Julia Salazar

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Julia Salazar

Julia Salazar is a New York City activist.


Entering Columbia in 2009 immediately after high school, Salazar found her first opportunities to become involved in social justice work, joining the Israel/Palestine activism scene as a member of J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace. The Ivy League school also exposed her, for the first time, to immense wealth, and was instrumental in developing her class consciousness and progressive politics. Salazar said that Columbia “is an institution with an immense amount of wealth, with a lot of people who had gone to private school, who had resources their entire lives that were shocking to me.”

After graduation, Salazar began grassroots organizing in New York City more heavily. She is currently a staff organizer in Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a partner in Communities United for Police Reform, and active as a member of NYC-DSA. Her work has often centered around police accountability — Salazar campaigned extensively for the passage of the Right to Know Act, a city legislative package providing protections for civilians and restrictions on police during encounters, and recently published an essay in Jacobin on sexual assault at the hands of NYPD officers.[1]

Radical staffer

Ramon Pebenito works for State Sen. Julia Salazar.

"DSA NY state legislature victories"

From Liza Featherstone in Jacobin:

In New York, the organization won five contests for state-level government, reelecting Julia Salazar to State Senate and electing Jabari Brisport to join her, while three more DSA-endorsed candidates (Marcela Mitaynes, Phara Souffrant Forrest, and Zohran Mamdani) head to the state assembly. Two other DSA members, Emily Gallagher and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, both formidable activists whose races were not endorsed by the organization, also won seats in the assembly. [2]

DSA for the Many slate

A belated congratulations to the socialist sweep known as the DSA for the Many slate: Jabari Brisport, Julia Salazar, Marcela Mitaynes, Phara Souffrant Forrest and Zohran Kwame Mamdani. This is what happens when everyday people — a nurse, a teacher, a tenant organizer, and a housing counselor — get organized and run on socialist values. We’re so excited to see what this group will do to change politics as usual and how they will continue to fight for and with the working class.[3]

"Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc"

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With Kshama Sawant, Shaun King, Joshua Collins, Julia Salazar and Valeria Beta, International Socialist Alternative, Italy.

Socialists in Office: Against Bolsonaro, Against Trump

Socialists in Office: Against Bolsonaro, Against Trump, Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Verso Loft Brooklyn.

Two years after Donald Trump's victory shook the world, Jair Bolsonaro rose in Brazil to solidify the Western Hemisphere's far-right wave. But at the same time, from DSA to the massive #EleNão mobilizations, new social forces are awakening to push it back: forces that are feminist, antiracist, socialist. This event will join the powerful socialist women congresswomen fighting Bolsonaro in Brazil -- and for justice for Marielle Franco -- with NYC-DSA's own Julia Salazar to talk about the insurgent candidacies and militant movements from below that will make socialism's victory over barbarism a reality.


(1) Taliria Petrone (RJ), is one of the few Black women ever elected to Brazil's Federal Congress. A long-time ally of Marielle Franco, Petrone considers herself a Black socialist feminist and has steadily fought for women’s rights, universal public health and education, and against anti-Black genocide.

(2) Samia Bomfim (SP), was elected recently to Brazil's Federal Congress at the age of 27. In 2016, she became the youngest councilwoman in the capital of São Paulo, and rose to political prominence as she battled the proto-fascist youth movement MBL.

(4) Fernanda Melchionna (RS), was recently elected to the Brazilian Federal Congress, garnering the largest amount of votes of any elected official in Rio Grande do Sul.

(5) Julia Salazar is a state senator representing North Brooklyn and an active member of DSA, fighting for a socialist-feminist program for New York.[4]

National DSA endorsement


Democratic Socialists of America, May 4, 2018;

DSA is proud to announce national endorsements for four more candidates today.

