Portland Democratic Socialists of America

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Portland Democratic Socialists of America is affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America.

Organize for Power slate 2022

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Portland DSA leadership 2021

2020 Steering Committee


2018 Steering Committee


Portland DSA members


In 2015, Portland Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee contacts were Todd Mayberry, and Rick Bellivieu.[1]

Red Caucus

The Red Caucus is a communist grouping inside Portland Democratic Socialists of America, formed in mid 2019.

Bread & Rose City


Portland Democratic Socialists of America newsletter Bread & Rose City Winter 2019.



Collaboration with CAIR

Portland Democratic Socialists of America shared a post. August 4, 2018;


Joint statement from the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Portland DSA on today's police actions:

CAIR - Oregon and Portland Democratic Socialists of America Call for Reforms in Wake of Portland Police Tactics Against Peaceful Counter-Protesters

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 8/4/2018) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR - Oregon) and the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (Portland DSA) today called on government officials to investigate and enact reforms in the wake of the Portland Police Bureau’s violent actions that targeted Portland residents peacefully counter-protesting against racist far-right groups, including white supremacists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazi gangs that gathered to rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Portland police made arrests of the counter-protesters and opened fire on the large crowd gathering using tear gas, pepper spray, and stun grenades. The counter-protesters were made up of a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, democratic socialists and other justice advocacy groups.

In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan said:

“Today Portland Police initiated violence causing injuries against peaceful civilians and a coalition of community groups organizing the counter-demonstration, as well as journalists who were covering Saturday’s events. Throughout the rally, Portland Police primarily focused upon protecting the alt-right groups’ hate bias-motivated behavior, including escorting its members throughout the area and allowing an unpermitted parade to commence through the streets of downtown Portland after the rally. When alt-right groups repeatedly disobeyed Portland Police commands, there were zero consequences. All people deserve EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER LAW. This discriminatory behavior causes us a great deal of concern and the Oregon Department of Justice must investigate the tactics that took place at these events.

Second, we call for state legislators to draft a bill to provide funding for a Civil Rights Division within the Oregon Department of Justice. That bill should empower the Civil Rights Division to investigate police departments for improper uses of force and should assist in the creation of consent decrees. At present, the Oregon Department of Justice currently has no civil rights staff.

Third, we believe the events of today’s rally and previous hate-fueled riots highlight how community policing is dead in Portland. In the span of over a year, we have realized the following:

  • We cannot trust the police to properly investigate nor protect against hate crimes.
  • We cannot trust the police to use tact towards both citizens and journalists.
  • We cannot trust the police to communicate effectively.

For over a year, we have notified the Mayor’s office of the above three issues and there still remain problems today. In a progressive city like Portland, we deserve better.”

Olivia Katbi Smith, co-chair of the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, adds: “Mayor Wheeler tells us again and again that the police are there to keep us safe, and again, and again they have actively put us in danger and escalated the situation while protecting white supremacist fascist demonstrators. The police have made it very clear where their allegiances lie. We cannot continue to allow our brothers and sisters to be targeted and intimidated while the police either stand by and do nothing or actively enable fascist organizing in our city.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA rejects all forms of exploitation and oppression and organizes with the ultimate goal of ending capitalism in favor of a society run for the people, not for profit.

CONTACT: CAIR - Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan; Portland DSA Co-Chair Olivia Katbi Smith.

2017 members and supporters


Public Facebook group, August 29, 2017;

This Facebook Group serves as an organizational and informational space for the Portland DSA Chapter.[2]



Connor Smith, September 12 2017.

The Portland DSA Communications Working Group is shifting our Facebook presence away from this Facebook Group and onto our Facebook Page. This means that in two weeks this Facebook Group will no longer exist.
The decision to close the Group comes after several months of discussion and has received general support from Portland DSA's Executive Committee. There are almost 1,000 members in this Group, and a majority are not Portland DSA members. We are looking to prioritize other venues for open discussion among members and non-members alike, including our upcoming Portland DSA Reading Group on September 21: https://www.facebook.com/events/309110959561070/
The group will be closed to new posts from members one week from today. Then one week after that we will close the group entirely. To keep up with Portland DSA on Facebook please follow our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PortlandDSA

Most of our collective power toward socialism is being built through work happening offline in our Chapter's branches and working groups. Please sign up for our regional newsletter - www.portlanddsa.org/newsletter and join DSA - www.dsausa.org/join

Admins/August 29, 2017

Members/March 2017

More members were added by September 24. The site was closed shortly afterwards.

Infiltrating the Democrats

Portland DSA June 1985


As of January 1985;

New Steering Committee

At Large

As of October 1985;



Feminist Committee

Peace/Non Intervention

Antiracism Committee

Socialist-Feminist Study Group

As of June 1986;



Feminist Committee

Taxpayers for Choice (DSA liaison)

Antiracism Committee

As of 1987;

Delegates to 1985 Nat'l Convention

Portland DSA delegates to the 198 DSA Nat'l Convention in Berkeley were Leila Wrathall, Kristie Duyckinck, Steve Pettingill, Scott Bailey, George Potratz, Melvin Bell, and Beverly Stein.[7]



  1. DSA contacts page, accessed May 4, 2015
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  3. [Portland DSA Feb. 1985]
  4. [Portland DSA October 1985]
  5. [Portland DSA June 1986]
  6. [Portland DSA Spring 1987]
  7. Portland DSA, October 1985, page 1]
  8. [Portland DSA Nov. 1985]
  9. [Portland DSA Dec. 1985]
  10. [Portland DSA Sep. 1985]
  11. [Portland DSA 1985]
  12. [Portland DSA April 1985,]
  13. [Portland DSA Jan. 25 1985]
  14. [Portland DSA letter Aug. 3, 1983]
  15. [Portland DSA report to National DSA July, 1982]
  16. [Oregonian, 11.26.1982, Oregon threatened MX missile foes say}
  17. [Portland DSA Sept. 1983]
  18. [Portland DSA Sept. 1983]
  19. [Portland DSA Sept. 1983]
  20. [Portland DSA Sept. 1983]
  21. [Portland DSA Sept. 1983]
  22. [Portland DSA report to National DSA May 3, 1983]
  23. DSA membership list, 11 4 83]