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

February 21, 2019
  • Housing Committee Meeting

    February 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

    Hey comrades, third Thursdays are HoCo meetings, and we've got a big one. Get ready for some really exciting reportbacks, tenant solidarity action, radical housing education, and putting an end to the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness in our city. Don't forget - since outstanding co-chair Maddy has stepped down, we will be electing a successor at this meeting as well. Please reach out to Maddy and/or Marina if you have any questions about the role.

    Rough agenda:
    Co-chair election!
    Homes Not Handcuffs!
    BASTA / tenant organizing!
    Not In The Plan event!
    Build DSA reporting on Prop A campaign!
    Future work: ADAPT support at the lege, partnering with ACC to build affordable student housing, West Campus Neighborhood Association collaboration, and perhaps more!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/283311702362967/

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February 24, 2019
  • Canvass for Medicare For All!

    February 24, 2019  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
    1606 Nickerson Street, 78704

    Come through to create more socialists through door-to-door contact. We're going to get single-payer healthcare and beyond!

    Read up on all the wonderful resources the national DSA Medicare For All Committee has put together, here: https://medicareforall.dsausa.org

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February 25, 2019
  • Immigrant Rights Committee Meeting

    February 25, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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February 26, 2019
  • Labor Committee Meeting

    February 26, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Details TBA

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March 6, 2019
  • Socialist Housing Education - "Not In The Plan" Book Club

    March 6, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Carver Branch, Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    The DSA Austin Housing Committee invites you to join us for a year-long series of events on socialism and housing. The events are designed to be educational, engaging, and personal as we learn about a variety of housing topics, demystify housing politics, and grapple with what a socialist approach to housing justice looks like.

    We are beginning our series with a book club on DSA member Stephanie Webb's book "Not In The Plan: Silencing Communities of Color in Austin's Planning History." This book details our city's development from the perspective of communities of color that bore the brunt of displacement arising from Austin's meteoric growth, illuminating the deliberate exclusion of these communities from the decisions made about their neighborhoods. In particular, this book documents an often-erased activist narrative of Austinites of color fighting to defend their homes.

    We believe that understanding Austin's present housing crisis requires that we have a clear view of the history preceding this crisis, and before we join a fight we should recognize those who have already been fighting for decades. We are excited to read this book to gain necessary perspective on the struggle for housing justice in our city, and we look forward to hosting Stephanie Webb for a discussion of the book.

    Please use this URL to access the book online for free, provided in an act of solidarity by Stephanie.

    Facebook page of the event

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March 7, 2019
  • TENT Lobby Day

    March 7, 2019  8:00 am - 8:30 am
    First United Methodist Church Austin, 1201 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    During Legislative Sessions, Transgender/Non Binary/Gender Non-Conforming Texans and their allies gather at the capitol for a day of citizen lobbying. Participants are assigned partners or groups with new persons being paired with experienced people. Everyone has the opportunity to speak their own representatives as well as to talk to other legislators.

    Link to the event

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March 11, 2019
  • Leadership Committee Meeting

    March 11, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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March 12, 2019
  • Feminist Action Committee meeting

    March 12, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    To be determined

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March 14, 2019
  • Tech Committee Meeting 🥧

    March 14, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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March 16, 2019
  • Mutual Aid Committee Meeting

    March 16, 2019  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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March 19, 2019
  • General Meeting

    March 19, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Justin Ln, 2208, Austin, TX, United States

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