Ben Tafoya

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Ben Tafoya

Ben Tafoya


Victoria Cross was in 1982 serving on the National Executive Committee of then Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee , Chair of the Detroit Local and working at the UAW.

Sketch for a poster for the first DSA conference, March 1982. Delegates from DSOC and NAM met in Detroit to form the Democratic Socialists of America.
Victoria Cross Blushing. Just been an active democratic-socialist all my life. And, I tried to do all I could in the "Dee" and I try to do all I might here on the other side of the border. I married a Canadian and am an immigrant in this fair land, and have "done some time" with the New Democrats, too. I am of the Penny Schantz, Miriam Bensman, Joseph Schwartz, Mark Levinson, Rafael PiRoman, Ben Tafoya, David Rathke et al, generation of DSOC peeps. With many mentors of the previous generations, including Roger Robinson and Oscar Pascal. Mike was so right when he used to tell our summer school and winter conferences for the Youth Section to look around and see that "these are your life-comrades; you may argue, you may get angry, you may have differing points of view at one given minute or another, but please, remember that we are all socialists." And yes, I've met Bernie, and Cornel, Barbara, Dorothy Healey, Saul Wellman, and all sorts of trade union activists and leaders and all of "the folks" from all sorts of social movements who have never stopped working. And yes, we still argue, but we are on the Arc Toward Justice. I try to respect them all, and well, when I got "here" I worked as a constituency rep for years and years and had the joy and pleasure of working with many solid New Democrats. I have the joy of having known Howard Pawley well, and continue in the joy of being friends with Adele Pawley and the Pawley family, for example.
Danielle Aubert Victoria Cross Roger Robinson is still very active with the Detroit chapter, and I believe Oscar Pascal started coming to general meetings again the last few months!! amazing this crossed your timeline !

Victoria Cross Roger will never stop. He and Meg Zimmeth are my blood buddies.Oscar will never stop. Once one crosses the Rubicon of "thinking like a socialist" there is never any turning back. Because the world changes before your eyes. The scales fall off and the role of individuals changes. We act in different ways, different arenas, with different coalitions and groups, but we keep trying and striving and picking where and when to intervene and organize to make the world change. I mean, I could get all academic and talk about dialectics and the "fulcrum of the dialectic" but here we are, in various spots and points just trying to do good, advance civilization, despite all the challenges.

Endorsement of New American Movement

In 1981, Michael Harrington, Ben Tafoya and Selma Lenihan (Organizational Director) on behalf of Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee greeted the New American Movement saying,

Greetings to our friends in the New American Movement from you friends in the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee.

DSA support in 2004

According to to the Boston Democratic Socialists of America newsletter, The Yankee Radical, September 2004, page 6, Boston DSA endorsed several State House of Representatives in 2004. These included Ben Tafoya (Democrat) Challenger, 20th Middlesex House District.[1]

Endorsing Organizations: Mass NARAL, AFL-CIO

Toward Radical Democracy

Toward Radical Democracy was a 2018 "Proposal for Internal Voting Reform in Boston DSA".

If you would like to sign on in support of this proposal, please click here. To date, over 100 members of Boston DSA have endorsed it. We also welcome support from DSA comrades in other chapters.

Signatories included Ben Tafoya.



  1. The Yankee Radical, September 2004, page 6