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The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a grassroots, member-led organization whose goal is to build a mass socialist movement. Southern Maine DSA (SMDSA) was incorporated in 2017 and includes DSA members who live and/or work in Maine.

As of January 2019, SMDSA had roughly 400 members. Two branches were formed in 2018: Eastern Maine (covering Penobscot County) and Midcoast (covering Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties). Five or more members may form a branch via petition to the Chapter, which then must be approved by the membership.

We believe in democracy from below. Our chapter is led entirely by members. Our Steering Committee – two Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a number of At-Large Members – is elected by members each year at our General Membership Meeting in January.

We hold one General Membership Meeting per month that is open to the public. The Steering Committee meets at least once a month. Committees and branches set their own meeting schedules. See our calendar for upcoming meetings and events. Members of the press should review our Recording Policy before attending our meetings. Contact us directly for statements/quotes.


2018 Annual Report

Press Releases

In the News:

“On the ground in dozens of states, there is new evidence that democratic socialism is taking hold as a significance force…”

Democratic Socialism Surging in the Age of Trump – Associated Press

“All in all, despite misconceptions about the DSA, and decades of propaganda and paranoia around socialism in general, their agenda seems to be about encouraging democracy, not stifling it.”

Democratic Socialism Has Arrived – Portland Phoenix

January 16, 2019 Members Kate and Todd interviewed by Richard Rhames, Out In Left Field.

March 7, 2019 Member Caleb and Al interviewed on WMPG Community Voices for Change


Community Pollinator Award – Southern Maine Workers’ Center – 2019

Third Place: Best Political Organization – Portland Phoenix, Readers Poll 2018