In August 2017 Celeste Earley stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago, from Anchorage Democratic Socialists of America.
- I have called Alaska home for nearly 20 years during which time I have immersed myself in the landscape and community that makes the 49th state unique. I have focused my academic career studying Alaskan history as it relates to empowering the voices of indigenous people currently fighting the effects of climate change and fighting for healthcare. In addition to learning how to build solidarity amongst Arctic nations I have recently transitioned from academic to action based organizing as the elected officer of the Women’s Caucus for Anchorage Democratic Socialists of America (ADSA). Organizing in rural Alaska is a challenge but one that is important to overcome. Outreach to remote communities is vital to organize the working class in solidarity against, specifically in Alaska, large oil and health insurance conglomerates that strangle local economies and force people to either work for them or starve.
- I am running for National Policy Committee(NPC) with DSA PRAXIS alongside Ravi Ahmad (New York, NY), Allie Cohn (Knoxville, YN), Leslie Driskill (Oklahoma City, OK), Michael Patterson (Anchorage, AK), Zac Echola (Red River Valley, ND & MN), and [R.L. Stephens] (Chicago, IL). Inclusion and diversity are not buzz words for us. It is our individual and collective experiences that brought us together with a shared vision and shared goals for DSA. DSA PRAXIS believes that by building through organizing we are also building a socialist ideology that is grounded in reality and the experiences of the poor and working class. You can learn more about us, our vision, and platform by visiting dsapraxis.org.
- In addition to my work within ADSA I wear many hats in my professional life. I am an administrator at the Anchorage Museum. In that work, I’ve collaborated with indigenous communities to create spaces for their voices to be heard on issues of environmental justice and colonialism. I want DSA to be a resource in this struggle for survival, and if elected, that’s what I’ll do. In my line of work, I do financial management, fundraising, programming, and database management, and I currently supervise a team of eight. I want to bring those skills to the NPC to ensure we have a robust and secure system of information and financial management.