Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America

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Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America is a affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America.

Current leadership

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2017 DSA National Convention delegates

The 2015/2017 Steering Committee is made up of:

Steering Committee at Large

The 2015/2017 Steering Committee was made up of:

Structure & Organization

Organizing

Chair: Brittany Alston (co-chair) and Anthony Hawkins (co-chair)

The Organizing committee will strengthen the training capacity of the Philadelphia DSA local in order to broaden and strengthen its constituency base and advance all campaign efforts undertaken by the local. In order to do this, the committee with create a series of organizing materials and circulate organizing readings.

Outreach

Chair: Dave Backer

The Philly DSA Outreach Committee creates all internal and external communications and digital content for the local chapter. This includes all of our web development and technology efforts, emails, phone-banking, events calendars, social media, and of course, excellent memes.

Political Education

Chairs: Andrew Knox and Scott Jenkins

The political education committee organizes discussions, reading groups, and public events that explore the strategy, history and theory of socialism.

Social

Chair: Jedidiah Slaboda

The Social Committee exists to enrich social ties, welcome new and potential members and foster camaraderie in our local chapter. We are responsible for planning social events and activities both independently and in concert with our chapter’s existing committees. These include annual large all-chapter social events, monthly neighborhood or regional based meet-ups, meet-ups following events planned by other committees (e.g. General Meetings, political education events etc.), affinity based events, e.g. sporting, arts, culture etc.

Fundraising

Chair: Jordan Falciani

The Fundraising Committee focuses on the financial sustainability of the local chapter. Our primary responsibility is collecting and managing the infrastructure around local dues. We also work Steering Committee on the budgeting process and help insure that each committee of the local chapter is able to meet its financial needs. The goal of the committee is to have a local which is able to provide programming through its own fundraising efforts and the dues of members.

Mobilizers

Chair: Theresa Moran

Philly DSA's Mobilizers serve as internal organizers for our membership. As a large AND GROWING organization, our goal is to build participatory democratic structures and establish clear channels of communication within the local. Becoming a Mobilizer will also give members an opportunity to get more involved in building our local DSA chapter!
Each Mobilizer has a “turf” of about 10 other Philly DSA members with whom they do in person 1-on-1 meetings and keep in regular contact with through texts, emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings.The main job of Mobilizers is to:
  • Orient Philly DSA members to the structure of the local, our shared politics, our committees, and our campaign work
  • Answer questions and connect people to resources, committees, and other members
  • Do personal outreach to keep people informed of upcoming events and actions
  • Facilitate “bottom up” communication between the general membership of Philly DSA and the Steering Committee/active committees
  • Lead canvasses and acting as canvass captains for future campaign work[2]

"Allegheny Socialist"

In 1991, a phonathan for the Allegheny Socialist netted $500, which Dinner which brought in $200 more.[3]

Peace movement meeting

Philadelphia DSA held a potluck dinner and meeting February 3 1991, to discuss "What's Ahead for the Peace Movement?" Speakers included Barbara Smith, Jobs With Peace; Beverly Kacher, WILPF; Joseph Miller, Sane/ Freeze; Marwan Kreidie; Arab-American Democratic Club; Lori Salem, Act for Peace in the Middle East; Carlis Numi, AFSC Peace Committee; and Bruce Haskin, DSA and Act for Peace. [4]

Health Care for All

In 1993 members of the local were active in the Philadelphia Health Care for All Coalition, which fought for single-payer health reform both nationally and at the state level.[5]

2006 elections

Greater Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America members helped progressive Democrat and longtime DSA ally Tim Kearney in his second campaign against entrenched state Representative John Perzel. While Kearney did not win, his numbers went up enough for him to seriously consider trying again in 2008. Local members also worked for Bucks County Congressional anti-war candidate Patrick Murphy (who did win), progressive newcomer Paul Lang against a 20-year incumbent in the Bucks County state senate race, and others.

Many members were active in Neighborhood Networks, a Philadelphia grassroots progressive organizing group that is partly the brainchild of local DSA and former NPC member Stan Shapiro. They "are quite busy now, as a number of progressive Democrats – including one DSA member and one former member – are running for City Council in May’s primaries".[6]

Rebuilding Philadelphia

In 2009 Sean Monahan, was rebuilding Greater Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America with "veteran John Strauss".

The local is committed to restarting Greater Philadelphia Democratic Left, beginning with an on-line version.[7]

Explosive growth

In January of 2015, the DSA counted 6,000 members nationally and today the organization is up to 18,000. Philly’s DSA grew from 150 to 400 in the same period. The city’s chapter includes all of Pennsylvania and South Jersey but could lose members, technically, because new chapters are popping up over the bridge and out west in Reading and Pittsburgh. [8]

Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group

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October 6, 2017

As of June 1, 2017;[9]

Admins

Members

More names had been added by October 6, 2017.

Admins

Members

References

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 14 MARCH-APRIL 1991, page 15
  4. DEMOCRATIC LEFT 14 MARCH-APRIL 1991, page 15
  5. Dem. Left, Sept./Oct. 1993, page 26
  6. Dem. Left, Spring 2007
  7. Democratic Left, Winter 2009
  8. Philly.com, Philly's democratic socialists on the rise, thanks to TrumpUpdated: MARCH 4, 2017
  9. [3]