Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas

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Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas encompasses Dallas, Fort Worth and Collin County.

2017 co-chairs

As of March 2017;[1]

2018 co-chairs

2016 contacts

As of August 2016;[2]

DACA Training

DSA North Texas September 12, 2017. ·

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DSA comrades at tonight's DACA training by the North Texas Dream Team. — with Rick Schoolcraft, Kristian Steffany, Tyler Davis, Mayra Guardiola, Angela Andrade, Lizzie Maldonado and MaryAnn CK.

Solidarity Day School, Dallas

Solidarity Day School in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 10, 2018, the first in what we hope will become a quarterly series of Day Schools for local leftists, movement activists, and organizers, all with differing levels of familiarity with Marxist theory.

The event took place in two parts–the first held from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Meadows Convention Center, a space designed to serve community organizers and area non-profits at no cost; the second at the Pan-Africa Connection from 7:30-9:00 PM, an amazing bookstore, art gallery, and cultural center in South Dallas. Participation in this inaugural event was based on intentional outreach rather than broad promotional efforts, including representatives from area community organizations, movement groups, and other organized socialists (especially the International Socialist Organization and many more from the Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas). Most significantly: participants also included community members whom we met in the process of collecting signatures, riding the trains and talking to passengers to fight Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)’s proposed fare hike.

Topics discussed included black liberation (Jules Clain, Solidarity Steering Committee member from Milwaukee), fighting capitalism with regard to fair housing (Ryne Poelker, Solidarity Staff organizer, from Chicago), the history of socialism (Dan La Botz, New York), socialist feminism (Zoe Holden, DFW Solidarity and Democratic Socialists of America), the BDS Movement and solidarity with Palestine (Maddie Fenn, International Socialist Organization Denton), the necessity of labor unions in the struggle for socialist revolution (Ryan Haney, DFW Solidarity and Democratic Socialists of America), strategies for building a local power base for socialism (Robert Caldwell, DFW Solidarity), ecosocialism (Gary Stuard, DFW Solidarity), trans solidarity and an introduction to trans politics (Max L., Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas), and a history of socialism, communism, and the civil rights movement in Texas (Dick Reavis, DFW Solidarity and the North Texas Transit Riders).

In our evening session at the Pan Africa Connection, we turned to the ways in which capitalism in America developed through genocide, slavery, and unspeakable brutality with a panel entitled “Understanding the Past, Confronting the Present, and Building a Socialist Future.” Jodi Voice Yellowfish spoke on First Nation struggles for social justice, especially with regard to reclaiming sovereignty over lands stolen by the US. Joining us via electronic technology, Kali Akuno, organizer for Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, discussed local struggles in Jackson, and confronting the far right and the new confederacy, and a comrade from the Mexican PRT reflected upon a recent, contentious election.

Throughout the day, topics also included ongoing, local movement organizing like the North Texas Transit Riders (NTTR), a rapidly expanding, deeply collaborative effort across multiple leftist organizers and activists and community members to fight DART’s (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) proposed fare hike. Robyn Kirk (of Democratic Socialists of America) described the ways she and Alex Teleky (of DFW Solidarity and the Green Party) worked to establish NTTR as a direct challenge to the logic of capitalism infiltrating every aspect of public transportation in Dallas. To date, NTTR petitions include almost 7,000 signatures. Before NTTR began their efforts several months ago, the DART Board strongly supported the proposed fare hike. NTTR efforts have made a significant impact, however. Last month, the DART Board passed the proposed fare hike by a very narrow margin. NTTR efforts continue in an attempt to overturn this unjust decision.

Looking back on the Day School, one of the most significant outcomes was the opportunity it provided to expand existing projects, including a collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the North Texas Democratic Socialists of America to fight for a living wage for support staff employed by the Dallas Independent School District. Following a hallway conversation between Andrew Kirk (DSA and AFT) and Shannon Carter (DFW Solidarity and the Greens), Shannon met with union staff and membership at the AFT Offices in Dallas in an attempt to complement their ongoing campaign with a community organizing tool designed to facilitate storytelling (Roadside Theatre’s “Story Circle”), which she has used successfully in other contexts (with incarcerated women and seniors in Dallas and with social-justice oriented academics in Boulder, Colorado). For months, this fight has been a priority among North Texas DSA membership, with Andrew Kirk (DSA and AFT) and Zoe Holden (DFW Solidarity and DSA) taking lead. A key strategy has been to gather testimonials from cafeteria workers, custodians, and support staff to present at upcoming DISD Board meetings.

Additional joint actions include a fight for paid sick leave for all workers in Dallas, following the lead of Austin, which recently became the first city in the south to pass such an ordinance. To this end, DFW Solidarity hosted a public educational in Dallas on April 1, 2018, with Sarah Swallow (Fight for the $15, Work Strong Austin, Young Active Labor Leaders), a key organizer in the Austin campaign. Sarah spoke about her work in our state capital and how we might bring that fight to Dallas. AFL CIO-Dallas recently launched a similar campaign, as has the Workers Defense Project. DFW Solidarity have reached out to them to stand in solidarity and collective action.[3]

DSA NTX National Delegates & Alternates

DSA NTX National Delegates & Alternates to DSA National Convention, Chicago, Closed Facebook Group.[4]

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Admins

Other Members

DSA North Texas Closed Facebook Group

As of May 28, 2017;[5]

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DSA North Texas is comprised of 11 counties, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Kaufman, Johnson, Parker, Cooke, & Hill. We have organizing committees in Fort Worth and Collin & an interest group in Denton. We also have a youth chapter at McKinney HS and at UTD.
Co-Chairs for DSA North TX: Kristian (Steffany) Hernandez, Deborah Beltran, and Tyler Davis.

Admins

Members

DSA NTX Media Working Group

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Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas Media Working Group, closed Facebook group, accessed February 4, 2018.[6]

Our Mission: To be the creative services working group for the Democratic Socialists of America North Texas Chapter

Admins and Moderators

Members

More names were added by May 19 2018.

Regional meeting

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DSA North TX Regional Meeting Public · Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America - North Texas

Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM CDT

North Oak Cliff Branch Library, 302 W 10th St, Dallas, Texas 75208

Invited on Facebook

Interested

Going

References

  1. [1]
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  3. [https://solidarity-us.org/socialists-converge-texas/ Solidarity, Socialists Converge Upon Conservative Texas Shannon Carter May 1, 2018]
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  5. https://www.Facebook.com/groups/753938858117072/
  6. [4]