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.

Convention 2020 is coming up and you can be apart of it!

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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.

Ready to help make a difference?

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

December 5, 2019
  • Ecosocialist Working Group Monthly Meeting

    December 5, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

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December 6, 2019
  • Climate Strike

    December 6, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • DSA Winter Party

    December 6, 2019  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    2008 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757, USA

    Potluck-style! Bring a dish to share and bring an already-have-at-home wrapped item to regift. Wrap it in used gift wrap, newspaper, or throw it in a plastic bag! Bring extra wrapped regifts if possible. We'll have a good time! Follow at our FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/403529467216976/?active_tab=about

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December 7, 2019
December 8, 2019
  • The Big Ass Bernie/Heidi Canvass & BBQ

    December 8, 2019  11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Givens District Park, 3811 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78721, USA

    Let’s make this the BIGGEST canvassing event in Austin DSA history! Our record high turnout is 75. This time we’re shooting for 💯 canvassers!

    Bernie & Heidi's campaigns present an incredible opportunity to connect with working class Austinites and bring them into the movement while building your organizing skillz! If you only canvass once this year, this is the one not to miss! Let’s gooooo!

    Canvass training: 11:00-12:00
    Canvass: 12:00-3:00
    BBQ and Bernstorm: 3:00-6:00

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December 9, 2019
  • DSA #RedForEd Meeting

    December 9, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Brentwood Neighborhood

    Please email [email protected] for the exact address or any questions! Childcare will be provided!

    Nationally, DSA is the strongest supporter of public education and the militant wave of teachers strikes that is helping to rebuild working class politics in this country. Austin DSA has been a part of that fight, supporting our local educators' union, Education Austin, and fighting the Austin Independent School District (AISD) on issues of LGBT+ justice, discriminatory and patriarchal dress codes, and especially our solidarity campaign to win a historic 6% across the board raise for Austin educators.

    Please join us to get involved in social justice through public education. AISD is attacking working class communities of color with their recent and upcoming Board of Trustees votes on closing schools. AISD is actively reinforcing the school to prison pipeline with police in our schools. We democratic socialists can organize to drive out the profit motive and racism rampant in our school system. We can build a just society for all. But we need you to be involved.

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  • Accessibility Committee Meeting

    December 9, 2019  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    ADAPT Office, 1100 I-35, Austin, TX 78702

    Get involved with the chapter's accessibility committee as we discuss ways to make the chapter more accessible for everyone.

    The ADAPT office is accessible and the bathrooms are accessible. It is located close by to the eastbound and westbound 7, 20, and 483 Cap Metro stops along Riverside Dr.

    Zoom call information is available below:
    https://zoom.us/j/562789962

    Meeting ID: 562 789 962
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December 10, 2019
  • DSA For Bernie Committee Meeting

    December 10, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    5606 N Lamar Apt 235

    Austin DSA is committed to building the movement for Democratic Socialism by campaigning for Bernie Sanders. There are thousands of donors and tens of thousands of Bernie supporters in Central Texas but not all of them are DSA organizers... yet!

    We can grow our movement through our involvement in the Bernie campaign. But we need your ideas, energy, and organizing. Join us on Saturday to build the working class political revolution.

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December 12, 2019
  • Labor Committee Meeting

    December 12, 2019  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    IBEW Local Union 520, 4818 E Ben White Blvd #300, Austin, TX 78741, USA

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December 13, 2019
  • Spooky Spanish: Parte Dos! (Movie TBD)

    December 13, 2019  7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA

    Come to learn some español, stay to watch a fantastic Spanish film! This time around, we decided to do things “en la manera más democrática,” so we’ve posted a poll in the Immigrant Rights channel on Austin DSA’s Slack with 3 movies to choose from: Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, & Dracula (the only film with the audio originally recorded en español). Not into Slack? feel free to email your choice to [email protected]
    But hurry... We’ll close the poll at midnight 12/6!
    Of course, potluck snacks, the more the merrier! And we’ll be passing the hat to collect for Grassroots Leadership’s Hutto Bond Fund, which helps many of our hermanas detained at the ICE concentration camp located closest to Austin to buy their freedom and be reunited with their families.

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December 14, 2019
  • Chapter Campaign Strategy Meeting

    December 14, 2019  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Join Austin DSA for the second of our quarterly strategy campaign strategy meetings! How do you cut a strong campaign? How do strong campaigns build our movement (and our chapter!)? Let's talk about it. Bring you, your campaign ideas, and your notepad to Terrazas Branch Library on Saturday December 14th from 11-1!

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December 17, 2019
  • General Meeting - Open to All!

    December 17, 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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December 18, 2019
  • Socialist Night School: Why "Progressive" Isn't Enough

    December 18, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Texas AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1199268046927113/
    There will be pizza and refreshments!

    “Democratic socialism” is a phrase that is, suddenly, unavoidable. Our organization, the Democratic Socialists of America, has now grown to over 60,000 members nationwide (with well over 1,200 here in Austin). But the phrase is poorly understood, especially by those outside of our ranks. So what do we mean when we talk about “democratic socialism?” How does it different from progressivism? And how can we talk about it to our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members?

    Join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 18 at the AFL-CIO Hall downtown (1106 Lavaca St) to discuss the texts below and learn about Democratic Socialism in a friendly group setting. We will be discussing the readings below. Reading is encouraged but not required to participate, we will present an overview at the start of the meeting before breaking out into discussion groups.

    Readings

    - Why We’re Socialists, Not “Progressives”, Natasha Fernández-Silber https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/socialism-progressives-liberalism

    - Why the Differences Between Sanders and Warren Matter, Zaid Jilani https://jacobinmag.com/2019/01/elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders-socialism-progressives

    - Accountable Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?, Stephen Maher https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/elizabeth-warren-accountable-capitalism-stakeholder

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December 19, 2019
  • Team Bernie Debate Watch Party

    December 19, 2019  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Gourmands, 2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/820046611762683/

    Want to watch Bernie flex on corporate politicians and their billionaire donors? Have a friendly crowd of socialists to cheer and boo with? Find out how you can elect a working class hero to the White House?

    Come to the Democratic Debate watch party hosted by Austin Democratic Socialists of America! It's free and open to everyone. This is a great event for new members, people curious about DSA or those who want to get involved in our 2020 electoral work!

    The venue is wheelchair accessible. Feel free to message us with any questions or accommodation needs.

    Learn about Austin DSA at www.austindsa.org and our DSA for Bernie campaign at www.bernie.dsausa.org

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  • Housing Committee Meeting

    December 19, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

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December 20, 2019
  • Karaoke Caucus

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

    Make your voice heard for our last karaoke caucus of the year! We'll be in the back bar (east end) of the building. People may enter through the San Antonio St. entrance, but there are stairs. This event is accessible through a Guadalupe street (front bar) entrance. The bathrooms are accessible.

    The Hole in the Wall is across the street from the northbound Guadalupe/Dean Keeton bus stop and just south of the southbound 26th and Guadalupe St. bus stop, as well as the UT Dean Keeton Station.

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