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.

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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.

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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

December 2, 2020
  • DSA National: Them and Us Unionism

    December 2, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Them and Us Unionism

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

    8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

    Call / Meeting Info

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    Militant, activist, democratic unions: in DSA, we know that's what we support, but what do such unions really look like? What are the principles that define them and distinguish them from more complacent and conservative labor organizations?

    Join the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) for a panel discussion on the United Electrical Workers’ (UE) new pamphlet: “Them and Us Unionism.” Drawing on the union’s history, “Them and Us Unionism” identifies the UE’s five core tenets: aggressive struggle, rank and file control, political independence, international solidarity, and uniting all workers.

    The panel will include UE organizer and former DSLC Steering Committee member Kari Thompson on the union’s unique history and philosophy; labor historian and Chicago DSA member Toni Gilpin, author of The Long Deep Grudge, a history of the radical Farm Equipment Workers Union (FE);, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) member and current DSLC Steering Committee member Zack Pattin, whose own union’s history greatly parallels that of the UE experience. Don’t miss this exciting conversation about class-struggle unionism and where we go from here!

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  • Red Square: Open Political Discussion

    December 2, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-5

    You must RSVP for the Zoom link: 
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-5

    Red Square is Austin DSA's new series of meetings that are open to anyone to join and discuss politics. No preparation required.

    Meetings begin with a brief presentation on the most pressing political developments of the past week, followed by open question and discussion.

    This is the place to bring any of your questions about socialism and the organizing it will take to get there! Please join us if you're a comrade who feels like there's so much to learn, and invite your socialist-curious friends!

    Readings:

    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/eric-blanc-labor-movement-militant-minority-red-state-revolt

    https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/taft-hartley-unions-right-to-work

    Supplementals:

    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/11/comrade-jodi-dean-communism-organizing

    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/12/red-scare-industrial-workers-of-the-world-iww

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December 3, 2020
  • Ecosocialist Working Group Monthly Meeting!

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

    Agenda to come.

    See Slack or email for Zoom link.

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  • FAC Book Club: No Shortcuts

    December 3, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/fac-book-club-no-shortcuts/

    Jane McAlevey’s NO SHORTCUTS argues today’s organizers must go beyond mobilization or advocacy in favor of mass organizing, rebuilding unions to redistribute power for change with working class communities. 

    Join our weekly book club, as we work through MacAlevey’s theory of organizing, including dissecting lessons from labor unions & social movements, and discuss how we can use these lessons in organizing for power locally. 

    Book Club is open to anyone in Austin DSA who wants to learn more about organizing, and will take place every other week over Zoom. Meeting dates: 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, & 12/3, 7:30pm over Zoom.

    Each week we’ll focus on a separate chapter of the book, hosted by a different book club member. Sign up at the Action Network link above to participate, choose a chapter, request a copy of the book, or ask questions! You'll receive the Zoom link upon RSVP.

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December 4, 2020
  • DSA National: Organizing the Diaspora: The U.S.-China Conflict, Anti-Asian Racism, and Transnational Solidarity

    December 4, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Organizing the Diaspora: The U.S.-China Conflict, Anti-Asian Racism, and Transnational Solidarity

    Friday, December 4th, 2020

    7:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM CST / 5:00 PM MST / 4:00 PM PST

    Call / Meeting Info

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    2020 has seen rising tensions at various pressure points between the U.S. and China: political crises in Hong Kong and Xinjiang; increased anti-Asian racism, specifically Sinophobia, with the spread of COVID-19; and nationalist fearmongering on China from establishment politicians across the aisle.

    Caught between this crossfire are Asian workers and others in the diaspora, from international students to long-time Chinatown residents. We have also seen heroic struggles against these forms of oppressions and have been inspired by the BLM uprising in the US.

    How can leftists of color and allies help connect transnational solidarity to anti-racist movement-building at home? What are some of the possibilities or pitfalls to anticipate with a Biden administration in terms of building up Asian and Asian American movements from China to Chinatowns abroad?

    Speakers in this webinar will show the interconnections between these aspects, addressing topics like the Chinese right wing, pro-Beijing disinformation, Chinese international students’ organizing, and avenues for left-wing solidarity with movements in Hong Kong and China against state repression while remaining vigilant against the forces of U.S. imperialism.

    This event hopes to stimulate organizing that concretely gives shape to what connecting the transnational and local in the mass movement and beyond can look like.

    Speakers:

    Tobita Chow, Justice is Global
    Helena Wong, Chinese Student Activist Network
    David Xu Borgonjon, International and Immigrant Student Workers Alliance (IISWA)
    Sharon Yam, Lausan Collective 
    JM Wong, Pacific Rim Solidarity Network (Parisol) 

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  • DSA National: Building a Left that Can Fight and Win

    December 4, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Building a Left that Can Fight and Win

    Friday, December 4th, 2020

    8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

    Call / Meeting Info

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    The results of the elections are in: Donald Trump narrowly lost and the Democrats under-performed against all expectations in Congress. And while measures such as raising the minimum wage and legalizing marijuana were more popular than either candidate, over 72 million voted for Trump. Socialists must take a hard look at the underlying trends in American political life: the dangerous growth of an assertive, white-supremacist Right and the weakness of declining centrist liberalism. In this continuing period of political instability we need an active, organized socialist movement accessible to people from across the broad, multi-racial working class.

    What lessons can we draw from the election? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead for working class and socialist organizing? How do we fight the rise of the right? Join us for a panel of DSA labor organizers and leaders from our National Political Committee, Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, and the AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus to discuss their assessment of the election, the political terrain ahead of us, and what DSA needs to do to build a durable and winning Left that can defeat the Right and create a better world.

