Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America

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Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America is affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America.

Iowa City DSA 2019 co-chair

In 2019 Alex Loehrer, was the 32-year-old co-chair of the Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America with Ryan Hall.[1]

Iowa City DSA co-chairs

In August 2017, co-chairs of of Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America were Rose Fiala and Emmett Rensin.

Iowa City DSA contact

In June 2017 Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America contact was Rose Fiala.[2]


Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America June 9 2019·


Every worker deserves a union! Iowa City DSA at the March for $15 and Union Rights joined by Senator Bernie Sanders! — with Robert James Shaw, Ryan Hall, David Sterling, Alison Clark and Alex Loehrer.

Iowa City DSA Executive Committee


January 23, 2018, Provisional Executive Committee;


In May 2017, the Executive Committee of Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America included Rose Fiala, Emmett Rensin, Courtney O'Meara, Ian Gonzalez, Bill Harshbarger, Emery Hemingway, Chris Laursen.[3]


Provisional Executive Committee

Elected May 6, 2017

Term Until October 1, 2017

The Prairie Progressive

Prairie Progressive is a newsletter of nearly 20 years standing published in Iowa City by David "Prairie Dog" Leshtz. It is the newsletter of Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

Greetings to Prairie Progressive


Those who sent 1986 Labor Day greetings to Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America's Prairie Progressive included Jan Corderman, Dave Leshtz, Karen Kubby, John Schacht, David Tucker, Tom Jacobs, Sheldon Pollock, Ross Atkinson, Karen Massetti-Miller, Dennis Harbaugh, Rick Taylor, Larry Ross, Tom Matthews, Diane Decker, Dennis Ryan, Jesse Singerman, Kathy Mitchell, Steve Marsden, Janet Lyness, Peter Fisher, Jean White, Mary Wyckoff, Dow Voss, Jeff Cox.

Labor History

The first Iowa Labor History Workshop was held on 16 April 1983, at the Iowa City Public Library, co-sponsored by the Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America and the Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. About 50 trade unionists, students, and historians attended.

The first panel concerned the Iowa Labor Oral History Project. For the last several years, the Iowa State Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has sponsored and financed an oral history project with the goal of re-claiming the history of the Iowa labor movement during the last fifty years. Greg Zieren, a former interviewer for the project, discussed his experiences as an interviewer, and talked in some detail about perceptions of social class in Iowa and the experience of packinghouse workers at the Wilson Plantin Cedar Rapids. Ellis Hawley, a historian at the University of Iowa, commented on the usefulness of the project from the point of view of a professional historian.

Following this panel, Dick Greenwood, an assistant to the President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, changed the tone of the conference with a vivid discussion of his own history as an organizer and union official in Iowa. It is important to think about the future of the labor movement as well as the past, he argued, as he explained the various ways in which the machinists union is trying to establish ways for workers to control the introduction of new technology and see that it is applied for the benefit of working people.

After lunch and a round of American labor songs performed by Diane Hammon and others, three Iowa City residents discussed the history of the labor movement in Iowa City, an academic town with no traditions of industrial unionism. Charles Ruppert recollected the history of the City Federation of Labor, particularly earlier social functions such as dances, parades, and softball games which have fallen into decay during the last two decades. Jim Walters and Carol Spaziani recounted the early history of the city and county employees unions, AFSCME 183, the problems involved with organizing people who think of themselves as professionals, and the difficulties (successfully overcome) which they faced in trying to persuade the great variety of city and county employees that they had common concerns and problems.

Running very late by this time, the conference heard from Shelton Stromquist, a labor historian at the University of Iowa, who explained the different reactions of two Iowa communities, Burlington and Creston, to The Great Railroad Strike of 1888.

Contacts for the event were Shelton Stromquist, Tim Mattimoe, or Jeff Cox, all c/o the Department of History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.[5]

1990 health forum

The Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the local DSA jointly sponsored a health care workshop May 5, calling for universal health care. Professor Martin Tracy of the University of Iowa pointed out that Canada's national health care was far superior to the U.S. system and that 23 percent of the U.S. health care dollars goes for administration, compared to 6 percent in Canada.