New York DSA endorsement

New York City has also endorsed DSA member Julia Salazar in her bid for the New York State Senate. She is running in Brooklyn’s 18th district, which includes Bushwick, Williamsburg, and other neighborhoods in North Brooklyn, against a developer-backed incumbent. “We don’t operate with a vision of scarcity,” said Salazar in a speech asking for the endorsement of NYC-DSA. “We operate with a vision of abundance.” NYC-DSA delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of her campaign, and the chapter held a kickoff event on May 19. [5]

Democratic Socialists of America-Jorge Posadist Caucus

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America - Jorge Posadist Caucus Closed Facebook Group, as of August 7, 2017, included Julia Salazar.[6]

DSA Women's Caucus Facebook group

Members of the DSA Women's Caucus closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017 included Julia Salazar .[7]

NYC DSA Car Caucus

Members of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America DSA Car Caucus closed Facebook group, as of October 26, 2017 included Julia Salazar.[8]

Creative Comrades (NYC-DSA Media)

Members of Creative Comrades (New York City Democratic Socialists of America ) Closed Facebook Group, as of September 1, 2017 included Julia Salazar..[9]

New York DSA Facebook group

Members of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, as of July 20, 2017 included Julia Salazar.[10]

Socialist Feminists (DSA) Facebook page

Members of the Socialist Feminists (DSA), closed Facebook group, as of June 20, 2017 included Julia Salazar.[11]

DSA staffer

Michael Kinnucan, was Deputy Campaign Manager for Julia Salazar.

DSA-JSC in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar

Jewish Solidarity Caucus 2019, Feb 14 2019.

As Jews on the left, we are in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and her statements regarding the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) influence over US lawmakers and foreign policy.

Signatories of the letter included Julia Salazar.

Faith Without Action

IDC Diaries December 17, 2017:

Faith Without Action Means Nothing For Vulnerable Immigrants

As you will hear from Padre Luis of Holyrood Episcopal Church / Iglesia Santa Cruz, faith without action means nothing for an undocumented woman named Amanda and her children who have taken refuge from ICE for the last 4 months. The seven or so DACAmented who were arrested at Sen. Schumer's office were also prayed for at the march following meeting.

During the march, I asked a DACAmented young man what he had to say about Sen. Chuck Schumer who seems to be willing to work with Trump in preventing a government shutdown without demanding the #DreamAct. He said, "Get rid of him."


On the #NoIDC front, we are mobilizing to ensure that we get rid of the #TrumpDemocrats who are preventing us from providing a basic sense of sanctuary for vulnerable immigrants like Amanda and the hundreds of DACAmented who are losing status as the days go by. #CleanDreamActNow New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City — with Samelys Lopez, Michael Cavadias, Philippe-Edner Apostol-Marius, Tiffany Wheatland, Michael Kinnucan, Mohamed Kaba, Tara Geer, Christopher Espinoza, Claire Ullman, Hawk Newsome, Susan LK, Marilyn Reyes, Nichole van Beek, Shannon S. O'Hara, Milton Allimadi and Julia Salazar.


New York Democratic Socialists of America May 2;


Photo: William Matelski. — with Aneesh Bhoopathy, Annie Shields, Julia Salazar, Alexandre Guy Laforest Jallot, Aaron Taube, Dane Cardiel and Emmy Hammond.

Ocasio-Cortez supporter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is deploying members of her growing campaign staff to help another liberal upstart seeking to unseat a longtime Democratic incumbent.

Early July Ocasio-Cortez this week decided to send at least three paid campaign staffers to Delaware to help Kerri Evelyn Harris, an Air Force veteran and community activist who is challenging three-term Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, in a Sept. 6 primary.

Harris, a political novice based in Dover, Delaware, began her campaign in February, seeking to run to the senator's left. She is only the second Democrat to challenge Carper since he joined the U.S. Senate in 2000.

There is no reliable polling to gauge Harris' viability in Delaware, where just a few thousand Democrats voted when Carper faced a primary challenge in 2012. If she wins, Harris would be Delaware's first biracial lesbian woman to serve in Congress -- and the first-ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.

At least three of Ocasio-Cortez's paid staffers will move temporarily from New York to Delaware by next week to help Harris ahead of her Sept. 6 primary against Carper, according to Corbin Trent, an Ocasio-Cortez spokesman. Another New York-based staffer will help with Harris's digital outreach, according to Drew Serres, a spokesman for Harris.

