Roy Zuñiga Candidate Questionnaire

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Nominated For: At-Large Organizer

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

During 2018 I was appointed to the Internal Organizing committee and later became active with the Communications WG to ensure chapter communications go out in a timely manner, and source anti-capitalist events around Seattle to promote to membership. I hope to help the IOC keep up to date literature relevant to all the active caucuses and working groups. Since joining DSA I helped in the member census; various events with NWDC Resistance; joined in with the logistical organization of most of the monthly meetings in doing anything needed. More recently, I’ve taken on further communications and logistical responsibilities, gotten more involved in new member orientations, and I’ve constantly asked the LC for more work to take on to ease their burden.

Growing the responsibilities and capacity of the chapter should be a top priority. Working towards putting into action mutual aid projects would be a goal of mine. If the Black Panthers were able to organize medical and food programs with less resources than we have today, then we should be able to do the same.

My plan for growing power in 2019 includes not only the mobilization of new and existing members in campaigns closely aligned to their personal values, but in building and strengthening existing relationships with external organizations – DSA can not simply make change on its own. We often endorse outside campaigns but it seems we don’t, or can’t, mobilize membership to support these campaigns. I hope to work more closely with the No New Youth Jail coalition, Seattle Peoples Party, SA, SWOP, IWOC, Black and Pink, and Stop the Sweeps to name a few.

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

I decided to run for 2 reasons in particular. First, the continued encouragement of several past and present LC members whose organizing I admire convinced me to become a nominee. They must see something in me that I don’t see in myself. The second reason I am deciding to run is a result of the work I’ve done as an appointed member of the IO committee. I feel the chapter is not exactly succeeding in keeping members active. As a member who joined within the past year – I know I am not alone in leaving a general meeting and wondering what to do next and that is primarily what I’d aim to change.

We have a cadre of fluent Spanish speakers and I believe it would behoove the chapter to start promoting more and organizing with non-english speakers. Latin American history if full of revolutionaries and we must learn from them and continue to be inspired by them. It is I aim to restart the Afrosoc & POC socials and bring a permanent anti-racist lens to our chapter and its actions.

Below are some ideas I would hope to work towards:

  • Encouraging new members to join in base building
  • Directing new members to join tenant organizing canvasses to immediately get involved and talking to people about our interconnected struggles
  • Spanish language meetings, literature, book clubs, and member orientations
  • Shared kitchen/office space to provide meals in a mutual aid program?
  • Joint LC meetings with South King County DSA
  • Coalition building with other leftist groups in Seattle
  • Establish a loose reading club to discuss introductory and radical texts for left leaning new members still figuring out their ideology
  • More frequent campaign and caucus updates with general membership
  • Strike & Solidarity fund, and picket line mobilization efforts
  • Mutual aid program with commonly swept homeless encampments: prepared meal programs, trash removal, etc.

Additional Statements

Regardless of my position within DSA I plan to continue working with the IO committee, if they allow it, to help members find immediate ways to get involved. There is no shortage of work to be done – my responses don’t even mention how to specifically organize around the needs of our Trans or non-binary pals, Black Liberation, the ongoing occupation of indigenous lands, sex workers, the LGBTQ+ community, the undocumented workers amongst us, nor does it address how to help the unorganized organize themselves, or deal with grievances & personal conflict. These are things with which I’m not well versed in, but I will always seek to learn from those impacted directly.

And finally, It’s singlehandedly thanks to Diana that I continued to be more involved with the chapter. I feel an obligation to continue organizing and to pick up the often thankless work that constantly falls to womxn, whether intentional or not. I regret not having noticed sooner, or acted sooner, to prevent this.

I am happy to answer any questions or clarify anything. Thanks for reading.

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