Meet the Candidates
- Chicago DSA Candidate Forums: May 12 at 6 p.m. and May 15 at noon
- Bread & Roses Meet & Greet: May 16, 2-4 p.m. at Eckhart Park
- Voter Registration: ends May 18 (ongoing)
- Voting on Delegates: May 23–28 (online)
- 2021 DSA Convention: August 1–8 (more info)
Introducing the B&R Slate of National Convention Delegates for Chicago DSA
During the past five years, DSA members have elected socialists to Congress, helped organize the teacher strike wave, joined the mass mobilization against police killings, and brought a socialist political perspective to millions of people during the Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns. In the process, DSA has transformed from a small 5,000-member activist group to 90,000+-member mini-mass organization. We are running to be delegates to the national convention as part of the Bread & Roses slate because we believe DSA can do much more over the next two years to build on this progress. We believe DSA should focus on the following core areas:
- Building roots in the multi-racial working class. DSA’s members are still largely a self-selected group, who are disproportionately white, and are underrepresented in the sectors of the economy where workers have the most leverage. To address this, we need to train more of our members to become organizers who can recruit from the multi-racial working class. That’s why we support the resolution Beyond 100K: Building a Mass Socialist Organization. Recognizing the legacy of racist oppression in the US, and the need to build solidaristic anti-racist campaigns, we also support the Resolution to Form a National Committee for Reparations to Black People, which was co-authored by a member of our slate.
- Rank-and-file labor organizing. Socialism will not become a reality until there is an organized working class ready to fight for it. We believe DSA can make progress on this front by continuing its commitment to the rank-and-file strategy: developing and expanding a layer of socialist organizers in workplaces who fight the boss, push for union democracy, promote a socialist political perspective on the job, and grow the labor movement. That’s why we support the resolution Building Worker Power to Win Democratic Socialism: A Labor Strategy for DSA in 2021-2023.
- Class-struggle elections. By running campaigns to elect socialists to public office, we can help build our movements and promote an alternative to the billionaire-dominated political establishment. And in the long term, we are committed to building an organization that can take state power as part of the transition to socialism. That’s why we support the National Electoral Committee’s resolution Toward a Mass Party in the United States.
- A strong and democratic national organization. DSA has a structure inherited from the days when it was still a small activist group. Today, to build a powerful mass organization that can take on and defeat the ruling class, we need to strengthen DSA and increase its level of internal democracy. That’s why we support a constitutional change to make DSA’s National Director an elected position, stipends for NPC Steering Committee members, and the Resolution to Strengthen DSA From the Bottom Up Through National Matching Funds For Chapters to Hire Staff and Open Offices.
If you support these priorities, vote for the Bread & Roses slate: Alec Hudson, Anthony Quezada, Emilie Shireman, JP Kaderbek, Lillian Osborne, Melinda Bunnage, Sandy Barnard, Sarah Zimmerman, Stephen Thompson, Sveta Stoytcheva, Tristan Bock-Hughes, Waleeta Canon, and Will Bloom.