Celebrating at the 11th Annual Douglass-Debs Awards Dinner
Sarah Jaffe was the keynote speaker of the Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America's "Celebrating at the 11th Annual Douglass-Debs Awards Dinner" in November 2017. Other attendees included State Senator Nan Grogan Orrock, Lisa Smith, MADSA officer Erin Parks, and Shelley Elise Berlin. Daniel Hanley, Mawuli Davis, Milton Tambor, Khalid Kamau, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America officer, and Teamster Local 728’s Eric Robertson. There was a table for the Communication Workers of America.
Working for Kamau
Khalid Kamau, a Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member and endorsed candidate for City Council in South Fulton, Georgia , won in April 18th's election with 67 percent of the vote. Kamau defeated Charlean Parks, who finished second in the five-way primary race on March 21st. In addition to DSA, he was endorsed by Our Revolution, Teamsters Local 728, and Street Groomers.
Erin Parks, a Metro Atlanta DSA chapter member and Kamau campaign volunteer expressed enthusiasm: “Khalid's campaign and victory prove that teamwork and a people-centered platform can prevail against all odds. His win is a harbinger of things to come in the Metro Atlanta progressive movement.”
Khalid entered today’s runoff election after coming in first place in a five-way primary election held in March with 43%. In that race, khalid won twice as many votes as the next runner up, and the highest percentage of any candidate running for any office in South Fulton. DSA members across the country made thousands of phone calls on behalf of khalid for both rounds of the election.
National Conference delegates
Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America elected a full slate of 13 delegates and 2 alternates to represent the group in August 2017 at the Democratic Socialists of America's National Convention! The delegates: Jeb Boone, Adam Cardo, Scott Douglas, Anat Fintzi, Chad Floyd, Daniel Hanley, Barbara Joye, Brad Lathem, Erin Parks, Eric Robertson, Maxwell Ruppersburg, Ron Spears, and Matthew Wolfsen, and alternates Reid Jenkins and Tom Ladendorf.
Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America new officers elected at Sept. 16, 2017 membership meeting They were: Chair - Adam Cardo; Membership Secretary - Michael Lavender; Recording Secretary - Jeb Boone; Treasurer - Seth Ellingson; At-large (3) - Anat Fintzi, Erin Parks, Eric Robertson. 
Afro-Socialists Black Power Bowl
The Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America Afro-Socialists' first event, the Black Power Bowl, drew this great crowd to a get-together at the Phillip Rush Center, Feb. 4. 2018. Attendees included South Fulton Councilman Khalid Kamau; MADSA officer Erin Parks; BLM and Rise Up activist Dawn O'Neal; attorney and Atlanta NAACP Vice-President Gerald Griggs; attorney and political commentator Anoa Changa; and representatives of several other organizations, educators, and small business owners. The group came together for a moment of fellowship and trivia fun. Councilman khalid explained on FB: "#SuperBowl quarterback with a multimillion-dollar #NFL contract, took a knee — not just for a game, but an entire season — and brought a national conversation about police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement into the homes of Americans desperate to avoid it. And when the NFL, in retaliation, stripped him of his career, it sparked an #NFLBoycott that cost the league 2 MILLION viewers. Around the country, #NFLBlackOut parties & protests are creating networks of new activists."
Congratulations to the newly elected Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America officers!
- Erin Parks, Chair
- Lisa Ashway, Membership Secretary
- Barbara Joye, Recording Secretary
- Speck Kevin Pratt, Treasurer
Members at large:
DSA AfroSocialist Caucus
In March 2019 Erin Parks was a member of the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus.
- Celebrating at the 11th Annual Douglass-Debs Awards Dinner accessed November 6 2018
- [http://www.dsa-atlanta.org/ Khalid Kamau Wins So. Fulton City Council Seat in Landslide!]
- [http://www.dsa-atlanta.org/new_madsa_officers_elected MADSA New MADSA Officers Elected posted by BARBARA JOYE | 22.80sc September 21, 2017]
- Afro-Socialists Black Power Bowl Was Powerful! posted by BARBARA JOYE | 24.80sc February 08, 2018
- [https://madsa.ga/blog/2018/09/22/madsa-elects-new-officers/ MADSA MADSA Elects New Officers By Barbara Joye / September 22, 2018]