New Hampshire Democratic Socialists

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New Hampshire Democratic Socialists are affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America.

New local

In 1995 New Hampshire DSA, "our newest local, organized during the summer and now has a membership of just over sixty. Two DSA members sit in New Hampshire's Republican-controlled state legislature". The local produces a bimonthly newsletter. Progressive New Hampshire, and was working with the American Friends Service Committee to organize a public hearing hearing on economic insecurity.[1]

1995 New Hampshire DSA conference delegates

The Democratic Socialists of America National Convention was be held November 10- 12, 1995, in Washington DC, Member Don Taylor has been elected as a delegate by the national office; Paige Roberts, Marshall Gordon, and Arpad Toth were "also been nominated and are likely to be elected". Although "at large" delegates on paper, they were "in essence representing you, the New Hampshire members of DSA".[2]

"Bird-dogging"

At its October 1995, meeting, NH DSA decided to encourage and assist members and friends in a campaign of "bird-dogging" the Republican (and Democratic and Libertarian) candidates as they tour the state in preparation for the New Hampshire primary. We're encouraging DSAers to attend any Question and Answer sessions, get on any talk shows, etc. that they find out about and ask questions focusing on economic inequality. We want to surprise candidates enough so that they deviate from their scripts and give non-canned answers that. reveal their true positions,

We came up with the suggestion that our questions have two parts:

  • l. A fact about a trend. The fact should be one that shows the ill effects of unequal distribution of wealth, income, etc., and is not easy to dispute as a fact.
  • 2. A question about how the candidate proposes to reverse (deal with) that trend.

The local came up with five general topics: unemployment, taxation, wages, health care, and trends toward ever-greater inequality of wealth.

A sample question: "The 'Fed' and many economists believe the unemployment rate needs to hover around. 6% or 7% in order to stimulate the economy by holding down wages. This means millions of people who need and want to work must be without jobs at any given time. It also means that low-paid workers cannot adequately support a family. Does your plan to stimulate the economy depend on the presence of large numbers of unemployed and underpaid workers? [3]

Links to AFSC

At the NH DSA meeting of december 10, 1995, guest, Arnie Alpert, spoke about the activity and ideas of the American Friends Service Committee in New Hampshire and elsewhere. Also discussed by Arnie were actual and potential coalition projects, such as a canmpaign for a living wage, unionization drives, and organizing cooperatives. He made the crucial point that action should lead to education, not the other way around.

New Hampshire DSA "would like to thank Arnie Alpert for his visit and words of wisdom. We look forward to fostering a close, activist relationship with AFSC." [4]

PFTAW connection

Speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Portsmouth on January 27, 1996, People for the American Way President Tom Andrews urged progressive Americans to mobilize a truly pro-family grassroots movement. He talked about "The Politics of the Family", relating how the Religious Right, while calling itself pro-family, has pushed a political agenda that greatly harms American families. The Religious Right has been extremely successful in using language, symbols, and (frequentIy untrue) stories to advance its right-wing political, economic, and social agenda.

"The American Way is about heartfelt American values -- freedom of conscience; respect for differences, equal opportunity, responsibility to the community," said Andrews: "It is outrageous that the political forces that are attacking these principles have wrapped themselves in the language of religion and values. For our families and our futurei we can't let them get away with it. We won't let them get away with it." ,

Andrews urged about 200 church members and local activists to join the nonpartisan Expose the Right! campaign under way in New Hampshire. The Campaign aims to mobilize citizens to expose the Right wing's political tactics and challenge presidential candidates to reiect the Right's extreme agenda.

People for the American Way is a national advocacy organization with over 300,000 members committed to fighting the political agenda of the Religious Right and building a new progressive movement in America. This process of rebuilding a progressive coalition in New Hampshire is, I believe, essential to our long-term success in opposing the Right: We must mobilize a broad range of progressives -- including DSAers, clergy, environmentalists, artists, feminists and pro-choice people, gay rights activists, students, and civil rights activists -- to meet, develop, articulate, and begin to achieve our positive moral vision for a socially just world. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about a progressive coalition in New Hampshire.[5]

Alliance?

On Saturday, February 3 1996, an "exciting gathering will take place": a meeting of representatives from DSA, the Socialist Party USA, (SPUSA) and the Committees of Correspondence (CoC) This "Meeting of the broader Left" will discuss common ideas and strategies, specifically in the areas of affirmative action, economic insecurity, and global human rights. It is hoped that these three democratic socialist (small d, small s) organizations will be able to form plans for future coalition work -- an alliance of the democratic left.[6]

May Day party

May 4, 1996 the New Hampshire Democratic Socialists of America held a May Day Party at the Sisters of Mercy in Nashua. 25 people attended and enjoyed good food, conversation with other leftists or Progressives, and heard rousing talks by UNH political economists Sam Rosen and Mark Harold. Dennis Kalob (NH-DSA member) gave a talk on the work of Share The Wealth.[7]