    Featuring: Keon Liberato, Rebecca Garelli, Robert Cuffy and Kevin Prosen in conversation with Marianela D’Aprile.

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December 6, 2020
  • Austin DSA Leadership for 2021!

    December 6, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Come and learn about Leadership Opportunities in the Austin DSA Chapter. This year, the LC and the chapter wrote new by-laws to create increased democratic participation and fairly distributed responsibilities. Are you Austin DSA Leadership curious? Presentation on the new roles for leadership & committees. Talk to the current Leadership Committee Members about their experiences.

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-leadership-for-2021?source=direct_link&

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December 8, 2020
  • DSA National: DSA Medicare for All National Campaign Kickoff

    December 8, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    DSA Medicare for All National Campaign Kickoff

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

    8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

    Call / Meeting Info

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    As a result of COVID, millions of workers are losing their jobs and their insurance. Even those with insurance struggle to afford the cost of hospital treatment (in some cases tens of thousands of dollars). The communities hit hardest by the coronavirus, such as the undocumented, largely do not have any health insurance coverage at all. If we want to save lives and beat COVID, we must put patients and healthcare workers over the profits of insurance and drug companies. Our government must ensure that everyone, regardless of employment, immigration, or insurance status, has access to the healthcare they need — including free testing and treatment.

    In order to get politicians to buck their donors and side with the majority they are supposed to represent, we have to threaten them with a mass, popularly-based political movement. The movement of the kind we need to achieve Medicare for All will only be built through connecting with millions of people across the country, in their neighborhoods, town halls and workplaces.

    Join the Democratic Socialists of America as we launch the next round of our campaign to win Medicare for All. Hear from healthcare workers, essential workers, and legislators why this fight is so important and how we are going to win it. Connect with other DSA organizers to build strategic campaigns in your chapters and coordinate throughout your region. Learn what resources are available to get your campaigns off the ground. Build the working-class movement to win a piece of real democratic socialism!

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  • Feminist Action Committee Meeting

    December 8, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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December 9, 2020
  • Red Square: Open Political Discussion

    December 9, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-6

    You must RSVP for the Zoom link: 

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-6

    Red Square is Austin DSA's new series of meetings that are open to anyone to join and discuss politics. No preparation required.

    Meetings begin with a brief presentation on the most pressing political developments of the past week, followed by open question and discussion.

    This is the place to bring any of your questions about socialism and the organizing it will take to get there! Please join us if you're a comrade who feels like there's so much to learn, and invite your socialist-curious friends!

    You can find the readings on the zoom link

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December 14, 2020
  • Reading Group: Wage Labor & Capital, Part One

    December 14, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/reading-group-wage-labor-capital-part-one/

    You must RSVP for the Zoom link!
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/reading-group-wage-labor-capital-part-one/

    Austin DSA’s Political Education Committee is hosting a two-part reading group (first meeting on Monday, 12/14 at 7:30pm, next meeting 1 week later on 12/21 at 7:30pm) on Karl Marx’s short pamphlet, Wage Labour and Capital, which was first published in 1847.

    This pamphlet is a great introduction to reading Marx with DSA comrades, and this reading group is a great way to get to get involved with Austin DSA. Each event will begin with a lecture to summarize the main points made in that week’s lecture.

    The topics we’ll be discussing from this pamphlet include: What is life like for working class people in our capitalist society? Why is it the way it is? When it comes to the negative aspects of life for working class people under capitalism, what can we do about it?

    Week 1 of 2: This session, we will be discussing the first half of the pamphlet, starting from the 1891 Introduction by Marx’s close collaborator Frederick Engels, through Chapter 5, “By What Are Wages Determined?” This week’s reading should take you about two hours, including the time it takes to re-read some parts and to take notes. Please plan accordingly, so that we all get the most out of the reading group!

    After the opening lecture, we will have time for open discussion with guided questions.

    Please take the time to read the text first! Bring your notes, insights, takes, and questions to the discussion.

    Link to download the PDF: http://libgen.gs/ads.php?md5=B0FBAE16D7BBE44AD22A4BD551BE96AC

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December 15, 2020
  • TRAVIS COUNTY RUN OFF ELECTIONS (AISD School Board/City Council)

    December 15, 2020  7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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December 16, 2020
  • Red Square: Open Political Discussion

    December 16, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-7

    You must RSVP for the Zoom link: 

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-7

    Red Square is Austin DSA's new series of meetings that are open to anyone to join and discuss politics. No preparation required.

    Meetings begin with a brief presentation on the most pressing political developments of the past week, followed by open question and discussion.

    This is the place to bring any of your questions about socialism and the organizing it will take to get there! Please join us if you're a comrade who feels like there's so much to learn, and invite your socialist-curious friends!

    You can find the readings on the zoom link

    See more details

December 17, 2020
December 19, 2020
  • Austin DSA December Monthly Meeting!

    December 19, 2020  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-december-monthly-meeting/

    You must RSVP here for the Zoom Link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-december-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/777333919671470/

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December 23, 2020
  • Red Square: Open Political Discussion

    December 23, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-8

    You must RSVP for the Zoom link: 

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/red-square-open-political-discussion-8

    Red Square is Austin DSA's new series of meetings that are open to anyone to join and discuss politics. No preparation required.

    Meetings begin with a brief presentation on the most pressing political developments of the past week, followed by open question and discussion.

    This is the place to bring any of your questions about socialism and the organizing it will take to get there! Please join us if you're a comrade who feels like there's so much to learn, and invite your socialist-curious friends!

    You can find the readings on the zoom link

    See more details