Hayley Coupon is a dues-paying member of DSA and I have volunteered for organizations like Progressive International. In my professional career, I am the Director of Communications for an LA-based fashion brand. In my role, I work cross-functionally on our sustainability, social impact, and women's rights initiatives and on our partnerships with organizations like Planned Parenthood LA and Kindred Space LA/Birthing People Foundation, and I am a founding member of Future Foreword -- a platform for apparel and textile professionals who are working collectively to solve the systemic obstacles to creating an ethical, sustainable, and regenerative future for the industry.
Infiltrating the Dems
Every two years, California Democrats elect delegates from across the state, who then convene along with appointed party officials at the party’s Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEMS). ADEMS determines what the party stands for, making this a significant opportunity for socialists to push the California Democratic Party to the left and away from the interests of union busters, the landlord lobby, fossil fuel polluters, the corporate hospital and pharmaceutical lobby, the prison industrial complex, the corporate donor class, and others that stand against our values.
Our members are running for ADEMS delegate seats so that we’re in the room when the Democratic Party sets its agenda and makes decisions on endorsing candidates for public office. We’re fighting for issues that matter to the working class in California, like Medicare for All, Green New Deal, and Defunding the Police.
The DSA members listed below (in alphabetical order by first name) are running for ADEMS delegate seats on slates across LA County and have pledged to fight for our democratically-decided socialist values.
Assembly District 51 - Abby Austin, Alexander Gruenenfelder Smith, Amanda Miguel Staples, Carolyn “Jiyoung” Park, Eric Pierce, Ezra Pugh, Hayley Coupon, Jeremy Gray, Jose Gama Vargas, Lauren Buisson, Philip Iglauer, Selene Betancourt, Victor Frias, Yolanda Nogueira.