News & Updates

Convention Roundup: Your Delegates Were Amazing!

The week following the DSA National Convention have been nothing short of chaotic. The 34 delegates that went to Chicago represented our chapter in a way that would make our entire chapter all proud and we wanted to take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments. Heading into the convention we had set three goals for ourselves: 1) vote in a democratic, transparent way that reflects our chapter; 2) forge relationships with other chapters with an eye towards coalition building and resource sharing; and 3) develop a strong, positive relationship with National. Throughout the Convention, delegates worked together in shared commitment, kindness, and solidarity to accomplish these goals and more. The thoughtfulness with which your delegates contemplated their votes—regularly conferring to discuss how changes made on the floor might be viewed by our membership, and self-organizing to ensure that the chapter’s minority opinions were represented in our voting—was inspiring. A number of chapters, impressed by our organization and effort to represent the chapter, voiced a desire to to model their future pre-convention organization around our example.  The voting guide we created for our delegates, which displayed the results of our chapter-wide polling, was lauded widely and other chapters have asked us to produce a resource describing the steps our chapter and delegation took so that they can follow a similar process at future conventions.  Continue reading

The Fight Has Already Begun: A Statement on the NOlympics LA Forum, Accessibility, and Moving Forward

Tuesday evening, NOlympics LA held its first public forum on the  LA 2024 2028 Olympic bid, which provided the first truly open and accessible opportunity for our coalition and members of the public to address the negative consequences of a 2028 Olympics on all of Los Angeles. The evening centered on a series of panel discussions featuring representatives from our amazing partner organizations including the LA Tenants Union, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, BLM-LA, LA CAN, AF3IRM, Socialist Alternative, March and Rally LA, SAJE, Anti-Racist Action, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Ground Game LA. Guest speakers from the UCLA Departments of History and African-American Studies joined in as well for what was a spirited dissection of Olympic and Los Angeles history, declarations of where we are in 2017, and ideas for how to organize and improve our communities moving forward. That night proved something we’ve known for a while: our coalition partners are some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable organizers in the region. Their expertise and individual experiences touched on a variety of intersectional issues at the core of urban life in Los Angeles: tenants rights, homelessness, healthcare, human trafficking, anti-imperialism, police militarization, the relationship between transit and displacement, and so on. Continue reading

DSA Los Angeles Steering Committee Statement on Danny Fetonte

We, the Steering Committee of DSA-Los Angeles, join DSA chapters and caucuses across the nation to call upon Danny Fetonte to voluntarily step down from his seat on DSA’s National Political Committee.  Continue reading

Everything* You Ever Wanted to Know About DSA-LA at the National Convention

Comrades! The National Convention is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! We also couldn’t be more grateful for all of our members’ and delegates’ patience as the Steering Committee navigates the national-level timelines and processes while maximizing opportunities for democratic input at the local level.   Here, we’ve compiled some frequently and less-frequently asked questions and answers to help clarify levels of decision-making processes at the local and national level. Enjoy!   Continue reading

A Letter To Senator Feinstein

Senator Feinstein: You have, on several occasions, openly stated that you do not support single-payer healthcare. You’re “not there yet.” Now, at a time when tens of millions of lives hang in the balance, a Republican colleague - Senator Daines of Montana - is forcing you and other Democrats to ‘show your hand’ to the world. As your constituents and people who will be affected by the horrid GOP legislation being discussed, we implore you to openly state a position on single-payer healthcare. This is a platform that has worked in every developed country around the world - and could even plausibly be enacted at your own state’s level given the size of its economy on a global scale. If you seek to represent your California constituency, now is the time to stand up and show both your Republican colleagues and those at home who rely on your governance that you are on the moral side of history. Continue reading

An Open Letter to the L.A. News Media:

Dear Los Angeles Area News Outlets,   Last week CurbedLA ran an informal Twitter poll which asked if people would prefer having the Olympics in LA in 2024, 2028, or not at all.   This is remarkable because it’s the first poll - informal or scientific - by any media outlet in California measuring public sentiment regarding the LA 2024/2028 Olympic bid. Save Save Continue reading

Reflections On Our Comedy Fundraiser

To everyone who came out to our fundraiser last Sunday, to the comedians who donated their talent to our cause, and to everyone who has donated to our convention fundraising so far, thank you! Continue reading

Statement On The 7.13.17 East LA Sherriff's Statement Shut Down

Members of DSA-LA and the ICE out of LA coalition shut down the East LA Sheriff’s Station for three hours on Thursday evening to demand that LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell end his policy of cooperating with ICE as well as his opposition to SB54, California’s “Sanctuary State” bill. Dozens of activists and community members converged on the Belvedere Park LASD station chanting “ICE out of LA!” and “End ICE collaboration! No more deportations!” Six courageous members of DSA-LA were able to make their way inside the station before the sheriffs chained the doors shut. For the next three hours they sat in the lobby with linked arms and delivered their demands to the officers in the station. Outside, the crowd held rallies at both main entrances of the station. LASD officers barricaded their driveway in the face of the protesters, who were not intimidated by the lines of armed sheriffs in riot gear. During the action, this station was totally shut down and no officers or patrol cars were able to enter or leave. Continue reading