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’s First Congressional District. According to our bylaws, DSA members who live and/or work in Maine’s Second Congressional District are also members by default of SMDSA until a chapter is formed in their area.
As of January 2019, SMDSA has over 370 dues-paying members. Two branches were formed in 2018: Eastern Maine (covering Penobscot County) and Midcoast (covering Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties). Five or more dues-paying members may form a branch by signing and submitting a petition to the Chapter, which then must be approved by a majority vote of the chapter at a regular membership meeting.
We believe in democracy from below. As such, our chapter leadership consists of and is elected by its dues-paying members. Our members elect a new leadership body each year at our January Membership Meeting. This body consists of four Officers and a number of At-Large Members, decided annually.
We hold one General Membership business meeting once per month that is open to the public. The Steering Committee meets twice 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 *rump – 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
Third Place: Best Political Organization – Portland Phoenix, Readers Poll 2018
Community Pollinator Award – Southern Maine Workers’ Center – 2019