Who we are
Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America is one of some 200 local Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) chapters, organizing committees and youth chapters in the U.S. (www.dsausa.org), with a rapidly growing membership. As democratic socialists, we envision a society and a world where resources are democratically controlled to benefit all. In pursuing this goal, we educate the public about socialist values and policies and build progressive coalitions committed to fighting for economic and social justice. DSA is an educational organization (501(c)4), not a political party.
Since our formation in 2006, our group has worked with many local coalitions, including: the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Coalition for a People’s Agenda, Minimum Wage Coalition, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Grady Hospital Coalition, Up and Out of Poverty Now, Moral Monday Georgia, Fight for $15, Georgia J20 Coalition, and Black Lives Matters.
Our members have led workshops at the Georgia Progressive Summit, raised funds for Bernie Sanders’ first Senate campaign, helped plan and promote the U. S. Social Forum, and hosted DSA and Young Democratic Socialist national conventions. Our monthly meetings are open to all, alternating membership meetings featuring speakers and reports on our current activities and Socialist Dialogue public forums featuring panel discussions, occasional films and plays, on a wide range of issues and readings. We also issue a newsletter and hold an annual Douglass-Debs awards dinner — our main fundraiser, which supports our activities and contributions to our coalition partners.
The Executive Committee is comprised of four chapter officers, plus three members-at-large and branch chairs. Officers and members-at-large are elected at the September general meeting for a term of one year. As of March 2018, the current executive committee members are:
|Recording Secretary||Jeb Boone|
|Membership Secretary||Michael Lavender|
|Treasurer||Speck Kevin Pratt|
|At-Large Officer||Erin Parks|
|At-Large Officer||Eric Robertson|
|At-Large Officer||Ilani Lorber|