Boulder Democratic Socialists of America

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Boulder Democratic Socialists of America is a Colorado affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

Known members

Barbara Molfese, David Anderson, Jack Hanley, James Zarichny, Mark Evenson, Leslie Lomas.

Contact for Boulder Democratic Socialists of America in July 2017 was Jordan Buchman.[1]

2018 activism

According to Boulder County DSA co-chair Austin Bennett, more socialists will have to win elections, and at least two are running in Boulder this year: Cliff Willmeng, a Green Party candidate for Boulder County Commissioner, and Theresa Stets, a hopeful in House District 12. The Boulder County DSA is advocating on their behalf and working with other organizations to spread the progressive word. Bennett points out that "we've allied with sister DSA chapters in Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs. In Boulder County, we support and are supported by Boulder County Protectors and East Boulder County United, and we're starting to get involved in the Save Our St. Vrain Valley project."[2]

Beginnings

The Boulder Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee held a hugely successful meeting on January 26 1993. Professor Manning Marable addressed a crowd of over 100. Over half of the attendees expressed interest in working to form a full-fledged DSA local, to be called Front Range Democratic Socialists of America, that will encompass Denver, Boulder, and surrounding foothills towns.

Front Range Democratic Socialists of America activists have already begun active work with the Colorado branch of UHCAN, the national coalition of advocates for state-level single payer health care systems. They arealso prioritizing campaigns for the repeal of the anti-gay rights Amendment2 and for progressive income taxation in Colorado.[3]

2001 activism

In 2001 Colorado DSA co-chair David Anderson was the first speaker at the May 1st rally in Boulder; he emphasized how the American labor movement started May Day, now an international holiday. The rally coalition also included the local labor council, a peace and justice center, an immigrant rights coalition, the Green Party, a living wage campaign, United for a Fair Economy, and the domestic partner benefits campaign.[4]

2008 elections

David Anderson played a significant role in Colorado, despite having no functioning local at the time . He served as a precinct chair and on the steering committee of the local Progressive Democrats. They defeated two of three anti-labor initiatives that were on the ballot (including the first defeat of a right-to-work law since the 1970s) and expect the third to be struck down in court. “Maybe now we’re headed to a period where being a socialist publicly means more,” he comments. “Those big questions are being raised, like what do you do with the auto industry?”.[5]

DSA General Meeting

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DSA General Meeting Hosted by Boulder Democratic Socialists of America

Thursday, November 30 2017

Lucky's Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder, Colorado [6]

May Day Sign Making!

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May Day Sign Making! Hosted by Fairview Students for a Democratic Society and Boulder Democratic Socialists of America.[7]

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM MDT

CU Bou lder UMC, Room 384

Boulder Jacobin Reading Group

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In 2017, the Boulder Jacobin Reading Group was made up mainly of Boulder Democratic Socialists of America members.

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