Hannah Atkinson Candidate Questionnaire


Nominated For: Secretary

What is your organizing experience? What is your plan for growing power in 2019 should you be elected to your position?

Like many, I joined DSA after the 2016 election, realizing that it wasn’t enough to just hope for a better future. For close to two years now, I have co-organized the Seattle Jacobin reading group. Every month we work to foster a space for discussion among Seattle socialists of all stripes and perspectives.

The work of Secretary is vital for ensuring that everyone is aware of what’s going on in our chapter. I believe that in order for us to be more effective this year, all members must be informed so that they can participate as fully as possible. If elected, I will ensure prompt and equal access to agendas, minutes, and other chapter documents so that every member can easily and transparently find opportunities to build power.

Why are you running? What do you want to accomplish, create, or change should you be elected?

I think that we have many opportunities to grow our chapter and drive toward socialism in 2019. From national ones like Bernie’s presidential campaign or Medicare For All to more local concerns such as Seattle City Council races, SDSA can make a difference. But in order to fully reach our potential, we need consistent administration that acts on the democratic decisions of our chapter. As Secretary I promise to improve transparency in the organization. If elected, I am committed to distributing chapter documents quickly and efficiently. Meeting minutes will be published within five days of leadership and business meetings. The minutes will be shared on several platforms so that all members, regardless of activity, can keep up to date with the chapter. All chapter information will be available to members, and I will ensure that it will be organized and consistently accessible to all of Seattle DSA.

I am part of Solidarity 2019 and you can read our complete platform at solidarity2019.org.