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This Group Of Self-Identified Socialists Is Growing In Numbers And Pushing Local Democrats To The Left

  • A group of self-proclaimed socialists called the Democratic Socialists of America has grown rapidly in recent years and has established itself in major American cities.
  • According to the group’s website, democratic socialists are pushing far-left policies such as defunding the police, regulating rents, defunding fossil fuels and racial equality policies. They had a foothold in mostly blue cities, pushing policies far to the left that even moderate Democrats opposed.
  • The Democratic Socialist Party has added tens of thousands of party members to its group and won positions in local, state and federal governments since the Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders presidential election in 2016.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have gained momentum in recent years, pushing the Democratic Party leftward, especially in blue cities, and advocating policies that even moderate Democrats disagree with.

Democratic socialists make up the left wing of the Democratic Party and support prison abolition, aggressive climate policies, rent controls, and radical racial equality policies. according to Go to the Democratic Socialist website. They have aggressively increased their party membership in recent years and have expanded their footprint in major blue cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Minneapolis to push for radical policy change and take on mainstream Democrats. (Related: Report: Left-wing presidential candidate wants higher taxes, owes $500,000 in unpaid taxes)

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The DSA’s meteoric rise came after Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders’ first presidential campaign in 2016. according to to New York magazine. DSA is 6,000 According to DSA Communications Director Chris Kutalik Cauthern, membership numbers declined in 2015, but now boasts over 80,000 members.

The big cities in the blue states are the havens of the Democratic Socialists, and the city councils in the dark blue cities are populated by Democrats. The recent rise of democratic socialists in these cities has shifted the politics of the blue cities to the left.

New York City is a hotbed of democratic socialists, with at least six democratic socialists. 51 According to official statements and records examined by the Daily Caller News Foundation, members of the New York City Council are democratic socialists. So they proposed a cut in the city’s budget, and criticized A Democratic Socialist, he was involved in a Twitter feud with Democratic Socialist New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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New York City is proud of Democratic Socialist and Democratic City Councilman Chi Ose. Said, “A cis white male should not be the next Council President.” and “Don’t trust a white man who doesn’t have a single friend of color in his circle.”

Osse followed Adams support For the police, he frequently reprimanded the mayor. “Mayor Adams is choosing to invest in a militarized police rather than an evidence-based security strategy,” he said. I have written in a tweet.Osse Said On the podcast “Resistance,” he said his motivation for becoming a city council member was his experience with George Floyd’s protests and his desire to fight “white supremacy.”

Democratic Socialist and Democrat New York City Councilman Tiffany Caban opposed On the 2023 budget, Adams called the proposed cuts “dangerous and cruel” and opposed more moderate Democrats.

There are at least three Democratic Socialists in Los Angeles 15 Los Angeles City Council members say Democratic Socialists regularly break away from their orthodoxy, many of whom, including Democratic Los Angeles Councilman Hugo Sotomartinez and Democratic Los Angeles City Councilman Eunice Hernandez, cut the police department’s budget. I voted against the increase.

Hernandez is called abolish or close down the police under prisons and the decriminalization of hard drugs, according to to the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, police data shows an increase in robberies, robberies and thefts in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has lost nearly 1,000 officers since 2019. according to to the Los Angeles Times.

At a press conference, Sotomartinez and Martinez endorsed Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors and called on the LAPD to stop responding to minor traffic violations. according to To the Los Angeles Daily News. Soto Martínez also said it was a “terrible mistake” that one of his staff members called the police and asked them to patrol the area more than usual to protect the malfunctioning Lexus. according to to Fox News.

“For collective emancipation of all working classes to be achieved, the state’s genocidal power of prisons and of the police itself must be curbed, diminished and abolished,” the DSA website says. .

Minnesota is also a hotbed of democratic socialists, with four members of the group serving as local offices and three members of the Minneapolis City Council, according to public statements and records examined by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Members of the Twin Cities DSA, which includes Minneapolis and St. Paul, pushed Rent Control Difficult Despite Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey be against “We do not support policies that are consistently proven to be counterproductive to housing supply and affordability,” he said. according to To ABC 75 news. (Democratic primary winner declares “socialism” victorious)

The DSA also has five members of Congress who have identified themselves as Democratic Socialists in the U.S. House of Representatives: Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, and New York. State Representative Jamal Bowman and Texas Representative Greg Casal.

Despite DSA’s recent membership growth, positive views of socialism have declined in the United States, with 36% of Americans saying they view socialism somewhat or very positively. , down from 42% in May 2019. according to To Pew Research.

Adams, Osse, Cavan, Hernandez and Martinez were not immediately available for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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