The West Cook Branch advocates for democratic socialism on the Chicago’s West Side and Western Suburbs. This includes organizing or participating in local events that align with our values, lobbying elected officials on policy and working on local political campaigns. The Branch is also working to bridge gaps between the suburbs and disenfranchised communities of color.

Get involved

Anyone interested in participating with the West Cook branch should attend one of our monthly branch meetings which are listed on the CDSA Calendar. You can also follow our Facebook Page. General email inquiries can be sent to [email protected].

Committee members/contact info:

Carrol Smith (she/her) Co-Chair ([email protected])
Ron Baiman (he/him) Co-Chair ([email protected] )
Matt Cotten (he/him) Secretary ([email protected])
Dave Peterson (he/him) EC Representative ([email protected])
Tamer Abouzeid (he/they) EC Representative ([email protected])
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The West Cook Branch covers the western suburbs of Cook County. The branch’s borders are Chicago city limits to the east, Cook County limits to the west, I-55 to the south, and I-90 to the north. Suburbs within the branch include: Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Cicero, Hillside, Forest Park, La Grange, Maywood, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Oak Park and more.

The following zipcodes fall under the West Cook Branch:

60104, 60130, 60131, 60141, 60153, 60154, 60155, 60160, 60162, 60163, 60164, 60165, 60171, 60176, 60301, 60302, 60304, 60305, 60402, 60513, 60525, 60526, 60534, 60546, 60558, 60707, 60804