We’re the Houston local of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the country. We fight for more democracy — in our politics, workplaces, and communities. Our members are building and supporting progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in U.S. communities and politics through activism, political education, and community organization.

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Upcoming Events

September General Meeting @ Texas Gulf Coast AFL-CIO
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Due to venue issues, we are having to postpone our regular general meeting one week to Thursday, September 20. However, the good news is that we will be back at our normal location at the Gulf Coast AFL-CIO hall! This will be a very important meeting as we will be handling these two crucial pieces of business:

  • Nominations will be opened for the Co-Chair position B (Nick B’s position), for the election to be held in October
  • A candidate Q&A followed by a vote on whether to endorse DaSean Jones (180th Criminal Court Judge) will be held

As always, your participation is vital to achieving our goal of being an organization committed to radical democracy!

TCEQ and Valero Public Meeting on Hydrogen Cyanide @ Hartman Park
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TEJAS(Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) has issued a call to action and Houston DSA EcoSocialists are responding! 

Valero has asked the TCEQ(Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) for an increase in the level of HYDROGEN CYANIDE emissions they can release, specifically 512 tons. Valero also wants to stop tracking its BENZENE emissions reductions, makes no sense right? 

So then let’s show up in solidarity with Manchester residents and tell TCEQ and Valero that we’re sick(literally) of disgustingly rich corporations killing everything on the planet in their pursuit of more wealth and power. 

Demand that TCEQ say NO to Valero!

-Hydrogen cyanide (AC) is a systemic chemical asphyxiant. It interferes with the normal use of oxygen by nearly every organ of the body. Exposure to hydrogen cyanide (AC) can be rapidly fatal. It has whole-body (systemic) effects, particularly affecting those organ systems most sensitive to low oxygen levels: the central nervous system (brain), the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), and the pulmonary system (lungs). Hydrogen cyanide (AC) is a chemical warfare agent (military designation, AC). It is used commercially for fumigation, electroplating, mining, chemical synthesis, and the production of synthetic fibers, plastics, dyes, and pesticides. Hydrogen cyanide (AC) gas has a distinctive bitter almond odor (others describe a musty “old sneakers smell”), but a large proportion of people cannot detect it; the odor does not provide adequate warning of hazardous concentrations. It also has a bitter burning taste and is often used as a solution in water.

(from the CDC)

-Benzene is known to cause cancer, based on evidence from studies in both people and lab animals. The link between benzene and cancer has largely focused on leukemia and other cancers of blood cells. 

Long-term exposure to benzene mainly harms the bone marrow, the soft, inner parts of bones where new blood cells are made. This can result in: Anemia (a low red blood cell count), which can cause a person to feel weak and tired. A low white blood cell count, which can lower the body’s ability to fight infections and might even be life-threatening. A low blood platelet count, which can lead to excess bruising and bleeding.

Breathing in high doses of benzene can affect the nervous system, which can lead to drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, tremors, confusion, and/or unconsciousness. Consuming foods or fluids contaminated with high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, and rapid heart rate. In extreme cases, inhaling or swallowing very high levels of benzene can be deadly. Exposure to benzene liquid or vapor can irritate the skin, eyes, and throat. Skin exposure to benzene can result in redness and blisters. 

(from the ACS)

Franklin for Judge — jail outreach
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet us outside of the Harris County Jail to do outreach for Franklin’s campaign during jail visitation hours! The Harris County Jail is located at 701 N San Jacinto St, Houston, TX.  We talk to people from many walks of life, from all over the Houston area, including many Spanish speakers. Necesitamos hispanohablantes.

Please contact Nick if you’re planning to join us — bunce.nicholas at gmail dot com. Bring water and dress comfortably to be outside!

Religious Socialist Working Group @ EQ Heights
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come out for the initial opening meeting of the Houston DSA Religious Socialist Working Group.

We’ll discuss plans for the group and discuss anything related to religious socialism.

Reading Group – Revolution in the Air Discussion @ Bohemeo's
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In preparation for Max Elbaum’s visit in October, we will be discussing some of the ideas of his book Revolution In the Air.  If you are interested in reading the book,  it is available from Verso and other sellers:


If you are interested in a non-distributional copy of the e-book, please email us at info@houstondsa.org and we can make it available to you.

For the discussion, we recommend reading this recent interview with Max from In These Times that touches upon the main themes.



The Houston DSA Reading Group is open to members and non-members alike and aims to be accessible to all attendees regardless of background knowledge or expertise.

We hope to see you there!