New York City Democratic Socialists of America
- 1 NYC Delegates to 2015 national Convention
- 2 Prominent members of DSA NYC Local
- 3 Organizers of DSA NYC in 2017
- 4 1990 Debs Dinner
- 5 1990 endorsements
- 6 DSA concert
- 7 1991 Council endorsements
- 8 Honoring the Sidels
- 9 "Our 100 Days or Theirs?"
- 10 Officers 1993
- 11 1993 Council elections
- 12 1993 Debs dinner
- 13 Communist history
- 14 1995 awards dinner
- 15 DSA May Day "bash"
- 16 2008 elections
- 17 "Socialized medicine" forum
- 18 2015 NYC DSA leaders
- 19 Fourth Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party
- 20 NYC Democratic Socialists of America Public Group
- 21 References
New York City Democratic Socialists of America are affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America.
NYC Delegates to 2015 national Convention
- Paul Bedard
- Rahel Biru
- Jeevan D'souza
- Michael Hirsch
- August Leppelmeier
- Lee Levin
- Frank Llewellyn
- Chris Maisano
- Neal Meyer
- Steve Oliver
- Maxine Phillips
- Jason Schulman
- Heidi Jane Siegfrid
- Shannon Sorhaindo
- Bessie Taliaferro
Prominent members of DSA NYC Local
Organizers of DSA NYC in 2017
1990 Debs Dinner
In 1990, the NYC DSA local gave out its Eugene Debs/Norman Thomas award March 21 at a dinner honoring David Livingston, president of UAW's District 65.
Also honored was Steve Max, Curriculum Director at the Midwest Academy, who received the first Paul DuBrul Award for his critical role in developing the political strategies of the citizen action movement.
In 1990 New York City Democratic Socialists of America's SA PAC endorsed Deborah Glick in her campaign to win the vacant Assembly seat in Greenwich Village. It also endorsed Jack Lester over Republican State Senator Roy Goodman, and DSAer Eugene Prosnitz, who was running for Civil Court Judge from the East Side.
On April 23, 1991 Democratic Socialists of America brought together a crowd of at least 800 to the Riverside Church in New York City to hear Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, Gretchen Reed, Robin Holcomb, and Kate McGarrigle and Anna McGarrigle. Amid the stunning atmosphere of the church, the performers entertained and inspired the audience with songs and stories of the struggle for social justice. DSA's Rafael PiRoman served as Master of Ceremonies and Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger introduced the event. The concert was sponsored by Youth For Jobs, Peace and Freedom, a project of the Institute for Democratic Socialism and the DSA Youth Section.
1991 Council endorsements
New York City DSA endorsed 13 candidates in a crowded city council election.
The local saw its vision of a progressive coalition In city politics realized by The Majority Coalition for a New New York, which organized an independent political campaign for progressive city council candidates. One candidate. Craig Miller, was a DSA member .
In a hotly contested race in 1991 in Greenwich Village that divided many long-time allies in the progressive community, New York City Democratic Socialists of America picked Tom Duane, a progressive white gay man with a long history of community activism, over Liz Abzug, a progressive white lesbian.
DSA judged her lack of activism in the community to be her fatal flaw.
DSA also devoted significant resources to helping a DSA'er, Craig Miller, challenge ac long-time incumbent who had switched districts.
- We got on the phones, calling members that had been to the endorsement meetings or who had indicated interest earlier. We also sent postcards to almost all our members just before the primary, reminding them to vote for our candidate.
In the end, some twenty DSA members were involved in the campaign of Guillermo Linares, a Dominican school board president running in an open seat in Manhattan. Members carried his petitions, coordinated volunteers, phonebanked, organized a fund raising party, and worked on election day. Contrary to the predictions of the political pundits, he won the primary by a 300-vote margin.
DSA also played crucial role turning the tide in a corner of the district for Una Clarke, a Jamaican child care worker and union activist who won the primary in her Brooklyn district by thirty-four votes
Of the thirteen people DSA endorsed, eight won the primary and "will probably win the general election". (Democratic primaries virtually guarantee election in most of New York City.) Four won open seats, two incumbents won, two didn't face primaries and a fifth, surprisingly lost. All of the challengers DSA backed -- including Miller - lost.
Honoring the Sidels
New York City Democratic Socialists of America held a fundraising bash on December 7 1992, at which longtime activists Ruth Sidel and Victor Sidel were awarded the Paul Du Brul Memorial Award. Approximately 150 people gathered to honor the Sidels, to enjoy a performance by Pete Seeger and Randy Harris, and to hear remarks by Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger and other political and labor leaders.
