Chapter Working Groups

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / PLANNING COMMITTEE – Brady Watson; Chair, Julie Gautreau; Vice Chair, Donna Maxwell; Secretary, Steve Benne; Treasurer (Click here to email the committee.)

LABOR COMMITTEE—support for local and national organizing and solidarity efforts, currently the American Federation of Musicians at Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Postal Service workers, and victims of the Kingston coal ash spill cleanup. Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6PM-7:15 PM on Zoom. Travis Donoho

GROWTH COMMITTEE—works to increase the membership of the chapter by signing up new members, encourages existing members to renew their memberships, plans and leads New Member Orientation sessions (first one scheduled for Monday, November 23 at 6 PM on Zoom) Travis Donoho. Meets the 4TH Wednesday of each month, 6 PM – 7:15 PM on Zoom, except for November due to the fourth Wednesday falling on the night before Thanksgiving, Monday, November 16, 6 PM – 7:15 PM

ELECTORAL POLITICSAllie Cohn. We decide on DSA political policy such as endorsing candidates for office, and we favor socialist candidates while making room for non-socialist candidates who endorse essential policies like Medicare For All and Green New Deal. We also coordinate with other state chapters and national orgs to promote Democratic Socialist platforms. We communicate mainly via our Slack channel, and intermittently via Zoom at agreed-upon dates/times.

HEALTH JUSTICE – Works primarily toward Medicare for All, as well as other health-related issues. Chair currently vacant.

ECO SOCIALISM – Everything related to environmental health, climate change, Green New Deal, and education/public awareness on these things. Brady Watson

HOUSING JUSTICE – Tenants’ rights and organizing, housing cooperatives, housing as a human right…organizing meeting TBA. Scott Black

COMMUNITY DEFENSE – Rapid response for planned actions and other emerging needs. Meetings as required. Zack Nelson

POLITICAL EDUCATION (Little Red Schoolhouse) Orientation to Socialism, continuing ed on all socialist topics. Barbara Hickey

RELIGION AND SOCIALISM – Bimonthly meetings 4th Tuesdays at 6:00, next meeting August 24 Don Jones

TECH TEAM – Could use tech-savvy members! Daniel Buchanan