Who we are & what we do

We are the youth and student section of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a national organization of recognized 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 #TheActivistYDS.

The Red Letter

Quarterly newsletter for Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of Democratic Socialists of America. Mention our newsletter online using #RedLetterYDS.

Latest News

Seizing the Moment: Young Socialists Take on the Old Democratic Guard

Common Dreams profiled the Young Democratic Socialists, including our Co-Chairs Kayla Pace and Spencer Brown. Check out this great article, Seizing the Moment: Young Socialists Take on the Old Democratic Guard, on how YDS is organizing millennials for socialism 

YDS Statement in Solidarity with Standing Rock

Statement passed by the YDS Coordinating Committee on September 1st, 2016

Ever since 1492, the indigenous peoples of North America have faced relentless violence and attempts of cultural genocide from external power structures. From historic abuses, such as the Trail of Tears; to contemporary injustices, such as the epidemic of suicide among indigenous youth, or the almost inhumane living standards on reservations in modern times. The spirit and resolve of the first peoples to live on the land we now call the United States of America has been intentionally and mindfully oppressed for centuries. Thus, to see the people of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas stand up against the expansion of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline through their lands, and across the Missouri River, their source of fresh water is to see an awakening of the heart and mind to which we all should bear witness and show solidarity.

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