Danny Fetonte

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Danny Fetonte


Danny Fetonte is an Austin, Texas activist. He is an organizer at Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT.

Supporting Tzintzun

Barbara Fetonte August 12 2019.

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This is very exciting. Both Danny and me have worked with Cristina. She is a phenomenal person. She is a great organizer. She can beat Cornyn. This is a woman with integrity. Please support her by donating to her campaign. Both Danny and me will work hard on her campaign.

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In the 1970s Danny Fetonte was active in the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters.

Austin Beloved Community

The list of people who contributed memories and experience to the Austin Beloved Community website included Danny Fetonte, organizer, CWA.

Austin DSA

In 2015 contacts for Austin Democratic Socialists of America were Danny Fetonte, & Alice Embree.[1]

TARA

L-R Austin President Glenn Scott, TARA Secretary Tony Padilla, Austin Secretary-Treasurer Teresa Perez-Wiseley, Texas AFL-CIO Director/TARA Liaison Lee Forbes and Committee members Marie Drummond, Danny Fetonte and Yolanda Delgado

The Austin Texas Alliance for Retired Americans chapter met June 20, 2015? to finalize the plans for their Medicare 50th Birthday Celebration on July 25, plus discussed a possible fall fundraiser and ways to increase membership. Attending were Austin President Glenn Scott, TARA Secretary Tony Padilla, Austin Secretary-Treasurer Teresa Perez-Wiseley, Texas AFL-CIO Director/TARA Liaison Lee Forbes and Committee members Marie Drummond, Danny Fetonte and Yolanda Delgado.[2]

DSA Meeting Summary from Thursday, 11/19 2015

Co-Chair Elections: Allison Behr and Danny Fetonte were elected as Co-Chairs of Austin Democratic Socialists of America for November 2015 – November 2016.[3]

Socialist Caucus at 2016 DNC

Over 300 Sanders activists attended Democratic Socialists of America’s “Socialist Caucus” on Wednesday afternoon, July 27th, 3016. In the audience were over 100 Sanders delegates, including most of DSA’s 55 member-delegates; they were joined by Larry Sanders, Senator Sanders’ brother, and the Senator’s son, Levi Sanders.

Numerous participants remarked on social media that the caucus was one of the most substantive meetings at the convention. A score of participants joined DSA on the spot and the DSA table rapidly sold out of its 50 bright red DSA “Continuing the Political Revolution” T-shirts.

Shout-outs to all the DSA delegates and volunteers who helped build the caucus. In particular, Tom Gallagher, Penny Schantz, Paul Garver, Harlan Baker, Ashley Rodriguez, Danny and Barbara Fetonte, Larry Wittner, Rachel Ochs, Rebecca Ryan, Diane Isser and the list goes on...[4]

Austin Bernie supporters

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Richy Echegaray December 19, 2016 near Austin, TX,

With Chris Smith, Phoebe Augustine, Chau Lan Ngo, Laura Ehrlich, Steve Voytowich, Steffy Felten, Julie Ann Nitsch, Taylor Jones, Ahmed Abdel-Meguid, Barbara Fetonte Danny Fetonte, and Hatem Natsheh.

Texas Fight to Stop a New "Anti-immigrant" Law

By June 2017, Austin Democratic Socialists of America had built a large membership of over 640 members by being active as allies against a number of attacks on communities of color, women and LGBTQ people over the last two years.

This work has intensified since Trump took office. Perhaps their most important campaign, which other groups can learn from, is their current fight against an anti-immigrant bill.

On May 29th, national media coverage showed footage of hundreds of people in Austin, Texas chanting and protesting in the Capitol against a new anti-illegal immigrant law known as SB4, for “Senate Bill 4.”

SB4 is a highly controversial bill that mandates local police and sheriffs to essentially become an arm of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the bill, local peace officers would be given broad authority to ask the immigration status of anyone stopped by an officer for almost any reason. Thus, the moniker: “Show Me Your Papers Law.” SB4 began as a priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott.
The authors of the bill in the Senate specifically targeted Austin Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who ran on a campaign of constitutional rights of undocumented residents and non-cooperation beyond the legal requirements with ICE. The only female in a field of six, she won handily in the Democratic primary, and five months later in the general election against a Republican. Sheriff Hernandez said in a hearing on the bill in April that SB4 will "coerce local law enforcement to divert scarce resources to enforcing federal immigration laws, at a risk to public safety.”
During hearings in the Senate and the House, hundreds of people, many of them immigrants or family of immigrants, both documented and not, testified and signed in opposition to the bill. Sheriffs and chiefs of police testified that the bill would undermine the trust between the police and the immigrant and Latino communities, leaving their cities and towns less safe. Mayors, lawyers, school administrators and school board members spoke out against the mass deportation provisions of the bill and its potentially devastating impact on families, children, businesses and the Texas economy.

