Brandon Payton-Carrillo

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Brandon Payton-Carrillo

Brandon Payton-Carrillo , 31, a professional musician, was in 2015, a member of the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

He is the partner of Hope Adair.

DSA Solidarity Economy Working Group

DSA Solidarity Economy Working Group is a sub-group of Democratic Socialists of America.

According to lead facilitator Brandon Payton-Carrillo;

Currently, we are active in strengthening our network of local solidarity economy/mutual aid working groups across the country. With active groups in Chicago, Cleveland and Central Arkansas, the SEWG has gotten involved in the creation of beverage co-ops, land trust development and various mutual aid projects.[2]

DSA 2016 leadership

The 2016-17 Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee elected members are: Jared Abbott, Hope Adair, Theresa Alt, David Green, Jose Gutierrez, Elizabeth Henderson, Frank Llewellyn, Sean Monahan, Simone Morgen, Brandon Payton-Carrillo, Joseph Schwartz, Peg Strobel and Russell Weiss-Irwin. The convention also voted to add two new honorary vice chairs: Deborah Meier and Bhaskar Sunkara. [3]

DSA Street marchers

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America marching October 2015. ·


With Rebekah Joy, Daniel Hanley, Keith Beaver, Nina Dutton, Barbara Joye, Adam Cardo, Leon Clymore, Bob Caine, Travis Reid and Scott Brown, Hope Adair, Brandon Payton-Carrillo Bob Wohlheuter, Steve Gill.

NPC candidate

In August 2017 Brandon Payton-Carrillo stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago, from Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

I was born in the great State of Wisconsin to a working class family in Beloit. During the nineties my little industrial town felt the full effect of NAFTA’s strife, and a little seed of economic justice planted. That seed was nurtured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I graduated with a degree in political science. That is where I was exposed to my State’s socialist and progressive history. As I learned more about Frank Zeidler and the other Milwaukee socialist, I came to the conclusion that this was me! I currently reside in the City of Chicago, IL..
During the last two years as part of the NPC, I have helped guide DSA’s transition from an organization of 6500 people into the third largest socialist organization in American history. My main area of activism has revolved around solidarity economics and workplace democracy. Because of this, I aided in revitalizing the national solidarity economy working group.

On the local level in Chicago, I led the formation of a south side Chicago branch and created many connections with local organizations such as STOP Chicago and BLM.[4]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Brandon Payton-Carrillo supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[5]

DSA Friends and Comrades coalition

The DSA Friends and Comrades coalition stood several people for DSA national Political committee at the Democratic Socialists of America August 2017 National Convention in Chicago.

According to John Michael Colon;

The DSA Friends and Comrades coalition is something that came out of DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus members and was organized by LSC members informally and hasn't been approved by the group. We wish them well, and some of us will vote for them and promote them on our social media, but they don't represent the LSC. Next convention we aim to organize a primary and democratic process to put forward a slate. [6]

Members who stood were Dele Balogun, Jordan Buchman, Jetta Rae Robertson, Alexandra Dudley, John Hieronymus, Alexander Kolokotronis, Brad McGarr, Jack Suria Linares, Dan Pozzie, Brandon Payton-Carrillo.[7]

DSA-LSC Discussion & Debate Facebook group

Members of the DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus Discussion & Debate Facebook Closed Facebook Group, as of August 21, 2017 included Brandon Payton-Carrillo.[8]

DSA Disability Caucus/Working Group

Members of the DSA Disability Caucus/Working Group, closed Facebook group. as of July 16, 2017 included Brandon Payton-Carrillo .[9]

Environmental Working Group - Chicago DSA

Members of the Environmental Working Closed Facebook Group - Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, as of September 1, 2017 included Brandon Payton-Carrillo.[10]

Resistance Culture: A Chicago DSA Working Group

Members of Resistance Culture: A Chicago Democratic Socialists of America Working Group, a Public Facebook Group, accessed February 10, 2018 included Brandon Payton-Carrillo.

This page is intended as an ad-hoc start to a proposed working group based around the exploration of arts, culture and radical social change among Chicago members of Democratic Socialists of America. [11]

DSA North Star


In 2018 Brandon Payton-Carrillo was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.