"Our 100 Days or Theirs?"
On January 15 1993 New York City DSA held a forum entitled "Our 100 Days or Theirs?" at which the meaning of the Clinton victory for radical activists was discussed. Speakers included DSA vice chair Jim Chapin, Noreen Connell of the Education Priorities Panel, and Gale Brewer, the federal liaison for New York City.
- Julia Fitzgerald, Chair
- Jeff Gold, Vice Chair
- Frank Llewellyn, Political Action Chair
- M. J. Van Loos, Organizational Secretary
- Marsha Borenstein, Treasurer
- Bob Ambaras, Education Secretary
- Amy Bachrach, Membership Secretary
- Steve Oliver, Publications Secretary
- Tony Yarborough, Recording Secretary
- Juanita Webster, Religion and Socialism Branch
- Kenny Schaeffer, Housing Task Force
- Linnea Capps, Health Care Task Force
- David Belkin, Economics Branch
1993 Council elections
In 1993 New York City DSA worked in support of the re-election campaign of David Dinkins, and also on several Council elections, in the hope of boosting progressives' strength on that body.
1993 Debs dinner
The New York City local's 1993 annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner was held June 24. Honorees were Dennis Rivera, the president of Local 1199, and Deborah Meier, the co-director of the Central Park East Secondary School.
During the fall of 1994 New York City Democratic Socialists of America sponsored a series of lectures on the history and meaning of Soviet communism. The series was led by D SA Vice Chair Jim Chapin, who then worked as a political adviser to New York City Public Advocate Mark Green.
1995 awards dinner
In 1995, New York City Democratic Socialists of America local's annual dinner was held June 7 and honored Jim Butler, the President of Local 420, the New York Municipal Hospital Employees Union, and Fran Barrett, founder and director of Community Resource Exchange.
DSA May Day "bash"
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine was the site of New York City DSA's 1996 May Day "bash". New York City Council member Guillermo Linares received the Paul Dubrul award for community action and leadership while UAW Region 9A Director Phil Wheeler garnered the Debs/Thomas award.
Barbara Ehrenreich, a DSA founder and honorary chair, was the recipient of a special award honoring her for her contributions as a leading feminist, cultural critic, and political satirist. Over 150 people joined in the celebration, including special guests Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, DSA Vice Chair Jose LaLuz, Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, and Connecticut Secretary of State Miles Rapoport.
DSA and YDS members were especially active. Some got up “at the crack of dawn,” says Jeff Gold, to take buses to support Obama in various locations in Pennsylvania, sometimes side by side with experienced trade unionists from Working America and at other times with first-time campaign volunteers. They also worked with the social democratic Working Families Party, which ran much of the New York Democrats’ field operations, to help the Democrats win their first majority in the state legislature since the mid-1960s . DSA members living in rent-regulated housing in Queens and Long Island were especially active in behalf of pro-tenant Democrats on the WFP ballot line. Another member traveled all the way to south Florida to help turn out Jewish voters for Obama, especially during early voting, when it was easier to address problems at the polls.
Many of the DSA members who reported their experiences said they enjoyed working with a wide variety of people and the opportunity to see the awesome Obama campaign machine in action. They were exhilarated by the unprecedented enthusiasm expressed by newly energized volunteers and voters. “I’m a seasoned volunteer of 25 years..., but it was different this time,” said one. They strengthened ties with local grassroots organizations, and helped to elect some progressives who, we hope, will support DSA’s Economic Justice Agenda. But to paraphrase FDR, now we have to get out and make them do it.
"Socialized medicine" forum
The New York City Democratic Socialists of americal ocal’s most successful event in 2008 was a forum called “Socialized Medicine? You Bet!” at Judson Memorial Church, with NYS Assembly Dean and Health Committee chair Dick Gottfried and DSAers Naomi Zauderer of the New York Professional Nurses Union, Jeff Gold of the Health Care for All Campaign, and, from the Midwest Academy, "organizing legend" Steve Max. The local has joined the campaign against the privatization of two health insurance programs (GHI and HIP) that serve 93% of city workers and retirees as well as other New Yorkers. They held a second forum on that issue with YDS and the N.Y. chapters of Democracy for America and Progressive Democrats of America. 
2015 NYC DSA leaders
Fourth Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party
Sunday 17 January 2016, Organized by : Theater in Asylum and NY DSA the "Fourth Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party" was held at 192 2nd Ave, New York.