Arnie Arneson connection

Congressional Candidate Arnie Arneson was scheduled to speak to New Hampshire Progressives at a New Hampshire Democratic Socialists of America sponsored rally on Sunday, July 14 (was later been canceled: and re-scheduled for later in Summer. Will be at Milford Unitarian Church.[8]

According to notes from a New Hampshire Democratic Socialists of America General Meeting 6/95;[9]

We spent much of the meeting talking about how to host the event with Arnie Arnesen, the second-district congressional candidate who is challenging Charlie Bass, and who is not afraid of the labels Liberal and Socialist. Since the meeting we decided that the meeting would be at the Unitarian Church in Milford, but Arnie has had to reschedule, so the event will not be on the 14th. Chris Esposito of Arnie's campaign will help us pay the hall rental and will mail out invitations to addresses we provide. We will use our own mailing list plus the Common Ground mailing list. We need to turn out at least 100 people (capacity is 200). Get ready to go into high gear as soon as we know the date!

DSA member monitors anti-King Day rally

Cressinda volunteered to monitor the rally (to "congratulate NH for not having a MLK day holiday) by a white-supremacist group on the steps of the capitol in Concord last Monday. She reported to the DSA meeting that, while the 12 monitors (working under guidance of the state council of churches and the AFSC) remained silent, the hate-mongers were literally drowned out by a hundred or so pro-King-day demonstrators who gathered in a circle outside police barricades. The main speaker, who spoke for 45 minutes just after 10 a.m., surrounded by a few skinheads (from Manchester high schools?), had no PA system, and some of the demonstrators did. There was some minor scuffling at one point, but nothing seriously violent. The protesting crowd included union members, members of the Workers World Party, Concord High School students, at least one Native American woman and others whose affiliation was not readily identifiable. We discussed the validity of the tactics recommended by the council and those of the demonstrators.[10]

"Granite State Coalition"

Circa 1996 NH DSA heard a brief history of the Granite State Coalition, which was formed in 1987 to elect progressives to the state Senate. It brought together 20 diverse groups in the state to work on this: abortion rights activists, labor unions, state employees, social workers, conservationists, etc. The coalition was mainly composed of groups whose charters allowed them to lobby and campaign for candidates without tax penalties.

There was some bickering between the constituent groups (labor vs. environmentalists, pro-choice groups vs. unions), but on the whole the group succeeded at its task and elected a cohort of senators that made the 1992 biennium remarkably progressive. GSC fell apart in 1994 as a result of the conservative takeover nationally, and the makeup of the Senate reverted to a less progressive pattern.

Money was something of a problem for the group, which asked $250 from each constituent group. It was started with seed money from the United Auto Workers and modeled on an earlier Connecticut effort.

NH DSA discussed lessons that might be learned from GSC and other coalition movements, such as the Iowa Progressive Coalition, as "we attempt to unite to confront the right".[11]

Officers

In 1995;[12]

Members

Present at HH DSA meeting November 19, 1995:[13]

Dan Cervi, Val Dusek, Jim Giddings, Christy Hammer, I. Haney, C. Lynch, David Quealey, Don Taylor.

Present at HH DSA meeting December 10, 1995:[14]

Arnie Alpert, Val Dusek, Jim Giddings, Christy Hammer, Dennis Kalob, C. Lynch, Edith Pierson, David Quealey, Paige Roberts, E. Sartwell, R. Sartwell, A. Smith, Don Taylor.

New beginnings

Daina Trautmane, far right, center, Chloe Wojewoda, center front, Charlie Countie, far right, front

New Hampshire Democratic Socialists was re-formed in 2016. Leaders were couple Chloe Wojewoda and Sam Johnson.

NH Democratic Socialists, Public Facebook Group

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New Hampshire Democratic Socialists Public Facebook Group, as of May 28, 2017;[15]

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Members

General meeting

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DSA New Hampshire General Meeting. Hosted by NH Democratic Socialists - NH DSA, Sunday, April 9 at 1 PM - 3 PM, 669 Union St, Manchester, NH 03104-4238, United States.

Invited

Interested

Attending

References

  1. Dem. Left, Nov./Dec. 1995, page 14]
  2. Progressive New Hampshire - September 1995
  3. Progressive New Hampshire - Nov./Dec. 1995
  4. Progressive New Hampshire - January/February 1996
  5. Progressive New Hampshire - January/February 1996
  6. Progressive New Hampshire - January/February 1996
  7. Progressive New Hampshire - June 5, 1996
  8. Progressive New Hampshire - June 5, 1996
  9. DSA NH-DSA News
  10. DSA NH-DSA News
  11. DSA NH-DSA News
  12. Progressive New Hampshire - September 1995
  13. Progressive New Hampshire - Nov./Dec. 1995
  14. Progressive New Hampshire - January/February 1996
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