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 29, 2020
  • Special Voting Meeting: Endorsements

    September 29, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/special-voting-meeting-endorsements

    Endorsements are a big deal for Austin DSA- we don't just rubber-stamp lists of people who we think it would be good to have in office, we pick campaigns that highlight the struggles of working-class people, develop our chapter as organizers, and give us leverage in future pressure campaigns! As such, our endorsement means we will put organizing muscle, membership, and resources behind targeted campaigns, and we don't make those decisions without wide participation. 

    We've received endorsement requests from a handful of campaigns that have the potential for membership support, and we need to have your vote, to make sure we don't move on anything that doesn't have the full backing of our membership.

    Full agenda to follow soon!

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September 30, 2020
  • DSA National: Taking Heart in a Heartless World: How Faith Traditions Can Strengthen Socialist Movements

    September 30, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    https://www.dsausa.org/calendar/taking_heart_in_a_heartless_world/

    Taking Heart in a Heartless World: How Faith Traditions Can Strengthen Socialist Movements

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

    7:30 PM EDT / 6:30 PM CDT / 5:30 PM MDT / 4:30 PM PDT

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    Join Bhaskar Sunkara, founding publisher and editor of Jacobin magazine, and Rev. Andrew Wilkes on Wednesday, September 30th for the third installment in the monthly conversation series of DSA’s Religious Socialism working group. The theme of the conversation will be focused on Taking Heart in a Heartless World: How Faith Traditions Can Strengthen Socialist Movements.

    At a time when religious narratives and communities are simultaneously being mobilized for inequality-reproducing and emancipatory purposes, Rev. Wilkes and Sunkara will discuss the role of religion and faith traditions within the wider socialist movement and Left politics.

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  • DSA National: Voter Suppression and Electoral Reform: A Virtual Discussion with J. Mijin Cha, Miles Rapoport, and David Duhalde

    September 30, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://www.dsausa.org/calendar/voter-suppression-and-electoral-reform/

    Voter Suppression and Electoral Reform: A Virtual Discussion with J. Mijin Cha, Miles Rapoport, and David Duhalde

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

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

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    Join the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Fund, Dissent magazine, The New Press, and the DSA National Electoral Committee for the next installment in an ongoing series of virtual discussions based on the book We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style. This month’s discussion will focus on J. Mijin Cha’s chapter in the book titled: “We the People: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance, and Election Reform.”

    Amidst an unprecedented pandemic and in the face of a racist police state, we must chart a new course. In We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style, leading  thinkers and activists come together to examine the democratic socialist history of the United States and how we might achieve a world where every human being is guaranteed a life of safety, health, dignity, and even joy, free from the commodification of basic necessities. The chapters of this timely and urgent volume tackle climate change, foreign policy, gender and the family, healthcare, socialist governance, reparations, and more. 

    Our event on September 30 will focus on the need for democratic socialists to work for actual democracy through fighting against voter suppression and for electoral reform. 

    J. Mijin Cha is an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College. She is also a fellow at the Worker Institute, Cornell University. Dr. Cha’s research explores the intersection of inequality and climate change, particularly labor/climate coalitions. Her current research focus is on just transition- how to transition fossil fuel communities and workers equitably into a low-carbon future.

    Miles Rapoport is currently the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He served in the Connecticut legislature representing West Hartford from 1984-1994, and as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State from 1995-1998.  He also served as President of Demos, a public policy center in New York City, and as national President of Common Cause.

    David Duhalde served as DSA’s National Youth Organizer and Deputy Director. Duhalde also served as political director of the Bernie Sanders-inspired Our Revolution and as a Research Analyst for Every Voice, a small donor democracy national advocacy organization. Today, he is the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund Board.

    This event could go as late as 9:30pm Eastern.

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October 1, 2020
  • Education Austin: AISD Community Public Testimony

    October 1, 2020  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1034518693665230

    Austin ISD is scheduled to begin reopening schools next week. We have so many questions about how to keep our students safe. Plans have been vague. Rumors are flying. Plans are changing. Then there was not even an opportunity for public testimony at this week’s school board meeting. We will provide a forum for teachers, staff, parents, students, and other community members to ask their questions in our own public testimony session this Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4:00 PM.
    We will begin at 4:00 pm, but anyone can join at any time after that. Once in the Zoom meeting, you will complete a short form to indicate that you have a question or statement you would like to share. You will go into our queue and be called on in turn. Once called upon, you will have two minutes to make your statement.
    We invite the superintendent and trustees to listen to the comments from our community and respond accordingly.
    Register here to receive the Zoom meeting information: https://actionnetwork.org/.../community-public-testimony...
    This event will be live-streamed for the public to watch.

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  • Ecosocialist Working Group Monthly Meeting!

    October 1, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Agenda to come.

    See Slack or email for Zoom link.

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  • DSA National: Effective Coalition Work

    October 1, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Effective Coalition Work

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020

    8:30 PM EDT / 7:30 PM CDT / 6:30 PM MDT / 5:30 PM PDT

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    As we respond to the aftermath of the upcoming election and the numerous crises unfolding during 2020, we often seek to work with allied organizations to build capacity, reach, and campaign effectiveness.

