Red ‘Runners: Socialists are organizing at UTSA

The Young Democratic Socialists of America at UTSA pose after a meeting. The organization is awaiting university recognition as an official UTSA student organitaztion. Heather Montoya, The Paisano

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Young Democratic Socialists of America at UTSA (YDSA) held a meeting in Study Room 13 in the John Peace Library where they discussed their goals and how to achieve them.

The YDSA, the youth wing of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is a political organization that believes in transforming capitalism by implementing democracy into all aspects of life. The vision of the YDSA is democratic, feminist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist.

Chance Walker, a freshman geography major, was one of the few students who helped establish the YDSA at UTSA. “We were a very small group until Bernie Sanders ran for President in 2016; at that time, the DSA went from having 6,000 members at the beginning of 2016 to at the end of 2016 we had 20,000 members.” The DSA is currently gaining on 30,000 members.

Since the DSA membership has been growing, the UTSA chapter of the YDSA hopes their membership will reflect that growth.

The chapter was implemented this semester and currently has nearly 40 members. The organization hopes to gain enough members to qualify for a designated on-campus room for their meetings. “We want to be the largest left-wing student organization, not only on campus, but in the country,” Walker said.

“We’re not here to impose some idea on people. We’re here to tell people you have the power to change society if you, a working-class person, as a person who is marginalized for whatever reason, you have the power, if we unite together, to change things,” Walker said.

Some goals of the chapter are to be involved in and support the labor movement and unions around UTSA, work on environmental issues, educate people about inequality and resist Trump’s agenda. “We want a society where everybody is going to…

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