Austin Kendall

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Austin Kendall

Austin Kendall is a Washington, D.C. activist and a Job Corps instructor. He is a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.

Abolish ICE Protests covered by Media Matters

Media Matters interviews socialists who want to abolish ICE

In August 2018, Media Matters covered Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America-led protests against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office for the D.C. area, located in Fairfax, VA. Six members were arrested. Interviewees included Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America members Matt Shields (arrested), Irene Koo (arrested), Jesse Rabinowitz (arrested), Hailey Huget (arrested), Deidre Nelms (arrested), Austin Kendall, Jace Smith (arrested), and Arjun Comar.

Protesting at people's private homes

In June 2018, Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America members protested "outside the homes of those they saw as profiting off of the unjust detention of immigrants."[1]

"Austin Kendall was one of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America members who gathered to jeer [Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen on Tuesday. He told me over the phone that it was a spontaneous action thrown together quickly over a group text he and fellow activists use for rapid organizing, but his DSA chapter has organized several similar protests against individuals far more deliberately, even if they didn’t make the national news. These protests, all of which happened this year, he said, consisted of more than 60 people gathering outside the homes of those they saw as profiting off of the unjust detention of immigrants."
“The idea is to expose to their neighbors the sort of person that they are,” said Austin Kendall. “We think the neighbors don’t always realize these are people who make a profit off of destroying immigrants’ lives.”

2017 DSA leadership

Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America leadership, as of July 2017;[2].

Disavowing Police Organizing

Resolution 7: Disavowing Police Organizing Voted on at October 21st, 2017 Passed by Majority at Convention Sponsor(s): Brian Dickey, Natarajan Subramanian, Daniel Hafner, Austin Kendall

On Disavowing Police Organizing

Metro DC DSA shall commit to not, under any circumstance, organizing with any direct police union.

Under capitalism the police exist, as an institution, to uphold the power of capitalists. They serve to protect the property of those capitalists and subjugate the masses, most specifically black persons and others persons of color. While we as socialists enthusiastically support workers organizing and unions as a whole, we cannot support any work with a police union as they do not organize worker power but instead organize capitalist power. When we accept police officers and organizers as comrades, we risk signaling to the communities they are charged with subjugating that we do not prioritize their struggles or desire to fight with them for their liberation. This would catastrophically damage our ability to organize alongside marginalized groups and betray our stated values as socialists.[3]

Metro DC DSA Public Facbook group

Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, public Facebook group, as of March 12, 2017;[4]