News & Updates

DSA-LA Endorses Steve Dunwoody For Assembly in District 54

After a candidate Q&A and seven thoughtful statements from members both for and against endorsement, we're excited to announce the chapter voted to endorse Steve Dunwoody in the race for California's 54th Assembly District, which includes Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Century City, Crenshaw, Leimert Park, Mar Vista, Mid-City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Ladera Heights, View Park and Windsor Hills. Continue reading

DSA-LA Conflict Resolution Team: Job Descriptions and Call for Applications

Within our organization, we’re deeply committed to building and maintaining structures that support our members and ensure our spaces do not reproduce the systems of oppression we collectively seek to dismantle. Over the next two months, the Steering Committee will be working to recruit, interview, and train a Conflict Resolution Team. Once in place, the Conflict Resolution Team will play a critical role in providing members ongoing access to: Continue reading

Statement On the Failure of AB 1506 to Repeal Costa-Hawkins

We are outraged, but not surprised, that this past Thursday, January 11, 2018, members of the Housing and Community Development Committee of our State Assembly failed to move forward Assembly Bill 1506, which would repeal Costa-Hawkins and remove strict restrictions to enacting rent control across California.  We thank Assemblymembers Bonta (D-Alameda), Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Stone (D-Scotts Valley) for their support of repealing Costa-Hawkins. However, two Democrats, Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Jim Wood (D-Humboldt), refused to vote for the measure, joining two Republicans in killing the bill’s chances for the year. We will not soon forget these decisions to put the profits of property owners over the livelihoods of tenants. Continue reading

DSA-LA Endorses Gayle McLaughlin for Lt. Governor and the Affordable Housing Act

Two analyses, one questionnaire, a candidate Q&A, and 10 days of voting later, we're excited to announce the chapter is getting behind two major statewide campaigns this year and endorsing leftist candidate for Lt. Governor, Gayle McLaughlin, and the Affordable Housing Act, a ballot measure aimed at repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Act. Continue reading

Statement on National’s Proposed Sample Chapter Bylaws by DSA-LA Steering Committee

We, the Steering Committee of DSA Los Angeles, object to the proposed sample bylaws sent out by National on December 19 and the review process currently being carried out. Democracy, done right, takes a lot of work. DSA-LA has recently undergone the process of writing and ratifying new bylaws to expand the rights of members, so we understand what an immense undertaking this can be. In our own local bylaws reviews process, we emphasized transparency, comprehension, and ongoing discussion with our entire membership, including opportunities for additional amendments at our upcoming Spring 2018 Annual Convention.  The undemocratic content of the sample bylaws, and the rushed and exclusionary process being pushed by National, contradict a basic tenet of DSA—that truly democratic decision making processes must be embedded in every level of the organization. We call on the NPC to abandon this proposed timeline, and take the time to do this right. Continue reading

DSA-LA Bylaws and Member Feedback on Potential Amendments

On November 2, 2017 the proposed revisions to the DSA-LA Bylaws were ratified by 91% of 168 voters.* This bylaws revision and expansion was led by the interim Steering Committee—a short-term leadership body elected to develop and implement a set of governing standards aligned with the realities of the growing DSA-LA local. The process for Bylaws revisions began in July 2017, when the interim Steering Committee ensured opportunities for committees and members to begin to pilot proposed updates. Before calling for a vote on the proposed revisions, the interim Steering Committee released a full draft of the revised Bylaws for a 2-week public comment period on October 1st. DSA-LA members were asked to review the draft and bring feedback to a chapter meeting on October 14th, where the draft document was presented to multiple small groups for responses. Member feedback was prioritized for inclusion if it was raised by multiple members, addressed major omissions, or identified areas unaligned with DSA-LA’s ratified Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities. Members voted to approve a final revision which incorporated this feedback on November 2nd.   Although the Bylaws revision process was responsive to member feedback, the interim Steering Committee acknowledges the importance of having an opportunity for members to propose, advocate for, and vote on amendments to these Bylaws. To that end, Article IV, Section 1 of the Bylaws outlines a requirement that the Steering Committee hold a Local Annual Convention. The Annual Convention is established as the highest legislative body of the local and will feature in-person debate and votes on future revisions to the DSA-LA Bylaws and the Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities. Continue reading

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 elections@dsa-la.org.   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 elections@dsa-la.org 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
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