Upcoming Events

  • Tenants' Rights Under COVID-19

    • Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Los Angeles is in crisis — and not just a public health crisis, but a deep economic crisis that is deepening the housing affordability and homelessness crises we've already been facing. Many of us have always been one paycheck away from losing our housing, and we are now losing work and facing housing insecurity. Many of us won't be able to pay our rent on April 1.

    But take a deep breath. We can ALL work with our friends, neighbors, and fellow tenants to leverage the power of numbers against landlords. We're taking some key actions to support both housed and unhoused tenants through this COVID-19 crisis.

    We've compiled some resources below on how you can organize your fellow tenants and request a rent reduction or suspension, either on your own or with your organized building. We are working to expand and push these resources out to our entire membership and beyond to lay the groundwork for potential rent strikes when it is necessary or strategic to do so. One key component of this effort is a new team of tenants' rights first responders, who can connect other members with resources and guidance on their rights as tenants during COVID-19. If you want to be a part of that team, or just learn more about your rights, we are holding a tenants' rights training on Monday at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here to register. 

    This meeting will be held online on the application Zoom. We recommend joining Zoom calls by computer or phone app because you will then be able to see other meeting attendees by webcam (it is not required to use a webcam and it can be turned off as well as your microphone muted if you prefer to just listen in). There is also the option of calling into Zoom meetings rather than joining by computer/phone app. Here’s our quick how-to Zoom guide!

    Click here to register in advance for the call.

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  • Beyond Survival Book Club Ch.1-5

    Join us for a lively discussion on Chapters 1-5 of Beyond Survival facilitated by your local Prison Abolition Committee. We will also be discussing the article, The Socialist Case Against Police and the LA County Alternatives to Incarceration Work Group Final Report 

    Zoom link here.

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  • Mutual Aid Committee Meeting

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    Come discuss our committee's and our community's ongoing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please RSVP for information on how to connect to the Zoom meeting.

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  • Mutual Aid Book Club: The State and Revolution (Pt. 1)

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    We will be discussing the Preface and Chapters 1 and 2 of Lenin's The State and Revolution. This will be a pretty casual book club, but the reading is sure to spark some pretty deep discussion!

    You can find the full text here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

    Please RSVP for information on how to connect to the Zoom meeting.

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  • PolEd Book Club - Caliban and the Witch pt. 2

    • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Join the Political Education Committee every week as we read and discuss Silvia Federici's classic text, "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation". Meetings will be held via Zoom and open to all. RSVP to each meeting to receive the Zoom link to join!

    Book PDF link: Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici

    READING & DISCUSSION SCHEDULE
    Thursday, March 26 - Part 1: "Introduction" and "All the World Needs is a Jolt" (pgs. 15-103 in PDF)
    *THIS WEEK* Wednesday, April 1 - Part 2: "The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women" (pgs. 104-231 in PDF)
    Thursday, April 9 - 
    Part 3: "The Great Caliban" (pgs. 232-287 in PDF)
    Wednesday, April 15 - Part 4: "The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe" (pgs. 288-383 in PDF)
    Thursday, April 23 - Part 5: "Colonization and Christianization" 
    (pgs. 384-428 in PDF)

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  • Night School (Zoom): The Nature of the Two-Party System

    • Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Night Schools will continue online via Zoom. RSVP to receive Zoom invite link.

    New and long-time comrades are invited to join a Night School series that engages with Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy within the broader history of socialist strategies and perspectives on electoral politics. Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates. Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked below, aligned with the session topic detailed here. 

    Though Bernie Sanders won his Senate seat as an Independent, he’s vying for the Democratic Party nomination for President. This session interrogates why United States politics is dominated by a two-party system, and how exactly this system functions. Within this framework, we discuss the relationship between organized labor and the Democratic Party, why the Democratic Party is not a Labor Party, and what a truly mass Labor Party would look like. 

