Tim Zhu

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Tim Zhu

Timothy Zhu, was in March 2017, contact for Honolulu Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee.[1]

in 2019 Tim Zhu left Hawaii to work in Washington DC.

Activist history

"I joined DSA on November 9, 2016. I co-founded the Honolulu chapter of DSA in early 2017. I helped grow the organization from 3 founding members to regular monthly meetings of 50+ people, and nurtured a new core of elected leadership and organizers. I developed our electoral endorsement process for the 2018 elections, and helped set up the most robust canvassing and phonebanking operations of any non-union organization in the 2018 elections in Hawaii, and mobilized people for actions up to 100 people. Personal highlights for me in working with the Honolulu chapter include helping a member and teacher’s union leader win her race for State House, and building relationships between socialist members of union locals through our Labor Working Group. Our membership is diverse, in terms of race from Chinese to Hawaiian to Japanese to Samoan, and also in terms of ideologies ranging from communist to mildly social democratic to prioritizing indigenous sovereignty, and it’s been a great opportunity to organize a membership so diverse in viewpoints and backgrounds around common objectives.

I am a co-founder of Academic Labor United, a graduate union organizing committee at the University of Hawaii, and the current vice chair of its executive committee. I developed our committee’s organizing, political, communications, and media strategy. I developed a card check strategy that resulted in 400+ union authorization cards signed in less than a month this spring. I’ve also worked as a salt on a successful union recognition campaign and contract negotiations at a 230 room, 65 worker hotel. I’ve worked many jobs in my life, but the most defining ones for me have been in wildfire management, food and beverage, and higher education.[2]

DSA 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Democratic Socialists of America 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Austin GonzalezSauceTheresa AltSean EstelleDaniel MerrillDarby ThomasRussell Weiss-IrwinMichelle Bruder MillerZac EcholaJen SnyderJennifer BolenBlanca EstevezMarsha NiemeijerMarianela D'AprileTawny TidwellLloyd GoldsmithErika PascholdEmily CameronDan QuayleValerie SinclairNatalie MidiriRavi Ahmad HaqueJose G. PerezTim ZhuRachel ZibratAbdullah YounusMegan SvobodaMaikiko JamesKristian HernandezDavid PinkhamHannah AllisonJen McKinneyAustin Smith[3]

Bernie supporter

Tim Zhu, was a Sanders supporter because of the senator's environmental record.

"He has the strongest position on climate change, that's one of the biggest concerns for me as an environmentalist," Zhu said. "He doesn't take money form big corporations, doesn't take money from fracking organizations, and I think he actually understands the urgency of climate change and is fighting for our future, not just for this generation, but future generations."[4]

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Tim Zhu of Honolulu Democratic Socialists of America.

Hawaii Democratic Socialists closed Facebook group

Hawaii Democratic Socialists closed Facebook group, as of July, 2017 included Tim Zhu .[5]

SOG official

Tim Zhu, in 2017, was the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department, SOG Vice-President.

YDSA group


Nurturing a Young Democratic Socialists of America group at Iolani School with Tyler Greenhill.

DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group

Members of the DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group closed FB page, as of August 30, 2017 included Tim Zhu.

Democratic Socialists Swag Swap

Members of Democratic Socialists of America's Democratic Socialists Swag Swap closed Facebook group, accessed November 9, 2017 include Tim Zhu .[6]

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 Tim Zhu was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.

Ing supporters

Honolulu Democratic Socialists of America July 29 2018:


With Kaniela Ing, Mikey Inouye, Justin Jansen, Tim Zhu, Justin Salisbury, Brett Jones, Charessa Fryc, James McDonough and Mishka Sulva.


Democratic Socialists of Honolulu November 28 2018:


After 51 days of the #MarriottStrike, we are counting tentative agreement votes for the workers of Unite Here! Local 5! — with Sana Roman, Tim Zhu and Jonathan Fisk.