Democratic socialists of America told the Associated Press they have 42 candidates at the federal state and local levels. Some are running at the upper echelon, like Maine Democratic Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein, who announced last week he’ll run as a Democratic socialist. They span 20 states, including Florida, Hawaii, Kansas and Michigan.
Who are these Democratic Socialists, and What do they stand for? From their website: The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters, DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.
While the majority of Democrats today do not embrace the label of socialism, they embrace policies that are considered to be modern-day socialism. It is important to note, that there is little difference between socialism and democratic socialism. Some of the policies supported by socialists, are Medicaid for all, free education for all, the abolishment of ICE and increased Labor unions.
Co-sponsors of such policies include, some 2020 presidential prospects, such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Sen. Kamala Harris.
RHM will update this article as more information follows on the rise of Socialism in America.