Who we are & what we do
We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of 20 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.
Blog for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our blog online using #TheActivistYDS.
Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our newsletter online using #RedLetterYDS.
The winter issue of YDS' quarterly newsletter is here! This issue includes contributions from the YDS-CC, including a Save-the-Date announcement for Young Democratic Socialists 2015, 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.