Tom Ellett

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Tom Ellett grew up in South Chicago, the son of a steelworker.

DSA member

Tom Ellett joined DSA in 1987, organizing a chapter at Northern Illinois University, where he studied labor and social history.[1]

Socialist unionist

In 1993, Tom Ellett, a former DSA Youth Organizer, was an organizer for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. [2]

1995 DSA leadership

In 1995 the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee consisted of ;[3]

Labor Activist

In 1996 "Labor Activist" was published by the Democratic Socialists of America Youth Section Labor Solidarity Committee

Editors were[4];

Dominic Chan, Organizer, Communication Workers of America

Tom Ellett, Organizer, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America

Jeff Lacher, Organizer, Communication Workers of America

Carmen Mitchell, DSA Youth Organizer

Liz O'Connor, Organizer, Service Employees International Union

Raahi Reddy, Organizer, Service Employees International Union

Tom Ellett was a former Democratic Socialists of America Youth Organizer[5].


Tom Ellett was a member of Quad Cities Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group as of May 25, 2018.[6]

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 Tom Ellett.[7]