I am former co-chair and current at large officer of Austin DSA. I want to grow our organization into one whose members have the skills, tools, and politics to win campaigns that build working class power and solidarity by extracting concessions from capital that improve our collective situation.
In my time organizing with Austin DSA, I have been part of campaigns that brought working class people into direct conflict with bosses and centers of political power to fight for improvements in our material conditions. These campaigns have helped to expand our base and build our reputation as an effective force for change in Texas. We have done all this work as part of broad coalitions of labor and progressive organizations but explicitly as socialists. We are connecting working class struggle to our larger transformative demands.
I believe that this is an effective model for DSA to implement more broadly. I would like to help make that a reality.
A few campaigns Austin DSA has won that I’ve helped organize:
City ordinance requiring Paid Sick Days for all workers in Austin
Pressuring Rep. Lloyd Doggett to cosponsor HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019
Proposition A — a ballot measure for a $250 million affordable housing bond in Austin
Support for BookPeople United’s successful union organizing drive
#HomesnotHandcuffs — a campaign to overturn the city ordinances criminalizing homelessness in Austin
I believe our goal as socialists is to build a mass multi-racial working class movement that can act collectively to exercise power at every level of society: the workplace, city, state, and national governments. As a national organization, DSA can grow our ability to coordinate and unite all our work. This makes us uniquely situated to bring together the many, multi-faceted struggles against oppression under a single banner: the fight for socialism.
More Endorsements (sans statements):
Sarah M, Membership Coordinator, Austin DSA
Chance W, YDSA
Dan D, Centre County DSA
Nick R, Twin Cities DSA