

    Part 1 - Saturday, August 15th 10:00am-12:00pm
    The first session will focus on the broader theory and history of why unions are a critical component of any democratic movement that wants to challenge capitalist control of our economy. In other words, why do socialists need a strong labor movement and why does the labor movement need socialists?

    Part 2 - Sunday, August 16th 10:00am-12:00pm
    The second session will focus on the practical steps to organizing your workplace, no matter where or how you work. Many socialists, new and old, are unfamiliar with the specifics of what goes into organizing in their workplaces,

    Advance registration is required for attendance. You will receive a confirmation email once you have completed the form. Emails with the link for the video conference will be sent to registrants at least 24 hours prior to the first training. Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cwadsa-union-organizing-training/

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August 18, 2020
  • Austin DSA August Monthly Meeting!

    August 18, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-august-monthly-meeting

    You must RSVP here for the Zoom Link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-august-monthly-meeting

    Agenda to come!

    Every month, Austin DSA has a meeting open to members and prospective members. DSA is fighting to build a world where the working class are in charge. Our socialist vision is that if the working class can get political organized, every single person will have high quality healthcare, housing, and good union job. And, only the project of building socialism can stop climate change.

    Our monthly meetings are a great way to keep up with and plug into the work of our chapter. We're currently working on a chapter-wide campaign to Defund the Austin Police Department. We're out at protests and we are organizing to build as much pressure as possible on City Council to defund the police to the tune of $100 Million — or more — and put that money into the social services, jobs, and housing that we need to thrive.

    Stay tuned for a full agenda, and make sure to RSVP in order to get the Zoom Link!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/622347865065630/

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August 19, 2020
  • EWOC Workplace Organizing Training Program: The Organizing Conversation

    August 19, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    http://tiny.cc/Organize

    Join us for our six-session EWOC training program for both workers and Intake and Intermediate organizers!

    ***Make sure to register for each session separately.***

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August 26, 2020
  • EWOC Workplace Organizing Training Program: Campaign Arcs and Escalation

    August 26, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    http://tiny.cc/Organize

    Join us for our six-session EWOC training program for both workers and Intake and Intermediate organizers!

    ***Make sure to register for each session separately.***

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September 2, 2020
  • EWOC Workplace Organizing Training Program: Public Action and Engaging with the Boss

    September 2, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    http://tiny.cc/Organize

    Join us for our six-session EWOC training program for both workers and Intake and Intermediate organizers!

    ***Make sure to register for each session separately.***

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September 3, 2020
  • Ecosocialist Working Group Monthly Meeting!

    September 3, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Agenda to come.

    See Slack or email for Zoom link.

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