Petition to the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America: Let’s start a campaign to build toward a Democratic Socialist Party.
We, the undersigned, ask the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to take the following steps:
After the 2020 presidential election is over DSA should organize broad left conferences regionally and nationally in 2021 to discuss the idea of forming a Democratic Socialist Party.
This does not mean simply declaring a new party, but instead opening up discussions among DSA members and the left wing of Bernie’s base about the need for our own independent party.
A new party would not preclude the tactical flexibility of that party running candidates on the ballot line of the Democrats, while also preparing the ground to break free from the Democratic Party.
We recognize that a viable Democratic Socialist Party will need a larger base than what DSA currently has. Alongside growing DSA, we should call on Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilahn Omar, Labor for Bernie leaders, and many other individuals, unions, and organizations to join us in taking steps towards such a working-class, democratic, membership-controlled force to advance our political revolution against the billionaire class.