Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America

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Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America is an upstate New York affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

Infiltrating the Democratic Party

"Voices America Misunderstood"

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In 1991 Ithaca DSA sponsored a discussion entitled "Voices America Misunderstood:Middle Eastern Attitudes on the Gulf War," with Cornell professor Shibley Telhami.[1]

Anti Globalization activity

The Ithaca local had been working on issues of globalization for a long time, leading local opposition to NAFTA back in 1993 and opposition to MAI in 1998 and producing several videos on globalization. So, "when we heard about the upcoming WTO meeting to be held in Seattle last fall , we already had background and strong networks. We invited an activist, Raj Patel, to speak on grassroots resistance to the WTO at our October meeting, joined in welcoming the People’s Global Action Caravan, made a video of the Cornell campus November 30 rally against the WTO - and had it playing on community access cable TV within a week. Our February meeting with another speaker on globalization was the catalyst for the formation of the Ithaca Coalition for Global Justice".[2] •

Cuba trip

In 2000, "several of our members traveled to Cuba and then held a fascinating discussion on the question of whether Cuba would be able to preserve its egalitarian values and its organic agriculture once it becomes part of the globalized economy".[3]

2008 elections

In Ithaca, New York, Theresa Alt reports that DSA and single-payer activists had first supported Eric Massa when he barely lost his first bid for Congress in 2006. In addition to being an advocate of single payer health care, Massa is a retired career Navy officer who wants to get out of Iraq and supports fair trade. This year a coalition of DSA, single-payer backers, PDA, and the peace movement mobilized early in the campaign, helping raise funds at a key point. “We are delighted to announce that he won by a little over 5,000 votes,” says Alt.[4]

Ithaca DSAers joined with Progressive Democrats of America members, healthcare activists, peace activists and others to hold a series of house parties raising funds for Eric Massa, who is in a close race for Congress in New York’s 29th District. He campaigns on single-payer health care and getting out of Iraq.[5]

Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America January 23, 2018.

“Healthcare: Crisis & Solution”

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Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America presents #775: “Healthcare: Crisis & Solution.” The Ithaca Free Clinic provides healthcare for free to people who can’t afford it. Executive Director Norbert Mccloskey and Clinic Coordinator Luz Rivera tell Deirdre Silverman that the numbers are increasing, even with the ACA in place. Susan Soboroff, family physician, then explains how the New York Health Act — statewide single payer — would cover everyone.

Officers, 2011

Ithaca DSA Officers, 2011;[6]

Officers 2014

Officers 2018

Ithaca DSA Meeting

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Ithaca DSA Meeting Hosted by Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America.

Sunday, March 12 at 12 PM - 2 PM EDT

Tompkins County Workers Center, 115 E State St, Ithaca, New York 14850.

Interested

Went

Meeting Henry Granison

Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America January 8, 2018;

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Ithaca DSA housing committee members, as well as DSA 3rd Ward residents, met with newly elected Tompkins County Legislator Henry Granison (wearing socialist red) to discuss the need for affordable housing in TC. We also talked tax abatements and paying construction workers a living wage.

Unionizing baristas

Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America November 27, 2017;

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Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America Presents # 772: “Labor Day Awards 2017” Rob Brown, Sam Mason, Pete Meyers, Ellen David Friedman, Megan Graham, Shoshe Cole, Rachel Gunderson, David Kornreich, Dave Marsh, Angela Cornell, Leni Hochman, Eric Evans and Lindsay Mercer tell us about unionizing baristas at Gimme!, the Ithaca College faculty fired three, help from the Cornell Labor Law Clinic, workers supporting the Robin Fund, unionbusting at Cornell, and bad building practices of Cayuga Medical Center. Recorded September 4, 2017.

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