Welcome to the website for the Kankakee County Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (K3 DSA). This site and the chapter are currently under construction.

Who we are:

Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.

Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well—everywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US. We are here to change that.


Co-Chair: Allison Orvis
Co-Chair: Jonathan Shinabarger
Diversity Officer: Mya Hendrix
Diversity Officer: Lee Flowers
Secretary: Charlene Eads
Treasurer: Marlena Kalafut
Media Coordinator: Tim Johnson

Local Actions:

  • We are committed to ending the ICE Contract with the County Sheriff and our local Jerome Combs Detention Center.
  • Holding local police and their departments accountable, pushing for the 8 Can’t Wait, and local citizen review boards.
  • Volunteering in our community with food drives, food pantries, community cleanups, community events, protests, marches, and charity/ awareness campaigns.

For more information on the Democratic Socialists of America please visit: https://www.dsausa.org/about-us/what-is-democratic-socialism/

Check out and sign our petition to remove the Thin Blue Line flag from the Kankakee County Courthouse.

The Kankakee County Board recently released a resolution praising itself on racial justice while explicitly endorsing ICE – who pays  Read our response.