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).


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.

2018 General Election Endorsements

Want to help elect our endorsed candidates for this November’s election? Contact the Electoral Committee via email: ec at austindsa dot org.

Ready to help make a difference?

The next general body meeting will be 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. 2008 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757 See our calendar for more events!

Upcoming Events

October 16, 2018
  • Socialist Night School: What Is Democratic Socialism?

    October 16, 2018  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Willie Mae Kirk Branch, Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Socialist Night School is an approachable and participatory place for DSA members to come learn about about democratic socialist perspectives, history, theory, and praxis.

    This program is intended for people with all levels of knowledge. Whether you’ve read every word of Marx front-to-back, or if you’re a little shaky on what exactly we mean by “socialism,” Socialist Night School is for you. Socialist Night School is largely discussion-based and entirely non-judgmental. There are no right or wrong answers, no quizzes or tests, and no bad questions.

    Each class will have a number of readings that will be posted well in advance of the meetings. No one is required to do any of the readings and facilitators will go over some of the basic points at the beginning of each meeting, but doing the readings will help make for better conversation and a fuller discussion of the topics at hand.

    Our first class will be on the topic "What Is Democratic Socialism?" Check out the website to sign up for the mailing list and to get the readings:

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October 18, 2018
  • General Meeting w/ Michael Lighty!

    October 18, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Justin Ln, 2208, Austin, TX, United States

    (Hopefully) our last Thursday general body meeting. Come hear from Michael Lighty and hear about all of the great work we're doing!

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October 20, 2018
  • Peace and Anti-Imperialism Committee Meeting

    October 20, 2018  10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Twin Oaks Branch, Austin Public Library, 1800 S 5th St, Austin, TX 78704, USA

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  • DSA Electoral Canvass-Prop A, Lewis Conway, Julie Ann Nitsch

    October 20, 2018  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    2001 E 22nd St, Austin, TX 78722, USA

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October 21, 2018
  • Decarcerate ATX Sit-In Against Criminalizing Homelessness

    October 21, 2018  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Crossroads of 6th St and Neches

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  • Housing Bond Canvass- Prop A VIctory Day #3

    October 21, 2018  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Davis White Northeast District Park, 6705 Crystalbrook Dr, Austin, TX 78724, USA

    Come out to help Austin DSA win the historic $250m Affordable Housing Bond Prop A vote in November! We're looking to make sure this is a landslide victory so that we can build upon it and push for larger housing equity efforts in the future, and this canvass will be the first of a few larger canvass Victory Days for which DSA's Housing Committee is pushing for a huge turnout. We have to mobilize as many folks as possible to reach everyone we are hoping to talk to, so if you've been considering attending one of our canvasses this is a great one to start with.

    No canvassing experience necessary, as we will have training along with coffee and breakfast that morning. Please come, bring your friends & family, and be a part of housing justice history in our city.

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November 1, 2018
  • November DSA Eco Socialism Meeting

    November 1, 2018  7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

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November 12, 2018
  • Leadership Committee Meeting

    November 12, 2018  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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Austin DSA in Action