New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America

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New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America is a Louisiana affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

Contact

In March 2017 Joshua Lewis was contact for the New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee.[1]

Frances Gill took over in July 2017.[2]

Healthcare arrests

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Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies arrested two women and a man participating in a healthcare protest at U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's offices in Metairie on Jul 5, 2017;.

Haley Saucier, Laura Welter and Mark D'Arensbourg were among 20 or so people to stage a sit-in inside of the office building at 3421 N. Causeway Blvd. about 11 a.m.

After about a half-hour, a spokesman for Sheriff Newell Normand said, deputies asked the group to leave, saying its members were disrupting the operation of a number of other businesses in the building. Most in the group left after being warned that they could be arrested if they remained in the building, but Saucier, 26; Welter, 29; and D'Arensbourg, 33, wouldn't leave, the Sheriff's Office alleged.

Deputies booked the trio on a count of remaining in a place after being forbidden, a form of criminal trespassing in Louisiana. That offense is a misdemeanor that can carry up to six months in jail as well as a maximum fine of $500.

The Sheriff's Office said Saucier is from Ponchatoula, while D'Arensbourg and Welter are from New Orleans.[3]

New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America described the three activists as "our comrades".

Alli DeJong, a member of New Orleans Democratic Socialists of America, was media contact for the protesters.[4]

Our Revolution connection

September, 2016 Daniel Werst of Socialist Worker wrote about a launch meeting for Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution in New Orleans and what it revealed about the new organization.

Paul Fleckenstein's recent article provided a valuable analysis of the "down-ballot" strategy that Bernie Sanders has supported in his newly launched non-profit organization Our Revolution ("Taking down the revolution?").

I attended the kickoff night meeting for Our Revolution in New Orleans, and I believe the debate that took place among participants connects directly to the criticisms raised in Fleckenstein's article.
On August 24, staff, volunteers and supporters from Sanders' campaign for the Democratic nomination organized local meetings across the U.S., inviting contacts and friends of friends from their mailing lists and activist networks to join this new political organization. Each meeting tuned in to watch a LiveStream broadcast of Bernie Sanders giving a speech to a small audience of supporters in Vermont about his goals for influencing politics after losing to and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
The New Orleans Our Revolution meeting was made up of about 20 people, most of whom had been strong supporters of Sanders' campaign.
Virtually all of the attendees spoke heatedly before the meeting began about their anger at Hillary Clinton's politics and discussed different opinions about Sanders' endorsement.
Before Sanders' speech, we had time for a few introductions, and Aaron, who was leading the meeting, asked for an informal poll: "Who considers themselves a socialist?" A majority of the room raised our hands, including the speaker, who explained that he was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)--and later that he was inviting people to join that organization as well as Our Revolution.
But when we began discussing Hillary Clinton, Aaron made clear that the position of Our Revolution was already decided by the central leadership from the Sanders campaign, and not subject to debate by its membership, which was just about to be formed. Justifying this, he indicated that the organization was committed to supporting Clinton in order to take "an anti-fascist position" against Donald Trump.[5]

References

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  2. [2]
  3. [New orleans Advocate, Three protesters arrested after demonstration at Sen. Bill Cassidy's offices in Metairie. BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com Published Jul 6, 2017]
  4. 4WWL, David Hammer, WWLTV 10:58 AM. CDT July 07, 2017
  5. Socialist Worker, Is it really "Our Revolution"? September 13, 2016