For five decades, Bernie Sanders has fought for the well-being of ordinary working people against the interests of the elite few. We are inspired by his platform, including Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a Green New Deal, expanded suffrage, and dozens of other ambitious policy proposals that promise to redistribute wealth and power to the working class.
We believe that Bernie Sanders, by focusing on the material issues that the majority of workers face and uniting us around a common enemy in the ruling elite, has the greatest potential of any Democratic Party primary candidate to defeat Donald Trump.
We also believe that a Bernie Sanders presidency is our best shot at fighting economic exploitation, racial and gender inequality, war, poverty, and climate destruction. And while many of the reforms he proposes do not themselves constitute socialism, we believe that they will both raise the expectations of the working class and materially put working people on better footing for future fights against the millionaires and billionaires.
Who We Are
Democratic Socialists for Bernie is a campaign organized and paid for by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). With nearly 60,000 members nationwide, DSA is the largest and fastest-growing socialist organization in the United States.
With over 300 local groups across the country, we are are a member-funded, member-run, and democratically accountable organization that fights for a political agenda that puts working people at the center. We believe that if we are to take on the enormous power of our political elite and their billionaire donors we need an organization that truly represents the needs, aspirations and desires of the working-class majority.
Why This Campaign
The Democratic Socialists of America proudly endorses Bernie Sanders for president. Bernie is running to win, and we want to help him succeed. In the process, we are building a diverse and vibrant democratic socialist movement in the United States — one that will outlast any single campaign or presidency.
We know that Bernie can’t do this alone. If he wins, it will demonstrate that he has majority support among the people, but he will still be isolated in the state itself. The halls of power are crowded with politicians, from both major parties, who are beholden to corporate interests. In order to push his ambitious agenda through a hostile legislature and preserve major gains from erosion or reversal, Bernie will need mass movements of people outside the state, fighting and organizing to create their own grassroots political pressure, which can compete with the pressures exerted by industry bosses and financial elites.
Bernie understands that challenging the capitalist status quo requires the activation of millions of people. That’s why he actively highlights the work of local activists, draws attention to the struggles of workers on the ground, and has chosen the campaign slogan “Not Me, Us.”
It’s in recognition of the need for mass movements that the Democratic Socialists of America chooses to run an independent Bernie campaign.
Bernie Sanders doesn’t hold the key to building a more egalitarian and democratic world — working people do. What Bernie does have is an unprecedented platform, which he uses to condemn capitalist greed and social division, promote working-class resistance and unity, and inform and excite millions of people about the promise of democratic socialism.
Our campaign works to share Bernie’s platform and message with ordinary working people, connecting its ideas and proposals to a broader analysis of capitalism’s shortcomings, and convincing people that there is a year-round, indeed a lifelong socialist movement they can join.
That mass working-class movement focuses on fights small and large, electoral and non-electoral, and local, national, and international. It has the potential to reawaken class politics in the United States, and to set working people on the path to both radical and durable transformation. It is the only thing that can eliminate inequality and secure true democracy, and building it is our number one priority.
Join us as we try to get Bernie elected president. And join us, also, as we build a movement that’s bigger than any single election — a mass socialist movement that will fight to the end for the many, not the few.