Sacramento Democratic Socialists of America

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Sacramento Valley Democratic Socialists of America is a California affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

"NAFTA and Human Rights"

Sacramento DSA and the DSA Latino Commission held a successful conference on "NAFTA and Human Rights" October 20 and 21, 1993. Over four hundred people attended the event, which was held on the campus of California State University- Sacramento. Topics included labor rights in North America, U.S. press coverage of Mexico and Mexican-Americans, and the new immigration hysteria.

Speakers included Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Eileen Rafael of the Center for Ethics and Economic Policy. There were also some oppositional voices -- Myles Frechette, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, addressed the conference with a pro-NAFTA message via videotape.[1]

Training

On April 28 2000, the Sacramento Local hosted a regional Harrington-Hamer Institute training in media skills and community organizing featuring John Nichols of The Nation and [[Salim Muwakkil]] of In These Times.[2]

2002 activity

In 2002, the local co-hosted Fr. Ray Bourgeois, who spoke on the School of the Americas (“School of the Assassins”). Local leader Duane Campbell spoke to a group of Mexican workers seeking to build a union at D-Q University. The local is distributing the national anti-war paper War Times and focusing on a living wage campaign.[3]

Sunday Voter Matinee

In 2004, the local cosponsored a Sunday Voter Matinee on February 22, at California State University–Sacramento. Ed Asner hosted the event and proudly identified himself as a DSA member. The event drew some 120 people and received regional media coverage.

The opening presentation by Jim Shoch, former national director of DSA,was a "tour de force on George Bush and the dangers of a consolidated Bush regime. There was unanimity among the speakers about the need to defeat Bush in November."

The Matinee also featured a panel of candidates from a hotly contested Assembly district race, including that race’s labor-backed victor. Student speaker John Kincaid described how severe were the cuts to public higher education in the Schwarzenegger proposals.[4]

Progressive Alliance

In 2006, Sacramento DSAers and former DSA members formed a Progressive Alliance, at first working with Progressive Democrats of America . This became the local's primary electoral and anti-war focus, while we maintained a clear DSA identity. The Progressive Alliance reaches out to about 3000. The local DSA membership is about 90. The local has held DSA forums on the divisions in labor with David Bacon and Bill Fletcher, Jr.. Cornel West and Dolores Huerta spoke at" our campus and plugged DSA." The Progressive Alliance holds a monthly film series and features DSA at its annual May Day film event. They hosted Progressive Forums attended by 250, at which we presented the draft Economic Justice Agenda and "worked to elect a Democratic White House while connecting our electoral work to our anti-racist activism and advocacy for immigrant rights. "[5]

Democratic Party platform

In 2008/9 Sacramento DSA sponsored one of several platform development sessions to suggest ideas for the national Democratic Party, including DSA’s national Re-negotiate NAFTA program.[6]

2008 election

Sacramento DSA is "proud to have played an active role in this campaign, working through the Sacramento Progressive Alliance...in cooperation with Progressives for Obama.” At Sacramento State University, DSA members tabled and conducted voter registration, raised funds, rallied. and sponsored a progressive forum with candidates for a variety of offices. One of the candidates for state Assembly won by a narrow margin. What’s more, says Campbell, “Because we were already up and tabling, we became a center for the ‘No on 8’ campaign [Proposition 8 prohibits gay marriage] on campus, distributing literature, bumper stickers, and signs when no one else had them.”[7]

Local DSA leader arrested in Occupy Sacramento

Local participants in a national resistance movement vowed to continue to "occupy" Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Sacramento through the weekend, despite the arrests of 20 demonstrators in October 2011.

The demonstrators were charged with "failure to disperse," a misdemeanor, after officers ordered them to leave the park around midnight, said Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit.

They spent the night in jail and emerged in the morning to the cheers of fellow participants in the Occupy Sacramento movement, an offshoot of a national protest against large corporations and Wall Street power.

Thursday night, the Occupy Sacramento group, composed of the unemployed, students, and workers, were told to move from the park late last night by Sacramento police.

Most complied, but police took 19 Occupy protesters who would not vacate the downtown park to jail.

Paul Burke, Outreach chair of Sacramento Democratic Socialists of America was among those arrested. Burke is also one of the chairs of the Sacramento Progressive Alliance. [8]

Leaders

Sacramento Valley Democratic Socialists of America held a general membership meeting Sept 22, 2014 and elected an executive committee.[9].

Democratic Socialism 101: Building a Political Revolution

4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, Saturday 27 February 2016, 11:00 Organized by : Democratic Socialists of America, Sacramento Fighting against privatization, austerity, and brutality in California's capital city. Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Linda Ann, Chels Wright, Kevin Carter, Adam Peichoto, Ian Lee, David Roddy, Mike Israel.[10]

April General Membership Meeting

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April General Membership Meeting · Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America, Sacramento

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4 PM - 6 PM PDT

Organize Sacramento 1714 Broadway, Sacramento, California 95818.

Invited on Facebook

Interested

Going

References

  1. Dem. Left, Nov./Dec. 1993, page 9
  2. Dem. Left Summer, 2001
  3. http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Summer_2002.pdf Democratic Left • Summer 2002]
  4. Democratic Left • Spring 2004
  5. Democratic Left, Winter 2009
  6. Democratic Left, Winter 2009
  7. Democratic Left, Winter 2009
  8. Sac DSA website, accessed Nov. 2, 2011
  9. 22, 2014 DSA Sacramento held a general membership meeting this morning and elected an executive committee
  10. Democratic Socialism 101: Building a Political Revolution