About Us

We are socialists because we reject an economic order based 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.

We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.

We are socialists because we are developing a concrete strategy for achieving that vision, for building a majority movement that will make democratic socialism a reality in America.

We believe that such a strategy must acknowledge the class structure of American society and that 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.

Our Stance

  • Jobs

    To quote FDR: We all have the “right to a useful and remunerative job.” This is perhaps the most fundamental criterion for creating an economy that serves human needs: that it generate living-wage jobs for all who are willing and able to work.

  • Healthcare

    Preventive, acute and long-term care must be readily available as needed. Unless health care is recognized as a human right, as the U.S. did in signing the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and its accessibility ensured in law and custom, health care becomes a commodity for private purchase. If health care is left to the private sector, the nation’s people will suffer as barriers to ac­cess increase, costs skyrocket, and quality deteriorates.

  • Education

    Society has an obligation to provide free, high quality public education. First, elementary school but then, high school was regarded as generally sufficient. In the 21st century, college, or its equivalent in career and technical training, are now baseline require­ments, and should be free for everyone. This is provided by right in some developed countries, but not in the U.S.

  • Childcare

    Publicly financed childcare, provided through childcare co-ops or public pre-schools, would ensure that the children of work­ing parents receive high quality care. Paid parental leave would en­able a parent to stay at home full-time with an infant child without suffering any loss of income

  • Environment

    To live and work in an environment free of toxic pollutants, pathogens and other hazards is a basic human need, whether in the workplace, community or biosphere. We should all have equal access to wholesome air, water, land and habitats and a just share of energy and natural resources. We all need a stable cli­mate and ecosystems and must pass on a healthy planet to future generations.

  • Food

    A sufficient amount of nutritious food, free of contaminants and harmful additives, is essential for human well-being and the greater health of our society. No country can maintain stability and productivity if this basic need is not met without restriction. FDR’s reference to “one-third of a nation ill-fed…” still resonates today.

  • Housing

    Safe, healthy, secure and affordable housing is a right not a privilege. An adequate place to live must provide the necessary en­ergy sources for cooking, heating, cooling and lighting. The right to housing supersedes the profit interests of lenders, developers and land­lords. If other human needs are not to be threatened, protection against forced evictions must be guaranteed.

  • Leisure

    Free time is fundamental to cultural, political, and intellectual development. Every working person should be guaranteed a minimum of four weeks paid vacation and paid family leave, as needed. A democracy requires that citizens have time to think and to engage in politics.

  • Income

    Economic well-being means more than a living wage job. Equally important is people’s confidence that, in periods of unemployment, or in our retirement, or if we are or become dis­abled, income sufficient to live in dignity is assured.

  • Organizing

    The free choice to form and join a union is essential to gaining and safeguarding all other economic rights and community organizing is key to effective democratic participation in social and political life. Without the right to organize, bargain collec­tively and engage in political and mass actions, workers and others are powerless against employers, corporations and government bod­ies that are hostile to their interests.

Our History