Daniel Hanley

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Daniel Hanley

Daniel Hanley is a Georgia activist and member of the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

Atlanta DSA award

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America's 13th annual Douglass-Debs awards dinner at Paschal’s restaurant Nov. 9 2019 was a great success.

This year’s keynote speaker was Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO. She quoted widely from historic figures such as Mother Jones, Fredrick Douglass and Eugene Victor Debs, and from her own experience as a worker and a woman, assuring us that “Solidarity is stronger than gravity!” Watch her speak here!

The Highlander Research and Education Center, a key resource for progressive organizers since the 1930s (now located in New Market, TN) lost their main building to a right-wing arson attack earlier this year but continues their work undeterred. Member Eric Robertson explained that the award recognizes the continued importance of the center to the current movement for human rights, worker rights and racial justice as well as its role in nurturing such historic figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. As the Center was holding its own board meeting that weekend, Annie Thomas, regional organizer for Project South, accepted the award in Highlander’s behalf.

Georgia State Representative Renitta Shannon was recognized for her courageous service as one of a few progressive members of the Georgia General Assembly, standing up for women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights. Her friend Charmaine Davis, SE regional administrator of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, recalled her friendship with Renitta and the awardee’s inspiring career.

To top off the celebration, we gave one of our special awards — for “creative activism” — to our own Daniel Hanley, well known for his leadership in every kind of direct action, most recently with the Light Brigade, which provides illuminated signage and projects uplifting slogans onto Atlanta’s night-time cityscape during demonstrations. MADSA founder Milt Tambor presented the award by noting many instances of Daniel’s commitment, courage and creativity — the essential makings of an activist — since he joined MADSA several years ago.[2]

Celebrating at the 11th Annual Douglass-Debs Awards Dinner

Daniel Hanley attended Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America's "Celebrating at the 11th Annual Douglass-Debs Awards Dinner" in November 2017.[3]

Shelley Elise Berlin with Daniel Hanley.

MMGA Arrests

Nearly 40 Moral Monday Georgia activists were arrested Tuesday March 18, 2014, for interrupting proceedings throughout the Georgia Capitol in an effort to urge Gov. Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid - and block legislation that would strip him of the authority to do so.

16 Arrests - Senate Gallery: Joe Beasley, 77 Edward Loring, 74, Gary Kennedy, 51, Richard Miles Rustay, 84, Marquerite Casey, 65, Shawn Adelman, 32, female, Lorraine Fontana, 66, Minnie Ruffin, 72, Gladys B. Rustay, 81, Emma Stitt, 23, Morgan Swann, 62, female, Emma French, 22, John Slaughter, 74, Ray Miklethun, 79, Gregory Ames, 65, Robert Goodman, 73.

12 Arrests - at Governor's Office: Shanan Eugene Jones, 39 George F. Watson, Jr., 65, Francys Johnson, Jr., 34, male, Jeffrey Blair Benoit, 55, John Evans, 81, Raphael Warnock, 44, Karen Elaine Reagle, 71, Katherine Acker, 61, George Johnson, 42, Ronald Allen, 38, Fred Douglas Taylor, 71, Donald Bender, 73.

11 Arrests - Outside Senate Doors: Kevin Arthur Morgan, 66, Emilia Sigrid Kaiser, 26, female, Daniel Sean Hanley, 32, Sara Katherine Gregory, 31, Dawn Gibson, 39, Corey A. Hardiman, 22, male, Fred Albert, 67, Jacqueline Rodriquez, 31, Michael Schumm, 51, Neil Yukt Sardana, 32 Misty Novitch, 27.[4]

23 Arrested over Bill to Repeal “Stand Your Ground”

In February 2014, for its fourth week of action, Moral Monday Georgia continued to tackle the issue of the state government’s enabling gun violence through the “Stand Your Ground” law and new legislation nicknamed the “carry anywhere” bill, HB 875, which allows concealed weapons in churches and bars, and minimizes fines for carrying on campuses. LOB Feb10

A Feb. 5 committee hearing on Sen. Vincent Fort’s bill to repeal Stand Your Ground was adjourned by Chairman Jesse Stone before any of the many supporters present (except for one expert witness) could testify. In response, 23 Moral Monday protesters accepted arrest on Feb. 10 for refusing to leave Senator Stone’s office, demanding that the hearing on SB 280 be continued so the public could be heard.

Six Democratic Socialists of America members were among those arrested: Greg Ames, Lorraine Fontana, Timothy Franzen, Daniel Hanley, Misty Novitch, and Roger Sikes. Others arrested included Rev. Timothy McDonald, Joe Beasley, Shawn Adelman, Ron Allen, Mary Britting, Britney Grey, Tabatha Holley, Darien Jones, Keiota Jones, La’die Mansfield, Peggy Marx, Jean Miller, Ronnie Mosley, Adam Quick, Reynaldo Roberts, Jacqueline Rodriguez and Heshimu J.D. Sparks.

The bail fund, was organized through the Georgia Civil Disobedience Support Fund. This fund is facilitated by representatives from the Atlanta Economic Justice Program of the AFSC, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, and Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America.[5]

Rise Up Georgia arrests

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, thirteen activists blocked the intersection at Lenox Road and Peachtree Street during heavy holiday traffic going to Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza to shop.

They shut down shopping as usual for ninety minutes to bring media attention to the increasing number of black men murdered by police and the failure of the grand jury system to indict.

“We were held at the zone 2 police station for over four hours, handcuffed in zip ties, causing injuries to wrists and shoulders. We were denied access to make phone call [sic], while members of our group were singled out and interrogated by officers in an attempt to intimidate them and gather information without due process,” Rise Up Georgia said in the statement.

