Presley Pizzo

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Presley Pizzo joined DSA in 2017 and became involved in the Electoral Politics Working Group gathering signatures for Raise Up Massachusetts ballot initiatives for a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave. Presley designed and coordinated a volunteer coordinator system where nine dedicated members of the electoral working group mobilized 100 DSA members to canvass for our three candidates, all of whom won their races. She is now working on a canvassing campaign to build relationships with underserved communities, and a phonebanking initiative for Mass Against HP, a BDS campaign our chapter has endorsed. A member of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, Presley has worked to make the Electoral Politics Working Group more transparent and to empower others in it to take on more responsibility, and she hopes to continue working towards those goals more broadly as a member of the Steering Committee.[1]

Boston DSA Synthesis Slate

Introducing: the Boston Democratic Socialists of America Synthesis Slate Feb 22, 2018.

Synthesis is a group of committed DSA members with diverse perspectives and ideas who all share the strong conviction that pluralism is DSA’s greatest strength. We are eager to make major changes in the American political landscape, including the elimination of all forms of oppression, imperialism, inequality, and suffering, and we understand that we must reflect those desires in our internal structure and choices as an organization. We value transparent, direct democracy, radical kindness, sincere debate and discussion, and empowering members to create the DSA (and world) that they want to see. We believe that we can achieve socialism in our lifetimes. We’re running for Steering Committee and officer positions; meet us below!

Members Beth Huang, Maddie Howard, Kit Cali, Evan Lemire, Kathryn Anderson, Presley Pizzo, Valerie Young, Vaughn Allen Goodwin. Clyde Grubbs and Louise Parker withdrew their candidacies.[2]

Boston DSA Musician's Caucus

Members of Boston DSA Musician's Caucus Closed Facebook Group, as of August 28, 2017 included Presley Pizzo;[3]

Boston Dem Sox: DSA Boston pickup softball

Members of the Boston Dem Sox: DSA Boston pickup softball closed Facebook group, accessed November 1, 2017 included Presley Pizzo.[4]

2017 electoral successes

Says Matt Miller, the "Boston area chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (Boston DSA) is pleased to announce that our endorsed candidates performed very well in the 2017 elections. We endorsed candidates in the Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston municipal elections and knocked on over 12,000 doors across the three cities."

“Our victories last night show that democratic socialist candidates can win when we put the weight of our ever-growing organization behind them. Now we’ll hold our candidates to their bold promises and continue organizing in our communities to pave the way for housing justice,” says Presley Pizzo, a leader of the Boston DSA Electoral Politics Working Group and Somerville resident.

After coming in second in a very close primary this September, Boston DSA endorsed candidate Lydia Edwards won an upset victory in her run for Boston City Council in District 1. Edwards captured 52.8% of the vote with 6897 votes, thanks at least in part due to Boston DSA volunteers knocking on thousands of doors. This endorsement came in recognition of Edwards long track record of advocacy for workers’ rights, most notably her work that lead to the passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2015.

Meanwhile in Somerville, Boston DSA endorsed and directed volunteer efforts for DSA members JT Scott (Ward 2) and Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), as well as endorsing Jesse Clingan for Ward 4, and Will Mbah for Alderman-at-large. All four candidates were part of an Our Revolution Somerville slate and won their respective races, a major accomplishment considering Ewen-Campen and Scott were both first-time candidates who unseated long-time incumbents, with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote, respectively.

“In Somerville, Boston DSA showed its political force by mobilizing young people and working-class residents. We are proud that two DSA members won their elections and will undermine the status quo that favors developers over working people in Somerville,” says Pizzo.

In Cambridge, Boston DSA endorsed four city council candidates. Of those that were endorsed, Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan, and Dennis Carlone were elected to the Cambridge city council.

“Thank you to all of our members who put painstaking effort into electing our endorsed candidates! We are overjoyed to see that our hard work has paid off, but now we must now look forward. This is just the beginning. Boston DSA plans to hold elected officials, especially our endorsed candidates, accountable as we work to eradicate capitalism in the pursuit of a socialist future,” says Simran Fitzgerald, a leader of the Boston DSA Electoral Politics Working Group and Cambridge resident.[5]

"Westeros Dank Meme Stash"

Members of the Democratic Socialists of Westeros Dank Meme Stash, accessed November 11,2017 included Presley Pizzo.

"Wholesome Meme Stash"

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America Wholesome Meme Stash closed Facebook group, accessed November 14, 2017 included Presley Pizzo.[6]

Socialist Feminists (DSA) Facebook page

Members of the Socialist Feminists (DSA), closed Facebook group, as of June 20, 2017 included Presley Pizzo.[7]

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 Presley Pizzo was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.

Boston DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus

Boston Democratic Socialists of America Libertarian Socialist Caucus October 15 2018:·

Thank you so much to everyone that came out for our founding convention yesterday. We had ~40 people in attendance!

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We had a great day talking about Libertarian Socialism and brainstormed a bunch of awesome project ideas together. We can’t wait to get to work! — with Valerie Young, Anna Ronan, Brian Moen, Presley Pizzo, Kit Cali, Jessica Marie Smith, Paul Goldberg, Maria Cristina FE and Benjamin Staffin.

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