- Theater in Asylum, (which was founded in 2010 by Paul Bedard and Katie Palmer), with the NYC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, is preparing to create theatrical adaptations of the Democratic Primary Debates. With a small army of actors, designers, dramaturgs, and support staff, we will watch and analyze the debates, devise a piece, and present it live in NYC... join us for the first step in making it: a Watch Party!
Those indicating attendance, on Wherevent included Camara McLaughlin, Lucy Myrtue, Alex Max Caring-Lobel, Jessie Bangarang Atkinson , Mandy Robbins, James Cajuste, Jeevan D'souza, Chelsea Langford, Alexis Roblan, Rick Fudge, Laura Aristovulos, Calandra Daby, Yonit Friedman, Leah Alfieri, Josh Youngerman.
NYC Democratic Socialists of America Public Group
NYC Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, as of July 20, 2017;
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- Zack Kelaty, Hunter College
- Ben Beckett
- Abdullah Younus, The George Washington University
- Jonathan Robertson, Brooklyn, New York
- Alvy Singer
- Melanie Richards, Life Coach/Consultant at Self-Employed
- Daniel Wasserman, Mourning and grieving the loss of my Fathet at Retired, and loving life!!
- Alex Pellitteri
- Roberto Aerodromo Ballades, Social Media Intern at Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF)
- Tim McDonnell, Cornell University
- Elle Smith, Activist at Sander
- Joseph Schwartz, Professor of Political Science at Temple University
- Lola Flores, Works at The Trout Mines of East Cambria
- Chris Maue, Works at Freelance Video Editor/Animator
- Arthur Jones, Works at Dogs
- Patrick T. Shepherd
- Kyriakos Pappas, BC
- Dan Garcia, New York, New York
- Tommy Gannetti
- Jeffrey Gold
- Jay Casey, Works at Freelance Film Production
- Bertram Miller, Brooklyn, New York
- Dane Cardiel, Growth at Simplecast
- Alec Payne, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
- Michele Weich, Rutgers-Newark
- Alexandra Slomska, New York, New York
- Miriam Bensman, Columbia Journalism School
- Rhea Lewin Geberer, Manhattan, New York
- Tom Jones, University of North Texas
- Alan L. Stewart, Managing Director at Progressive Global Commons
- Jill Greenberg, Columbia
- Marvin Bing, Los Angeles, California, Joined about 7 years ago
- Joe Phillips, Writer at Freelance Journalist
- Robert Eaton, Peer Specialist at Hope Springs Consulting
- Danny Massimillo, Owner at Old-Time Contracting & Design
- Matt Beatty, Bronx, New York
- Jason Eno, Membership Committee at Democratic Party of Hawaii
- Natalia Andrew Ahn, Coordonatrice/Militante at Coletivo Feminista - FMU
- Noreen Harnik, Works at NYS Unified Court System
- David Angeluzzi, Associate Attorney at Law Office of Bobbi J. Vilacha
- Keith Dunn, Executive Producer at Three Palms Video
- Mike Barbosa
- Mark Alper, University of Massachusetts
- Marion Lipshutz, The New School
- Greg Walker, University of New Hampshire
- Colm MacNiallais, UCD Ireland
- Blair Burroughs, Public Employee Federation
- Dan Lupkin, Technology Teacher/Technology Coordinator at New York City Department of Education
- Aurelien Coucke, Stanford University
- David T. Isserman, Ride Operator at Luna Park NYC
- Robert Ambaras, Associate Attorney at New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
- Daniel Burton, City Planner at New York City Department of City Planning
- Tom Shcherbenko, District Leader AD 61 Zone 1 at Democratic Committee of Richmond County
- Itzhak Epstein, University of Oklahoma
- Craig Robert Bayer, Writer/Activist at Craig R. Bayer
- Maja Stilling, Stockholm, Sweden
- Sydney Sasanow, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Ivanlli Nicolas, Notary Public at Washoe County, Nevada
- Mabes Pilarta Roaquin, Works at Care Point Health Hospital
- Evan Neuwirth
- Juan Sebastian Carrero, Grover Cleveland High School (Queens)
- Helen Cowdrey, Works at Small Girls PR
- Art White
- Janet Goodman-Clarke, Bronx, New York
- Sarah Mills
- Bill Xcix Phillips, Brooklyn, New York
- Karie Gubbins, WPUNJ
- Gus Christensen, The Wharton School
- Josh Youngerman, Actor at Equity
- Julia Salazar, Columbia
- Joshua Barnett, Works at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
- Dana Steer, Concierge at Viceroy Central Park New York
