Upcoming Events

  • Food Not Bombs, LA

    Food Not Bombs, box of peppers

    Join Food Not Bombs in solidarity every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. to prepare delicious vegan stew for the communities of Pershing Square and Skid Row.

    The cook takes place in Silver Lake until 6:30.

    Then the team heads over to Pershing Sq. to serve food around 7:00 p.m.

    Around 8:00 p.m, volunteers typically go on to serve food at Skid Row, at 6th and Wall.

    Volunteers can jump in at any point. 

    For more information on LA Food Not Bombs, or on how to start a chapter in your own community: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/about/?ref=page_internal

  • Prison Abolition Committee Meeting

    DSA-LA Prison Abolition Committee logo

    We hope to see you at our next committee meeting on Monday. Please join us to discuss our DA endorsement process, hear a presentation from ReformLAJails, discuss what went down at the National Convention, start our prison penpal writing through Black and Pink, and much more. We need volunteers to facilitate, take notes and keep stack. Your help will be hugely appreciated.

    NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING
    Monday, August 19, 7pm
    Cafe Mak (table in the back)
    612 Shatto Pl.
    Koreatown, CA 90005
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    Here is a draft our our agenda. If you would like to add something, reply to this email.

    DISTRICT ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENT CHECKLIST
    In preparation for our discussion on the district attorney endorsement process, please fill out this survey (it should only take a couple of minutes). We are asking your opinion on a number of potential litmus test items, and asking for your suggestions.

    On Thursday, we teamed up with the Electoral Politics committee to host a meet & greet with Franklin Bynum of DSA-Houston, a prison abolitionist and recently elected Judge for Harris County. He gave us valuable insight into the power of judges and district attorneys to upend the criminal legal system from the inside. He has generously offered to assist us in shaping our endorsement process and other strategies.

    BLACK AND PINK PRISON PENPAL LETTER WRITING
    As we discussed in the last meeting, we plan devote the last 15-20 minutes of our meeting time to writing to penpals through Black and Pink, an organization that helps incarcerated queer and trans folks connect with penpals on the outside. If you have not yet chosen a penpal, the process is quick. Here are the sign-up instructions. We will provide paper, pens, envelopes and stamps for those who want to mail physical letters. E-mail is also an option. If you would like to choose an incarcerated penpal through another organization, that is fine too.

    NEWS UPDATES & CURRENT EVENTS
    We will open up part of the meeting time for people to bring up news, stories or legislative updates relevant to the criminal legal system and abolition. Below are some recent headlines. If you've read anything interesting lately, let's share and discuss!

    See you Monday!

    Solidarity Forever,
    Miguel and Jordan,
    Interim Co-Chairs
    DSA-LA Prison Abolition Committee

    "It's time for a jailbreak of the imagination
    in order to make the impossible possible."
    — Mariame Kaba
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  • Mutual Aid Committee Mtg.

    • Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA

    Mutual aid is a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit.

    Mutual aid, as opposed to charity, does not connote moral superiority of the giver over the receiver.

    This committee organizes DSA-LA's chapter Child Watch program, our Community Defense Subcommittee, our Free Brake Light Clinics for the public, our Give Red blood drive for the Children's Hospital of L.A., and much more.

    Come by this meeting to plug into these and other MA projects. 🌹🔄

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  • ALL OUT AT THE POLICE COMMISSION

    All Out at the Police Commission with Black Lives Matter

    Content Warning: Police Violence, Racial Violence

    This past Wednesday, August 14th, the Los Angeles Police Department in Venice shot an unarmed and unhoused black man named John Penny over cries of appeal from his neighbors and other witnesses.

    The LAPD claim that Penny was “armed” with a glass bottle. Luckily, he survived.

    For the past 96 weeks, DSA-LA’s Prison Abolition Committee has joined its allies, Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles, White People 4 Black Lives, Centro CSO, Ground Game LA, the American Indian Movement, March & Rally Los Angeles, the Black Lives Matter LA Youth Vanguard, California for Progress, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles Chapter, and more, alongside the families of those who have been murdered by the Los Angeles Police and Sherrifs Departments to demand the resignation of Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey. 

    Over 535 Los Angeles residents have been murdered by the city’s cops since Jackie Lacey took office in December 2012. In that time, almost nine years, despite the dizzying number of state sanctioned deaths, Lacey has chosen to prosecute only one officer during her tenure.

    This is why we join the coalition in saying #JackieLaceyMustGo! 

    And this is why we’re calling you and all out to join us this Tuesday, August 20th, 9:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Police Commission to demand justice for John Penny. #BlackLivesMatter! #RSVP

    Our Prison Abolition Committee also holds its regular monthly meeting the day before the Police Commission does: Monday, the 19th. Join us if you can.

    And the day after the Police Commission? PrisonAbo will join these same L.A. allies on the steps of the Hall of “Justice” downtown at 211 W Temple St. from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to say #ByeJackie: RSVP now for the 96th iteration of this weekly action. 

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  • Neighborhood Hangout - Santa Clarita

    Neighborhood hangouts are a great way for DSA members to socialize in communities all across LA County! Are you a long-time member? New member? Local organizer or activist? Just curious about DSA? Come on by! We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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  • Immigration Justice Committee Meeting

    DSA-LA, Abolish ICE banner

    Join the DSA-LA Immigration Justice Committee for its Bi-Monthly meeting. We will be discussing the expansion of voting rights for LAUSD School Board, Border Solidarity work, and continued organizing around "Close the Camps" campaign. 

    Can't make it in person? No worries, this meeting is available via Zoom! You can sign up here:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a7b556bc6823ac5f66858a512be5123a

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Neighborhood Hangout - Northeast LA

    Neighborhood hangouts are a great way for DSA members to socialize in communities all across LA County! Are you a long-time member? New member? Local organizer or activist? Just curious about DSA? Come on by! We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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  • NOlympics, Homes Not Hotels Workshop

    Taco for Tenants for NOlympics

    Community workshop on hotel-driven displacement and how Hollywood tenants can fight back. Plus free tacos!

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  • Neighborhood Hangout - North Hollywood

    Neighborhood hangouts are a great way for DSA members to socialize in communities all across LA County! Are you a long-time member? New member? Local organizer or activist? Just curious about DSA? Come on by! We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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  • Neighborhood Hangout - South LA

    Neighborhood hangouts are a great way for DSA members to socialize in communities all across LA County! Are you a long-time member? New member? Local organizer or activist? Just curious about DSA? Come on by! We meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

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