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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Health Justice

In Feburary, Austin DSA’s city-wide canvassing for Paid Sick Days and Medicare for All proved to be a deciding factor in City Council’s vote to establish an ordinance that guarantees every worker in the city earned sick time.


The fight is far from over. Not only must we protect Paid Sick Days from the reactionary Texas Legislature, we must also continue the fight for universal Medicare for All. Learn more here (also available in Spanish).

Housing

Austin DSA endorses Prop A, a $250 million affordable housing bond on the ballot this November. Want to help us build homes for people, not for profit? Learn how at the Housing Committee page.

Ready to help make a difference?

The next general body meeting will be 7:00PM-8:30PM at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. See our calendar for more events!

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2019
  • Housing Committee Meeting

    March 21, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Austin Central Library Room 621, Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    The Housing Committee is moving forward in the fight for housing justice! Come to our March meeting and catch up if you missed February by reading our meeting notes, which are full of information including ways that you can help out with our projects without attending any meetings. Our next Socialist Housing Education event focuses on homelessness, and we are continuing to stand in solidarity with tenants facing eviction, working to achieve more affordable housing on ACC-owned land, supporting tenant organizing in West Campus, and working with our comrades in ADAPT for disability rights.

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March 23, 2019
  • The End of Policing: A Conversation with Alex Vitale

    March 23, 2019  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    IBEW Local Union 520, 4818 E Ben White Blvd #300, Austin, TX 78741, USA

    Austin DSA brings Alex Vitale to give an in-depth discussion of Policing, Incarceration, and way they function in our society.

    This work gets straight to the heart of efforts to organize against oppression within and without our organization. As the cover says, “The Problem isn’t police training, the police diversity, or police methods. The Problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last 40 years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in society. The problem is policing itself”

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March 24, 2019
  • Medicare For All Canvass!

    March 24, 2019  10:30 am - 2:00 pm
    1700 Poquito St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Join us for another Medicare for All canvass in US Representative Lloyd Doggett's district! We will be meeting for a training and light breakfast before a couple hours of block walking. Every event so far this year has had a great mix of experienced and new canvassers, so you'll find a solid spot regardless of your background with this work. One of the greatest parts of canvassing is the contagious energy shared amongst the volunteers and it's a great way to bookend your weekend.

    Medicare for All is a 2019 priority for Austin DSA and Lloyd Doggett is our most immediate target to move the needle on a national level. It is vital that we have the support of our DSA chapter members and local allies in this fight.

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March 25, 2019
  • Socialist Night School: Socialist Feminism

    March 25, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Introductory Texts

    The bulk of our discussion will focus on these two pieces, which introduce socialist feminism as a concept and discuss how the fight for socialist feminism interacts with fights against various types of oppression.

    Barbara Ehrenreich - Intro to Socialist Feminism (estimated reading time: 20 minutes) - Barbara Ehrenreich, writing in 1976, presents an introduction to socialist feminism as “socialist internationalist anti-racist, anti-heterosexist feminism”

    Audre Lorde - Age, Race, Class, and Sex (estimated reading time: 20 minutes) - Audre Lorde famously tells us we cannot dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools. What does this mean? How do we fight patriarchy and capitalism at once? This piece from 1980 suggests some answers.

    Intermediate Texts

    These pieces elaborate on basic ideas of socialist feminism and introduce ideas like Social Reproduction Theory.

    The Combahee River Statement (estimated reading time: 25 minutes) - The Combahee River Statement, from 1979, is a collectively written document addressing interlocking oppressions around gender, class, race, and sexuality. It's an key document leading up to the development of "Intersectionality" as a theory.

    Tithi Bhattachaya - Mapping Social Reproduction Theory (estimated reading time: 45 minutes) - In this piece, Tithi Bhattachaya lays out a basic case for Social Reproduction Theory (SRT). SRT is a Marxist idea that investigates how people reproduce themselves under capitalism. 

    Further Reading

    Socialist feminism is a very wide ranging field - here are a few pieces that we won't discuss much that will give you a better idea about the breadth of socialist feminist practice and theory.

    Alix Kates Shulman - Sex and Power (estimated reading time: 45 minutes) – Shulman interrogates the idea of "sexual liberation" and looks back on the history of the sexual liberation movement.

    Carne Ross - The Most Feminist Revolution the World Has Ever Witnessed (estimated reading time: 10 minutes) - This short piece discusses the deeply feminist revolution that has taken place in Rojava (in Northern Syria).

    Relevant Media

    Don't have time to read? Prefer podcasts, youtube, and radio shows? Check out this related content.

    Tithi Bhattacharya explains Social Reproduction Theory

    Discussion Questions

    How is socialist feminism different from bourgeois or liberal feminism?
    Historically socialism has been mixed for women; with advancements for women in some socialist countries but the promise of full equality remaining unfulfilled. Can socialism be non-feminist? 
    How has feminism failed to be anti-racist in the past and how can we ensure our socialist feminism is anti-racist?
    What are men’s roles in the socialist feminist movement? What about white women?
    What kind of actions can we take to organize around the unpaid labor of social reproduction?
    How would a society that supports caregivers function? How will socialism engage with social reproduction?

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  • Immigrant Rights Committee Meeting

    March 25, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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April 3, 2019
  • Socialist Housing Education - Homeless Not Voiceless

    April 3, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    M Station Apartments, 2906 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Meeting in the common area!
    We are continuing our socialist housing education series with a panel discussion of homelessness centering voices of experience. This event invites you to hear from a group of individuals who are experiencing homelessness, or who have experienced homelessness in the past. We will be listening to stories, perspectives on issues, and ideas for what a real solution to homelessness looks like from the vantage point of folks actively seeking these solutions.

    The homeless communities across our country are among those most profoundly harmed by capitalism, and most improperly blamed for the failings of an exploitative system. We affirm the fundamental worth of every person, and we reject the idea that human value is determined by how profitable human bodies are. That anyone is without shelter in a country of such wealth is a failure in terms of morality and justice, and the DSA Housing Committee invites you to a discussion of this wrong and how we can make it right.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/398958347565422/

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April 4, 2019
  • Ecosocialism Committee Meeting

    April 4, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    TBD

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April 8, 2019
  • Leadership Committee Meeting

    April 8, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Monthly LC Meeting. Email [email protected] if you have an idea you'd like to bring up!

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April 9, 2019
  • Feminist Action Committee meeting

    April 9, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    To be determined

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April 16, 2019
  • General Meeting

    April 16, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Justin Ln, 2208, Austin, TX, United States

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April 18, 2019
  • Housing Committee Meeting

    April 18, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Austin Central Library Room 621, Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

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April 20, 2019
  • Jail Support - Mutual Aid Committee

    April 20, 2019  8:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Travis County Jail, 500 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    Come show support for those getting out of jail. We will be handing out care bags, literature pertaining to community resources, setting up people with rides, and helping them with anything else they may need. As always, solidarity not charity!

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