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.
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!
We can't go back: Defend #HomesNotHandcuffs!
September 18, 2019 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Join us at City Hall next Wednesday 9/18 at 1pm to save homeless decriminalization in Austin! After facing continuous anti-homeless backlash since their vote to decriminalize homelessness in June, some council members are proposing new revisions to the city's No Camping and No Sit/No Lie ordinances that would largely undo the progress we made and even expand criminalization of homelessness beyond the original laws.
WE CANNOT GO BACK to allowing police to ticket, arrest and shuffle around people in our community who are forced to live on the streets. We have to move forward and focus on #HomesNotHandcuffs.
In June, we chose to be a city that has compassion for the most vulnerable people in our society by rejecting the decades-long criminalization of behaviors that are beyond people’s control.
The criminalization of homelessness has only led to people being robbed of opportunities to get housing, jobs, and escape the cycle of poverty; decriminalizing homelessness was a crucial first step in our ongoing fight to make Austin a city that is for all, not just the wealthy and privileged. If you believe in this victory, help us defend it.
Bhaskar Sunkara Debates Ayn Rand Institute Board Chairman
September 18, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Student Activities Center, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
YOU HAVE TO REGISTER:
Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor of Jacobin magazine, will be representing our vision for a just and democratic, worker-led society where prosperity is shared by all humans, free time and meaningful relationships are abundant, and alienation is banished.
Let's show the McCombs business school that more and more people are demanding a world organized around people and not profit.
For a primer on class struggle politics, check out Bhaskar's talk from our 2018 Chapter Convention!
September 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
We will be tabling at this event hosted by Sunrise ATX. Please see this FB event for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/334361104163191/
September 20, 2019 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
The Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Meet at the back bar of HITW
Criminal Justice workgroup
September 21, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
812 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705-3206, United States
Interesting in reducing the caging, surveillance, and policing of the working class? Want to know to plug into efforts on issues, elections, and mutual aid to directly blunt the damage of the carceral system? Join us to discus matters locally such as *Solidarity Network to make sure our homeless neighbors can exercise their rights under decriminalization and fight to keep them* *Keeping the City from buying THC testing equipment to re-criminalize marijuana* *The status of mental health first response alternatives to policing* *Local races that may impact mass incarceration*
Mutual Aid Committee meeting!
September 21, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
812 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Want to organize to directly meet the needs of the community and your fellow DSA members? The Mutual Aid workgroup is the place to be! We organize skillshares, childcare at events, prison support, and break light clinics! Have an idea? LET US KNOW
Childcare for All Canvas
September 22, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749, USA
Raising children is too expensive here in Central Texas! Raising a family is tough - impossibly long waitlists for childcare, few jobs that offer paid parental leave, and almost no support for new families. And when families are struggling, that struggle is reflected in every corner of our society. Our families deserve better.
Heidi has endorsed universal childcare, paid parental leave and free school lunch. Let's go talk to our neighbors about what Texas families deserve and what it will take politically to win these rights.
DSA Reading Group
September 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Meet in the coffee shop!
This meeting is a book report meeting. Each of us will bring to the group a book, article, video, etc of general interest to democratic socialists. Each will give a short report on what was most interesting about the material to the reader. Open discussion follows.
Health Justice Meeting
September 25, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA
Join us for a health justice committee meeting! We will be discussing our events for the fall as well as electing new co-chairs for the committee. Please come if you are interested in helping plan a couple events over the next few months or if you are interested in taking a leadership role in this group!
Strategic Planning and Debrief Meeting
September 28, 2019 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA
What is Austin DSA up to? What campaigns are we running, what have we wrapped up, and what did we actually DO? And most importantly, what's working!? In our quarterly strategic planning meetings, we'll use power mapping, debriefs, and and critique to zero in on what's working, what isn't and how to focus on winning.
September Queer Coalition Meeting
September 29, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757, USA
Join the Austin DSA Queer Coalition, as we discuss a trans-safe spaces campaign and how the new APD program impacts that. We will also be strategizing for the Oct AISD board meeting and their vote regarding LGBTQIA+ positive sex education.
We'll be meeting in the "Board Room".
The location is ADA accessible, and the nearest bus stop is Anderson/Mullen
Stop ID: 1080
If there's anything we can do to make this meeting more accessible to you, please email [email protected]
Abortion Access ATX Victory Happy Hour
September 30, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
Join us at the Butterfly Bar as we celebrate our historic victory in Austin, where City Council allocated $150,000 for practical support for people seeking abortion care in Austin. Practical support includes childcare, lodging, transportation and emotional and doula support.
The funding makes Austin the first-ever U.S. city to publicly fund logistical support for abortion care! We made history, y’all!
Another notable moment in our history was the passage of the discriminatory Hyde Amendment, which was enacted in 1976 and became the first of several anti-abortion laws aimed at chipping away people’s right to abortion. Since then, lawmakers have done their best to roll back our right to bodily autonomy by making abortion inaccessible to low-income people and people of color.
September 30th marks 43 years of the Hyde Amendment. What better way to recommit to fighting Hyde than with a celebration of a HUGE victory to advance abortion access in Texas?
We’ll be gathering at the Butterfly Bar at 4pm for happy hour. Join us to celebrate and learn how you can get involved in our efforts to expand access to abortion in the south! Food available for sale at Patrizi’s food truck. Children are welcome.
Immigrant Rights Committee Monthly Meeting
September 30, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Monthly meeing. Agenda TBA.
DSA Happy Hour!
October 4, 2019 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Join us for our monthly happy hour!
October Green New Deal Canvass
October 13, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
General Meeting - Open to All!
October 15, 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!
Austin DSA in Action
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