All are welcome to join us on the 2nd Monday of each month at DK Maria’s – you do not need to be a member to attend meetings. Buffet is open 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. for $12. Cash bar available with happy hour specials. Come socialize with other Dems and have dinner before the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
What is Democratic Socialism?
Please join us for an evening with local activists and organizers Raj Patel, Jim Rigby, Marina Roberts, Erica Anthony-Benavides, and Jacob Aronowitz to learn more about Democratic Socialism and how it fits in the current political climate.
Meet our panelists for our February meeting
Jacob Aronowitz is an organizer focused on electoral campaigns and labor rights. He is a founding member of United Professional Organizers, a TX-based union for campaign workers and allied tradespeople, and previously served as the inaugural membership coordinator for Austin DSA. He was recently on MSNBC for his work with the Mike Seigel campaign.
Raj Patel is a writer, academic and activist. He is a research professor at LBJ and a at Rhodes University in South Africa. He runs a podcast on the global food system produced by KUT called The Secret Ingredient and is currently working on a documentary on that topic. He was educated at Oxford, LSE and Cornell.
Jim Rigby has been a pastor St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for over 25 years. He has a love of world religions and a passion for social justice. He is also involved in activism, including a recent arrest in protest of SB 4 and involvement in the Austin Sanctuary Network, through which religious communities protect undocumented immigrants who are under attack.
Marina Roberts is a socialist feminist organizer and serves as co-chair of the DSA Housing Committee, which recently mobilized in support of the Austin affordable housing bond. She organized alongside undocumented youth in Houston against police collaboration with ICE. Her work centers on an intersectional understanding of the material realities that harm women.
Erica Anthony-Benavides is an activist for social justice, with much of her work focusing on fighting for education equity in East Austin communities. She has served as a co-chair of Our Revolution Central Texas. She does not identify as a democratic socialist, but has been active in the organizing spaces they have built.
Monday, August 13
Monday, July 9
Kim Olson, Democratic candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, and Jim Hightower, former Texas Ag Commissioner will get you fired up for November!
Monday, June 11
Speakers Gilberto Hinojosa and Glen Maxey from Texas Democratic Party will share their vision for building the Blue Wave in 2018. We’ll also hear from Jeremy Smith from Register2Vote.org who will share how we can ALL register voters for the midterms – no training required!