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Brooklyn's Democratic Socialists: Building a Redder Borough

Brooklyn, a borough synonymous with diversity and cultural vibrancy, has also become a breeding ground for activism in recent years. A significant force behind this is the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA), a rapidly growing organization advocating for an alternative to traditional capitalism.

Fueled by Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, NYC-DSA has seen its membership surge. With a strong presence in Brooklyn, the organization is making its mark through local activism and electoral politics.

What is Democratic Socialism?

Democratic socialists believe in a mixed economy where some key industries, like utilities and healthcare, are publicly owned and democratically controlled. They advocate for social programs that ensure a strong safety net and promote equality.

Brooklyn's DSA in Action

Brooklyn's DSA chapters organize around various issues. They might be found campaigning for a progressive candidate, protesting for tenants' rights, or hosting educational workshops on worker cooperatives.

The South Brooklyn DSA branch, for example, recently held a "Families' Read-In for a People's Budget," highlighting their focus on social spending.

Electoral Victories and Building Power

NYC-DSA has flexed its political muscle by backing progressive candidates, most notably Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) in her insurgent congressional win in 2018. These victories demonstrate the growing influence of democratic socialist ideas in Brooklyn and beyond.

Looking Ahead

The future of Brooklyn's DSA is one of continued activism and engagement. As they fight for their vision of a more just society, they are likely to play an increasingly prominent role in the borough's political landscape. Whether you agree with their platform or not, there's no doubt that Brooklyn's democratic socialists are a force to be reckoned with.