Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America

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Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America is an Arizona affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.


In April 2017 Taylor Cifuentez was the contact for Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee.[1]



In August 2017 the Executive of Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America consisted of...


Healthcare protest

July 2017 Protesters opposed to a health care bill in the U.S. Senate were arrested at Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix and Tucson offices.

Police were on scene monitoring the assembly when the complex's property manager asked that the group be removed. While most of the group complied, several refused to leave, Howard said.

Just after 11:30 a.m., four women and one man were taken into custody for trespassing after they repeatedly refused to leave the private property. Howard said despite the arrests, everyone at the demonstration remained peaceful.

The five arrested have been identified as 23-year-old Ethan Ashley, 64-year-old Salie Ruth Travis, 69-year-old Suzanne Gayle Distaso, 73-year-old Phyllis Lesniak, and 62-year-old Cynthia Gaines.


Pima County Sheriff's deputies say two men were also arrested for trespassing at Flake's Tucson office. One reportedly made a comment about last month's shooting that critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise that a Flake staffer perceived as a threat. That man was also booked on a threat charge.[3]

Ethan Ashley, and Suzanne Gayle Distaso at least, were members of Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA Phoenix Strikes With AT&T Mobility Workers


DSA Phoenix Strikes With AT&T Mobility Workers Hosted by Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America

Friday, May 19 at 12 PM - 8 PM MST

2002 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4711, United States.[4]

Invited on Facebook



Jacobin reading group


Jacobin Reading Group Public · Hosted by Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America

Tuesday, May 16 at 6 PM - 8 PM MST

Westside Multigenerational Center 715 W 5th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281

Phoenix/Tempe Democratic Socialists of America

New local

In 2001 two new DSA locals emerged, in Oregon and Arizona.[5]

DSA activists in Phoenix, AZ have been largely responsible for many policy changes at Arizona State University and have also been instrumental in organizing with local politicians for the preservation of sacred Native American burial ground.[6]

2002 activity

In 2002, according to Fabricio Rodriguez, Phoenix/Tempe DSA will hold a socialist theory discussion group headed by Justin Wilford. The local is also working with the UFW on the Pictsweet campaign.[7]