Jose G. Perez

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Jose G. Perez (pseudonym Joaquin Bustelo) is a Latino activist based in Atlanta who is a member of the U.S. Socialist organization Solidarity. Pérez is currently a well-known figure among immigrant-rights activists in Georgia, as the producer and co-host of the daily "Hablemos con Teodoro" show on Radio Información 1310 AM, a non-profit Spanish-language progressive talk radio station in Atlanta (and on the Internet) focused on immigrant rights. Pérez also works on the "Música Sin Fronteras" (Music Without Borders) weekly program at Radio Información, the station's only music show. Pérez has a YouTube channel documenting the immigrants rights movement in Atlanta as well as a now-archival one called OccupyAtlantaVoices. He participated very actively in the Occupy Movement in 2011, saying the identification of tens of millions of people with its slogan, "we are the 99%," was the first manifestation of class consciousness—however rudimentary—on a mass scale in the United States in decades. In September 2014, he started blogging at Hatuey's ashes. [1]

DSA 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Democratic Socialists of America 2019 National Political Committee Candidates

Austin GonzalezSauceTheresa AltSean EstelleDaniel MerrillDarby ThomasRussell Weiss-IrwinMichelle BruderZac EcholaJen SnyderJennifer BolenBlanca EstevezMarsha NiemeijerMarianela D'AprileTawny TidwellLloyd GoldsmithErika PascholdEmily CameronDan QuayleValerie SinclairNatalie MidiriRavi Ahmad HaqueJose G. PerezTim ZhuRachel ZibratAbdullah YounusMegan SvobodaMaikiko JamesKristian HernandezDavid PinkhamHannah AllisonJen McKinneyAustin Smith[2]

Old and New Project Policy Council

Old and New Project Policy Council, circa 2015, Loren Anderson, Steve Bloom, Joaquin Bustelo, Theresa El-Amin, Deborah Engel-DiMauro, Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, Kate Hibbard, Matt Hoke, Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, Tekla Lewin, Ana Lopez, Thano Maceo Paris, Carlito Rovira, Meg Starr, Sean Sweeney.[3]

(Members of this council monitor the work of the editors and vote on all policy decisions for the "Old and New" project. More information here.)

Personnel changes 2019

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America Chair Erin Parks led the March membership meeting, with help from Resolutions and Elections Working Group Chair Jen Garcia for items requiring votes.

The group elected Catie L. to be their third harassment and grievance officer, along with Anaia Jolie and Rachel Kahn .

Some leadership spots had opened. The officers appointed Jose G. Perez interim treasurer following Speck’s resignation. Gregory McKelvey became Membership Secretary following Lisa Ashway’s decision to concentrate on working group functions instead, leaving his at-large officer position open. Alexander Hernandez also stepped down from an at-large slot due to greatly increased travel at his job. José nominated Eric Robertson for one of the at-large positions.

Starting a new tradition of including a brief political education presentation at each of our general meetings, our new Communications Secretary Quentin Benford spoke on the definition of democratic socialism In the discussion which followed, Benford said members expressed great interest in “how to combat propaganda, how to convey our vision to people who are on the other side, and generally what to say to people in those crucial interpersonal moments.”

Evan Seeds will head up “Air Bread and Roses,” to plan housing solidarity for delegates who can’t afford the hotel (more info at our April meeting). Catie L. will lead a committee to research and produce two information pieces for delegates: A handout on places near the hotel where they can “eat, drink and be Marxist”, and a “people’s radical history tour” of Atlanta sites (thanks to GSU history prof and long-time MADSA member Ian Fletcher for offering to help). Wendell Bohannan will lead a group to hold a social and fundraising event on the Friday night of the convention. they are already exploring an exciting possibility.[4]

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Jose G. Perez of Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America.