The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a national political and activist organization, not a party. We’re the largest socialist organization in the United States.
Southern Maine DSA is a Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Anyone in Maine who pays National DSA membership dues is automatically a member of Southern Maine DSA. We are incorporated as a Maine non-profit.
Southern Maine DSA is based in Portland, Maine. Because of the geography of Maine, it’s difficult for many members to attend chapter-wide meetings. We encourage the formation of regional branches. There are currently official branches in Eastern Maine (Penobscot County) and Midcoast Maine (Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties). If there isn’t one in your area, consider forming one. The members of the Steering Committee will be happy to assist you.
We endorse candidates running for office in Maine, regardless of party affiliation, whose platform is in substantial alignment with our principles. Any eligible candidate who has declared their intention to run for public office in Maine may apply.
Democratic Socialism is a movement that puts the needs of people before the demands of corporate profit.
Democracy comes first in our name because we believe that democracy is both a means and an end:
- When society functions democratically, discrimination, violence and oppression decline.
- When workplaces are organized democratically, they’re safer and more productive.
- When the economy is run democratically, everyone’s needs can be met.
- When the environment is managed democratically, we ensure a future in which all humans have access to affordable food, clean air and water.
We use education, outreach, legislative and direct action, as well as the electoral system to bring about reforms that:
Decrease the influence of money in politics.
Capitalism’s stranglehold on our democracy benefits a few at the expense of many. Together we can change that. Every election cycle, billions of private dollars flood our political system, while corporate and special interest groups spend even more to influence ongoing legislation for private profit. We do not advocate for large government bureaucracies, but neither will we abide the control of our government by the capitalist class to create more wealth and power for themselves. The only way to put the power of governance in the hands of the people is to change the economic system of capitalism, itself.
Empower ordinary people in workplaces and the economy.
Slow economic growth and a shift in Maine’s economy from manufacturing to service jobs has left many people in our region mired in poverty, with women, immigrants, and minority workers at the very bottom. While corporate profits soar, workers are increasingly coerced into accepting jobs with wages, benefits and schedules that don’t meet our families’ needs. Despite the decline in the power of trade unions over the last several decades, rank-and-file workers can still take up the fight. We are working class people taking back the power of our labor through the democratic organization of the workplace.
Restructure gender and cultural relationships to be more equitable.
Capitalism is rooted in, builds upon and continues to deepen inequalities of race, gender, class, disability and ethnicity in our society. In order to truly challenge inequality, we must challenge the system that produces and benefits from it. We reject capitalism in favor of an economic order based on equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.