Madison Democratic Socialists of America

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Madison Democratic Socialists of America is a Wisconsin affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.


Democratic Socialists of America - Madison, March 25 2018.

Incoming executive committee. L-R: chair, treasurer, administrator, director of communications. — at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

Ted Glomski left, Andrew Sernatinger second from left and Carol Cizauskas right

Democratic Socialists of America - Madison March 25 2018.

Incoming executive committee with two members of the outgoing executive committee. Thank you for your hard work! Bottom row L-R: chair, secretary. Top row L-R: chair, treasurer, administrator, director of communications. — with Ted Glomski, Andrew Sernatinger and Carol Cizauskas at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

Back Ted Glomski left, Andrew Sernatinger second from left and Carol Cizauskas right, Front Marc Silberman right

MDSA Electoral Politics Working Group

In 2019 Dan Backes and Karl Locher were members of Madison Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Politics Working Group.[1]

Election successes/losses


Madison Democratic Socialists of America April 14 2021.

Madison Area Democratic Socialists of America (MADSA) extends its gratitude to all of our endorsed candidates for running in the 2021 spring election. Each candidate earned our endorsement by demonstrating their desire to fight for working people and the oppressed.

We are excited to celebrate the electoral victories of Ben Heili, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Nikki Conklin, and Brian Benford. We look forward to working towards a better Madison with each of these alders, a Madison in which all people have a right to live free from racist oppression, a right to housing and to drink water free from pollution, and a right to healthcare and economic stability. A better world is possible through sustained and empowered social movements and we are glad to have each of these alders working in solidarity with us.

We are disappointed by the losses of Rebecca Kemble, Tessa Echeverria, Brandi Grayson, Ayomi Obuseh, and Benji Ramirez. Each of these candidates demonstrated courage in running on platforms that centered the needs of oppressed and marginalized Madisonians. While these candidates may have lost their elections, they have all been successful in engaging our community in the work of social and economic justice.

Red Madison


Red Madison is a monthly newsletter put together by members of the Madison Democratic Socialists of America. We hope to deliver a socialist analysis of state and local politics and current events. If you would like to write for Red Madison, let us know by sending an email to

PNHP connection

Madison Democratic Socialists of America January 22 2020·


We had a great time last night tabling at PNHP's Medicare for All event! We learned a lot, and hung out with the great folks at Wisconsin for Bernie. Thank you Wisconsin Physicians for a National Health Program for hosting, and letting us come :) — with Micah Ariel-Rohr and Essie Grace Lenchner.

MADSA May 2 2018 General Membership Meeting


Meeting Chairs: Ted Glomski, Carol Cizauskas Notetaker: Sam Neylon

DSA Madison February 2017 meeting


Public · Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America - Madison

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Madison Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703.

Invited on Facebook



New beginnings

In 1993 a group of DSAers reformed an organizing committee in Madison. The group began meeting regularly, and concentrated on labor solidarity projects and the campaign for national health insurance.

The committee hoped to hold its first major public event in early summer.[4]

Manski meeting

In 1996 Madison Area DSA OC hosted a discussion on "Corporate Power* with Ben Manski.[5]

Coalition work

According to 2000, local contact George Robson,"most of our activities are in coalitions, including the Coalition for Wisconsin Health, Network for Peace and Justice, Gray Panthers, Democratic Party, Progressive Dane, and the Progressive Roundtable".[6]

2002 "Radfest"/meeting old socialist

Madison Area DSA sponsored a workshop on equitable taxation at the Midwest Radfest, an annual event for community activists and progressive academics in late May. Its workshop on Tax Literacy for Progressives included a preliminary tax quiz and a panel with Mike Prokosch (United for Fair Economy), Mark Pocan (progressive legislator from Wisconsin), Jon Peacock (state budget analyst from the Wisconsin Commission on Children and Families), and moderator Frank Emspak from the University of Wisconsin School for Workers.

In late August local members met with Mary Jo Uphoff, one of the major movers in the Socialist Party USA in Wisconsin in the late 1940s and 1950s. She shared some history, including tales of her personal encounters with Norman Thomas.[7]

2005 "Radfest"

In 2005, almost 500 community activists and left academics chose among 48 panels, 2 plenary sessions, and a parallel festival of political films and documentaries at the Midwest Social Forum, better known as Radfest, June 3-5th. At “Winning the Battle against Wal-Mart,” sponsored by the Madison Area DSA local, around 30 people listened to short presentations by the five panelists, followed by discussion and comments.

Economist Ron Baiman, a DSA NPC member from Chicago, summarized a study he co-authored that counters Wal-Mart’s claims about job creation and then detailed the ongoing attempts to pass a city big-box ordinance that would force Wal- Mart (and others) to provide a living wage in Chicago stores.

Buzz Davis, Madison Area DSA member from Stoughton, reported on the town’s two-year struggle to prevent Wal-Mart from annexing a large parcel of land outside the municipality in order to transform an existing store into a Supercenter. He emphasized mistakes of his local citizens group that should teach us some useful lessons: lack of a steering committee, lack of defined objectives, lack of outreach to the affected business community, and lack of a positive vision (instead of a purely negative approach aimed against Wal-Mart), and he advised that an effective community group must operate like a political campaign.

Beth Gehred and Kitty Welch from Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, reported on how their community group used weaknesses in the governing system to undermine a Wal-Mart initiative that would have the town annex adjacent farmland for a new Supercenter. Beth Gehred , who was appointed to a town ad hoc committee in an attempt to co-opt her group’s opposition, was able to implement a strategy of transparency and community accountability. The town had recently passed its own state-mandated master plan forbidding big-box sprawl within its borders, so this ultimately became the trump card that led to Wal-Mart’s defeat. The struggle continues now ina nearby community (5 miles down the highway), which is using lessons learned in Ft. Atkinson to good effect.

Carl Davidson, a seasoned community activist from Chicago, gave a well-received slide presentation on the global implications of Wal-Mart’s economic imperatives. He analyzed exactly how the stockholder profit mentality undermines a responsible, stakeholder approach to community growth and discussed some alternatives, such as consumer cooperatives in France and Spain (the co-mart model). The discussion made clear how Wal-Mart depends on a sophisticated playbook to guide its penetration of rural and urban communities and deftly play groups, neighborhoods and cities off each other to get its way. At least two conclusions emerged from the panel discussion: those who want to fight Wal-Mart need 1) to join forces at least regionally if not state-wide and 2) to develop their own playbook with effective strategies.[8]

2013 activists

Madison Democratic Socialists of America activists in 2013 included Treasurer Vince Hotter, activists Red Wagner, Tony Schmitt, Brian McLoone.[9]