Meet The Ice Cream Socialists - Saturday September 17th - Kiwanis Pavilion At Lakewood Park

Hello Lakewood,

My name is David Brinovec and I am a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). I am excited to share with you the news that we have started a DSA chapter here in Cleveland, and we would like to invite you and your organization to join us for our kick-off ice cream social event.

The Cleveland Chapter of DSA is working to build a movement that empowers the people, chips away at capitalism, and dismantles corporate power. DSA is an activist organization (not a political group), rooted in the idea that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human need. With this broad outlook DSA touches on many social justice issues; from women’s health and reproductive justice, to raising the minimum wage, to dealing with climate change, and much more. You can find out more about DSA here:

With DSA covering such a broad scope of issues, we want to prioritize coalition work with other local organizations. We would like to invite you to come to our event not only to learn about DSA, but also to have a conversation about how we can work with you. Details for the event are below.

Who:Cleveland Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America
What: Ice Cream Social(ists) kick-off education and networking event
When: 6-8 p.m. on Saturday September 17th
Where: Kiwanis pavilion at Lakewood Park; 14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107
For the Facebook event go here:

If you have any questions about the event or our organization please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by e-mail at or phone (216) 815-5372. You can also find us online, on Facebook, and Twitter.

David Brinovec

Over the past several years I've become more and more concerned with the way things are going in our society.  Divisions between people seem to be getting wider and wider all the time.  I wanted to understand why this has been happening.  Everyone seems to have opinions about it, and no one seems to really agree on the cause.  When I really started looking into it, I kept finding myself coming back to the economy.  The closest thing I can find as a root cause is our economic system, capitalism, and the inequality it produces.  With this in mind I found myself searching out various socialist groups.  As the socialist perspective always seemed to provide the best explanation.  Considering the taboo around socialism this has been a somewhat awkward thing to do here in America.  And unfortunately, here in the greater Cleveland area, active self identifying socialists seem to be hard to come by.  So, I started reaching out to various groups online to try to find one that I felt I identified the with.  What I found was a large patchwork of different groups with a variety of perspectives.  Eventually, I found the Democratic Socialists of America, and their perspective seemed to fit my own views better than any of the others.  So, I joined their group, and told them I was interested in starting a chapter here.  By seemingly sheer good fortune, it wasn't long after that, that the Bernie Sanders campaign started gaining in popularity.  I joined that campaign and met Sarah Gollwitzer along the way.  Someone who has been with DSA for over 10 years.  Together we decided to start Cleveland DSA.  Today, I, along with Sarah, am co-chair and our group has been growing ever since.  I am more and more convinced that none of this is by coincedence.  There is a very real need for the sort of critique that socialists such as ourselves provide.  My intention is to continue to endeavour to keep Cleveland DSA going.

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