DSA member and University of Iowa history professor Jeff Cox was also one of the speakers.[6]

1995 activism

Iowa City DSA co-sponsored a large May 6 rally against the Contract With America. Other sponsors included the American Federation of Teachers Local 716, the New Party, Iowa NOW, and the Emma Goldman Clinic for Women.[7]

"First Annual Iowa Socialist Educational Conference"

Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America sponsored the "First Annual Iowa Socialist Educational Conference" in May 1982, and another forum on Religion and Socialism featuring Rev. Gil Dawes of Cedar Rapids; in June. Members Tom Jacobs and Rick Taylor were elected president and vice-president respectively of the Iowa City Federation of Labor. Jacobs replaced Dennis Ryan, another DSA member, who was a candidate for president of the national Laborers Union. DSA member Jeff Cox was re-elected chair of the Johnson County Democratic Central Committee in a closely contested race.[8]

May 2017 Medicare for All Rally - Iowa City

With the passage of Trumpcare in the House, we must now take the fight to the Senate. We must protect The Affordable Care Act, a critically important step towards the goal of making healthcare available to all.
Iowa City will be joining six other cities across our great state in hosting a MFA rally on the same day. We are going to send a clear message to Washington about where we stand on healthcare.
Come stand with us, May 20th at the Ped Mall in Iowa City!

Speakers were;

  • Rob Hogg - State Senate Minority Leader/District 19
  • Joe Bolkcom - State Senate Assistant Minority Leader/District 43
  • Liz Bennett - State House Representative, Assistant Minority Leader/ District 65
  • Mike Carberry - Johnson Co. Supervisor
  • Rod Sullivan - Johnson Co. Supervisor
  • Sandy Dockendorff - BSN/RN and IDP 2nd Congressional District Central Committee Chair and State Rules Chair
  • Steve Siegel - Retired Wapello Co. Supervisor, Candidate for State Senate District 41
  • Mazahir Salih - Former President of the Center for Worker Justice, Candidate for Iowa City / City Council
  • Daniel Clark - National delegate to the 2016 DNCC, Candidate for 2nd District U.S. House
  • Jodi Clemens - Candidate for State House District 73
  • Elizabeth Dinschel - State Leader of Action Iowa and Candidate for Coralville City Council
  • Dave Loebsack - U.S. House Representative, 2nd Congressional District Cosponsor HR 676

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Iowa City DSA Chapter Foundation Meeting, hosted by Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America.

Sunday, April 2 at 2 PM - 4 PM CDT, FairGrounds Coffeehouse, 345 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

Socialism - it's in your town!


Socialism - it's in your town! Iowa City DSA Public Meeting. Hosted by Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America.

Saturday, August 26 at 5 PM - 7 PM CDT

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

It's been a wild August for the DSA. As a national organization, we've reached over 25,000 members, making us the largest socialist organization in America since World War II. At the start of the month, we held our first national convention since our explosive post-election growth, gathering 736 delegates and ~200 observers, alternates, and press folks from around the country in Chicago to have one of the most significant political gatherings on the left since Occupy. Towards mid-August, the DSA as a whole mobilized surrounding the Nazi and white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
We're expecting a huge influx of new people, both due to the return of students to Iowa City, and because of the numerous messages we've received following the tragic events in Charlottesville - as such, we've requested the largest space availaible in the Iowa City Public Library. At this meeting, you can expect a crash course in the mission and politics of the DSA (alongside learning how to participate in a truly democratic organization), updates on the national convention and what it means for our chapter, learn about our current projects and how to contribute and shape their direction, and get to know a network of comrades that you may not know you have. Towards the second half of the meeting, there will be a general "parlimentary" session where the group itself can discuss and make decisions regarding the direction of the chapter.[9]

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