Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America

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Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America is a branch of Utah Democratic Socialists of America.


2019 coordinating committee/conference delegates

Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America June 2019 newsletter

2019 Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America coordinating committee.

2019 Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America National Conference Delegates.

Membership growth

The Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America saw a bump in membership after President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. But organizers agree that the momentum they’ve seen in the past two months — swelling now to more than 270 members — coincides with the candidacy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is herself a member of the national chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

“I’ve been a socialist for a while, and I was always kind of on the fence about actually joining,” said Nate Emery, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Utah who recently joined the Salt Lake chapter. “And then with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that’s kind of when I decided yeah, I want to be part of this. This organization is the real deal.”

“Our generation has witnessed what capitalism has done and we don’t like it,” said Matt Kirkegaard, the co-membership coordinator for the Salt Lake Democratic Socialists. “To millennials, it means debt and a climate in crisis. The world is burning around us — we’re watching capital profit off of that.”

But the question of what, if anything, the fledgling organization will do with the momentum around its movement is still up for debate.

“We’ve had this problem in this organization where we have an idea, it’s a really good idea, there’s one or maybe two people that thought of it and then it kind of dies,” Nancy Barrickman, co-chair of the Salt Lake Democratic Socialists, said at the meeting.

That’s why the group is working to revise its bylaws and change its organizational structure, she said, in the hopes that they can get to the work of executing real change in the community.

Barrickman and Kirkegaard, both joined the socialist group in the months immediately after Trump’s inauguration.[3]

Salt Lake delegates to the DSA 2017 National Convention


For: Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America

Organizer: Nancy Barrickman, Isaac Hann, Alex Morales and Scott Wood.

Social and Organizing event


Social and Organizing event Public · Hosted by Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America

Saturday, March 11 at 4 PM - 7 PM MST

1547 E Lanebrook Ln, Salt Lake City, UT 84124-1504, United States

Our next meeting will be an informal gathering. We will have a short meeting to discuss some logistics and organization. Then afterwards let’s put the social in socialism..
If weather permits we will be able to hang out in the backyard, otherwise we will be nice an cozy inside.
Also thanks to Alecia and Brian for hosting this event!

Invited on Facebook



Medicare for All: Why We Need Single Payer


Medicare for All: Why We Need Single Payer, Public · Hosted by Salt Lake Democratic Socialists of America.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 3 PM - 5 PM MDT,, Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Our panel:

  • Joseph Q. Jarvis, MD MSPH, former family doctor, Nevada State Health Officer, academic specialist in occupational health with twenty+ years experience as a public health consultant, particularly on environmental health issues. Dr. Jarvis was twice a Republican candidate for the Utah State legislature (Senate 2006, House 2008) and is Salt Lake City's foremost advocate for single payer health system reform.[4]