Template:TOCnestleft Eric Vega is a Lecturer in Ethnic Studies, Sacramento State University, California.
Eric Vega was chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Latino Commission in the mid 1990s. Eric Vega was elected to the DSA's National political committee PC by the 1995 convention. At the time he was an instructor of Ethnic Studies at CSU-Sacramento and was the former Executive Director of the Sacramento Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission.
Eric Vega was the Chair and primary organizer of the Sacramento Civil Rights Network, and Chair of the California Civil Rights Conference. He was a state policy advocate for MALDEF, The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He holds a BA and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
- Eric joined DSA after extensive experience with other left formations. In 1994, while a DSA member, he served as Chair of the Sacramento effort to defeat Prop.187. Eric served as a leader in focusing the Latino Commission's efforts on the Prop. 187 and anti CCRI efforts.
1995 DSA leadership
- Theresa Alt/Ithaca, NY
- Shoshana Bricklin/Philadelphia, PA
- Dominic Chan/Brooklyn, NY
- Rachel Dewey/Princeton, NJ
- Tom Ellett/Sparta, WI
- Lynne Mosley Engelskirchen/Santa Monica, CA
- Julia Fitzgerald/Brooklyn, NY
- Karen Marie Gibson/Brooklyn, NY
- David Glenn/Brooklyn, NY
- Jeff Lacher/Dayton, NJ
- Jose LaLuz/San Juan, PR
- Frank Llewellyn/Brooklyn, NY
- Anne McCormick/Washington, DC
- William Mclver, Jr./Lafayette, CO
- Steve Oliver/Brooklyn, NY
- Loretta Schuman/Washington, DC
- Joseph Schwartz/Ithaca, NY
- Patricia Sexton/New York, NY
- Kurt Stand/Washington, DC
- Steve Tarzynski/Santa Monica, CA
- Eric Vega/Sacramento, CA
- Juanita Webster/New York, NY
DSA 1997-1999 leadership
DSA National Political Committee elected at the Columbus, Ohio, 1997 National Convention.
- Theresa Alt, Ithaca, NY
- Ron Aronson, Huntington Woods, Mi
- Marsha Borenstein, Brooklyn, NY
- Lynn Chancer, New York, NY
- Rachel Dewey, Princeton, NJ
- Bill Dixon, Chicago, IL
- Barb Ferrill, Denver, CO
- Julia Fitzgerald, Brooklyn, NY
- Virginia Franco, San Diego, CA
- Karen Gibson, Rochester, NY
- Jeff Gold , New York, NY
- Michael Heffron, Chicago, IL
- David Knuttunen, Belmont, MA
- Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chicago, IL
- Michael Lighty, San Francisco, CA
- Frank Llewellyn, Brooklyn, NY
- Bill McIver, Boulder, CO
- Tim Parks, Los Angeles, CA
- Katie Romich, Chicago, IL
- Joseph Schwartz, Ithaca, NY & Philadelphia, PA
- Raybblin Vargas, Chicago, New York, NY
- Eric Vega, Sacramento, CA
- Juanita Webster, New York, NY
Youth Section Representatives:
1995 DSA Youth Conference
In August 1995 Adolph Reed, Ginny Coughlin, Joanne Landy, Jeremy Smith, Stephen Coats, Paul Rogat Loeb, Lauren Berlant, Joseph Schwartz, Shakoor Aljuwani, Ron Aronson and Eric Vega, spoke at the Democratic Socialists of America Youth Section conference in Chicago.
Anti CCRI campaign
In 1996 DSA activists in California were deeply involved in the unsuccessful struggle to defeat Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights initiative, which sought to ban "affirmative action". At DSA's 1995 National Convention, the organization made opposition to CCRI a "major focus for our Activist Agenda".
DSA mounted a major statewide effort to help defeat 209 in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The financial support from many California DSAers "allowed us to hire staff to coordinate this effort. For example, in Los Angeles, DSA played a major role in the Metropolitan Alliance, a broad multi-racial coalition of organizations. We coordinated the precinct based activities for the Alliance in the West LA, Santa Monica and Venice areas."
DSA's campaign in California was coordinated by Duane Campbell of the And Racism Commission. In Los Angeles the key activists were staff person Tim Parks, along with Liz Ryder, also of the Anti Racism Commission. In Sacramento the chair of the local Sacramento Civil Rights Network effort against 209 was Eric Vega of the Latino Commission.
