Abdullah Younus

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Abdullah Younus

Abdullah Younus is a New York activist. He is from Bay Ridge and is a strategic researcher for United Automobile Workers (UAW). He is active in the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Working Group and was the Field Director of the El-Yateem campaign. He is also on the National Electoral Committee (NEC), where he Co-chairs the Trainings Subcommittee. The NEC trains DSA chapters all over the country that are interested in electoral work. He is also on the Executive Board of Yalla Brooklyn, a South Brooklyn based political club that serves the Arab/Muslim community.[1]

Activist history

I have been in DSA since late 2016. I am also the former Co-chair of NYC-DSA, former Steering Committee Representative for the South Brooklyn Branch of NYC-DSA, and a member of the National Electoral Committee. I played a more active role in the following campaigns/ projects: forming the South Brooklyn and Staten Island branches of NYC-DSA, No Amazon, Khader El-Yateem for City Council, Jabari Brisport for City Council, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress, Julia Salazar for State Senate, and Tiffany Caban for District Attorney. My greatest highlight is my one-year term as Co-chair of NYC-DSA, during which time I helped to guide the organization through several huge accomplishments: the victories of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Julia Salazar, adding a new branch (Staten Island) to NYC-DSA, a huge bump in membership and engagement, kicking ICE out of New York Courts and Amazon out of Queens.

I am currently the Director of Political Engagement at the New York Immigration Coalition, which is a network of 200 organizations in New York State. The bulk of my work is political and grassroots organizing for legislative advocacy around immigration justice issues. In 2019, I successfully fought for the passage of law to provide driver’s licenses for undocumented people. Prior to this, I was a strategic researcher for the United Automobile Workers (UAW), working on the Columbia and Harvard grad worker organizing campaigns. Our fight to have the union recognized by the administration was eventually successful. Before that, I was a strategist at MPower Change, a national Muslim advocacy organization. In addition, I have worked on a few electoral campaigns in various capacities as either a staff member or volunteer. One such campaign was the Khader El-Yateem for City Council, where I served as the Field Director. This effort was one of the first DSA endorsed races post-2016 election, and helped NYC-DSA develop its electoral program. I am an active leader in the Arab and Muslim community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where I am in involved in various organizations, including the Arab-American Association of New York and Yalla Brooklyn."[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]

Socialist Majority slate

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New York City Democratic Socialists of America 2019 Socialist Majority slate for DSA national convention delegates.

A. Sen, Aaron Taube, Abdullah Younus, Abi Hassen, Adam E. Leeds, Andrea Guinn, Bianca Cunningham, Bruce Griffiths Cea Weaver, Charles Lenchner, Daniel Cheng, Daniel Lynch, Danya Lagos, Devin McManus, Emma Caterine, Frank Llewellyn, Itzhak Epstein, Jacob Appel, Jad Joseph, James O., Joe Demanuelle-Hall, John Schneider, Julian Graham, Jared Watson, Jasmin Oppenheimer, Jenny Zhang, Kevin Bohlmann, Leanna Ballester, Maia Rosenberg, Matthew Bond, Matthew Thomas, Michael Cavadias, Michael Kinnucan, Miriam Bensman, Nate Treadwell, Noah Weston, Osman Chaudhary, Paul Swartz, Phillip Henken, Renee Greene-Levitt, Renee Paradis, Sam Lewis, Stephen Maples, Susan Kang, Tyler Curtis, Tiffany Gong.

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Abdullah Younus of New York City Democratic Socialists of America.

2018 DSA NEC members


New National Electoral Committee Members, as of May 18, 2018 are Abdullah Younus NYC, Adam Parsons Columbus, AJ Reed Quad Cities, Alex Nagle Philadelphia, Allie Cohn Knoxville, Austin Binns Philadelphia, Christine Riddiough Metro DC, Christian Bowe Lansing, David Greve Pittsburgh, Dele Balogun Chicago, Devin McManus NYC, Felicia Hamilton Boulder, Jason Clayton Metro DC, Jessica M. Culbertson Akron, Katrina Bergstrom Los Angeles, Keaton Slansky Seattle, Lucas Perez-Leahy Omaha, Mark Masaoka Los Angeles, Peter Simon Denver, Rachel Reyes Los Angeles, Renee Paradis NYC, Sarah Ganong Central Connecticut, Spencer Chan Chicago, Tascha Van Auken NYC, Yesenia Padilla San Diego.

