Jessica Shearer

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Jessica Shearer

Template:TOCnestleft Jessica Shearer is a New York City socialist activist.

DSA member

Jessica Shearer, (Bryn Mawr College) and Oscar Owens, (NYU), were elected to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee[1], (Youth Section) at the November 1997 DSA National Convention in Columbus Ohio.


In 2001 Jessica Shearer was Vice Chair of New York City Democratic Socialists of America[2].

2001 DSA leadership

Nineteen people ran for the sixteen National Political Committee positions elected at the 2001 Democratic Socialists of America Convention. The winners were:

The Young Democratic Socialists representatives to the NPC (sharing the one Youth Section vote) were Joan Axthelm (Chicago) and Fabricio Rodriguez (Arizona).[3]


At the August 2002 18th Young Democratic Socialists Summer Institute and National Convention at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jessica Shearer of the Working Families Party and YDS, spoke on Congressional campaigns and the importance of a Wellstone victory in Minnesota as well as the WFP in New York[4].

In 2001, the Editorial Board, of The Activist - journal of the Young Democratic Socialists, consisted of[5];

Cover illustrations were by Oscar Owens. Layout by Tracie McMillan.

YDS South Carolina

In 2003 Longtime YDS activist Jessica Shearer had just moved to South Carolina, where she would help the local YDS organize. The chapter "plans to establish itself on campus and work with the Students for Labor Solidarity".[6]

YDS New York

In 2006 With the Columbia University Working Families Party chapter, New York City YDS organized a teach-in on how the left should organize in the wake of the Republican Party losing majorities. YDS alumni Michael Rabinowitz (New York State Political Coordinator for UNITE-HERE), Jessica Shearer (Political Affairs Director for the Center for Community, Labor, and Policy Studies) and Peter Frase (former YDS Co-Chair) articulated the DSA vision of building coalitions that can hold elected officials accountable, regardless of their party label, and force them to legislate social and economic gains for workingclass people across the lines of gender, race, and sexual orientation. New York City YDS members also volunteered their time working to defeat the conservative candidates; many worked with the WFP, which is primarily made up of labor unions and community groups.. [7]



  2. New York Democratic Socialist May 2001, page 1
  3. [1] Democratic Left, Winter 2002, page 5
  4. New Ground 84, September-October, 2002
  5. Democratic Left Summer 2001, page 1
  6. Democratic Left, Fall 2003
  7. Left, Spring 2007