Upcoming Events

  • PolEd Summer Happy Hour

    Cartoon Karl Marx enjoys a drink at the beach

     

    Looking to become more active in the Political Education Committee? Looking to work with PolEd on a project for your own committee? Looking to discuss politics over some brews? Look no further than our summer happy hour!

    The Political Education Committee is hosting a Happy Hour at Boomtown Brewery from 7-8:30 pm, Wednesday, July 24th. We'll start with a discussion on the first half of Hall and O'Shea's "Common-sense Neoliberalism", then give a brief introduction to our committee, current projects, and future goals.

    If it's been a while since your last PolEd Meeting, or if you've never been to one before, this event is for you! We hope to see you there.

    Reading: Stuart Hall and Alan O'Shea - Common-sense Neoliberalism, p. 8-13 (up through 'Fairness')

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  • DSA 101

    For members both new to and experienced within DSA-LA, it’s critical for us to understand and discuss the societal transformations we hope to win. This introductory training provides participants the language to talk about root causes of oppression and key crises facing our world.  Additionally, participants will have an interactive opportunity to learn about the foundational values of DSA-LA and how it functions. Everyone who attends, whether this is their first or fifty first DSA activity, will come away a series of next steps for their engagement in the chapter. Recommended materials: pen and paper

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  • Street Watch General Meeting

    For decades, the city of Los Angeles has addressed its growing homeless population through dehumanizing policies of criminalization, the destruction of vital personal belongings, and banishment. Using the example of the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s (LA CAN) highly effective “Community Watch” program in the heavily policed neighborhood of Skid Row, DSA-LA and LA CAN have partnered to create a city-wide Street Watch coalition of grassroots organizations and community members that seek to empower and protect the rights of poor and unhoused people across LA County through a variety of direct engagements and actions. These include but are not limited to: the tracking of encampments and encampment sweeps, consistent outreach to encampment residents to inform them of their rights and encourage them to organize and join the broader movement for housing as a human right, and more.

    Join us for a general meeting this month, featuring an update on the recently-filed federal lawsuit against the City challenging the unconstitutional treatment of people's belongings and the ordinance used to justify it.

    If you're new to Street Watch, there will be a new member training from 12 to 1 p.m. before the meeting starts.

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  • Teachers on the Rise

    • Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA
    UTLA Striking Teachers
    Why are teachers all over the country going on strike, and what does it mean for the labor movement and the broader working class?

    Join DSA-LA for an event with LAUSD teacher Erika Alvarez in conversation with Eric Blanc, author of “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics.” The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Refreshments will be served!

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  • Climate Justice Committee Meeting — July

    • Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    • UTLA room 815 in Los Angeles, CA

    Join us for:

    • Q&A with city council candidate Sarah Kate Levy
    • Updates from climate coalitions & campaigns
    • Ongoing projects & how you can get involved
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  • Housing & Homelessness Committee Meeting

    Given Los Angeles’s persistent housing crisis and capital’s return to the city’s urban cores, we do not view housing access and protections, rising rents, land speculation, environmental degradation, and homelessness as discrete issues. Rather, they are bound intimately together, each amplifying the others and creating stark, tangible manifestations of the ways capitalism displaces and dispossesses our communities.

    Join us for our bi-monthly meeting as we plan political education, research, and tenant organizing initiatives for the rest of the year. Meeting in Hollywood — RSVP for address.

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  • Electoral Politics August Committee Meeting (8/8)

    • Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM
    • UTLA in Los Angeles, CA

    Please attend the August Electoral Politics Committee meeting! We will review and vote on submitted proposals and continue to discuss our plans for 2020. Additionally, a representative from the US Census Bureau will be giving a presentation on the upcoming 2020 Census, and we will be having Q&A's with candidates in the AD53 race.

    To submit a proposal for this meeting, please fill out this form by Thursday, August 1st, 11:59pm. All proposals will be distributed to the committee so members have time to read, review, and comment on the proposals before the next committee meeting.

     

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  • Membership committee meeting - August

    • Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM
    • TBD in Koreatown, CA

    All members are welcome!

     

    The mission of the Membership Committee is both internal and external. In our internal capacity, the Membership Committee will work to retain and activate existing members to contribute their time and skills to committee work, campaigns, direct actions and other DSA efforts. In our external capacity, we will develop and implement strategies, processes, and resources that will lead to growth in membership that better represents the working class of Los Angeles.

     

    Current projects include the Neighborhood Hangouts, the Branch Meeting Welcome Crews, Trainings, and Materials.

     

    Please bring snacks and drinks to share!

     

    We suggest you bring a laptop to the meeting, if you can. It makes it easier to follow along.

     

    There is a remote call-in option. Please RSVP and check your email.

     

    If you’re not receiving Membership committee emails, please sign-up here.

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