Central Indiana Democratic Socialists of America

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Central Indiana Democratic Socialists of America

1994 activity

Central Indiana D S A and the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center organized a December 14 vigil in downtown Indianapolis to demand the repeal of California's Proposition 187.

The local sent a contingent to the November 5 Eugene Debs Award Banquet in Terre Haute. 1994's honoree was United Mine Workers President Richard Trumka.

The local worked to develop an informal statewide coalition with Indiana members of the Committees of Correspondence and the Socialist Party USA. [1]

2005 activity

In 2005 the local ran a booth in the Indianapolis Labor Day Parade and Picnic; marched with Justice for Janitors and AFSCME; participated as an exhibitor in “Alternative Media Festival” sponsored by Public Access Indianapolis; and took part in an “Alternative Politics Forum” in Bloomington, sponsored by the Indiana University Progressive Faculty Union, where Local Chair Brad Lorton and Indianapolis Branch Chair George Fish were panelists.

Local members were active in the Indianapolis/Marion County Living Wage Campaign – organizing a legislative canvass and doing research on wages and other issues related to the working poor. Central Indiana DSA is a full organizational member of the Central Indiana Jobs with Justice Coalition and actively supports the local Justice for Janitors Campaign, sponsored by SEIU Local 3. The local also continued to participate in actions against the war and occupation in Iraq.[2]

2009 Activity

In 2009 the Central Indiana local of Democratic Socialists of America meet monthly and began publishing a monthly newsletter, Central Indiana Socialist, with news of DSA, political issues, and other area Left organizations.

C.I. DSA is active in Jobs with Justice and Justice for Janitors, including representation on their official bodies, and the local’s treasurer, Pete Behrendt, was honored with JwJ’s first ever “I’ll Be There” award.

For the past few years local DSA and Socialist Party USA groups have met jointly, resulting in a cooperative venture called Indiana Socialist Fellowship to unite all left movements and unaffiliated progressives in the area.[3]

DSA/SP-USA Meeting, February 21, 2010

In attendance: Pete Behrendt, George Fish, Ron Haldeman, Gilbert Kuhn, Wayne McCallister, John Strinka, Dwight Welch, Marvin Williams.

In a discussion of Jobs with Justice it was reported that Socialist Party USA can contribute, but, as a political party, cannot be on Steering Committee. May Day: Where should celebration be held? Rebecca Bow of SP-USA will be taking lead on this. Discussion of Indiana Socialist Fellowship. What is it? It is an informal network of socialists who gather for education, social, and political activities.[4]