Upcoming Events

  • Beyond Survival Book Club Ch.1-5

    • Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Google Hangout

    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 

    Google Hangout link here.

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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 registration link or click here.

    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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  • Agitation-Propaganda Committee Meeting

    A presentation will be given about the current state of communications for DSA-LA and how you can get plugged in!

    Are you a graphic designer, editor, illustrator, writer or some other type of media creator that's bored at home during self-isolation? Use the time to help bring on the revolution! 

    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! DSA-LA has enormously powerful platforms that are viewed by people from all over the world and we're always in need of new content. So come find out how you can get published and score yourself a producer credit!

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  • Healthcare Justice Committee Meeting

    Join us on Zoom to discuss updates to the goals set at our March Healthcare Justice Retreat.


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  • DSA-LA Labor Committee April Meeting: Organizing Under COVID-19

    • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    • Remote meeting via Zoom
    COVID-19 has forced a broad reorienting of DSA's work broadly, and of our Labor work generally - but we don't waste an opportunity to organize ourselves. We will have our next DSA-LA Labor Committee  meeting on Wednesday, April 8th, via Zoom. Please register to join at this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcuCopj0sTSwXJavhMnMzyEYDU-BI7Q

    We'll check in with each other about how we are experiencing COVID-19 as workers - how has our work changed, and how has our organizing on the job shifted? How do we support each other who were organizing a union or waging issue fights with our bosses? One way or another our workplace struggles continue, so let's figure out how.

    We're going to spend a lot of time talking about our work through the HealthyLA Coalition - this crisis presents a real opportunity to join in coalition with others and win policies at the local level that benefit all workers, prioritizing our class over investors. If you haven't already, hit this petition right here - http://healthyla.org/petition/

    And lastly, because we're not skipping our Socialist holiday this year, we'll be working on our May Day 2020 plans. May Day is a day to celebrate and honor each other as workers and commit ourselves further to struggle. While we don't know precisely what form our May Day 2020 work will take yet, you should be involved in planning and carrying it out!

    Email labor@dsa-la.org with any questions.
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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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  • PolEd Book Club - Caliban and the Witch pt. 5

    • Thursday, April 23, 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)
    Wednesday, April 15 - Part 4: "The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe" (pgs. 288-383 in PDF)
    *THIS WEEKThursday, April 23 - Part 5: "Colonization and Christianization" 
    (pgs. 384-428 in PDF)

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