July 2018

abolish ice rally tent

JULY 2018

It has been a busy summer for Denver’s friendliest socialist organization. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional primary victory in New York is giving DSA a major boost in national attention. We are feeling a surge locally as more and more Coloradans see the promise of a radical political alternative.

Read on for highlights from the past month and alerts about upcoming events in July!

New Leadership

Denver DSA elected a new, eleven-member Steering Committee at the June 9 Business Meeting. Our formal leadership for the next year now includes the chairs of the nine permanent committees as well as a secretary and treasurer. This widening of responsibility within the chapter will better distribute day-to-day workload, improve internal communication, and develop new layers of member participation.

Julie Gonzales Wins SD 34 Primary, Joins DSA

Congratulations to our first state senator in Colorado! On June 26, Julie Gonzales and her team had a big win in the Democratic state primary for Senate District 34. Denver DSA is honored to have worked alongside Julie since endorsing her last year. Dozens of our members contributed by knocking doors, phone banking, creating a campaign ad, and more. Julie joined DSA shortly after her victory. Click the image below to watch our campaign video!

Julie Gonzales DSA Campaign Video

Our endorsed candidate for State Treasurer, Bernard Douthit, also concluded an impressive campaign. We are excited to continue organizing with Bernie around popular issues like Medicare for All and public banking. In addition canvassing for Julie in the general this fall, the Electoral Committee is now looking into ballot initiatives for the 2019 citywide elections.

DSA Shapes Popular Demands at Immigration Rally

Denver DSA co-sponsored the Families Belong Together Rally on June 30 with a coalition of local progressives including CIRC and AFSC. The gathering was a huge success. Thousands turned out to demand justice for immigrant families, and hundreds stopped by DSA’s tables to get free water and learn about democratic socialism. We also distributed 1,000 “Abolish ICE” signs to the crowd, which noticeably pushed the tone of the rally to the left.

May 2018

abolish ice rally front line

MAY 2018

Comrades, it’s been another busy month for the friendliest socialist organization in the Mile High City. Read on for highlights from our recent work and a list of upcoming events. Please join us for the kickoff Medicare for All Canvass on Sunday!

Medicare for All Campaign

On April 22 members of DSA, along with the Colorado Foundation for Universal Healthcare, rallied at the capitol for Medicare for All. We heard from nurses, doctors, medical students, and local candidates about why Medicare for All is a necessity and how we can achieve universal health care

 

The canvass logistics committee ran two pilot M4A canvassing days in April. We knocked on hundreds of doors and were able to hear from the community how Medicare for All would improve resident’s lives in tangible ways. We plan to do our first ever canvass kickoff on May, 20th at 10am, Aztlan Rec Center.

Labor Organizing

unite here bowling team

On Saturday, May 5, DSA joined an action at Denver International Airport
with United Airlines catering workers. These workers, 95% of the whom
are immigrants and people of color, are fighting for a union with UNITE
HERE Local 23. Worker-leaders, organizers, and DSA allies handed out
leaflets and talked to passengers about United’s poverty wages, harsh
working conditions, and illegal union-busting efforts. DSA has also been
invited to attend a rally at the airport on May 23 at 2pm.

April 2018

socialist feminist panel

APRIL 2018

Comradely Greetings! It was a very busy March for the largest and friendliest socialist organization in Denver. Read on for big news from the last month, and find upcoming events at the bottom of this email. See you soon!

DSA Adds Anti-Capitalist Clause to Democratic Party Platform

Organizers from Denver DSA, as delegates to the Democratic Party of Denver county assembly on March 24th, advocated for and won a radical amendment to the party platform. The language added to the preamble read:

We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in
order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few.

This pro-socialist statement is based on Clause IV, and was circulated by more than a dozen Denver DSA delegates as a petition to the Platform Committee the morning of the assembly. The DSA organizers easily collected enough signatures to bring the amendment to the floor, where it passed with overwhelming support from the assembled delegates, representing every part of Denver County.

National news outlets quickly picked up the story, calling the amendment “a remarkable display of grassroots power” and “the most radical development yet” in nationwide efforts to move the positions, policies, and actions of the Democratic Party further to the Left. According to Denver DSA treasurer Kaitlin Peterson, this shows that “[p]eople sincerely want a more democratically controlled economy and they
are aware that many of the social injustices we see today are because of
the power that is given to corporations under our current political
system. The Democratic Party establishment needs to sit up and pay
attention to this if they want to survive.”

Read Denver DSA’s press release and watch a video of the amendment passing at https://www.denverdsa.org/caucus2018/.

Denver DSA Announces Medicare for All Rally

We’ll be hosting a rally at the State Capitol on April 22nd to invite Coloradans to join us in the demand for a healthcare system built around people, not profits. For more information and to RSVP or volunteer for the Medicare for All campaign, visit https://www.denverdsa.org/m4a-rally/.

Women's Day Panel at Kanon Art Space. Photo by Justin Morgan.

Feminist Socialist Committee Hosts Women’s Day Panel

On March 11th, the Feminist Socialist Committee held a panel for International Women’s Day to hear and better understand the diverse experiences of women in their workplaces. Moderated by our very own comrade, Ashlyn Velasquez, we heard from four amazing speakers Julie Bañuelos, Danielle Montour, Kaitlin Peterson, and Ashley Panelli. We challenged ideas about feminism and capitalism, and explored how we can improve working conditions for women. Thank you to all of our comrades who volunteered equipment and people-power for a very successful event in a beautiful art gallery. The FemmeSoc Committee is excited to plan future events!

Denver DSA Endorses Bernard Douthit for State Treasurer

At our March business meeting, we voted to endorse Bernard Douthit in the 2018 Colorado State Treasurer race. Bernard supports a slew of progressive policies, including public banking, universal health care, teacher pay raises, and re-funding PERA. Born and raised in Colorado, he has a long history of community and civic involvement and extensive experience in finance. Bernie is committed to creating progressive, grassroots change in Colorado, and we are excited to dive into working with his campaign! Sign up to volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about Bernard Douthit here: https://www.douthitforcolorado.com/

Julie Gonzales Receives Massive Support at Assembly

At the Denver County Democratic Assembly on March 24, Denver DSA-endorsed candidate Julie Gonzales vied for the support of nearly 500 delegates in Senate District 34. After being nominated by Noelie Quintero and Denver DSA’s very own Drew Layton, Julie delivered a rousing speech calling for affordable housing, increased funding for public education, and healthcare for all. Once the votes were tallied, Julie came out on top with a staggering 89% of the vote. However, she still has a long fight ahead of her. Three other candidates gathered enough signatures to appear on the primary ballot in June, ensuring the next 3 months will be the most critical for her campaign. To donate and volunteer for Julie, please visit her website at https://julieforcolorado.com.