I am in favor of DSA LA expansion to San Gabriel Valley (SGV) known as the Eastside. To the transplant or recently arrived, the neighborhoods of Los Angeles may appear to be stucco houses strung together by ribbons of highway, one just like the other. The neighborhoods of Los Angeles however have a distinct and vital history of the struggles of the working class. The Los Angeles river runs east west then makes an abrupt southward turn just north of downtown, to flow north and south. The neighborhoods that help encompass the SGV have seen been home to the Walk Outs of 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3TKnj0fXZs The Chicano Moratorium against Vietnam https://www.kcet.org/kcet-50th-anniversary/august-1970-chicano-moratorium-protests-in-east-la-journalist-ruben-salazar, and the prop 187 protests, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=37&v=DgW1fo7bt6M&feature=emb_logo
Bernie Sanders placed his Los Angeles campaign HQ in the heart of East Los Angeles. Bernie knew this was where the working class lived, raised their children, went to school, shopped, and faced the worst of the worst onslaught of neoliberal social, political, and economic policies. The staff of the Bernie campaign came from this community, looked like the community it represented, and spoke in the languages that the community spoke. The SGV branch is the opportunity of DSA LA to finally link arms with the working class in class struggle, or continue to be the white, privileged, high income, male dominated country club of socialism in Los Angeles. At long last we have this chance, let’s not blow it.