    Recommended readings:

    The Crises of Labor and the Left in the United States, by Mark Dudzic & Adolf Reed (Socialist Register,  2015)

    A Left Strategy for 2020 and Beyond, Carl Davidson & Bill Fletcher Jr, (TRUTHOUT, 2019)

     

    Find more information on this Night School series on socialism and electoral politics (as well as past and future installments) here

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  • PolEd Book Club - Caliban and the Witch pt. 3

    • Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Join the Political Education Committee every week as we read and discuss Silvia Federici's classic text, "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation". Meetings will be held via Zoom and open to all. RSVP to each meeting to receive the Zoom link to join!

    Book PDF link: Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici

    READING & DISCUSSION SCHEDULE
    Thursday, March 26 - Part 1: "Introduction" and "All the World Needs is a Jolt" (pgs. 15-103 in PDF)
    Wednesday, April 1 - Part 2: "The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women" (pgs. 104-231 in PDF)
    *THIS WEEKThursday, April 9 - 
    Part 3: "The Great Caliban" (pgs. 232-287 in PDF)
    Wednesday, April 15 - Part 4: "The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe" (pgs. 288-383 in PDF)
    Thursday, April 23 - Part 5: "Colonization and Christianization" 
    (pgs. 384-428 in PDF)

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  • On April 10, Peter Dreier and Francesca Fiorentini will present their book We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style. 

    Dreier has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, government official, reporter, and advocate for 30 years. He writes widely on American politics and public policy, specializing in urban politics and policy, housing policy, community development, and community organizing. Fiorentini is a correspondent, comedian, and internet celebrity. She has the host and head writer of the webseries Newsbroke on AJ+, the digital outlet of Al Jazeera Media Network. She is also the host of “Red White and Who?” on MSNBC. Francesca is a regular guest on The Young Turks. She authored a piece in this book titled: “What about a well-fed Artist? Imagining Cultural Work in a Democratic Socialist Society”

    For more on the "What is Democratic Socialism," Panel click here: https://www.dsa-la.org/what_is_democratic_socialism_book_panel

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  • PolEd Book Club - Caliban and the Witch pt. 4

    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Join the Political Education Committee every week as we read and discuss Silvia Federici's classic text, "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation". Meetings will be held via Zoom and open to all. RSVP to each meeting to receive the Zoom link to join!

    Book PDF link: Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici

    READING & DISCUSSION SCHEDULE
    Thursday, March 26 - Part 1: "Introduction" and "All the World Needs is a Jolt" (pgs. 15-103 in PDF)
    Wednesday, April 1 - Part 2: "The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women" (pgs. 104-231 in PDF)
    Thursday, April 9 - 
    Part 3: "The Great Caliban" (pgs. 232-287 in PDF)
    *THIS WEEKWednesday, April 15 - Part 4: "The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe" (pgs. 288-383 in PDF)
    Thursday, April 23 - Part 5: "Colonization and Christianization" 
    (pgs. 384-428 in PDF)

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  • Night School (Zoom): Socialist Strategy & the Democratic Party

    • Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Zoom in Los Angeles, CA

    Night Schools will continue online via Zoom. RSVP to receive Zoom invite link.

    New and long-time comrades are invited to join a Night School series that engages with Bernie Sanders’s insurgent candidacy within the broader history of socialist strategies and perspectives on electoral politics. Each session features a brief, informal presentation followed by facilitated discussion designed to engage all levels and connect current events to foundational socialist concepts and debates. Comrades are encouraged (but not required) to review recommended readings linked below, aligned with the session topic detailed here. 

    Given the structural limitations of the American electoral system, organized socialists’ orientations toward the Democratic Party have long been an important and contested topic. This session situates DSA’s support for the Bernie campaign within the broader landscape of socialist perspectives towards the Democratic Party—ranging from those who seek to ‘take over’ the party, to those who abstain from Democratic Party politics entirely, to those to seek a strategic engagement with the Democratic Party. Recommended readings offer distinct perspectives on whether or not strategic engagement with the Democratic Party is possible, and what forms it may take. 

    Recommended readings:

    The Democratic Party Cul-de-sac (Chapter Nine from On New Terrain: How Capital is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War), by Kim Moody (Haymarket Books, 2017)

    It’s Party Time: DSA and Post-Realignment Electoral Strategy by David Duhalde (DSA Socialist Forum, 2019)

     

    Find more information on this Night School series on socialism and electoral politics (as well as past and future installments) here

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