Who We Are

Chicago DSA is the Chicago local of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest American socialist organization in nearly a century, with over 70,000 members nation-wide and upwards of 3000 in Chicago.

We share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, abolition of the prison industrial complex, feminism, racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships. We are socialists because we reject an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race, sex or any other factor, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. We are democratic socialists because we believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for the few.

Chicago DSA is an entirely volunteer-run, member driven organization with priority campaigns to enact universal rent control in Illinois, democratize ComEd, and defund the Chicago police and fund our communities. Chicago DSA also hosts regular political education programming and engages in rank-and-file labor organizing and strike solidarity campaigns, among other work.

Chicago DSA operates from a democratically agreed upon constitution which you can read here.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please email [email protected]

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Geographic Branches

Chicago DSA has 3 geographical branches: a North Side Branch, a South Side Branch, and a West Cook Branch. Find out more about each branch below.

What Are We Working On?

Please see our Campaigns & Working Groups page.