Piedmont Democratic Socialists of America

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Piedmont Democratic Socialists of America is the North Carolina affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.


From Neil Ashton, April 2017;

A year ago this month, a small group of at-large DSA members, Jacobin readers, and Bernie activists met in a living room to sketch ideas for a campaign. This tiny gathering was the first general meeting of the newly chartered NC Piedmont local of DSA.

A lot has changed. Today we’re a federation of groups in four cities with a total of over three hundred registered members. We’ve been joined by new organizing committees in Asheville and Charlotte and new YDS groups in schools around the state.

We’re floored that so many of you who’ve been stirred into action by the present crisis have decided to make us your comrades—and we look forward to another year of growth in mutual struggle toward a North Carolina of freedom, equality, and solidarity.[1]

Members and supporters


Jillian Jilly Smith, Leigh LeClair, Eric Fink, Neil Ashton, Jacalyn Engler, Liz Berger, James Stewart Doom, Matthew Moore, Amber Mathwig.

Central North Carolina DSA Organizing Committee Facebook


Central North Carolina DSA Organizing Committee Facebook, as of April 2017;[2]


All joined in August or October 2015.

In solidarity with the WWP

Takiyah Thompson, Dante Strobino, Loan Tran, Peter Gilbert, and the rest of our Workers World Party comrades who tore down the racist Confederate memorial in Durham should not face any charges for their actions. We thank them for having the courage to do what Durham should have done long ago, and we will stand in solidarity with them as police, elected officials, and right-wing extremists attempt to intimidate them in response to their heroism...

We join our neighbors in Durham in calling on Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews to drop all charges against those involved in tearing down the statue, on Governor Roy Cooper to immediately remove Confederate memorials across the state, and on Durham County Commissioners and Durham City Council to put in place a democratic process that will allow the community—especially marginalized communities—to address their concerns about our enduring racist legacy.

North Carolina Piedmont Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee, August 16, 2017.[3]