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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. We are the largest socialist organization in the United States. Southern Maine DSA (SMDSA) was incorporated in 2017.
We are one of 250 DSA chapters across the country and the only chapter in Maine. Our chapter primarily organizes in the Portland Metropolitan area, with two geographical branches serving Eastern Maine (Penobscot County) and the Midcoast region (Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties). As of December 2019, SMDSA had 371 members.
We believe in democracy from below. Our chapter is led entirely by members. Our Steering Committee is elected by members each year at our General Membership Meeting in January. The role of the Steering Committee is to support the work of members and remove obstacles to organizing.
We hold one General Membership Meeting per month. It 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.
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