Berkshires Democratic Socialists of America

Who are we?

Welcome to the Berkshires chapter of the Democratic Socialists of  America!

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. Berkshires DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.

What do we do?

Our goal is to work for a fair, free, just society, and in support of that goal we work on initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. Some of our current campaigns:

  • Mutual Aid: Berkshires DSA is setting up a Bread & Roses food drive to help feed the hungry.
  • Labor Support: Our restaurant worker organizing project, Berkshire Service Workers Solidarity, works to support service workers rights
  • Electoral Work: We supported Bernie Sanders and Alex Morse this election season, and we’re continuing our work by offering support to downballot candidates around the country whose values align with ours.
  • Ecosocialism: We’re working to support the national DSA campaign for a Green New Deal, and working on the Massachusetts DSA Ecosocialist Working Group campaign for a Just Green Stimulus for Massachusetts
  • Medicare for All: We’re working with other DSA chapters around the state to push for a Massachusetts Medicare for All
  • Education: Online study group discussing works like Jane McAlevey’s “No Shortcuts”

If any of these sound like projects you’d like to get involved in, please contact us to find out how you can help!

WHAT DO WE WANT?

At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end.
As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people. For example, we support reforms that:

  • decrease the influence of money in politics
  • empower ordinary people in workplaces and the economy
  • restructure gender and cultural relationships to be more equitable.

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