David Anderson

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David Anderson

David Anderson was, in the early 2000s, a member of Democratic Socialists of America in Boulder Colorado.[1].

He is a retired Colorado University librarian.

Favored working with the Socialists

In 1980, a group of Western New American Movement supporters, including Dave Anderson of Boulder, issued a statement to the National Conference urging closer ties to the Socialist Party USA.[2]

We the undersigned Colorado-Wyoming NAM members. and friends, favor closer work between and the Socialist Party USA.

DSA’s Cuba Letter

David Anderson signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[3] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Dave Anderson, president of AFSCME Local 3592, member of DSA Democratic Socialists of America of Boulder, CO signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[4]

2008 elections

David Anderson played a significant role in Colorado, despite having no functioning DSA 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 contact

In 2009 Dave Anderson was Colorado contact for Democratic Socialists of America[6].


David Anderson Alliance for Retired Americans activist, Boulder.[7]

Occupy Boulder Involvement

David Anderson (center) at Occupy Boulder

On Oct. 19, 2011, Democratic Socialists of America member David Anderson wrote of his involvement with the Occupy Boulder protests;

"I am getting involved in Occupy Boulder, which only got started last weekend. I spoke at the very first General Assembly. I got up to respond to a Ron Paul supporter then I proceeded to talk about DSA, democratic socialism, and the need for coalitions. Quite general. 10 or 15 minutes. Got a good response."[8]

Bernie Sanders Fundraiser

This Sunday June 14 2015, from 3 to 5 pm...Leslie Lomas, David Anderson, and Karen Gruber would like to invite you to our Wine & Cheese & Snacks (of course, gluten free and vegan options available) Fundraising Extravaganza!! It's at Leslie's house -- call if you need directions. We will have Bernie Sanders information and merchandise available and will talk about the progress of the campaign and the election process here in Colorado.[9]

Socialism lecture

Bernie 2016: democratic socialism as an alternative to mainstream economics.

Lecture presentation by: Prof. Tracy Mott, University of Denver, Dept. of Economics at Boulder Public Library, Sunday August 23

Event organized by Denver-Boulder Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)

Tracy Mott, Professor of Economics at the University of Denver, provides an economic analysis of democratic socialism and explains how alternative economic policies can reshape our economy so that it works for all Americans.

For more information, please contact Denver-Boulder DSA Chair David Anderson.[10]

Support for Bernie Sanders

David Anderson pledged support for Bernie Sanders through Labor for Bernie, a "nationwide network of labor activists, backing Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign."

Coloradans for Bernie


Jack Hanley is a leader of Coloradans for Bernie, with David Anderson.

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

David Anderson supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[11]

Boulder Jacobin Reading Group

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

David Anderson was a member of the group.

DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group

Members of the DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group closed FB page, as of April 26, 2018 included David Anderson.

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included David Anderson of Democratic Socialists of America - Buffalo.