Miriam Bensman

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Miriam Bensman was a freelance writer in New York.

'Birddogging for Single Payer' with DSA

In April 2018, Rise and Resist teamed with the Democratic Socialists of America, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter and Housing Works Inc. for "birddogging" training "in the movement to win single-payer." Miriam Bensman attended the meeting.[1]

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Miriam Bensman was a New York delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[2]

DSA member

In 1991, Miriam Bensman was member of the New York local of Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

NYC contact

In 1997, Miriam Bensman was the New York City contact for Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

Green Socialist Caucus

Democratic Socialists of America, Green Socialist Caucus closed Facebook group members, as of October 15 2017, included Miriam Bensman.[5]

DSA Sewer Socialist Caucus Closed FB group

Members of the DSA Sewer Socialist Caucus, closed Facebook group, as of September 15, 2017, included Miriam Bensman[6]

Queens DSA Unofficial Facebook Group

Members of Queens Democratic Socialists of America unofficial closed Facebook group, August 2017 included Miriam Bensman .[7]

South Brooklyn DSA Official Closed Group

Members of the South Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America Official Closed Facebook Group, as of October 15, 2017 included Miriam Bensman.[8]

Political Education Forum, Upper Manhattan/Bronx Branch NYC-DSA

Members of the Political Education Forum, Upper Manhattan/Bronx Democratic Socialists of America, Closed Facebook Group, as of July 20, 2017 included Miriam Bensman.[9]

Jewish Solidarity Caucus

Members of the Jewish Solidarity Caucus Members, Facebook group, as of February 8, 2018 included Miriam Bensman.[10]

DSA North Star Online Conference


DSA North Star Online Conference Sunday September 16, 2018:

Part 1. Introduction and National Perspectives 40 minutes Introduction. What is North Star about? What do we wish to accomplish? How do we do it? We’ll begin this meet up by hearing from DSA members active in governing, electoral politics, and organizing. How have DSA members successfully organized around electoral politics?


DSA North Star


In 2018 Miriam Bensman was an original signatory of the DSA North Star founding principles statement.

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

We Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a 2018 letter signed by several Democratic Socialists of America members mainly from the DSA North Star in response to attacks on Ocasio-Cortez over remarks she made on Palestine.

A recent petition circulated by some DSA members criticizes Ocasio-Cortez for supporting a two state solution to the Palestine-Israel question and not aligning with a long list of demands regarding Palestine and Israel. Should Ocasio-Cortez fail to agree with this list of demands, the petitioners are calling for DSA to revoke her endorsement. These attacks on Ocasio-Cortez have come despite the fact that she has staked out positions which will make her one of the strongest advocates of Palestinian rights and self-determination in Congress.
We stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The position she has taken on Israel and Palestine are principled stances, worthy of a democratic socialist, in its recognition of both Palestinian humanity and rights and Israeli humanity and rights. On this issue, as many, she will be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.

Signatures included Miriam Bensman.[11]


  1. Birddogging for Single-Payer, accessed July 7 2018
  2. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  3. Democratic Left, November/December 1991, page 7
  4. Dem. Left Nov./Dec. 1996
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