Upcoming Events

  • Ever wanted to be a producer? Now's your chance! 

    Even if you don't have traditional media skills you can still be a producer, all it takes is a little bit of patience and determination!

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  • The World Runs on Essential Work

    • Friday, May 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join the Political Education Committee for a panel discussion with workers on the front line in Los Angeles, moderated by Liza Featherstone.

    Preregistration for this event is required. Click here to RSVP! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the information on how to join this meeting.

    As workers, we survive by selling our time and labor to the capitalist class. As socialists we know the relationship between labor and capital is an antagonistic, exploitative one—a feature laid ever barer during the COVID-19 pandemic while ‘essential workers’ are offered expensive military pageantry in place of hazard pay or adequate personal protective equipment.

    In this educational event, we connect the experiences of waged workers organizing for dignity and safe conditions in hospitals, public schools, and grocery stores with all of the essential work required to continually reproduce the working class under capitalist social relations.

    This educational event is open to all, and features a moderated discussion by Liza Featherstone and time for attendees to connect and discuss together how battles at the waged workplace can (and must) be connected to fights for decommodified public goods in a wider anti-systemic struggle that disrupts both production of commodities and the social processes that produce labor itself as a commodity.

    Brief educational resources listed here can be reviewed in 15 minutes, and are recommended but not required:

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  • Ecosocialism or Greed & Barbarism

    • Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    Join the Climate Justice and Political Education committees of DSA-LA for a 2-part special event on the dire choice our planet must make: Ecosocialism, or Greed & Barbarism. These classes, along with the suggested readings and videos that accompany them, take us from the current state of the climate crisis to the potential not-so-distant futures we face. 

    Part 1 on Greed & Barbarism is a look at what led to our climate catastrophe, the ecofacisist response that has already begun, and what happens if we continue with capitalism's "business as usual."

    Part 2 offers a solution to this impending apocalypse in the form of Ecosocialism, connecting the future we need to build to the current COVID-19 crisis. Each class will include short presentations on the main topics, followed by longer, facilitated group discussions.

    Preregistration for this event is required. Use the links below to RSVP. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the information on how to join these meetings.

    Part 1: Greed & Barbarism - May 16th

    Suggested readings for Part 1

     

    RSVP here for Part 2: Ecosocialism - May 30th

    Suggested readings for Part 2. Note: there's a lot to cover here! If you don't finish it all, don't worry - we'll recap what you missed at the event.

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  • Mutual Aid Party Stream

    • Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 8:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    Times are hard. We all gotta make sure we're taking time to decompress and check-in on each other! Stop by for an informal hangout that will probably include some Jackbox games.

    After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation email containing Zoom information for the meeting at approximately 7:30 PM on that Sunday.

    We hope to see you there! We are here to support each other.

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  • Healthcare Justice Committee Meeting

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  • Mutual Aid Book Club: A Paradise Built in Hell (Pt. 2)

    • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    For this Mutual Aid Book Club series, we're discussing Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Build In Hell. At this event, we're talking about Parts II and III, on The Great Debate and Mexico City's Earthquake. Discussion will be pretty informal, and folks of all levels of involvement are encouraged to join!

    Zoom connection information will be emailed to folks who RSVP on the day of the event. Please try to RSVP early to make sure we don't miss you!

    Unfortunately, physical copies of the book are sold out nearly everywhere. In the short term, we recommend supporting the author by purchasing an ebook. However, if you are not financially able to do this, please reach out to mutualaid@dsa-la.org.

    The Mutual Aid Book Club meets every first and third Tuesday of the month.

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  • The Power of Neighborhood Organizing

    • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Facebook Live


    CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

    If you don't have a Facebook account, a public link to view will be shared on all DSA social channels when the event starts.


    Los Angeles has a rich history of people coming together on a super-local basis to fight for progress and to defend human rights. That inspiring energy has continued through to this present day, but is it enough to build lasting change?

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:00pm on Facebook Live -- Join organizers from Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles and member and City Council candidate Nithya Raman (Nithya for the City) for an educational and motivating look at the power (and limits) of neighborhood organizing.

    Please RSVP and invite everyone you know!

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    Planned Content:

    1. Los Angeles, A Brief History of Organizing - A presentation from DSA-LA's Political Education committee will examine key moments in the history of LA organizing along with lessons learned.

    2. Nithya Raman: The Power of Neighborhood Organizing - Nithya's journey has taken her from neighborhood homelessness organizing to a neck and neck race for a key seat on Los Angeles City Council. Listen to her inspiring story about what can happen when people come together to demand change.

    3. Case Study: How to Organize Your Building - DSA-LA's Housing and Homelessness Committee will teach some immediately applicable skills about how to begin organizing with your own neighbors; discussing why this is more important now than ever.

    4. What Will It Take? - We'll pull these threads together and share DSA's people-powered vision of organizing for lasting change and let you know how you can be a part of the movement!

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    You don't need to consider yourself a socialist to join us, or to live in Los Angeles city - all who want to make the world a better a better place are welcome!

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  • DSA-LA for Nithya CWG Meeting

    • Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

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    Join DSA-LA's Campaign Working Group to help elect Nithya Raman! We'll be meeting to discuss how we're electing Nithya Raman to City Council District 4 in November. Please RSVP so we can send you the Zoom info! 

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  • In late 1970s Britain, the fascist National Front was winning elections, marching through the streets, and attempting to invade the country's burgeoning punk scene. In response, socialists united with artists, musicians, and members of Britain's Black and Asian communities to form two important movements: the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism. Together, these groups fought to kick the racists out of the UK's politics and culture. Today, Rock Against Racism is seen as a watershed moment in British popular music.
    This is the second of a two-part discussion, in which we will look at the height of RAR and the struggle against fascism, the Carnival Against the Nazis, and the impact they had on British music. We will be reading the last three chapters of the short book Beating Time: Rock & Roll & Race & Riot
    The Zoom details will be sent out on the day of the meeting. Please remember to check your spam folder.
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  • Mutual Aid Committee Meeting

    • Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    Join the Mutual Aid Committee for our twice-monthly committee meeting, where we'll be discussing ongoing and upcoming committee work, as well as helping folks get plugged into other work throughout the city. New members always welcome!

    Zoom connection information will be emailed to folks who RSVP on the day of the event. Please try to RSVP early to make sure we don't miss you!

    Mutual Aid Committee meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

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