Elizabeth Joy Held

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Elizabeth Joy Held

DSA Socialist Feminists Call on Joe Biden to Drop Out

DSA Socialist Feminists Call on Joe Biden to Drop Out was a May 2020 letter to Joe Biden.

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stands accused of sexual assault. Members of the Democratic Socialists of America demand that he leave the race.

As socialists, we believe that the lessons of the #MeToo movement must not be forgotten. This movement challenged rape culture and upended myths about sexual violence and the credibility of survivors. For a short period, these issues were even embraced by many liberal politicians and commentators, as evidenced by the widespread support for Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford when she bravely spoke out about incumbent Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. #MeToo made previously tolerated behavior intolerable, and powerful men in numerous industries faced consequences for their misconduct....

We, the undersigned, call on Joe Biden to leave the race. We also call on elected officials endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America to rescind any endorsements of Joe Biden.

Signatories included Elizabeth Joy Held Portland Democratic Socialists of America.

Running for DSA leadership


In 2020 Elizabeth Joy Held ran for Secretary of Portland Democratic Socialists of America steering committee.

Candidate's statement: My name is Elizabeth, and I’m running to be Secretary of Portland DSA. I have spent the last year as an At-Large member of the Steering Committee, where I helped our chapter host the Northwest Unity Conference and served as our chapter’s Delegate Chair for the National Convention. I have participated in the regional district calls as a representative for our chapter, and have been in contact with chapter leaders across the state to establish Oregon DSA. I also helped draft several policy proposals for our chapter, including the Steering Committee Attendance Policy, the Police Policy, and the Code of Conduct.
I am a member of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, and I believe the role of the Steering Committee is to administer, rather than direct, the will of the chapter in these campaigns. One of our chapter’s greatest strengths is our commitment to the big tent. I’m proud of the wide variety of campaigns, working groups, and projects our chapter has committed to, and how we as a chapter have fostered a healthy culture that embraces that diversity of tactics.
As a member of our chapter, I have served as the Ecosocialist Working Group Co-Chair, where our chapter came together along with 17 other community groups to create a vision of an Oregon Green New Deal, hosted a climate town hall watch party, and participated in the coalition planning meetings for the September Climate Strike, and tabled at Sunday Parkways where we helped canvass for Universal Preschool Now. I am also a founding member of the Antifascist Working Group. I was part of the planning for the Beyond the Ballot Box panel discussion, as well as the DSA contingent for the Umbrella event with PopMob. '

Portland DSA Facebook group

Members of Portland Democratic Socialists of America public Facebook page, as of September 24 2017 included Elizabeth Joy Held.