News & Updates

Local Officer Candidates & Statements

Please find below the list of candidates & candidacy statements for the DSA-LA Steering Committee. Following the Candidate Forum this Saturday, November 18, the election voting period will commence by online ballot. Please read the below statement for more details on the candidate forum. For an earlier and more detailed write up of the election process, please see this blog post. All DSA-LA members are encouraged to attend the Candidate Forum from 3-6pm on Saturday, November 18 at UTLA (3303 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010). Candidates will be participating in a Question and Answer session, then members will have the opportunity to express their experiences and opinions regarding candidates. If you cannot attend the Forum or would prefer to remain anonymous, please submit your comments about candidates to   For the Q&A portion of the Forum, the Nominations Committee will be accepting suggestions for questions to be asked of candidates. Please send your suggestions to or submit them via this form before the Forum on November 18.    Voting will begin on Sunday, November 19 and will end on Sunday, November 26. The six At Large positions will be voted on using the Borda Ranking System, wherein members rank candidates in order of preference. The six candidates with the highest combined ranking votes will be elected. All other contested positions are between two candidates and so will be decided by single votes, wherein the candidates with the plurality of votes will be elected. Communications Director and Recording Secretary are uncontested and the candidates will be declared elected by acclamation. Continue reading

Steering Committee Nominations!

This month, DSA Los Angeles will be holding elections for the next Steering Committee term, which begins at the end of the month. Nominations are officially open today. If you're interested in running for any Steering Committee positions, or for the YDSA Coordinator position (full details about DSA-LA leadership positions in this blogpost), please fill out the below forms, which are managed by your elected Nominations Committee: Continue reading

Local Officer Elections & Call for Nominations Committee

The interim Steering Committee’s six-month term will be coming to an end at the end of November.   This post serves to call for applications for the Nominations Committee (the body responsible for overseeing and facilitating the chapter’s upcoming Local Officer election (Art. VII, Sec. 1)), outlines the Local Officer roles that need to be filled, and details the timeline for the Local Officer election overall.   Continue reading

Committee & Working Group Platforms Have Been Ratified!

Over the last few weeks the Committee and Working Groups have been working tirelessly to draft platforms that not only have overwhelming support amongst their Committee and Working Group members, but the chapter as well! It is with immense joy that we announce that all the Committee and Working Group platforms have been ratified by the chapter with at least 91.9% approval from voters.  Continue reading

Bylaws Revisions

Comrades! During our 6-month term, one of the interim Steering Committee’s foremost priorities has been to develop and democratically ratify a revised set of Bylaws that supports our growing chapter and aligns the realities of our organizing work with formal governing standards. Continue reading

The Medicare for All Act of 2017 – a DSA-Los Angeles analysis by Laura Blum-Smith:

Now that another GOP attempt at stripping tens of millions of vulnerable citizens of their healthcare appears to be over, DSA and the country at large must look to the best way forward for the future of our health care and the betterment of our society. It is clear the only manner by which health can be accessed without exception is a universal Single-Payer, Medicare For All distribution system. This goal is one our organization has prioritized nationally, and the path forward is becoming clear.  Continue reading

A Statement From DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group

This past month, Houston flooded and the Western United States burned. Earthquakes shook nations while hurricanes ravaged Texas, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic Basin (outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) on record, swelled amidst four other hurricanes collectively responsible for widespread death, homelessness, and power-outages that will leave Puerto Rico dark for months. Floods in South Asia have killed over 1,300 people and affected over 41 million more. More devastation is predicted to come. Meanwhile, our political leaders will continue business-as-usual while lamenting the fiscal cost. Continue reading

DSA-LA Ratifies Chapter Mission Statement & Organizational Priorities

The Los Angeles chapter of DSA has ratified a chapter mission statement and a set of Organizational Priorities that will be used to guide the work of the elected chapter leadership going forward with 96.5% of voters voting in favor!  The ratified version of this document can be found here. Continue reading

No More Olympic Parties in LA

Yesterday Thomas Bach—head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympics’ governing body of oligarchs and white-collar criminals—visited Los Angeles to invoke some old Nazi Olympic traditions at the Coliseum for a dreadful and bizarre NFL game between the recently relocated L.A. Rams and the unnamable Washington team. A German national, Bach was flown in specifically to light the Olympic cauldron, a symbol itself which was heavily invoked in the Nazi-run 1936 Olympics and inspired the Nazis to invent their own fiery tradition—the running of the torch. These allusions to fascist violence felt particularly egregious at an event benefitting and celebrating the NFL, an entity that tolerates misogyny and punishes those who speak out against racism, and hosting a team whose very name celebrates colonial violence and white supremacy. Continue reading

Join AfroSocialists, Racial Justice Committee and Sanctuary City at Taste of Soul

On October 21st, over a quarter million members of Southern California's African American and diverse community will converge on Crenshaw Blvd for Taste of Soul, one of the biggest street fairs in the country. DSA's Afrosocialist Caucus, DSA-LA's Racial Justice Caucus and the Sanctuary City Working Group invite you to help us infuse social action into this event rife with corporate ads and sponsors. We're looking forward to showing up full force and presenting democratic socialism to a group of people underrepresented in DSA. Continue reading
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