Natasha Fernandez-Silber

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Natasha Fernandez-Silber


Natasha Fernandez-Silber is a Detroit activist.

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Natasha Fernandez-Silber of Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America.

“Road to the Green New Deal”

On April 19, 2019, Detroit DSA co-hosted the Sunrise Movement’s “Road to the Green New Deal” speaking tour stop in Detroit. Speakers included Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dorthea Thomas of Good Jobs Now, and Detroit DSA Co-Chair Natasha Fernandez-Silber.[1]

Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America April 19 ·

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With Natasha Fernandez-Silber, Abdul El-Sayed and Varshini Prakash at Bonstelle Theatre.

Troublemakers School

On Saturday April 13 2019 100 union members, labor activists, and allies met on the Wayne State campus for a Troublemakers School sponsored by the national publication Labor Notes: a day of skill-sharing and strategizing about workplace organizing. Detroit DSA-ers helped with the planning for the day, which drew participants from as far as Kalamazoo and Lansing. Sixteen DSA members were in the mix.

Though it was gray and drizzling outside, the energy at Troublemakers School was strong all day, closing out with a call from Rashida Tlaib to continue fighting alongside her. Detroit DSA co-chair Natasha Fernandez-Silber spoke about how the Green New Deal could be enacted in the Rust Belt: “We need light rail, we need electric buses, we need electric vehicles. Let’s do it here.”

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Green New Deal panelists and Labor Notes workshop leaders pose with Rashida Tlaib. Left to right: Natasha Fernandez-Silber, Joe Demanuelle-Hall, Jane Slaughter, Sean Crawford, Bianca Cunningham, Chris Brooks, Rashida Tlaib, Rebecca Keetch.[2]

“Road to the Green New Deal”

On April 19, 2019, Detroit DSA co-hosted the Sunrise Movement’s “Road to the Green New Deal” speaking tour stop in Detroit. Speakers included Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dorthea Thomas of Good Jobs Now, and Detroit DSA Co-Chair Natasha Fernandez-Silber.[3]

Detroit DSA FB group

Members of the Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, accessed April 22 2018, included Natasha Fernandez-Silber.

DSA North Star Online Conference

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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?

Speakers:

Helping Ocasio-Cortez

According to Dick Olson the "2018 midterm elections were incredibly momentous for DSA nationally, as well as here in the Detroit area. We scored critical wins from coast to coast — getting leftists elected to office and pushing through key ballot measures".

Most critically, two DSA members were elected to Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York’s 14th district and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan’s 13th district. These victories have shaken things up in D.C., and put DSA on the national political map.

Detroit DSA’s marquee endorsement of this election cycle was Rashida Tlaib, who is a card-carrying DSA members. During a hard-fought Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional district, Detroit DSA members knocked on hundreds of doors for Tlaib and helped her win 27,803 to 26,916 over her nearest competitor, a member of Detroit’s city council. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who has served in the Michigan legislature, then went on to win an overwhelming 85% victory in the general election.

Detroit DSA was also involved in AOC’s win in New York. Indeed, her historic victory was propelled by a viral campaign ad produced by Means of Production, a leftist production cooperative created by three Detroit DSA members: Naomi Burton, Natasha Fernandez-Silber and Nick Hayes.

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