Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America

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Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America is a Duluth Minnesota affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

Line 3 opposition

Last fall, Tom Julstrom asked his local Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America, what DSA was doing about Indigenous activists who were getting arrested trying to stop a new pipeline carrying tar sands oil. “You mean Line 3? That’s in limbo,” chapter leaders said, noting ongoing court challenges. DSA’s position is clear, they said, citing resolutions by DSA Ecosocialists in 2018 and by Twin Cities DSA in 2019 opposing the pipeline.

“I first heard about Line 3 when I was just out of high school,” Revmira Beeby of Cannon Valley Democratic Socialists of America told Democratic Left. On a trip to Canada, before they joined DSA, they “met some Line 3 organizers,” who said that time was growing short. Beeby joined Northfield Against Line 3, which met with the Giniw Collective and Anticolonial Land Defense. Then, Beeby co-founded Cannon Valley Democratic Socialists of America , and was soon co-chair of its executive committee. Beeby knew that a statewide effort to support the Indigenous fight against Line 3 was crucial and that chapters outside of the Twin Cities had the bandwidth to make that happen.

Cannon Valley Democratic Socialists of America signed on early to a Line 3 statement posted by the Twin Ports chapter. “We approached other Minnesota chapters in the hopes that a unified statewide DSA would bring greater national attention to the pipeline fight,” Julstrom said via email. “After every Minnesota chapter approved the statement, we kept those initial lines of communication open.” Eventually, a statewide DSA Line 3 Working Group formed, “the most active participants of which are the Twin Ports, Brainerd Lakes Area, Cannon Valley, and St. Cloud chapters.” Given the bevy of banks funding the project—Black Rock Investments, JPMorgan Chase, TD Bank, Citibank and Wells Fargo—DSA activists knew that fighting Line 3 is a strike at capitalism’s heart.

In April, Representative Ilhan Omar co-authored a essay with Anishinaabe writer Tara Houska entitled “The pipeline that President Biden needs to stop.” And Twin Cities DSA staged protests at Enbridge’s Minneapolis headquarters.

For ecosocialists, Beeby said, the Line 3 struggle is part of the fight against tar sands oil, which, along with fracking, forms the late stage of fossil-fuel devastation. “It’s so important to stop. Look what it’s done to Alberta,” where tar sands mining has torn gashes across miles of the province.

“This is an issue that impacts you!” Julstrom added. “If you live near or care about the Mississippi River, it’s your fight. If you care about Indigenous people’s rights, it’s your fight.”[1]

DSA for Bernie

In 2019 Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America had a Bernie Committee running an independent campaign.

It is not affiliated with any official campaign by any candidate. It is a local, grass roots effort to get out the vote for Bernie Sanders while at the same time promoting our chapter and the work we do. .

Members were:

Conference delegate

Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America delegate to the 2019 DSA convention in Atlanta was Lydia Goustin a graduate student at UMD. Her room mate was Laura Helena Rodriguez from Quad Cities Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

Backing Council candidates


Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America June 19, 2017;

With Thomas Furman, Rich Updegrove for Duluth City Council At-Large, Janet Kennedy for Duluth City Council At Large and Joel Sipress.

Joel Sipress Had the pleasure to participate in today's Common Ground Candidate Screening, co-sponsored by Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America, the Feminist Action Collective, Our Revolution: Duluth, and Duluth for Clean Water.[4]

Sandman endorsement

Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America August 31 2018:


On August 30th Twin Ports DSA screened Skip Sandman and after a lively and rich discussion voted to endorse, easily surpassing the 2/3 threshold needed.


Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America, June 4, 2018;


Members of Twin Ports and Twin Cities DSA chapters after a long day inside and outside the state DFL convention. — with Kim Jones, Joel Sipress, Bev Berntson and Kyrsten Marie Olson.


Joel Sipress, Kyrsten Marie Olson, Troy, Dave, Mary, Sharla Gardner

DSA Duluth Monthly Membership Meeting


DSA Duluth Monthly Membership Meeting

Public · Hosted by Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4 PM - 6 PM CST

1414 E 9th St, Duluth, MN 55805-1611, United States.

Invited on Facebook



Sen. John Marty event


Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America, May 23 2018 TONIGHT✨TONIGHT✨TONIGHT Health justice for every human being! HERE. NOW.