Who we are & what we do

We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of about fifteen campus chapters and several hundred activists. We organize on college and high school campuses to fight for the immediate needs of workers and students, while building our capacity to fight for more radical and structural changes in the long term. Ultimately, we are part of the international struggle to build a better world, and we call the better society we are fighting for democratic socialism.

We are proud of our unique status as one of the few national, multi-issue left-wing student organizations in the United States. Twice a year we meet at our winter outreach conference and summer leadership retreat to share our experiences and build a national community. We encourage young socialists to explore social and political issues on our blog, The Activist.

The Activist

Blog for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our blog online using #TheActivist.

The Red Letter

Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America.

Latest News

The Red Letter: Fall 2014

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The fall issue of YDS' quarterly newsletter is here! This issue includes contributions from our newly elected YDS-Coordinating Committee, including a reflection on the 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend, a look into this issue's featured chapter, and more. We're mailing out copies soon to YDS members and chapter leaders, but you can also view and download a PDF version.

Reflection & Photos: 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend

The 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend took place in Bolivar, PA between August 7-10. Over 54 YDS and young DSA members, current members and newcomers, were able to attend, making SOW14 one of the largest attended summer leadership retreat in recent YDS history. Attendees took part in over a dozen workshops, plenaries, and self-organized meetings including "Intro to Marxist Thought," "Building Better Leaders," "Advanced Online Organizing," and more. Attendees also took part in planned social activities, providing attendees with opportunities to network and have fun! Femi Agbabiaka, newly elected member of the YDS-CC, reflects on his time at SOW14 below.

When I made the decision to attend the YDS summer conference in Bolivar, PA, I had no idea what to expect. In the weeks beforehand I was working so much that I nearly forgot that I was going to the conference until a few days before hand. What I found there was revolutionary... Read more

The Red Letter: Spring 2014

We're excited to share the spring issue of our newsletter, the Red Letter. It features a photo essay from our winter conference as well as chapter reports, an excellent introduction to the work of bell hooks by YDS working-class caucus chair Liz Wright, and David Roddy's report on the winter conference, Red Blizzard in the Big Apple. We're mailing out copies this weekend to YDS members and chapter leaders, but you can also view and download a pdf version here.

If you'd like to print out some copies in black and white you can download a high quality black and white version here.