Partisan assembles members from three caucuses in the Democratic Socialists of America: the Communist Caucus, the Red Caucus in Portland, Oregon, and Emerge in New York City, New York. Our aim is to establish a forum for communist discussion and organizing that unites us and others who share our vision for DSA. We share a belief that social change is only possible if the working class is organized and ready to make that change. Our vision for organizing centers the development of strong working-class institutions, an emphasis on the myriad facets of oppression under capitalism intertwined with class, and meaningful international solidarity and analysis.
We recognize that our political work is strengthened when channeled through all that DSA offers as a place to build projects and organize. DSA has come a long way over the past several years, often completing excellent and vital work. But we are only just beginning to build meaningful power for the working class and, by extension, the socialist movement. Continuing to expand DSA’s work will require learning from our victories and defeats, then using that knowledge to improve our efforts as we move forward.
This publication will analyze and discuss our vision through the projects our caucuses have undertaken. We will draw on the experiences and insights of comrades around the world to reflect on strengths and weaknesses, and hash out strategies for future organizing. In addition, we will also offer critical analysis into the structure and operations of the DSA as we see it now. We hope to outline a vision of coordinated efforts within the organization we believe are necessary to build genuine working-class power.
We hope this publication serves as a resource for organizers of all types within DSA, including those within our caucuses, those not yet sure how they or the work they’re doing fit into DSA’s current projects, and those looking to improve DSA’s work. We will offer tools for organizing externally and internally, and forge a dialogue with those interested in discussing our work.
As active DSA organizers, we are committed with an unshakable resolve to the communist horizon. It is in this spirit that we present Partisan: not to interpret the world, but to change it.