Despite these large protests, the House and the Senate passed the bill. Advocates were outraged that the bill was made far more egregious in the final evening of late-night amendments to the bill in the House, where Tea Party reactionaries one-upped each other.

DSA members, as allies with immigrant rights organizations, began actively supporting the fight to stop SB4 during the legislative session. Austin DSA had been involved since the first mobilizations around the hearings in the Senate and in the House. After the bill passed both houses, a group of 20 protesters were arrested at a sit-in at the Governor’s office on May Day. Two of the arrested were Co-chairs Danny Fetonte and Chau Lan Ngo. Other DSA members were arrested as well. DSA members also played roles as witnesses and supporters during the civil disobedience and outside at the rally. [5]

Standing for DSA NPC

Support Danny Fetonte for NPC AUSTIN DSA·SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017;

I am a retired CWA Labor Organizer. I have lived in Texas for last the 34 years before that in Tennessee, Mississippi, New Jersey and Buffalo New York. I was in H.S. SNCC, active against Vietnam War and in Labor. I have been active in Jobs with Justice, Bernie’s Campaign and Our Revolution. I was a Bernie Delegate to the DNC. I was part of the effort to build Austin DSA from 14 members in 2015, to 704 today. I have helped DSA organize around the state of Texas.

Why I'm Running

I would like to add my experience and ideas in Labor, organizing in the South and building DSA on the NPC. I am committed to building DSA into a large broad based organization that has real clout in cities around the U.S. I think it is important to build our work in small and mid-size cities to become a truly national organization.

My Previous Political Work

I have been active in DSA labor and DSA Disabled organizing. I have actively supported our local’s Queer Coalition and Feminist Action Committee. I have worked with 350.org and the Texas Drought Coalition on the environment. I have worked on Immigrant Rights and was active in standing up for Muslim rights in Texas.

My Vision for DSA

I would like to organize new groups and members into DSA. Expand our Bernie bounce and have DSA be a political force especially in Local politics. DSA can become one of the key organizations in the Muslim, Latino, Black, Disabled, and Queer Communities like we are in the Women’s and Student Communities.
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Endorsements

Joseph Schwartz – Philadelphia, Karen Vitale – Rochester, Bill Barclay – Chicago, Tom Grace – Buffalo, Tim Dubnauand, Gay Semel – Brooklyn, Ben Pope – Little Rock, AR, Katie Romich – Denver, Gus Newport, Lisa Kermish – Oakland, Steve Early – East Bay, Danica Finley, Andy Boeger – Oregon, Rand Wilson, Russell Weiss-Irwin – Boston, Jeff Crosby – Lynn MA, Aaron Baczkowski – New Orleans, Jeff Lacher – Minneapolis, John Heppen – St. Paul, Tom Tilden – Omaha, Travis Donoho – Knoxville, Geoffrey Meldahl – Chattanooga, Mike Cannon – Nashville, Thomas Walker – Memphis, Kit Jones – Fort Worth, Kristi Lara – Plano, Deborah Beltran, Kristian Hernandez – Dallas, Ashley Rodriguez, Judy Lugo – El Paso, Janice Zitelman – Kerrville, Sitina Gutierrez – Waco, Gena Probst and Scott Nelson – Bryan, Debbie Goldman, Brooks Sunkett – DC, Riley Metcalfe, Rick Trevino, Chris Kutalik – San Antonio, Amy Zachmeyer, Connie Vazquez, Karina Quesada, Jerry Lynch, Judy Graves – Houston, Liz Garcia, Chau Ngo, Jim Tourtelott, Bobbie Tsukahara, Nikki Reese, Julie Ann Nitsch, Taylor Jones, Seth Hutchinson, Jacob Aronowitz, James Cole, Gil Starkey, Barbara Fetonte, Mickey Fetonte, Bob Gibbons, Ron Nelson, Ahmed Abdel-Meguid, Yolanda Delgado, Priscilla Echegaray, Sophia Donnelly, Roy Woody, Susanna Woody, Liliana Mendoza, Chris Wang, Colin Gray, Omar Kadir, Molly Middleton, Derek Brozowski, Guilherme Nettesheim, Steve Voytowich, Chance Walker, Mike Gross, Rachel Castignoli, Bob Gibbons, Cynthia Mancha – Austin.[6]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Danny Fetonte supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[7]

2017-2017 DSA NPC members

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Members elected to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, August 2017;

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