Socialists backing Brattan

Khader El-Yateem November 7, 2017 near New York, NY


Congratulations to Justin Brannan on a great win. I look forward to working together for our community. — with Mohammad Sawaeer, Abdullah Younus, Rabyaah Althaibani and Murad Awawdeh.

Yateem team

Abdullah Younus, an organizer for Democratic Socialists of America, says that the group’s New York City chapter received over a hundred applications for their support for city council races, eventually settling on two candidates. One of them is the Lutheran Rev. Khader El-Yateem, the first Palestinian Christian to run for city council in the city’s history. El-Yateem fit the Democratic Socialist platform on a few important platform issues — criminal justice reform, support of nonviolent protest of Palestinian occupation — but, most importantly, he singled himself out as the only candidate in his district from either side of the aisle to refuse money from real estate developers.

Now, El-Yateem has 60 socialists volunteering, knocking on doors and creating original videos for the campaign. DSA canvases for El-Yateem in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, every day, taking on 30 to 40 shifts a week.

“We can promise people an army,” Younus, who volunteers as DSA field director for El-Yateem’s campaign, said.

According to Younus, his organization’s involvement proved instrumental in garnering El-Yateem more money, more manpower and more petition signatures than any other candidate in NYC’s 43rd district.

The DSA inherits its model from the Sanders campaign — a loss ultimately, but one that gave birth to a new paradigm for political organizing. Duhalde identified two lessons mainstream Democrats can learn from Sanders’ campaign model — a model which shattered fundraising records and garnered Sanders unexpected wins in states like Michigan.[4]

Khader El-Yateem September 24, 2017:

  1. TakeAKnee #StandWithKaep #TeamElYateem — with Murad Awawdeh, Amanda Philip, Linda Sarsour, Somia Elrowmeim, Widad Indie, Brittany Anderson, Abdullah Younus, Rabyaah Althaibani, Khader El-Yateem and Zohran Kwame Mamdani.

Democratic Socialists of America Pride!

Democratic Socialists of America Pride! NYC LGBTQ & Friends was the official unofficial planning group for a DSA contingent at NYC Pride on June 25th, 2017.

Closed Facebook Group members, as of May 31 3017, included Abdullah Younus.[5]

South Brooklyn DSA Official Closed Group


South Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America Official Closed Facebook Group, as of October 15, 2017.[6]


NYC DSA Car Caucus

Members of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America DSA Car Caucus closed Facebook group, as of October 26, 2017 included Abdullah Younus.[7]

New York DSA Facebook group

Members of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, as of July 20, 2017 included Abdullah Younus.[8]

Gay Space Communism Caucus

Members of the Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism Caucus, DSA, members, as of June 4, 2017 included ;[9]

"Wholesome Meme Stash"

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America Wholesome Meme Stash closed Facebook group, accessed November 14, 2017 included Abdullah Younus.[10]

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 Abdullah Younus was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.

2018 NYC DSA leaders

Congratulations to our newly elected New York City Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee: Bianca Cunningham and Abdullah Younus (Co-Chairs), Joe Demanuelle-Hall (Secretary), Tiffany Gong (Treasurer), Leslie Fine (Membership Coordinator), and Cea Weaver (Working Group Coordinator).[11]

The People's Forum

Bianca Cunningham February 1 2019:


Gang Gang🌹🌹 — with Jay Thompson, Clarence Adams, Leslie Fine, Joe D-Hall, Abdullah Younus, Patrick T. Shepherd, Mary Clinton, Sam Lewis, Ella Mahony, Ryan Bruckenthal, Cea Weaver, Dana Steer, Nina Svirsky, Ben Bennett, Jia Lee, Katie Halper, Kelly Gilbert, Trevor Taylor, Zyad Hammad and Zelig Stern at The People's Forum.


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  11. [https://www.facebook.com/nycdsa/photos/a.1765058053707625.1073741829.1709623922584372/2065203380359756/?type=3&theater NYC DSA FB, NYC Democratic Socialists of America Like This Page · May 6 ]