News & Updates

Statement by the Sanctuary City Working Group of DSA-LA

As democratic socialists, we stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants in a struggle against capitalist exploitation. Borders are inherently violent, and cannot exist without state brutality. They limit the mobility of workers, preventing them from seeking better work and a better life while permitting investors to seek opportunities without restraint; it is an injustice that borders are open to capital and closed to people. Furthermore, many migrants come to the United States because capitalism and American imperialism have imposed poverty and violence on their countries of origin. We oppose white supremacist attempts to divide the working class and blame people of color—particularly Latinx and Muslim immigrants—for poverty and crime that are in fact caused by the unjust distribution of wealth. Employers make undocumented immigrants into a super-exploited class, hiring them precisely because they have even less access to legal protection and union representation than other workers. Continue reading

DSA-LA Steering Committee Elections Process

Why are we having elections? Our current executive committee consists of our committee co-chairs, who have not been democratically elected by our members. In order to be a democratic organization that is responsive to our membership, we need to instead have an elected steering committee. This committee will serve for a period of six months, during which they’ll develop new policies and leadership structures that will enable us to continue to democratically elect our leadership in the future. Who are we electing, who is eligible to run, and who is eligible to vote? We are electing a 9-person steering committee, comprised of 3 members in specific roles (Communications Secretary, Treasurer, and Young Democratic Socialists Coordinator) and 6 at-large members. To run for a seat on the steering committee, you must be a member of DSA-LA in good standing with the chapter. You must also have paid national dues by April 15 and local dues by May 12. In addition, in order to ensure that candidates have contributed productively to DSA-LA, you must have the endorsement of a DSA-LA committee co-chair. (We’ll ask you for their name and then ask them if they indeed endorse you.) The election coordinating committee may make exceptions to dues requirements on the basis of financial hardship. To vote in the election, you must be a member of DSA-LA in good standing with the chapter, and must have paid national dues by May 12. Again, the election coordinating committee may make exceptions to dues requirements on the basis of financial hardship. Continue reading

Statement: DSA-LA Supports the March for Justice, Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

The Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles Chapter joins the Armenian community in its continued fight for a just resolution and against denial of the Armenian Genocide. DSA-LA recognizes and commemorates the one and a half million Armenians who were killed between 1915 and 1923. Continue reading

How to Vote for Skid Row Neighborhood Council

There is an incredibly important vote taking place both online and in-person regarding the creation of a Skid Row Neighborhood Council. Although DSA-LA as a chapter has not formally endorsed one side on this vote, our Housing & Homelessness committee has been working with various organizations involved in Skid Row. This means our chapter members are considered stakeholders and so are eligible to vote. If you want to vote online, you have until Sunday April 2 to register; if you want to vote in person, there is an election on April 6, as well as various pop-up polls happening before then. We want to make sure that all members are aware that they can vote in this election, and to provide some background information on why our Housing & Homelessness Committee feels that this is an important issue that deserves your consideration! Continue reading

Thanks Capitalism!

DSA's new animated video: Thanks Capitalism! Featuring the talents of DSA-LA's own, Kelsey Goldberg, Joe Randazzo, and Adam Fligsten Continue reading

Profiles in Socialist Feminism: Kelsey Goldberg

DSA Los Angeles' Kelsey Goldberg tells us why she's a Socialist Feminist. 🌹Join DSA's Socialist Feminist team today: dsausa.org/feminism Continue reading

DSA-LA Crashes Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Victory Party

Last night, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated his resounding re-election victory inside the Laborers Local 300 building. Outside, more than 100 activists from the Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles chapter gathered to demand that Garcetti declare Los Angeles a true sanctuary city. Continue reading

Salans and Shain Campaigns for City Council District 13

Jessica Salans and Sylvie Shain are two progressive candidates running for Los Angeles City Council District 13. Currently, there are members of DSA-LA working on both campaigns, but there are less than two weeks until the March 7th elections and the Salans and Shain campaigns could definitely use some extra help if anyone is interested in volunteering. If you would like learn more about the candidates or if you want to volunteer for canvassing, phone banking, or if you have any other skills that you can contribute, you can sign up on the Salans and Shain campaign websites, which are www.salans2017.com and www.sylvieshain.com. Whether you live in the district or not, sharing posts on social media can also help to reach a lot of potential voters as well. Please remember to vote on March 7th. Continue reading

DSA-LA Statement in Opposition to Measure S

DSA-LA's Housing and Homelessness Committee and Politics Committee recommend NO on Measure S for the following reasons: Measure S will contribute to the overall shortage of housing in Los Angeles, which will lead to increased rental and housing costs, displacement, and homelessness; It will endanger the building of permanent supportive housing units planned for homeless people as part of Measure HHH, approved overwhelmingly by voters; It will not place restrictions on luxury apartments and hotels, nor does it provide developers meaningful incentives to develop more affordable housing; It will place restrictions on height and density of building development that prevent modern environmentally sustainable city planning; It will not create meaningful democratic control over local zoning rules; It is funded by a corrupt local millionaire who is siphoning money from his AIDS charity to prevent obstruction of his office view. Continue reading

DSA-LA Statement in Support of Measure H

DSA-LA's Housing and Homelessness Committee and Politics Committee recommend YES on Measure H for the following reasons: Measure H is an important companion to Measure HHH, which passed overwhelming in November.   If passed, Measure H will provide crucial supportive services to homeless individuals and those at-risk of homelessness for the entirety of Los Angeles County.Together the two measures will help to establish a housing-first model that comprehensively addresses homelessness in Los Angeles. Although DSA-LA has concerns that the regressive nature of a sales tax disproportionately impacts low-income people, items such as groceries, utilities, transportation, prescription medications, etc. are exempt which mitigate some of our concerns. Measure H is a critical opportunity for Angelenos to address our ongoing homelessness epidemic. Continue reading