    This training will teach members about the types of coalitions, how to join existing coalitions or start new ones, and the best practices of coalition work.

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October 4, 2020
  • DSA National: DSA4USPS: Protect Democracy, Save the USPS!

    October 4, 2020  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    https://www.dsausa.org/calendar/dsa4usps-protect-democracy-save-the-usps/

    DSA4USPS: Protect Democracy, Save the USPS!

    Sunday, October 4th, 2020

    5:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM CDT / 3:00 PM MDT / 2:00 PM PDT

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    The Democratic Socialist Labor Commission’s DSA4USPS subcommittee is hosting a series of educational webinars on the United States Postal Service.

    This webinar will explore how current attacks on USPS – a beloved, iconic American institution with potential to be a socialist exemplar – include bald attempts at voter suppression. A panel of postal workers and voter protection experts will share insights into how issues like mail slowdowns are engineered to impact the general election. Anyone invested in the future of the post office and defending the right to vote is encouraged to attend!

     

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October 5, 2020
  • DSA National: GOTV during COVID-19

    October 5, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    https://www.dsausa.org/calendar/gotv-during-covid-19/

    GOTV during COVID-19

    Monday, October 5th, 2020

    7:30 PM EDT / 6:30 PM CDT / 5:30 PM MDT / 4:30 PM PDT

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    As the November elections draw near, we’re hosting a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) during COVID-19 training! Learn from DSA chapters who successfully engaged in pandemic-safe GOTV in the primaries to use in upcoming electoral fights!

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October 7, 2020
  • DSA NATIONAL Q&A with Cori Bush Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

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

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    Interested in DSA but haven’t joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win Medicare for All, and defund the police, but unsure how to get started?

    Join Cori Bush – Organizer, Democratic nominee for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District in St. Louis, former national Bernie surrogate, and featured in Netflix’s Knock Down the House documentary – as we talk about how we can come together in DSA RIGHT NOW to win our demands in communities across the country.

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October 8, 2020
  • FAC Book Club: No Shortcuts

    October 8, 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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October 12, 2020
  • DSA National: Immigrants’ Struggles in the Time of Covid/La lucha en los tiempos de Covid!

    October 12, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    https://www.dsausa.org/calendar/immigrants-struggles-in-the-time-of-covid/

    Immigrants’ Struggles in the Time of Covid/La lucha en los tiempos de Covid!

    Monday, October 12th, 2020

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

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    This People’s Indigenous Day, join the Immigrants’ Rights Working Group (IRWG) for a webinar: Immigrants’ Struggles in the Time of Covid/La lucha en los tiempos de Covid! We will be joined by comrades on the front lines of the immigrants’ rights movement and find out ways to get involved!

    Join us for an evening of discussion.

    Chair: Alexander Hernandez – IRWG Steering Committee

    Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR). GLAHR educates, organizes and trains the Latino community in Georgia to defend and promote their civil and human rights. Their work has been crucial in exposing the atrocities taking place in Georgia ICE detention centers.

    Jorge Mujica, IRWG Steering Committee, Organizador de trabajadores inmigrantes y de bajos ingresos / Immigrant and low-income workers Organizer.

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  • Bylaws Committee Meeting

    October 12, 2020  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    More Details Coming!

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October 13, 2020
  • Feminist Action Committee Meeting

    October 13, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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October 14, 2020
  • Socialist Night School: What Is Democratic Socialism?

    October 14, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    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. New members and lifelong socialists, all are welcome!

    You must RSVP here for the Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/socialist-night-school-what-is-democratic-socialism/

    This session, we're going back to the basics. What is Democratic Socialism and why should we fight for it? And how? We'll answer those questions together by readings the two articles below and discussing them.

    We'll start Socialist Night School with a lecture (so you can participate even if you couldn't do the readings), and then we'll break out into small, guided discussion groups led by trained facilitators.

    Readings:

    Neal Meyer, What is Democratic Socialism. 

    This Jacobin article, written by a DSA member, spells out the basics of democratic socialism, especially how it differs from liberalism and social democracy. It also names many of the challenges democratic socialists face, and what we can do to get past them.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/07/democratic-socialism-bernie-sanders-social-democracy-alexandria-ocasio-cortez

    Meagan Day, Democratic Socialism Explained

    This Vox article, also written by a DSA member, explains why socialists want to go beyond reforming and regulating capitalism.

    https://www.vox.com/first-person/2018/8/1/17637028/bernie-sanders-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-cynthia-nixon-democratic-socialism-jacobin-dsa

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October 20, 2020
  • Austin DSA October Monthly Meeting!

    October 20, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-october-monthly-meeting

    You must RSVP here for the Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/austin-dsa-october-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/673229953405075/

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October 21, 2020
October 22, 2020
  • FAC Book Club: No Shortcuts

    October 22, 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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October 26, 2020
  • Bylaws Committee Meeting

    October 26, 2020  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    More Details Coming!

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