Madison Democratic Socialists of America
Democratic Socialists of America - Madison, March 25 2018.
Incoming executive committee. L-R: chair, treasurer, administrator, director of communications. — at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
Democratic Socialists of America - Madison March 25 2018.
Incoming executive committee with two members of the outgoing executive committee. Thank you for your hard work! Bottom row L-R: chair, secretary. Top row L-R: chair, treasurer, administrator, director of communications. — with Ted Glomski, Andrew Sernatinger and Carol Cizauskas at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
MDSA Electoral Politics Working Group
MADSA May 2 2018 General Membership Meeting
- Phone Banking (Don Prather)
- Brake Light Clinic (John Cook)
- Medicare for All (Med4All) campaign (Marc Reisner and Mark Kelly)
- DSA Website (Phil Wales)
- MATC YDSA Branch (Kai Fraiser Van)
- Liana Dalton
- Jacobin Reading Group (Mauricio Maluff Masi)
- Outreach report-back (Jonathan Bartnik) 
DSA Madison February 2017 meeting
Public · Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America - Madison
Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM CST
Invited on Facebook
- Alex Gust
- Nathaniel Shay
- AJ Fajnzylber
- Andrew Leaf
- Jake Gillberg
- Darcy Bean, Jr.
- Beth Schleicher
- Arun Namboodiri
- Luke Evans
- Mary Jones
- Brandon Leverenz
- Chloe Santiago
- Dan Francis
- Aly Seeger
- Ben Kessler
- Evan Gorelick
- Sam Schulz
- Erin Nicole Schulenberg
- Erik Kramer
- Sasha Kulick
- Meghan Er
- Lorenza Zebell
- Rachel Chernoff
- Petey Suechting
- Carol Neeno
- Mona Everett
- Raina Beutel
- Nick Meyer
- Maggie Modena
- Ryan Broege
- Stephanie Ricketts
- Dan Backes
- Ali Bottorff
In 1993 a group of DSAers reformed an organizing committee in Madison. The group began meeting regularly, and concentrated on labor solidarity projects and the campaign for national health insurance.
The committee hoped to hold its first major public event in early summer.
According to 2000, local contact George Robson,"most of our activities are in coalitions, including the Coalition for Wisconsin Health, Network for Peace and Justice, Gray Panthers, Democratic Party, Progressive Dane, and the Progressive Roundtable".
Madison Area DSA sponsored a workshop on equitable taxation at the Midwest Radfest, an annual event for community activists and progressive academics in late May. Its workshop on Tax Literacy for Progressives included a preliminary tax quiz and a panel with Mike Prokosch (United for Fair Economy), Mark Pocan (progressive legislator from Wisconsin), Jon Peacock (state budget analyst from the Wisconsin Commission on Children and Families), and moderator Frank Emspak from the University of Wisconsin School for Workers.
In late August local members met with Mary Jo Uphoff, one of the major movers in the Socialist Party USA in Wisconsin in the late 1940s and 1950s. She shared some history, including tales of her personal encounters with Norman Thomas.
In 2005, almost 500 community activists and left academics chose among 48 panels, 2 plenary sessions, and a parallel festival of political films and documentaries at the Midwest Social Forum, better known as Radfest, June 3-5th. At “Winning the Battle against Wal-Mart,” sponsored by the Madison Area DSA local, around 30 people listened to short presentations by the five panelists, followed by discussion and comments.
Economist Ron Baiman, a DSA NPC member from Chicago, summarized a study he co-authored that counters Wal-Mart’s claims about job creation and then detailed the ongoing attempts to pass a city big-box ordinance that would force Wal- Mart (and others) to provide a living wage in Chicago stores.
Buzz Davis, Madison Area DSA member from Stoughton, reported on the town’s two-year struggle to prevent Wal-Mart from annexing a large parcel of land outside the municipality in order to transform an existing store into a Supercenter. He emphasized mistakes of his local citizens group that should teach us some useful lessons: lack of a steering committee, lack of defined objectives, lack of outreach to the affected business community, and lack of a positive vision (instead of a purely negative approach aimed against Wal-Mart), and he advised that an effective community group must operate like a political campaign.
Beth Gehred and Kitty Welch from Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, reported on how their community group used weaknesses in the governing system to undermine a Wal-Mart initiative that would have the town annex adjacent farmland for a new Supercenter. Beth Gehred , who was appointed to a town ad hoc committee in an attempt to co-opt her group’s opposition, was able to implement a strategy of transparency and community accountability. The town had recently passed its own state-mandated master plan forbidding big-box sprawl within its borders, so this ultimately became the trump card that led to Wal-Mart’s defeat. The struggle continues now ina nearby community (5 miles down the highway), which is using lessons learned in Ft. Atkinson to good effect.
Carl Davidson, a seasoned community activist from Chicago, gave a well-received slide presentation on the global implications of Wal-Mart’s economic imperatives. He analyzed exactly how the stockholder profit mentality undermines a responsible, stakeholder approach to community growth and discussed some alternatives, such as consumer cooperatives in France and Spain (the co-mart model). The discussion made clear how Wal-Mart depends on a sophisticated playbook to guide its penetration of rural and urban communities and deftly play groups, neighborhoods and cities off each other to get its way. At least two conclusions emerged from the panel discussion: those who want to fight Wal-Mart need 1) to join forces at least regionally if not state-wide and 2) to develop their own playbook with effective strategies.
- Tone, Madison's socialist organizers look to transform local politics, starting with the school board DAYNA LONG
- Dem.Left, May/June 1993, page 11.
- Dem. Left May/June 1996
- Dem. Left, fall 2000
- Dem. Left Winter 2002
- Democratic Left • Summer 2005
- [ https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7x18SmhmJsta0ZjeXBTOUI4YkE/edit?pli=1, Madison DSA Summer 2013 newsletter]