The spokesmen acknowledged that the move is partly a thank-you to Harris and five members of her campaign team who traveled to New York to campaign for Ocasio-Cortez in the closing days of her primary against Crowley.

In the weeks since her victory, Ocasio-Cortez has leveraged her newfound star power and influence to endorse like-minded liberal Democrats running for office up and down the ballot. Among others, she has endorsed Brent Welder, a congressional candidate in a Kansas City-area district challenging GOP incumbent Kevin Yoder; Abdul El-Sayed, a Michigan gubernatorial candidate running for an open seat; and Julia Salazar, of Brooklyn, is hoping to unseat incumbent Democratic State Sen. Martin Malave Dilan.[12]

Muslim Democratic Club endorsement

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The Muslim Democratic Club of New York endorsed Julia Salazar in 2018.

Fundraiser for Julia Salazar

Winnie Wong June 9 2018:


Linda Sarsour and I are hosting a fundraiser for Julia Salazar. We hope you can come. We can use this opportunity to have an organizing meeting. Fundraising is very important. But organizing is much more important. — with Sophie EG, Sam Esther Adler-Bell, Linda Sarsour, Brea Baker, Moumita Ahmed, Gabriella Zutrau, Mary Clinton, Michael Cavadias, Susan LK, Ravi Ahmad, Audrey Sasson, Julia Salazar, Elana Levin, Maria Svart, Bianca Cunningham, Michael Kinnucan and Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA Elected Officials, March 2019

From a March 6, 2019 by DSA National Electoral Committee statement "DSA Elected Officials Support Teacher Power and Working People Everywhere."

Endorsing Democratic Socialists of America members included Julia Salazar, NY State Senate.



Sunrise slate 2018

Sunrise Movement August 2 2018:

We're thrilled to introduce you to our first-ever round of candidate endorsements: the #SunriseSlate2018!


These candidates are some of the earliest adopters of the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge and, if elected, would lead the fight against oil and gas lobbyists in state capitols and Washington, DC. They’re putting forward big policy solutions to the climate crisis, like championing a Green New Deal and supporting a just and rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy future that leaves no community behind.

Learn more and support our efforts here! https://www.sunrisemovement.org/2018-endorsed-candidates — with Katie Muth for PA Senate, Deb Haaland for Congress, Alessandra Biaggi, Kaniela Ing, Jess King for Congress, Julia Salazar for State Senate, Dana Hamp Gulick for PA 97th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Anna Eskamani, Abdul El-Sayed, Danielle Friel Otten for PA District 155, Cynthia Nixon for New York, Benjamin Jealous, Jumaane D. Williams, Ilhan Omar for Congress, Randy Bryce, Zellnor Myrie for New York and Rashida Tlaib For Congress, Penelope Tsernoglou Michigan State House, Michele Wherley Pennsylvania State House. .

Caban supporters and endorsers

The La Boom Nightclub in Woodside, Queens, was packed wall to wall with hundreds of supporters. People were chanting “Sí se Puede” and “Black and brown lives matter.” That was the scene at approximately 11:15 pm June 25 2019 when Tiffany Caban declared herself the winner in the Democratic primary for district attorney.

Tiffany Caban was a virtually unknown public defender until February 2019. Cabán built a grassroots campaign that brought in community organizations, such as Make The Road, and political groups, including the Working Families Party, Citizen Action, and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Cabán was endorsed by Larry Krasner, the District Attorney from Philadelphia who led the way in the movement for transformative justice. Her national endorsers included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Local endorsers included: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; NYS Senators Jessica Ramos, James Sanders, Julia Salazar, and Michael Gianaris; NYS Assemblymember Ron Kim; and NYC council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Antonio Reynoso.

Actress Susan Sarandon tweeted this morning; “@CabánForQueens victory over the ‘machine’ in Queens makes me proud to be from Jackson Heights and shows once again that a people’s movement can bring real change, real justice.”[13]