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Some Basic Facts About Chicago DSA


Why We Are Democratic Socialists

- Chicago DSA

Chicago DSA is affiliated with the national Democratic Socialists of America but is separately incorporated. Anyone paying national membership dues in the Chicago area is automatically a member of the Chicago DSA local. Chicago DSA is incorporated as an Illinois non-profit corporation and, like DSA nationally, has 501c4 status from the IRS. This means we are tax exempt but contributions are not tax deductible. It also means our electoral participation is limited in much the same way as participation by labor unions is limited.

Chicago DSA covers Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Kankakee counties: basically zip codes 600 through 609. Our experience has been that this is far too large a territory for members to effectively participate through chapter-wide general membership meetings; consequently, we encourage the formation of branches and commissions. If there are none in your geographic area or in your area of interest, consider taking the intitiative in forming one. The members of the Executive Committee would be glad to help. For more information, also refer to our by-laws.

Current Chicago DSA branches:

General membership meetings are held four times a year, at least, including an annual Membership Convention in June. Any interested person may attend these meetings but only members in good standing may vote.

The Executive Committee usually meets the second Saturday of each month at Noon, usually at the Chicago DSA office but sometimes elsewhere. The Chicago DSA Executive Committee is made up of officers and duly elected representatives of any "branches" or "commissions". Every DSA member is welcome to attend (and speak at) Executive Committee meetings. Call the CDSA office for additional information: 773.384.0327.

Chicago DSA has an office irregularly staffed by volunteers. When no one is in the office, a telephone answering machine will take a message of modest length. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Photo Galleries

Tax Justice

Where We Stand:

the Political Perspective of the Democratic Socialists of America

FAQ on the Robin Hood Tax


Can Christians Be Socialists?

by Michael Baker (PDF)

A Robin Hood Tax for Illinois

Socialism and Environmentalism

by Rodger C. Field

The Estate Tax: Power, Privilege and Class

by Bill Barclay

Socialist Feminism

Interview with Professor Judy Gardiner (mp3 audio)

Why America Needs a Robin Hood Tax

Bill Barclay and Jan Rodolfo (mp3 audio)

On Socialism

Michael Harrington (mp3 audio)

A Living Wage

The Crisis in Economic Theory

Michael Harrington (mp3 audio)

FAQ on Living Wage for Oak Park


Socialism in AmericaWhy We Need Socialism in America

by Michael Harrington


The Economics of a Living Wage

by Bill Barclay

Living Wage Reader

- (links)

Karl Marx: a World to Win

Interview with Dr. William Pelz (mp3 audio)


Toward Freedom:
Democratic Socialist Theory and Practice

by Joseph Schwartz and Jason Schulman

Fair Trade

Economic Democracy

Interview with David Schweickart (mp3 audio)

Not This NAFTA: Toward a North American FAIR Trade Agreement

- Chicago DSA

In What May We Hope?

by David Schweickart

Globalization Without Representation


Democratic Socialism

Max Shachtman and Norman Thomas (mp3 audio)

Renegotiate NAFTA


We Are the Alternative

Interview with Maria Svart (mp3 audio)

The WTO Must Be Stopped

by Bill Dixon

New Deal Socialism? 

Is the New Deal Socialism?

by Norman Thomas

 Globalization and Its Discontents

- links

Why I Am a Socialist 

 Why I Am a Socialist

by Norman Thomas

Human Rights

Immigrant Rights


Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism

by Cornel West

Reproductive Rights and Women's Health

- Gaylon Alcaraz and Veronica Arreola (mp3 audio)

Readings About Socialism


The Chicago Workers Collaborative

- Leone Jose Bicchieri (mp3 audio)


Cleaning Up After ICE

- Colleen Dille and Michael Gosch (mp3 / ogg audio)


Organizing Amid the Wreckage of the Wagner Act

- Leah Fried and Stephen Yokich (mp3 / ogg audio)


21st Century Organizing

- Adam Kader and Dianne Enriquez (mp3 audio)


Stonewall and After

- Jeanne Kracher and John D'Emilio (mp3 audio)


Public Education


Labor in Higher Education

- Holly Graff and Joe Persky (mp3 audio)


The Power of Public Education

by Deborah Meier


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