- Raybblin Vargas, Community Organizer Political Action at TWU Local 100
- Tommy Miles, Staten Island, New York
- Scarlett Ahmed
- Debra Leigh Scott
- John G. Mason, WPUNJ
- Chi Anunwa, Princeton
- John Oliver Mason, Freelance Writer at Freelance Writer
- Lane Silberstein, Jewish Theological
- Jeremy Grainger, Sales & Marketing Management at Cool Book Publishers
- Renee Paradis, Works at Renée Paradis, Attorney at Law
- Javier Ripodas, University of Navarre
- Chris Barron, Works at Voice Over Artist
- Christopher D. Zieja, The George Washington University
- Lee Levin
- Sheri Miller, Laborer at PeopleReady
- Amy Bachrach, Internal Communications Officer at Moreland City Council
- Stanley McCatty, Hunter College
- Susan LK, UIllinois
- Alan Hill, WPUNJ
- Peijin Chen, Stanford
- Rob Taw'am, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Bobthometry at Broham Enterprises
- Kristin Lee, CUNY Brooklyn
- Amanda Joan, William Paterson University
- Arlene Montemarano, Silver Spring, Maryland
- Elise Harris, New York, New York
- Azim A. Gray, Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University
- Tom DiNardo, Temple University
- Chris Maisano, Brooklyn, New York
- Daniel Arthur Smith, Wrote Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure, The Somali Deception, and a few other novels and short stories at My writer's desk
- Michael Santoro, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Westchester Medical Group
- Chris Knight
- Maxine Phillips, Juniata College
- Leah Terry, Tullahoma High School
- Danya Lagos, UChicago
- Oona Packers-Corners
- Russell David, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales UNAM
- Chris Michael, General Counsel at The ICA Group
- TJ Foster, Hamilton West- Watson High School
- Dvida Salas
- Michael Bennett, University of Virginia
- Frank Llewellyn, New York, New York
- Roy Nitzberg
- Ian Williams, Author, Global History of Tequila at Reaktion Books
- Lou Freshwater
- Casey Browder, Wittenberg
- Patrick Ayers, Brooklyn, New York
- Rich Azierski, Hoboken, New Jersey
- Michael Cavadias
- Sam Natale, Works at The Bronx Defenders
- Jason M. Hicks, Millsaps
- August Leppelmeier, The New School
- Rosa Rodríguez Izquierdo, Universidad Pablo de Olavide
- Alicia Rae Blegen, General Manager at Lilia
- Alexandra Sarkozy, Michigan
- Daniel Radin-Contreras, CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
- Maria Svart, Brooklyn, New York
- Eva Lucía Sotomayor, Pratt Institute
- Yarrow Willman-Cole
- Chris McDougal
- Seth Pollack, Brooklyn, New York
- Carolyn Weaver
- Marvin Gonzalez, Simons Rock
- Sean Ghazala, St. Francis NY
- Michael Grochowski, Brooklyn, New York
- Kenneth Leon Grand III, University of Central Arkansas
- Lorraine Barcant, Building Code Inspector at NYC School Construction Authority
- Christian Perez, Kean
- Alex Salta, Manhattan College
- Charles Reinhardt, University of Toronto
- Erik Forman, Bronx, New York
- Andrea Guinn, Dog Obedience College
- Samuel Morales, Jr., Program Manager at Google
- Angie Connors, University of Minnesota
- David Yap, Works at BioBus
- Kate McDonnell, Arizona
- Peter Frase, Works at Marxist at large
- Raina Lipsitz, Yale
- Micah Landau, The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, CUNY
- Nate Schuster
- Dan DiMaggio, Assistant Editor at Labor Notes
- https://www.meetup.com/nycdsa/members/?op=leaders The Leadership Team, Accessed April 8 2017
- DEMOCRATIC LEFT MARCH- APRIL 1990, p 12
- DEMOCRATIC LEFT SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER 1990, page 20
- DEMOCRATIC LEFT MAY/JUNE 1991, page 13
- DEMOCRATIC LEFT SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1991, page 25
- DEMOCRATIC LEFT 7 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1991, page 7
- Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1993. page 9
- Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1993. page 9
- Dem. Left, Sept./October 1993, page 22
- Dem. Left, Sept./Oct. 1993, page 26
- Dem.Left, May/June 1993, page 11.
- Dem. Left, Jan./Feb. 1995, 28
- Dem. Left May/June 1995, page 21
- Dem. Left May/June 1996
- Democratic Left, Winter 2009
- Democratic Left, Fall 2008
- NYC DSA FB photos, Maria SvartNYC-DSA September 23
- Wherevent Fourth Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party