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What is DSA?
The Snohomish County DSA is a chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. We were previously known as the Everett DSA. We serve the majority of Snohomish County and seek to establish a democratic socialist presence throughout the area.
The Snohomish County Democratic Socialists of America seeks to facilitate the transition to a truly democratic and socialist society, one in which the means of production are democratically and socially controlled.
From the striking shingle weaver Wobblies to the Socialist Party of Washington headquarters in Everett, Snohomish County has a deep history of leftist activism and we aim to carry that forward. Today, many local governments in the county exist in large part to serve the interests of capital — your local business owners, wealthy professionals, and police. We see this with the tendency to prescribe more police as the solution to the opioid crisis, or the naive ignorance of elected officials of a housing crisis rapidly pricing SnoCo residents out of their homes.
The Democratic Socialists of America rejects an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race and gender, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
To that end, we aim to transition Snohomish County into a place that champions those values, by taking strides in decommodifying housing to give everybody shelter, ensuring that those who need it are able to access free quality healthcare, and that workers have a greater control over the means of the production. Bearing witness to the housing crisis in adjacent King County and Seattle, we know we must act quickly if we wish to avoid the same fate.
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.
A copy of our approved bylaws can be found in this PDF.