Quad Cities DSA

Seeking to create a system based on justice and equality for all people.

Get Involved!

If you’re looking for ways to get involved in progressive politics, we welcome you! We’re looking for people to join our working groups to advance our fight for social, economic and racial justice both nationally and locally in Iowa & Illinois.

Welcome to the Quad Cities Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run 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.

2019 Bi-State Socialism Summit

Kicking off the event will be activist Reyma McCoy McDeid. She will give a speech titled: “The myth of ‘red’ rural America: how DSA can save progressives by shifting the harmful narratives about non-urban USA”. Reyma is a former candidate for office and the current executive director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission), winner of the Activist award from DAWN’s List , endorsed by the Asian & Latino Coalition , Iowa Women for Progressive Change, and the Working Families Party. She is also a single mom. Her campaign was featured in Pantsuit Nation – Public, TIME , the The Des Moines Register, The Gazette, and Progressive Voices of Iowa. Her vocation is mobilizing eligible voters who have been left out of the political process- the working class, people of color, folks with disabilities, religious minorities, and others. It’s a message that is relevant not just in our district, but throughout Iowa- and the US.” Click here to learn more.

Join us at our next meeting

Our meetings are open to the public and welcome to anyone interested in learning more about the Democratic Socialists of America. Join us for our next meeting to learn more about what our working groups are doing within our community to make a difference. Visit our Facebook page to find out when our next meeting is being held, or visit our Events page to learn more.

QCDSA Response to Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Quad Cities DSA extends our condolences to those suffering in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Events like these prompt us to ask one question above all others: what more could it take before we finally see substantive policy changes on this issue?...

QCDSA Executive Committee Responds to Troubling Maria Svart Meme Post

In response to the posting of a troubling meme by DSA Director Maria Svart, the QCDSA Executive Committee has taken action by sending her the following letter: Dear Ms. Svart: We are extremely concerned about the meme you posted last week, which had an image of a...

QCDSA Hosts Film Series Screening of They Live

***SPOILER ALERT*** If you have not seen “They Live” you may not want to continue reading. As part of a continuing series of film screenings the QCDSA presented the 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live” with a panel discussion following the film on March 1, 2019.  With...

QCDSA Hosts Organizing 101 Training

From time to time all of us who are organizers need a refresher course to polish our skills and the QCDSA Organizing 101 Training on February 9th, 2019 led by QCDSA Chair AJ Reed did just that.  From asking basic questions like, “What if we had a $15 minimum wage,” to...

Quad Cities DSA Attends Women’s March

Continuing the tradition of previous Women’s Marches in the Quad Cities, QCDSA members and others from the community gathered at Laborers Local 309 in Rock Island to address the injustices women face and how to organize and educate ourselves to create a more equitable...

Quad Cities DSA Elects New Executive Board

On a cold wintery day at the end of January, DSA members of the Quad Cities made their way to the basement meeting room of the Davenport Library to discuss goals for the upcoming year and elect new officers for the local chapter.  The meeting started off with...

Armistice Day Commemoration, 2018

November 11th, 2018, Armistice Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the "War to End All Wars". A century after man's first foray into widespread industrialized slaughter, the most powerful state in world history has made it clear that there will be no end to...

Quad Cities Free School

The Quad Cities Free School is an opportunity for residents to learn about community-oriented topics. The goal of the free school is to foster more community involvement and encourage citizens to become more active. The classes will be taught by members of area...

The Prairie Rose Collective

The Prairie Rose Collective is the environmental justice work group of the Quad Cities chapter of the DSA. We are a non-profit dedicated to social organizing and political activism, and as such we are dedicated to the building of a more equitable, prosperous world, by...

Palmer Expansion Canvassing

Palmer College of Chiropractic is planning an expansion covering over 37 acres of land in central Davenport. This project will displace hundreds of residents. The Quad Cities Democratic Socialists of America has been collecting signatures of the residents on a...