Rise Up Georgia issued a press statement,

The arrestees are: Daniel Hanley, Drake Jones, Corin Warlick, Megan Morgan, Robert Andrews, Margaret Kraft, Latranese Sapp, Shabnam Bashiri, Shakia Pennix, Joel Solow, Rebekah Ward, Nelini Stamp, and Samuel Reed Gallman. All of the arrestees are under the age of 35, with the exception of Kraft, who is fifty.[6]

School of the Americas Watch

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Carl Davidson, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; Jim Skillman, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; Sarah Gollwitzer, Cleveland Democratic Socialists of America; MADSA members Steve Gill, Megan Harrison, Daniel Hanley and Travis Reid, at the Nov. 22 2015 vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning remembering victims of School of the Americas/WHINSEC graduates and demanding the school be shut down. Also in the crowd were MADSA members Adrian Bernal, Barbara Joye, Reid Jenkins, Ed Loring, Minnie Ruffin. [7]

Support for Bernie Sanders

Daniel Hanley pledged support for Bernie Sanders through Labor for Bernie, a "nationwide network of labor activists, backing Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign."

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.

MLK Day Parade: DSA and Georgia for Bernie Contingent

Atlanta Monday 18 January 2016, MLK Day Parade: "DSA and Georgia for Bernie Contingent" organized by Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America

Those indicating intention to attend on Wherevent included Kelly Rhyne, Scott Darce, Angela Noel, Julian Harden, Julius John Hayden III, Erica Darragh, Mazlum Koșma, Kylee Reed Fulton, Dougie Hanson, Nick Langley, Daniel Hanley, Lamarcus Davis, Josh Thurmond, Barbara Segal, Melissa O'Shields, Adam Leonard, Adam Cardo, Steve Wise, Mandie Turner Mitchell, Asher Emmanuel, Tim Franzen, Joshua Collins, Jamie Mize, Rebekah Joy, Josh Martin, Steve Gill, Michelle Jones, Shelley Elise Berlin, Caroline Mask, Adriana Barros-Woodward, Debra Poss, Glenda Arrington Poindexter, Denise Woodall, Peggy Stentz Casey, Arletta Faheemah Saafir, Barbara Joye, Beth Ensign.[8]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those expressing interest in attending, on Facebook included Daniel Hanley.[9]

IBM action

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America member and 10-year IBM employee Daniel Hanley has spearheaded a petition campaign to demand that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty distance herself and the corporation from the Trump administration (and improve certain employee benefits and working conditions). Rometty joined the president's economic council after sending him a letter congratulating him on his election victory and offering to help carry out his programs. This contradicts the corporation's declared values of diversity and tolerance, according to the IBM workers who delivered their petition to the Atlanta headquarters Monday and to the New York City headquarters on March 2017, with the names of more than 1,000 of their fellow employees.

Hanley, joined by others at all levels of the company, urged that IBM workers support "democracy in the workplace, and resist any collaboration between our CEO and Trump that results in civil liberties violations impacting Muslims, immigrants, people of color, trans people, and other marginalized groups." In Atlanta, Asma Elhuni of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Jovan Julien of Project South spoke for some of the groups potentially affected by IBM's actions, and 10 MADSA members attended the event. (Note: IBM notoriously provided equipment to the German Nazis that helped them create a registry of Jews to be targeted by the Holocaust. Trump during his campaign called for a registry of Muslims in America.[10]

Standing Rock


Megan Harrison, Facebook 19 December, 2016;

Thanks to all those who helped us travel to Standing Rock. We are close to the South Dakota border. Jim Fergie Chambers, Camryn Wright Chambers, Olamide Shabazz, JT Pennington, Amy Mei Willis, Oba Kunta, Daniel Hanley, Daniel'le DeVoss, Asia Parks, Naomi Tsu, Christopher Hollis, Katrina Croom, Jojo Hill, Gabriela Medina, Gabrielle Orum Hernandez, Elizabeth Taxel, Elizabeth Kelly, Tom Harrison, Valerie Harrison, Karen Harrison, Jen Simpson...

Resisting the Trump/Republican Agenda


On March 19 2017 the second Democratic Socialist Dialogue of the quarter focused on resistance on many levels: In the electoral arena, with mayoral candidate and long-time friend of Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America Sen. Vincent Fort; against racism and xenophobia, with Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights; Asma Elhuni, Council on American Islamic Relations; and Elise Cohen, Jewish Voice for Peace; and MADSA’s Daniel Hanley sharing his vision for socialism and his experience organizing a workplace campaign to petition the CEO of IBM to leave President Trump’s economic council.[11]

National Conference delegates

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America elected a full slate of 13 delegates and 2 alternates to represent the group in August 2017 at the Democratic Socialists of America's National Convention! The delegates: Jeb Boone, Adam Cardo, Scott Douglas, Anat Fintzi, Chad Floyd, Daniel Hanley, Barbara Joye, Brad Lathem, Erin Parks, Eric Robertson, Maxwell Ruppersburg, Ron Spears, and Matthew Wolfsen, and alternates Reid Jenkins and Tom Ladendorf.[12]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Daniel Hanley supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[13]

Facebook discussion group

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America Closed Facebook group, as of April 2017, members included Daniel Hanley.[14]

Campaigning for Fort


Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, was out campaigning for Vincent Fort on October 16, 2017.

With Nate Knauf, Larry Pellegrini, Matthew Golden, River Grana, Megan Harrison, Krupesh Patel, Heather Marie Laveau, Josh Tuccio, Aaron Thorpe, Patrick Guinn, Matthew Wolfsen, Tyler Daws, Daniel Hanley, Barbara Landay, Bob Wohlheuter and Barbara Joye.