Virginia Franco

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Virginia Franco is a San Diego based activist and partner of Herb Shore.

Memorial to Martin Chancey

In 1981, Grace Doucette, Andrew Feenberg, Anne Marie Feenberg, Virginia Franco, Ruth Heifetz, Muriel Jencks, Clint Jencks, Dorie Koppelman, Wally Koppelman, Fred Lonadier, Nick Nichols, Trudy Robideau, Herb Shore, Dave Strom, Jackie Tunberg, Bill Tunberg and Dick Walker signed a memorial to Martin Chancey for his work with the New American Movement.[1]

DSA Feminist Commission

In 1985[2] and 1986,[3] Virginia Franco of California was listed as a member of the Feminist Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA Racial Diversity Task Force

In 1992 Virginia Franco was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Racial Diversity Task Force - charged with finding ways of recruiting (and retaining) more "people of color" into the organization[4].

California DSA “Key” list

In 1993 Virginia Franco of San Diego, California was on a list of “Key" California Democratic Socialists of America contacts.[5]

DSA official

Virginia Franco, San Diego DSA, elected to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee at the November 1997 DSA National Convention in Columbus Ohio.[6]

Working with Dorothy Healey

Franco and Herb Shore worked closely with Dorothy Healey on running San Diego Democratic Socialists of America.

We are two aging lefties from San Diego who owe a good part of our political, and even our personal lives, to Dorothy’s role in helping to create a democratic socialist left in San Diego...We credit her for the lesson that one can keep going even when the prospects for early success seem remote; that is one reason why San Diego Democratic Socialist of America continues to play a significant role in our community.
Virginia Franco and Herb Shore
October 2, 2006[7]

Democratic Socialists of America member

As at August 5, 1989, Virginia Franco, San Diego, California, was listed as a possible California Local Representative for the Democratic Socialists of America.[8]

In 2006 Virginia Franco, California, donated $200 to the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee. According to DSA's Democratic Left Spring 2006,[9]

"DSA has formed a Political Action Committee—Democratic Socialists of America PAC (DSA PAC), which will raise funds to enable activity that supports or opposes candidates for federal office. By law, DSA is not permitted to expend its resources in support of or against candidates in partisan elections; however, DSA is permitted to form a PAC for this purpose...
...Only DSA members in good standing may contribute to the PAC. Because the law is so specific, all contributions are carefully screened to make sure that they are from members."[10]

DSA Renegotiate NAFTA petition

In 2009 Virginia Franco, Democratic Socialists of America, signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to Renegotiate NAFTA. The petition was initiated and circulated by Democratic Socialists of America.[11]  

DSA contact

In 2009 Virginia Franco was San Diego contact for Democratic Socialists of America[12].

DSA NPC member

At the Democratic Socialists of America 2009 National Convention Evanston, Illinois November 13-15, 2009, a new National Political Committee was elected;[13]

Occupy San Diego

Doug Brown and Virginia Franco

According to report from San Diego Democratic Socialists of America, members Herb Shore and Virginia Franco on October 16, 2011, on Occupy San Diego;[14]

We had a successful march and rally a week ago, October 7, with a DSA contingent of about seven people, taking turns carrying the DSA banner. The march was from a downtown SD park to Civic Center. It was huge for this city's standards—an impressive 1500 marchers. We passed out lots of copies of the DSA Fact Sheet on the federal budget. A couple of DSAers, Pam Barratt and Virginia Franco spent this first night 'al fresco', with no tent.
Since the first march and rally, DSA SD has participated with food donations two more times to the occupiers at Civic Center. Last night, we contributed 144 brownies at about 10:00 PM and displayed a sign. Although, late evening, we managed to show a sign expressing the SEBOR cover statement, and passing out the pamphlets. Someone mentioned we were going to be on their Facebook page. One young leadership occupier expressed interest in DSA, and said she would mail the brochure to her father in NYC, an economic conservative.

DSA 2011 leadership

Elected to serve on the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee – the leadership body described as “the engine room of the organization”, in November 2011, were;[15]

Plus the two YDS co-chairs, Sean Monahan (Philadelphia, PA) and Jackie Sewell (Lawrence, KS).

Support for Bernie Sanders

Virginia Franco pledged support for Bernie Sanders through Labor for Bernie, a "nationwide network of labor activists, backing Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign."

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Virginia Franco supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[16]

DSA Women's Caucus Facebook group

Members of the DSA Women's Caucus closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017 included Virginia Franco .[17]

San Diego DSA Facebook group

Members of the San Diego Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook group, as of March 18, 2017 included Virginia Franco .[18]

DSA Facebook group

Members of the California Democratic Socialists of America, statewide Facebook group, as of March 16, 2017 included Virginia Franco.[19]


  1. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  2. DSA Feminist Commission Directory, 1985
  3. 1986 DSA Feminist Commission Directory
  4. Memorandum, Steve tarzynski-May 26, 1992
  5. CA DSA Key list January 24 1993
  8. Possible California Local Reps. for August 5, 1989 Palo Alto Meeting
  9. 2006 Cycle
  10. Democratic Left, Spring 2006
  11. Renegotiate NAFTA website: Signatories to the petition to President Barack Obama, April 16, 2008
  13. [1] DSA 2009 National Convention Evanston, Illinois November 13-15, 2009 report, DSA website, accessed June 11, 2010
  14. DSA Occupy page, accessed December 1, 2011
  15. Dem. left. Winter 2012
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  19. [5]