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.

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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

February 16, 2020
  • Heidi/Bernie Big Ass Canvass IV

    February 16, 2020  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

    Across the country, DSA is building a working class movement. Every few weeks this primary season, Austin DSA hosts a 100+ person canvass. We had 101 out in December, 125 in January, and we need you and your friends to join us to hit 150-200 people in February.

    Austin DSA has endorsed a slate of movement candidates: 🌹Bernie Sanders for President 🌹Heidi Sloan for Congress 🌹Dominic Selvera for County Attorney 🌹Jose Garza for District Attorney

    These class-struggle candidates are fighting as part of our movement to win Medicare For All, to end cash bail and mass incarceration, and to win a world that provides every person with a dignified life. We can elect them, but to elect them and win our demands, we need as many working class socialist organizers as possible. If you don't consider yourself an organizer yet, your involvement in this campaign will change that. Please join us on Sunday, February 16.

    We will provide breakfast and coffee. If you've never canvassed before, this will be a great first time. We will do a training beforehand and pair newcomers with experienced canvass partners.

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  • Bernie Statewide Call

    February 16, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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February 17, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in East Austin

    February 17, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Lott Pocket Park, 1174 Curve St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 18, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in East Austin

    February 18, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Bennu Coffee, 2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

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  • General Meeting - Open to All!

    February 18, 2020  6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
    2008 Justin Ln. Austin, Texas 78757

    We meet at the Parish Hall on the east side of their property. Look for the DSA banner and groups of friendly socialists!

    Agenda will be available one week prior to the meeting.

    Questions? DM us on Facebook or reach out at [email protected]

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February 19, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Far West

    February 19, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Epoch Coffee, 3900 Far W Blvd, Austin, TX 78731, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 20, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Hyde Park

    February 20, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Flightpath Coffeehouse, 5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

  • Housing Committee Meeting

    February 20, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

    We are back to a normal meeting schedule after the education event last month, and will be meeting next week. We have some exciting announcements, and hope to have a productive year.

    There are some updates on progress with the Eviction Solidarity Network, and we need volunteers to help out! We will be discussing this opportunity and asking for people to sign up at the meeting.

    We are actively welcoming any new ideas for how DSA can be involved with housing justice in Austin. If you have some things you would like to discuss, please join us!

    The neared bus stop is the 337, which is about an 8 minute walk. The library is ADA accessible.

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February 21, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Hyde Park

    February 21, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, 411 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 22, 2020
  • Weekend Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Circle C I

    February 22, 2020  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Dick Nichols District Park 8011 Beckett Rd Austin, TX 78749

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

  • Weekend Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Circle C II

    February 22, 2020  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Dick Nichols District Park 8011 Beckett Rd Austin, TX 78749,

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 23, 2020
February 24, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in East Austin

    February 24, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Lott Pocket Park, 1174 Curve St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

  • Socialist Night School: Bernie 2020 and Class Struggle

    February 24, 2020  6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
    Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    SEE READINGS AT THE BOTTOM

    "Not me, us" is the slogan of Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential run. On the campaign trail, Bernie has consistently emphasized that he alone can't transform society — that in order to end the stranglehold of the billionaire class over society, millions of working-class Americans must get involved in the political process.

    Why does Bernie insist on the need for a mass movement to change society? What is Bernie's campaign doing to build that movement? What would a working-class movement need to be like in order to enact fundamental change, and what should socialists do to grow that movement? What should we do if and when Bernie wins — or loses?

    Join Austin DSA's Socialist Night School on Tuesday, February 24th to discuss these questions and others.

    Assigned Readings:

    "Why the Working Class?" by Vivek Chibber, Jacobin
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/03/working-class-capitalism-socialists-strike-power/

    "Electoral Politics, Class Formation, and Socialist Strategy," by Chris Maisano, Socialist Forum
    https://socialistforum.dsausa.org/issues/spring-summer-2019/electoral-politics-class-formation-and-socialist-strategy/

    "The Political Revolution Goes to Work," by Jane Slaughter, Socialist Forum
    https://socialistforum.dsausa.org/issues/fall-2018/the-political-revolution-goes-to-work/

    "Engines of Solidarity," by Robbie Nelson, Jacobin
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/donald-trump-democratic-party-welfare-state  

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February 25, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in East Austin

    February 25, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Bennu Coffee, 2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 26, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Far West

    February 26, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Epoch Coffee, 3900 Far W Blvd, Austin, TX 78731, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 27, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Hyde Park

    February 27, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Flightpath Coffeehouse, 5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

February 28, 2020
  • Neighborhood Canvass for Heidi and Bernie in Hyde Park

    February 28, 2020  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, 411 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751, USA

    Working class Texans are tired of living in a country where we are afraid of getting sick and unable to afford medical care, of losing the security of a roof over our heads, and not knowing if we’ll even have a planet to pass onto our grandchildren. We also know these things don’t happen by accident. There are powerful people making record profits exploiting us and the environment.

    Heidi and Bernie know that passing programs like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and Housing for All will take more than good candidates and smart policy. It’s going to take a mass working class movement committed to action. That’s why this campaign is about bringing new people into the political process and showing that fighting together is how we counter the billionaires’ money and influence.

    Canvassing is one of the most important ways we can bring new people into that process. It allows us to meet our neighbors, connecting with their dreams and struggles––and asking them to join the fight alongside us.

    Join us as we talk to our neighbors about Bernie Sanders, Heidi Sloan and their vision for future for the many, not the few! If you've never canvassed before, don’t worry! Everyone will be trained and paired with an experienced partner to knock doors.

    See more details

March 2, 2020
  • THROW DOWN FOR HEIDI ON ELECTION DAY EVE!

    March 2, 2020  6:00 am - 7:00 pm
    6104 N Hampton Dr Austin, TX 78723

    It's make or break! Do or die! Let's leave it all on the field and THROW DOWN FOR HEIDI ON ELECTION DAY EVE!

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March 3, 2020
  • THROW DOWN FOR HEIDI ON ELECTION DAY!

    March 3, 2020  6:00 am - 7:00 pm
    6104 N Hampton Dr Austin, TX 78723,

    It's make or break! Do or die! Let's leave it all on the field and THROW DOWN FOR HEIDI ON ELECTION DAY!

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  • Immigrant Rights Committee Monthly Meeting

    March 3, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA

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March 5, 2020
  • Ecosocialist Working Group Meeting

    March 5, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Willie Mae Kirk Branch, Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX 78702, USA

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March 10, 2020
  • Feminist Action Committee Meeting

    March 10, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723, USA

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