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Democratic Socialists of America

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, which includes the British Labour Party and the French Parti Socialiste[?].

The DSA was formed in 1983 when a splinter group of the Socialist Party, USA (Michael Harrington's Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee) merged with the Students for a Democratic Society splinter New American Movement[?].

Among its notable members, include feminist Gloria Steinem[?], actor Ed Asner[?], black activist Cornel West[?], and libertarian socialist Noam Chomsky.

Many Democratic Socialists are also members of the Democratic Party. Until recent years, the main aim of DSA was to convert the Democratic Party into a social democratic organization. However, since the Democratic Party has been dominated by more centrist individuals such as Bill Clinton and Al Gore, many DSA members are trying to move the party away from this goal. Three DSA members are currently in the United States Congress: Bernie Sanders[?] (I-VT), Danny Davis[?] (D-IL), and Major Owens[?] (D-NY). Ron Dellums[?] (D-CA), who retired from the Congress in 1997, and the current president of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney[?] are also a DSA members.

See also: List of political parties in the United States

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