Winning Policy Change Together: How We Win with Socialists in Office

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM MST / 5:00 PM PST

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Join the DSA Fund on Wednesday, December 7th at 8pm ET (7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT) for the third event in the DSA Fund’s series on How We Win, where we’ll get an inside look at local DSA organizers and public officials working to win policy change in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Ithaca, New York. A growing number of local and state governments have socialist officials joining their ranks, so how can local organizers and DSA chapters work with them to achieve policy wins and advance socialist goals? 

The How We Win series shares lessons and how-to experience from policy campaigns and organizing around the country, showing how democratic-socialist organizers and coalitions can advance and achieve tangible wins that support our economic and social goals. Join us to learn what strategies have worked as well as obstacles organizers face along the way, and the path forward to build strong governing coalitions between local organizers and public officials.

Panelists include:

  • Councilmember Robin Wonsley will moderate the event. She is a democratic socialist representing Minneapolis's Ward 2 on its city council and a member of Twin Cities DSA. 
  • Councilmember Jason Chavez is the first LGBTQ+ Latinx to serve as a Minneapolis City Council Member and a member of Twin Cities DSA. Prior to his service as a City Council Member, Chavez played a critical role in passing the 2020 Police Accountability Act in Minnesota and the 2021 Omnibus Employment and Economic Development Bill in Minnesota as a Committee Legislative Aide at the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • Mike D. is the co-chair of Philly DSA and sits on the chapter’s Socialists In Office Commission and Electoral and Political Education Committees. Previously he served as Campaign Manager for DSA member and 2021 Jersey City City Council candidate Joel Brooks. 
  • Alderperson Jorge DeFendini is a DSA member, Boricua Socialist Organizer and Alderperson serving on the Ithaca Common Council. He has organized within Ithaca DSA and the Ithaca Tenants Union for campaigns such as Good Cause Eviction and free mass transit campaign.
  • Genevieve Rand is a member of Ithaca DSA and a co-chair of the Tompkins County Working Families Party. Following years of volunteer work at the Ithaca Tenants Union, first organizing Cancel Rent and Good Cause campaigns, she’s recently worked on supporting the Ithaca Solidarity Slate — a collaborative project between the Ithaca DSA and Ithaca Tenants Union.

Panelists will respond to your questions and discuss more immediate practical steps and the longer view of what coalitions and governments can do locally and at the state level through building and working together.

This event is co-sponsored by DSA National Electoral Committee, Dissent, and In These Times.