John Hieronymus

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John Hieronymus

John Hieronymus is a Chicago activist.

NPC candidate

In August 2017 John Hieronymus stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago, South Side Democratic Socialists of America.[1]

Growing up in the industrial Midwest during the 80’s and 90’s gave me a front row seat to the devastation brought to working America by neoliberalism. I was raised by a Quaker feminist to fight injustice where ever I saw it, and to have empathy with the vulnerable of society. I dropped out of high school and joined the anti-globalization movement at the turn of the millennium as a Libertarian Socialist/anarcho-communist organizer. My work as a community health worker in Guanajuato Mexico gave me new tools for organizing for change and social justice in marginalized communities, and a deep understanding of how health care injustice entrenches poverty. Once I came home I became a Nursing assistant, then a Licensed Practical Nurse and Finally a Registered Nurse working with National Nurses United as a rank and file labor organizer. As a participant in occupy Chicago, I saw the weakness of the left and became convinced that we need to come together on the left and organize to win. I am a father to two beautiful daughters who can sing solidarity forever and nothing else makes me quite so proud.
I helped get South Side Chicago Branch organized over the last 6 months, and have been working with several Chicago DSA working groups including Healthcare working group, Solidarity Mental Health and Wellness co-operative with Brandon Payton-Carrillo in coalition with BLM activists and Socialist Alternative. I helped pull together the Chicago Libertarian Socialist Caucus organizing committee, and have worked with national DSA-LSC organizers to build our presence in DSA nationally. I have also been an organizer with Chicago Action Medical, a group dedicated to training street medics to treat victims of police and vigilante violence. I am a rank and file organizer in my National Nurses United local and have been working to build union militancy on the hospital “shop floor”.[2]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

John Hieronymus, supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[3]

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. [4]

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.[5]

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 John Hieronymus was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.