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

September 18, 2019
  • We can't go back: Defend #HomesNotHandcuffs!

    September 18, 2019  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    Join us at City Hall next Wednesday 9/18 at 1pm to save homeless decriminalization in Austin! After facing continuous anti-homeless backlash since their vote to decriminalize homelessness in June, some council members are proposing new revisions to the city's No Camping and No Sit/No Lie ordinances that would largely undo the progress we made and even expand criminalization of homelessness beyond the original laws.

    WE CANNOT GO BACK to allowing police to ticket, arrest and shuffle around people in our community who are forced to live on the streets. We have to move forward and focus on #HomesNotHandcuffs.

    In June, we chose to be a city that has compassion for the most vulnerable people in our society by rejecting the decades-long criminalization of behaviors that are beyond people’s control.

    The criminalization of homelessness has only led to people being robbed of opportunities to get housing, jobs, and escape the cycle of poverty; decriminalizing homelessness was a crucial first step in our ongoing fight to make Austin a city that is for all, not just the wealthy and privileged. If you believe in this victory, help us defend it.

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  • Bhaskar Sunkara Debates Ayn Rand Institute Board Chairman

    September 18, 2019  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Student Activities Center, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA


    Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor of Jacobin magazine, will be representing our vision for a just and democratic, worker-led society where prosperity is shared by all humans, free time and meaningful relationships are abundant, and alienation is banished.

    Let's show the McCombs business school that more and more people are demanding a world organized around people and not profit.

    For a primer on class struggle politics, check out Bhaskar's talk from our 2018 Chapter Convention!

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September 20, 2019
  • Climate Strike

    September 20, 2019  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    We will be tabling at this event hosted by Sunrise ATX. Please see this FB event for more details.

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  • Karaoke Caucus

    September 20, 2019  10:00 pm - 2:00 am
    The Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA

    Meet at the back bar of HITW

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September 21, 2019
  • Criminal Justice workgroup

    September 21, 2019  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    812 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705-3206, United States

    Interesting in reducing the caging, surveillance, and policing of the working class? Want to know to plug into efforts on issues, elections, and mutual aid to directly blunt the damage of the carceral system? Join us to discus matters locally such as *Solidarity Network to make sure our homeless neighbors can exercise their rights under decriminalization and fight to keep them* *Keeping the City from buying THC testing equipment to re-criminalize marijuana* *The status of mental health first response alternatives to policing* *Local races that may impact mass incarceration*

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  • Mutual Aid Committee meeting!

    September 21, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    812 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705, USA

    Want to organize to directly meet the needs of the community and your fellow DSA members? The Mutual Aid workgroup is the place to be! We organize skillshares, childcare at events, prison support, and break light clinics! Have an idea? LET US KNOW


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September 22, 2019
  • Childcare for All Canvas

    September 22, 2019  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749, USA

    Raising children is too expensive here in Central Texas! Raising a family is tough - impossibly long waitlists for childcare, few jobs that offer paid parental leave, and almost no support for new families. And when families are struggling, that struggle is reflected in every corner of our society. Our families deserve better.

    Heidi has endorsed universal childcare, paid parental leave and free school lunch. Let's go talk to our neighbors about what Texas families deserve and what it will take politically to win these rights.

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September 24, 2019
  • DSA Reading Group

    September 24, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA

    Meet in the coffee shop!

    This meeting is a book report meeting. Each of us will bring to the group a book, article, video, etc of general interest to democratic socialists. Each will give a short report on what was most interesting about the material to the reader. Open discussion follows.

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September 25, 2019
  • Health Justice Meeting

    September 25, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

    Join us for a health justice committee meeting! We will be discussing our events for the fall as well as electing new co-chairs for the committee. Please come if you are interested in helping plan a couple events over the next few months or if you are interested in taking a leadership role in this group!

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September 27, 2019
  • AfroSOC Meetup!

    September 27, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A meetup with other Austin DSA Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color for dinner. Need not be a member of Austin DSA. Email [email protected] to RSVP, or for more info (and location if not posted in time).

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September 28, 2019
  • Strategic Planning and Debrief Meeting

    September 28, 2019  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

    What is Austin DSA up to? What campaigns are we running, what have we wrapped up, and what did we actually DO? And most importantly, what's working!? In our quarterly strategic planning meetings, we'll use power mapping, debriefs, and and critique to zero in on what's working, what isn't and how to focus on winning.


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September 29, 2019
  • September Queer Coalition Meeting

    September 29, 2019  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757, USA

    Join the Austin DSA Queer Coalition, as we discuss a trans-safe spaces campaign and how the new APD program impacts that. We will also be strategizing for the Oct AISD board meeting and their vote regarding LGBTQIA+ positive sex education.

    We'll be meeting in the "Board Room".

    The location is ADA accessible, and the nearest bus stop is Anderson/Mullen
    Stop ID: 1080

    If there's anything we can do to make this meeting more accessible to you, please email [email protected]


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September 30, 2019
  • Abortion Access ATX Victory Happy Hour

    September 30, 2019  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA

    Join us at the Butterfly Bar as we celebrate our historic victory in Austin, where City Council allocated $150,000 for practical support for people seeking abortion care in Austin. Practical support includes childcare, lodging, transportation and emotional and doula support.

    The funding makes Austin the first-ever U.S. city to publicly fund logistical support for abortion care! We made history, y’all!

    Another notable moment in our history was the passage of the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, which was enacted in 1976 and became the first of several anti-abortion laws aimed at chipping away people’s right to abortion. Since then, lawmakers have done their best to roll back our right to bodily autonomy by making abortion inaccessible to low-income people and people of color.

    September 30th marks 43 years of the Hyde Amendment. What better way to recommit to fighting Hyde than with a celebration of a HUGE victory to advance abortion access in Texas?

    We’ll be gathering at the Butterfly Bar at 4pm for happy hour. Join us to celebrate and learn how you can get involved in our efforts to expand access to abortion in the south! Food available for sale at Patrizi’s food truck. Children are welcome.


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  • Immigrant Rights Committee Monthly Meeting

    September 30, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA

    Monthly meeing. Agenda TBA.

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October 4, 2019
  • DSA Happy Hour!

    October 4, 2019  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA

    Join us for our monthly happy hour!

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October 13, 2019
  • October Green New Deal Canvass

    October 13, 2019  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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October 15, 2019
  • General Meeting - Open to All!

    October 15, 2019  6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
    Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757, USA

    Agenda Forthcoming! Come socialize with a hundred friendly socialist organizers!

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