Beginning of the DSA
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) began as “a remnant of a remnant” of the
Socialist Party of America (SPA). The SPA was the party of socialist activists like Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas, as well as Michael Harrington, who would become the founder of DSA.
Harrington formed the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1973, which merged with the New American Movement in 1982 to form DSA. At that time, the group comprised approximately 6,000 members. Harrington led DSA until his death in 1989.
A Reclamation of ‘Socialism’
Today, DSA is led by National Director Maria Svart and Deputy National Director David
Duhalde and headquartered in New York. Following a strong presidential campaign by self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent / Democrat – Vermont), DSA has close to 20,000 members and is by far the largest socialist organization in the country devoted to democracy, justice, and a better vision for America.
For more information about the history and vision of the DSA, visit the national’s website.