About

Who We Are

The Louisville, KY Local of the Democratic Socialists of America seeks to facilitate the transition to a truly democratic and socialist society, one in which the means/resources of production are democratically and socially controlled. DSA rejects an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, gross inequalities of wealth and power, systemic discrimination, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo. DSA envisions a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, systemic 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, affinity 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.

How We Work

Louisville DSA is volunteer-run and member-funded. Our organization relies on the commitment and consistent work of our members.

Leadership & STRUCTURE

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee serves as Louisville DSA's highest elected body. Between general meetings, the committee implements the decisions of the general membership, coordinates between the various working committees, acts as a representative of the organization, coordinates work with coalition partners, facilitates strategic discussion in the local and decides on matters that require immediate action. The Steering Committee is elected every year at our Local Convention.

The current Steering Committee is made up of:

  • Robert B. (Co-chair)

  • JP L. (Co-chair)

  • Gilman B.

  • Alyssa M.

  • Janessa P.

  • Adam R.

  • Greta S.

Standing and Priority Committees

Louisville DSA also consists of several standing committees and priority campaign committees that coordinate ongoing work. A committee is a subgroup of the Local that organizes around a stated, distinct, material task. Some of our committees are bodies meant to carry out priority campaigns established at our Local Conventions, while others are standing bodies that take up regular business. If you'd like to be put in touch with any of our committees or have any questions about how to get involved please send a message to dsalouisville@gmail.com.

Our current standing committees are:

  • Communications

  • Electoral

  • Labor

  • Membership Engagement

  • Political Education

Our current priority campaign committees are:

  • Solidarity City

  • Defend Public Education

For more on our structure and organization we encourage all members to read and become familiar with our DSA Louisville Chapter Bylaws.

General Meetings

Louisville DSA holds General Meetings on a monthly basis.

At General Meetings, the Local assembles to hear reports from projects and committees, and to debate and vote on resolutions. General Meetings also feature updates on regional matters and announcements from regional organizations .

These meetings are the center for democratic deliberation and decisions. The assembled membership is the ultimate decision-making body of the Local, so participation of all members is crucial. General Meetings are open to all, but you must be a member in order to vote. You may join the Democratic Socialists of America by visiting the national website: www.dsausa.org/join?source=Louisville