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DSA LA STREET WATCH

  DSA Street Watch is a DSA-LA Housing & Homelessness Committee initiative that seeks to protect the civil and human rights of unhoused people across LA County and increase public knowledge of housing and homelessness issues through a variety of direct engagements. These include but are not limited to: The tracking of encampments and encampment sweeps; consistent outreach to empower encampment residents by informing them of their rights, gather information regarding rights violations or harassment, and offer resources such as legal aid; educate surrounding business owners, property owners, and other housed residents to discourage them from calling law enforcement or sanitation on encampments; and legally observe and record video of law enforcement and sanitation encampment sweeps to ensure that unhoused people's rights are not being violated. As our profit-driven housing crisis continues to escalate, DSA Street Watch will stand with our unhoused neighbors in order to fight to end the criminalization of poverty and accelerate a socialist movement for housing as a human right and full access to public spaces. Continue reading

Healthcare Committee Platform

Mission Statement: The DSA-LA Healthcare Committee seeks to achieve a socialist health care system, clear from profit motives, as a human/moral right for all. In the immediate future, our committee advocates for a single-payer distribution system covering all residents of California, funded through progressive taxation for all medically necessary services, including: doctor, hospital, emergency room, vision, dental, mental health, long and short-term care, reproductive care and any other indispensable health requirement. Medical supply and prescription drug costs would be better controlled and available to anyone in need. Patients would gain choice of provider and facility while medical practitioners would establish autonomy over care for patients. We seek to focus on attaining this systemic goal at both the local and federal levels. Continue reading

Immigration Justice Committee Platform

The Immigration Justice Committee Platform   Analysis  As socialists, we stand in solidarity with all immigrants and refugees in the struggle against capitalist exploitation. Borders are inherently violent: they define strict and artificial rules for the occupation and mobility of people, who are often displaced by various economic, social, and environmental pressures, including war and other forms of violence. The reality is that many come to the United States as refugees or economic migrants because capitalism and U.S. imperialism create and sustain cycles of poverty, ecological collapse, and violence. Continue reading

Religious Socialism Committee Platform

Religious Socialism Committee (RELISOC) Mission Statement / Principles: If socialism seeks to be a national movement, it will have to rely on communities of faith who already inform the perspective of so many of us. The aim of the Religious Socialism Committee (RELISOC) is to foster democratic socialism along existing faith networks by connecting religious leaders and communities with organizers and activists by doing good works in the company of those of differing faith with unifying purpose. Continue reading

Anti-Oppression Committee Platform

Committee Platform The DSA-LA Anti-Oppression Committee is primarily an internal resource committee working to make our chapter and all work carried forth by DSA-LA  just, representative, and liberatory.   Continue reading

Labor Committee Platform

  Introduction   The Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles (DSA-LA) Labor Committee (henceforth “the Committee”) was founded in January 2017 by rank and file union members, union staff, and unrepresented workers. The Committee is dedicated to developing worker consciousness and solidarity, both within our chapter and among the greater Los Angeles community. At the national level, the Committee also works in conjunction with the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC), a network of DSA committees, working groups, and other bodies that formally interacts with other organizations that belong to or support the labor movement.    As socialists, the Committee's core philosophy is rooted in the conviction that the workplace is one of the most vital spaces in the struggle for democracy and human dignity. Our work should empower DSA members to fight that struggle and win.    Continue reading

Strategic Research Committee Platform

Mission Statement: As our local has grown and continues to, many people of varying backgrounds and interests have taken up the task of Doing Research for their working group, caucus, committee, and/or campaigns that they are working with. This research has been absolutely vital to our success so far, and will grow in importance as we take on bigger and bolder campaigns as DSA Los Angeles, and in partnership with other organizations. Continue reading

Climate Justice Committee Platform

Mission Statement The Climate Justice Working Group of DSA-LA recognizes the current moment as an historical apex; one that must end with the dismantling of capitalism as well as the reconstitution of society and its relationship to the Earth. In our dedication to a politics that places people and the planet before profit, the Climate Justice Working Group of DSA-LA will work to agitate, educate and organize on the local, state and national levels for an ecosocialist future in which democracy and equity are united with sustainability.   Continue reading

Electoral Politics Committee Platform

MISSION STATEMENT The Electoral Politics Committee of DSA-LA exists to help the chapter gain the power and knowledge necessary to work towards and realize its various goals using the existing power of the state as channeled through elected office.   At the moment, many of the chapter’s goals—achieving universal healthcare, universal housing, universal education, universal bread, universal roses, and destroying capitalism—involve appealing to the power of elected officials to enact, enforce, and repeal laws. Save some rare instances of individual moral decisionmaking, elected officials make decisions because of financial, social, or political pressure—in other words, they do things for money, fame, or votes. Continue reading