Taylor Cifuentez

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Taylor Cifuentez


Taylor Cifuentez is a Financing Specialist at Xchange Leasing. Lives in Tempe, Arizona. She is vice chair at Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America.

Education

Studied at Arizona State University.

Contact

In April 2017 Taylor Cifuentez was the contact for Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee.[1]

Leaders

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In August 2017 the Executive of Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America consisted of...

"The long-term goal is socialism," she added. "And we think we can do it."

Excerpt from an article published at the Phoenix New Times on October 25, 2017 by author Joseph Flaherty:[2]

"Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America vice-chair Taylor Cifuentez, 23, was leading Romero’s group of canvassers on Saturday. From her point of view, DSA can succeed by working alongside other Arizona activist groups to address capitalism as "the third branch of oppression," along with systemic issues of race and patriarchy.
"Cifuentez explained that people may not realize it, but "capitalism is ingrained in their life in a way that’s making it really hard for them," particularly in the health care arena.
"It’s because of capitalism that we’ve allowed pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies to really extort us in this way," she told New Times. "I think that if you want Medicare for All, that’s a socialist program. If you’re on welfare, that’s a socialist program. People often see these programs as benefiting people who don’t deserve it, because private options are available to the quote-unquote 'better people.'"
"A turning point for Cifuentez’s path to the DSA leadership came after August’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She realized that working to make the politics of the left a reality was not necessarily going to be safe or easy, and got choked up as she recalled the moment.
"Charlottesville really brought it back to me that I’m engaging in a different kind of political action now: a non-liberal political action, a more fringe political action," Cifuentez said. "And that inherently does put my life in danger."
"In the aftermath of the far-right rally, what lifted her resolve was a meeting with other DSA members, many of whom she didn’t know prior to joining the Phoenix chapter. "For them to be willing to take that risk also makes it easier for me to take that risk," she said.
"The Phoenix chapter is going to keep canvassing in the coming weeks and months, along with their regular meetings. Medicare-For-All is DSA’s national priority right now, according to Howard. But the Phoenix socialists are also trying to make progress where they can on other fronts.
"We’re also trying to strengthen the labor movement, create more unions. The push for free college tuition is a big one, especially among YDSA chapters — anything that can put more power in the hands of the people," Howard said.
"The long-term goal is socialism," she added. "And we think we can do it."

Journey to DSA

Phoenix DSA vice-chair Taylor Cifuentez, 23, says DSA can succeed by working alongside other Arizona activist groups to address capitalism as "the third branch of oppression," along with systemic issues of race and patriarchy.

Cifuentez explained that people may not realize it, but "capitalism is ingrained in their life in a way that’s making it really hard for them," particularly in the health care arena.

A turning point for Cifuentez’s path to the DSA leadership came after August’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She realized that working to make the politics of the left a reality was not necessarily going to be safe or easy, and got choked up as she recalled the moment.

"Charlottesville really brought it back to me that I’m engaging in a different kind of political action now: a non-liberal political action, a more fringe political action," Cifuentez said. "And that inherently does put my life in danger."

In the aftermath of the far-right rally, what lifted her resolve was a meeting with other DSA members, many of whom she didn’t know prior to joining the Phoenix chapter. "For them to be willing to take that risk also makes it easier for me to take that risk," she said.[3]

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