The Phoenix Local Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America seeks to facilitate the transition to a truly democratic and socialist society, one in which the means/resources of production are democratically and socially controlled. DSA rejects an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination, brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. DSA envisions a humane society based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
Phoenix DSA welcomes you no matter your availability or level of commitment. DSA is a broad, diverse coalition of workers, activists, parents, and students. We welcome your support and camaraderie in any form or capacity.
Phoenix DSA 2019-2020 Mission Statement
Phoenix DSA is committed to the realization of a democratic socialist society, one where all people feel control over and investment in their political system and where the majority is not exploited for the benefit of a ruling elite. These two components of the democratic socialist vision are integrally related: only in a society of democratic participation can inequality and alienation be curbed. By uniting the working class and obtaining democratic power over the economy we can address the prison-industrial complex, police militarization and brutality, poverty and socio-economic injustice, the imperialist atrocities of state violence, the marginalization and oppression of people based on their identity, the scapegoating of immigrants, and environmental devastation.
In line with our DSA national priorities and in recognition of our local needs as a Phoenix chapter, our chapter’s 2019-2020 strategic priorities are:
Building support for Medicare for All bills that meet DSA’s 5 principles as a step toward fully socialized healthcare;
Building support for a socialist Green New Deal under effective worker control, which includes a program for rapid decarbonization of the economy, a federal jobs guarantee with a living wage indexed to inflation, and public financing mechanisms for green infrastructure and technologies;
Supporting and building ties with the labor movement in Arizona;
Supporting immigrants and building ties with immigrant rights advocacy groups in the community, connecting this work to our international class perspective;
Strategically supporting electoral candidates that have the endorsement of the chapter;
Preparing for future tasks by politically educating our membership in theory and practice
These are not the only issues for the chapter to work on but rather represent the most strategic and important areas of political work to build our membership, the political skills of our membership, and our working-class base.
Phoenix DSA receives only a small kickback of member dues from national DSA. Everything else we do depends upon local donations. A few places that your donations could go:
- Putting on Medicare for All canvasses
- Space fees, materials, and snacks for our Socialist Night School
- Chapter meeting space and social event space fees
- Printing flyers, trifolds, posters, and buttons
- Our chapter website and social media advertising