Francisco Cendejas

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Francisco Cendejas is a member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.

Supporting Jackie Goldberg

When longtime leftist and DSA member Jackie Goldberg ran for a seat on the Los Angeles United School District Board of Education, the local chapter partnered with Eastside Padres Contra la Privatizacion, an all-volunteer group that self-organized to fight charter school expansion in East LA and Boyle Heights. Together, DSA-LA and Eastside Padres canvassed for Goldberg in neighborhoods typically neglected by electoral campaigns: communities of color in which the vast majority of residents are immigrants. “It’s important for our credibility and effectiveness to establish the expectation that intentional relationship building is what DSA does,” said Francisco Cendejas, a DSA-LA member. “Why unilaterally send our canvassers somewhere we haven’t been when we have the better option of partnering with good allies?” [1]

BRINGING AN ECOSOCIALIST GREEN NEW DEAL TO DSA-LA

Lead Contacts: Max Belasco, Sydney Ghazarian, Daniel Pope, Francisco Cendejas, Kellen Dane, Kelsey Osborne, Carley Towne, Steve Couch.

The Green New Deal has arrived. Thanks in part to organizational pressure applied by the Sunrise Movement and policy proposals made by DSA member and congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, concerns about climate change and the policies needed to combat it have seized public imagination. In the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were not asked a single debate question about climate change. Now however, Democratic Party presidential candidates face a litmus test as to whether they have a clear vision of how to curb the worst parts of the Earth’s climate catastrophe. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and others have publicly announced their support of Green New Deal legislation and have enshrined it as a core component of their presidential campaigns.[2]

Bernie 2020 Working Group supporters

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Katrina Bergstrom July 27 2019·

DSA-LA members!

You should have received a link last night to vote for the creation of DSA-LA’s Bernie 2020 Working Group - please vote YES today!

Voting is open for one week. ... See More — with Alex Wolinetz, Amarnath Ravva, Zenaida Huerta, Angelica Duenas, Olivia Gamboa, Shawnee Badger, Wendy Fagioli Ruiz, Marlin Medrano, Bobbie McGowan, Joshua Smith, Henry Huerta, Ezra Pugh, Lisa Kendall, Jeanna Harris, Kristina Meshelski, Nick Roth, Erika Feresten, Tina Fredericks, Jeanine Rohn, Jane Demian, Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla, Andrew Swetland, Aaron Balanta Holloway, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Josh Goodman, Isaac Lieberman, Ankur Patel, Sophie Eupp, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Chris Roth, Taiji Miyagawa, Symone Baptiste, Gabe Gabrielsky, Reed Heisley-Shellaby, Rachel Miller, Jack Suria Linares, Jeremy White, Mason Mineo, Gabbi Pierce, Rebecca Prediletto, Don Ward, Mark Masaoka, Rachel Reyes, Jessica Salans, Nina Eliasoph, Francisco Cendejas, Una Lee Jost, Paul Song, Don Irwin, Chris Myers, Charles Du, Eugene Pesikov, Katrina Bleckley, Kat Valentine, Rob Quan, Jenni Chang, Tom Pike, Evan Geary and Maikiko James.

2019 DSA-LA National Convention Delegates Candidates

DSA-LA has 47 delegate spots available and have received 69 candidate submissions. Due to the large number of candidates and slots, this ballot is using Approval Voting rather than block voting: vote for as many candidates as you feel comfortable representing DSA-LA at the convention. Voting will close on June 15th at 11:59pm. Should delegates be unable to attend the convention for any reason, they will be replaced by delegate alternates in order of votes.

Candidates included Francisco Cendejas.

DSA-LA'S Steering Committee, 2017

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AT-LARGE

Racial Justice Caucus - DSA-LA

Members of the Racial Justice Caucus - Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017 included Francisco Cendejas .[3]

DSA-LA 2018 Local officer election results

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Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America Local officer election results released November 2017;[4]

At large officers

  • Francisco Cendejas - elected

LA DSA

In 2019 Francisco Cendejas served on the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America steering committee at-large.

DSA Facebook group

Members of the California Democratic Socialists of America, statewide Facebook group, as of March 16, 2017 included Francisco Cendejas.[5]

DSA NPC meeting

Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee Minutes of Meeting of July 21-22, 2018.

Approved August 13, 2018. Present: Ravi Ahmad, Ajmal Alami (Young Democratic Socialists of America Coordinating Committee), Theresa Alt, Dele Balogun, Christian Bowe, Allie Cohn, Zac Echola, Michelle Fisher (Young Democratic Socialists of America Coordinating Committee), Lisa Flores (Administrative and Office Coordinator), Jeremy Gong, Ella Mahony, Chris Maisano, Natalie Midiri, Chris Riddiough, Frances Rizo (Parliamentarian), R.L. Stephens, Maria Svart (National Director). Present by phone: Catherine Hoffman. Absent and excused: Joseph Schwartz. Visiting: from the Steering Committee of the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC): Francisco Cendejas, Spencer Cox, John Kaderbek, Marsha Niemeijer, John Pearson, Paul Prescod, Meredith Schafer, Kari Thompson, Annabel Vera; also Austin Binns, and DSA member from Washington: Aaron Marks, Annie Shields (The Nation), Melissa Woods, Paula Brantner (by phone).

We met in the office of The Nation. Parliamentarian Frances Rizo chaired throughout.[6]

Structure of DSLC

In 2019 the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission is headed by a nine-person elected Steering Committee. Members of the current Steering Committee are:

  • Francisco Cendejas, Los Angeles, union staffer representing healthcare workers
  • Spencer Cox, Seattle, unrepresented labor activist in the private logistics industry
  • JP Kaderbek, Chicago, rank-and-file union member in the private sector
  • Marsha Niemeijer, New York City, union staffer representing healthcare workers
  • John Pearson, East Bay, rank-and-file union member in public sector healthcare
  • Paul Prescod, Philadelphia, rank-and-file union member in public education
  • Meredith Schafer, Metro DC & Northern Virginia, union researcher in building trades and transportation
  • Kari Thompson, Pittsburgh, union staffer representing workers in Labor and Education
  • Annabel Vera, Sacramento, rank-and-file union member in the public sector

At this time, the DSLC is further organized into five subcommittees: Education; Leadership Development; Mapping; Organizing the Unorganized; and Communications.[7]

Socialist multiracial organizing

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Mie Inouye is with Francisco Cendejas, Anthony Joel Quezada, Charles Du, Linda Sarsour, Tan-dra Louie, Jabari Brisport at The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta. August 3 at 10:12 AM · Atlanta, GA ·

I loved facilitating this workshop on socialist multiracial organizing with these good people! They and the folks who came out give me hope. 💖✊🏼 #afrosoc #dsacon2019

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