Democratic Socialists of America hits 20,000 members same day as DSA Member Elected to Rock Island, IL City Council

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

David Duhalde, Deputy Director, Democratic Socialists of America

Work: 202-787-5280


Dylan Parker, 5th Ward Alderman, Rock Island, IL

Cell: 563-940-6073


Democratic Socialists of America hits 20,000 members same day as DSA Member Elected to Rock Island, IL City Council

Washington, DC (April 5, 2017) –

Tuesday, April 4th was a huge day in the history of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). DSA passed 20,000 members – making it the third largest socialist group in US history – and DSA member Dylan Parker was elected to Rock Island, IL’s City Council as 5th Ward Alderman. Parker is now the thirteenth DSA member holding elected office in the country. With his victory, Parker joins a list that includes Carlos Rosa, Chicago’s 35th Ward Alderman, Mike Sylvester, of the Maine House of Representatives, and Julie Ann Nitsch, Austin Community College Board of Trustee in Texas.

“DSA is very excited about our own member Dylan Parker being elected Alderman of Rock Island, Illinois” DSA National Director Maria Svart Said. “You can now find DSA chapters in nearly every state in the union, and our public electoral activity and success can only grow from here.” In addition, DSA hopes that Khalid Kamau, a member running for city council in South Fulton, GA, will win the next DSA electoral victory on Tuesday, April 18th.

Dylan Parker serves as the Vice Chair for the newly formed Quad Cities Democratic Socialists of America Organizing Committee. Nearly all of his campaign volunteers were DSA members. While the election was non-partisan, Parker called for equitable economic development in the city of Rock Island via universal residential broadband internet access, and campaigned on expanding the municipality’s publicly owned hydroelectric power plant. Dylan Parker was also a Sanders delegate for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Dylan Parker looks forward to serving Rock Island’s 5th Ward as Alderman and exploring socialist concepts such as neighborhood land trusts, cooperative business models and Municipal Banking. “Thank you to all volunteers, neighbors, friends and voters over the past several months that made tonight’s electoral victory a reality.” said Parker. “We presented a clear vision of a strong Rock Island built on empowered neighborhoods, a transparent government and an economic development policy dedicated to fostering innovation and 68% of 5th Ward’s electorate agreed.”

Rock Island is a small metro city (population 39,018) located in northern Illinois. It is one of the Quad Cities, a cluster of four municipalities located along the Mississippi River. It is a racially diverse community with a struggling local economy since farm equipment manufacturing plants left town in the 1980’s. Rock Island is the home of Augustana College and individuals of notoriety such as John Looney (a gangster with connections to Chicago’s Al Capone) and Sauk American Indian warrior Black Hawk, for whom the Black Hawk War (1831-1832) and Chicago’s NHL team, receive their name.


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Democratic Socialists of America
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Monthly Meeting – April

The next meeting is Thursday, April 6 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at Sugar City

1239 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14213.

Monthly Buffalo DSA Meeting Agenda

March 7th @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Sugar City / 1293 Niagara St / Buffalo, NY 14213

Introductions15 minutes

Progressive Stack—what it is, why we follow it

Who are you & what brought you to DSA? Tom Grace, Chair

Why DSA?

Review Notes from March Meeting5 Minutes

Committee Reports—20 minutes—(Include Sign-up sheets for Committees)




May Day, Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon, Socialist Sundays, Other Events

Child Care @ Meetings, New Member Orientations/Packets

Blog, Newsletter, Email, Rapid Response, Social Media


Khalid Kamau Phone Banking

Socialist Feminist—

NY Health Act Vlogs

Poem by Shayna Raichilson-Zadok

Formation of YDS Committee—

(Speaker/Discussion? Placeholder)—30 Minutes

By-Law Revisions & Elections—10 Minutes

Possible updates on Chapter By-laws, vote to confirm

Vote for new office-holders

Announcements—10 Minutes

Community Updates:

NY Health(Next Meeting )

SURJ— (Next Meeting 4/11)

Liberty Union Progressives— (Next Meeting 4/19)

Last Call for any additional meetings/actions/events

Next Meeting—First Wednesdays @ Sugar City?

Meeting adjourned, committee/events sign-ups Tom Grace, Chair

Please join us across the street @ Resurgence post-meeting for informal socializing!

Remembering Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington, A Heroic Democratic Socialist Leader

“Like his predecessors Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas, Mike Harrington believed that to waken the conscience and change the consciousness of a nation, one had to be prepared to build an organization, start a publication, speak in a thousand halls to crowds of hundreds, or scores, or tens, if necessary, recruiting comrades from those converted by the sound of one’s voice and the strength of one’s arguments. It was, and remains, a heroic vision.”

Liberalism’s Crisis, Socialism’s Promise

Socialism’s Promise – Joseph M. Schwartz

Democratic socialists believe that capitalist democracy is too capitalist to be fully democratic. In fighting to extend democracy into the economic sphere, socialists aim to go beyond liberal democracy while fulfilling its aims: the flowering of human individuality and the ability of all to have an equal voice in governing the institutions that affect daily life.”