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David Pinkham

DSA 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Democratic Socialists of America 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Austin GonzalezSauceTheresa AltSean EstelleDaniel MerrillDarby ThomasRussell Weiss-IrwinMichelle BruderZac EcholaJen SnyderJennifer BolenBlanca EstevezMarsha NiemeijerMarianela D'AprileTawny TidwellLloyd GoldsmithErika PascholdEmily CameronDan QuayleValerie SinclairNatalie MidiriRavi Ahmad HaqueJose G. PerezTim ZhuRachel ZibratAbdullah YounusMegan SvobodaMaikiko JamesKristian HernandezDavid PinkhamHannah AllisonJen McKinneyAustin Smith[1]

Socialist church

Multiple members told the Observer that DSA is like “socialist church” — a mirror of the evangelical spaces that the right leverages so well. “The feeling, the inspiration to do work, it’s the same structure,” said Colleen Kennedy, 27, who’s Catholic and a leader of the Houston demo squad. “It’s community.”

Some said DSA filled a void created when they left the congregations of their youth. Austin Co-Chair David Pinkham said DSA’s “social cohesion” jolted him back to his Southern Baptist upbringing. “The church is so powerful because it’s a social, political force where people have a line they’ll stand on,” he said. “That’s what we have to do.”[2]

Conference marshall

David Pinkham was a convention marshall from Austin Democratic Socialists of America at the Democratic Socialists of America National Convention, August 2017 in Chicago.[3]

Texas DSA - Red State Rising

On March 16, 2017 David Pinkham was a member of the Texas DSA - Red State Rising closed Facebook group.[4]

Green Socialist Caucus

Democratic Socialists of America, Green Socialist Caucus closed Facebook group members, as of October 15 2017, included David Pinkham.[5]

2017 Austin DSA leadership

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New leadership for Austin Democratic Socialists of America, November 2017.

Left Up To US Closed Facebook group

Members of the Left Up To US closed Facebook group, as of August 11, 2017 included David Pinkham,[6]

Socialist Punk Caucus

Members of Democratic Socialists of America's Socialist Punk Caucus closed Facebook group, accessed November 24, 2017, included David Pinkham.[7]

"Wholesome Meme Stash"

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America Wholesome Meme Stash closed Facebook group, accessed November 14, 2017 included David Pinkham.[8]

Austin DSA comrades

Glenn Scott August 11, 2017 ·

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DSA members beat the heat in Atx at july 29 Our Lives On the Line rally and march to stop Trumpcare ! Front row, Danny Saenz & David Wittie,(back row) David Pinkham , Ryan Rosshirt , Robin Hofpauer, Chau Lan Ngo, Monica Olvera , Cynthia Mancha, James Cole, Courtney Szigetvari, Roy Woody, Glenn Scott, Linda Kniolek & Akhil Mulgonaert.

Arrest

The debate over Republican plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system hit the streets of Austin on Thursday afternoon as some three dozen protesters rallied outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s downtown office.

People gather to protest changes to the Affordable Care Act outside Senator John Cornyn's office on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Demonstrators waved signs, led chants and blocked the sidewalk in opposition to the Senate GOP plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, which would slash coverage for many and the taxes that help pay for it.

Austin police arrested seven protesters who were blocking the sidewalk. Derrick Crowe, a Democrat running for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, was among those taken into custody, his campaign confirmed on Thursday afternoon.[9]

Alice Embree of Austin Democratic Socialists of America was also arrested.

Crowe wrote about the incident;

Health care bills don’t kill people. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, the Senate version of the GOP’s Affordable Care Act repeal) isn’t a health care bill. It’s a tax cut for very rich people, financed by letting tens of thousands of people in my congressional district get sick, go bankrupt, and die.

These folks deserve someone that will stand up for them when politicians and corporations abuse them this way. That’s why I just participated in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience outside Senator John Cornyn’s office, for which I was just arrested.

Stand with us: Join our campaign to help us fight for health care for everyone in this country.
I joined a several local groups (ADAPT, Central Austin People Power, the Austin Democratic Socialists of America chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Austin, Left Up To US, Our Revolution - Central Texas, Our Revolution - North Austin, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans-Austin, Texas Drought Project, and others) at a rally at noon today in front of Cornyn’s office to say no — no to the attack on the sickest, most vulnerable people in our community, and no to the politics of extreme greed that brought this legislative atrocity to life.

And then, at about 12:20 p.m., a handful of us blocked the sidewalk, drawing a line in the sand against the attack on our families represented by this bill. Blocking pedestrian traffic resulted in our arrest. No one arrested the senator, though, whose office 15 floors above us has been dedicated recently to passing a bill to let thousands and thousands of us die each year.
Republicans want to kick 22 million people off of health care and let almost 100,000 people die per year due to lack of care. That’s a horrific attack on the sick and injured.
In moments like this, we are called to accept new risks to save our families and neighbors. Every person of conscience, from working-class folks out here in the district to Capitol Hill Democrats, must escalate their resistance to Trump and the GOP.

We’re running a different type of campaign here in Texas, one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with working people in Texas 21. We’re not taking corporate PAC money, and you can expect us to keep finding ways to fight not just from behind a microphone, but also in the streets. [10]

Those arrested were Derrick Crowe, a member of Left Up To US and 350.org, Alice Embree, David Pinkham, Robin Derton, Shane Filiatrault, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant.

ADAPT member Heiwa Salovitz, also participated.[11]

2018/19 executive

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2018/19 Austin Democratic Socialists of America executive.

2019/20 executive

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2019/20 Austin Democratic Socialists of America executive.

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