WHO WE ARE
We are the West Suburban Illinois chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (WSDSA). We believe everyone should be able to live a full and dignified life. We demand a society where all participate are treated as equals and are respected for their worth as human beings. We demand a society where, through democratic processes, a full life for all is achieved.
WHERE WE ARE
We cover a large territory of Illinois' western suburbs, spanning from Goose Lake in the south to the Wisconsin border. Our monthly meetings are on the second Sunday of the month in the College of DuPage cafeteria. You do not have to be a DSA member to attend, although it is encouraged. During these meetings, we discuss both short- and long-term goals and how we can organize most effectively in our communities.
For those of our members who live in the northern counties, WSDSA has a branch in your area! The Lake-McHenry branch was established in 2017 and meets on the first Sunday of every month at 1:30pm in Wauconda (Church of the Holy Apostles, 26238 N. IL Rte. 59). If you’d like to help bring socialism to these parts, you can contact the L-M branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter, too!
WHAT WE DO
Some of our working groups focus on issues like immigrant rights, labor rights, medicare for all, and electoral activism. We use these working groups to work on issues in our communities by organizing locally and serving as a bridge between various progressive organizations.
-The economy must be run democratically; none shall be poor so another can be rich
-The abolition of poverty
-Affordable, humane housing for all
-Universal Medicare For All
-Free education: from pre-K to trades, college and beyond
-Democracy in the workplace; all workers have the right to organize
-Complete reproductive freedom in all forms
-An end to racial, gender and all other forms of oppression
-An end to punitive justice and mass incarceration
-An end to military and police aggression
-Democratic control over the environment to preserve the planet
Administration Organizer: Katie
Membership Organizer: Lisa
Outreach Organizer: Vince
Strategic Organizer: Brick
Harassment and Grievance Officer: Giselle