DSA produced bilingual literature tied the two campaigns together asking for a vote against 209, and a vote for 210 the Livable Wage Initiative. In addition to our own work, DSA literature was distributed widely by UNITE and several African American organizations.
Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation
96-06-26 an email was sent from David McReynolds and several other socialists, headed "Socialists Urge End of Fragmentation"
- The following open letter has been sent to the organizations listed below.
- The letter was drafted by Ethan Young, who has been connected with Crossroads, in consultation with a number of concerned individuals in all of the groups listed.
- David McReynolds, member, Socialist Party USA, New York City, June 26, 1996
To: The National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence
- The National Convention and Summer School of Solidarity
- The National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America
- The National Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
- The National Steering Committee of the National Committee for Independent Political Action
- The National Committee of the Socialist Party USA
- As members of the groups listed above, we have joined together out of concern for the future of the organized socialist left. We have two concrete proposals that are being submitted to all of our groups simultaneously, so that they might be discussed and, if accepted, acted on as soon as possible.
- 1. We propose that joint regional meetings of our six groups be organized for members and invited individuals, as outlined in the June 1996 issue of CROSSROADS.
- 2. We propose that organizing begin immediately for a national conference of socialist youth in Fall 1997, initiated by the youth members and affiliates of the six groups, but open to co-sponsorship by other agreed-upon groups and individuals.
- Giuliana Milanese - COC, Bay Area
- Mel Rothenberg - COC, Chicago
- Eric Vega DSA, Sacramento
- Daraka Larimore-Hall - DSA, Chicago
- Jon Liss - FRSO, D.C.
- Carl Pinkston - FRSO Sacramento
- Sabina Virgo - NCIPA Los Angeles
- David McReynolds - SPUSA, New York
- Margaret Phair - SPUSA, Los Angeles
- Tim Marshall - Solidarity, Bay Area
- Joanna Misnik - Solidarity, Nashville
In 1999 a Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee editorial committee consisting of Rachel Dewey, Joseph Schwartz and Eric Vega were assigned to select articles for publication that are representative of the range of views in the organization in the re-launched Socialist Forum.
DSA Latino Commission
In 1995 Duane Campbell taught at California State University at Sacramento and was Secretary of the DSA Latino Commission. Eric Vega, an attorney in Sacramento, was Co-Chair of the DSA Latino Commission.
Freedom Bound Center
The organization’s mission is to “promote democratic participation, empower economically and socially disadvantaged communities, and improve the health of at-risk communities by providing theoretical education and hands-on organizing experience to community activists, especially young people of color..”
Circa 2000 Local officers of Sacramento Democratic Socialists of America included;
The 2003 convention committed DSA to a thorough discussion and rethinking of organizational basics, including the "development of a strategic plan, refinement of a mission statement, and discussion of Socialist Vision".
This continues the process initiated at a weekend retreat in July 2001, . Duane Campbell of Sacramento headed the organizing committee, and Susan Chacin from the East Bay was also a member. Other Californians present were Ross Boylan (SF), Delores Delgado Campbell (Sacramento), Virginia Franco (San Diego), Karl Knobler (East Bay), Maria Pineda (Davis), Michele Rossi (East Bay), Herb Shore (San Diego), and Eric Vega (San Diego).
Progressive Forum 2008
Sacramento Progressive Alliance's Progressive Forum 2008, was held Forrest Suite: University Union. CSU –Sacramento Oct.9 , 2008.
- Join us for a dialogue on current issues facing the progressive movements and their allies in our region. The Progressive Forum seeks to bring together scholars, students, social justice and union activists, and policy makers to nurture a new kind of conversation from within the campus and the social movements.
10:30 AM Organizing Round table
- Bilingual/multicultural Education. CSU-Sacramento, Democratic Socialists of America, Sacramento Progressive Alliance, Progressive Student Alliance, Labor Studies, Ethnic Studies Department, Campus 4 Obama
- [Dem Left Jan/Feb 1996]
- [ Democratic Left Issue # 7 / 8 1997]
- Democratic Left July/August 1995, page 11
- Democratic Left • November / December 1996 • page 19
- Dem. Left Spring 1999, page 8
- Dem. Left Jan./Feb. 1995, page 20
- Democratic Left • Winter 2002
- Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Progressive Forum: Fall 2008