About the Richmond Democratic Socialists of America

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) rejects an economic order based solely on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race and sex, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.

DSA envisions a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.

Our conception of socialism is a profoundly democratic one. It is rooted in the belief that human beings should be free to develop to their fullest potential, that public policies should be determined not by wealth but by popular participation, and that individual liberties should be carefully safeguarded. It is committed to a freedom of speech that does not recoil from dissent, to a freedom to organize independent trade unions, women’s groups, political parties, and other formations — recognizing these as essential bulwarks against the dangers of an intrusive state. It is committed to a freedom of religion that acknowledges the rights of those for whom spiritual concerns are central.

We are socialists because we are developing a concrete strategy for achieving that vision. In the present, we are building a visible socialist presence within the broad democratic left. In the long run, we hope to build a majority movement capable of making democratic socialism a reality in the United States. Our strategy acknowledges the class structure of the U.S. society. This class structure means that there is a basic conflict of interest between those sectors with enormous economic power and the vast majority of the population.

Local Initiatives

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Brake Lights Clinic

The Best Police Interaction Is No Interaction

Getting pulled over for having a brake light out can mean at least a burdensome fine, at worst police violence. Our brake light clinics remove the reason for the police stop by checking and repairing bulbs for our neighbors, for free!

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Socialist Night School

Learn About Socialism

Everyone is welcome to come and learn about selected topics in socialist theory, history, and practice from members of Richmond DSA. No reading is required!

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People's Survey

What Does Richmond Need?

The Richmond People's Survey is a base-building project in collaboration with the Organization for a Free Society. People's Survey canvassers go door-to-door and wherever else Richmonders congregate and ask what community needs they think have gone unmet.

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Upcoming Events

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September 20, 2019
  • September 20, 2019Global Climate Strike! 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Monroe Park, 620 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
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  • September 20, 2019Socialist Night School 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Electric Nomad Dance Studio, 123 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA
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September 21, 2019
  • September 21, 2019Richmond for All Meeting 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 2nd Floor Conference Room, 201 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224, USA
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