News & Updates

Membership Resource Committee Platform

Join the Membership Committee! Mission statement The mission of the Membership Committee is 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. Our external mission is to develop and implement strategies, processes and resources that will lead to growth in membership, particularly organizing new members not well-represented within the current membership. Continue reading

Political Education Resource Committee Platform

Join the Political Education Committee! Mission Statement Capitalism has taught us that a society structured around an endless quest for profit and the pursuit of individual self interest is natural; as socialists, we identify capitalism as the artificially imposed set of relations that it is. The Political Education Committee seeks to challenge what is understood to be “common sense” under capitalism and offer ongoing opportunities to expand our collective understanding of socialist concepts, histories, and strategies.   As an Internal Resource and Organizing Committee, we aim to revive socialist pedagogies that support the goals of the chapter as a whole. We are committed to dismantling hierarchical structures traditionally associated with education, and to providing opportunities for educating and learning to all people. As members of a multi-tendency organization, the Political Education Committee’s work will prioritize productive debate and the respectful exchange of socialist ideas and viewpoints rather than the pursuit of absolute political agreement among members.   We will work in partnership with all other DSA-LA committees and working groups to develop educational resources and programming which introduces the broader public to socialism, raises our own membership’s level of participation and knowledge, and expands ownership of our collective struggle for the fullest possible imagining of freedom, liberation, and power for all people. Continue reading

NOlympics Working Group Platform

Join the NOlympics Working Group! NOlympics LA and the Road to 2028: A Platform for Changing the Conversation & Winning   Continue reading

Bylaws Revisions

Comrades! During our 6-month term, one of the interim Steering Committee’s foremost priorities has been to develop and democratically ratify a revised set of Bylaws that supports our growing chapter and aligns the realities of our organizing work with formal governing standards. Continue reading

The Medicare for All Act of 2017 – a DSA-Los Angeles analysis by Laura Blum-Smith:

Now that another GOP attempt at stripping tens of millions of vulnerable citizens of their healthcare appears to be over, DSA and the country at large must look to the best way forward for the future of our health care and the betterment of our society. It is clear the only manner by which health can be accessed without exception is a universal Single-Payer, Medicare For All distribution system. This goal is one our organization has prioritized nationally, and the path forward is becoming clear.  Continue reading

A Statement From DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group

This past month, Houston flooded and the Western United States burned. Earthquakes shook nations while hurricanes ravaged Texas, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic Basin (outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) on record, swelled amidst four other hurricanes collectively responsible for widespread death, homelessness, and power-outages that will leave Puerto Rico dark for months. Floods in South Asia have killed over 1,300 people and affected over 41 million more. More devastation is predicted to come. Meanwhile, our political leaders will continue business-as-usual while lamenting the fiscal cost. Continue reading

DSA-LA Ratifies Chapter Mission Statement & Organizational Priorities

The Los Angeles chapter of DSA has ratified a chapter mission statement and a set of Organizational Priorities that will be used to guide the work of the elected chapter leadership going forward with 96.5% of voters voting in favor!  The ratified version of this document can be found here. Continue reading

No More Olympic Parties in LA

Yesterday Thomas Bach—head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympics’ governing body of oligarchs and white-collar criminals—visited Los Angeles to invoke some old Nazi Olympic traditions at the Coliseum for a dreadful and bizarre NFL game between the recently relocated L.A. Rams and the unnamable Washington team. A German national, Bach was flown in specifically to light the Olympic cauldron, a symbol itself which was heavily invoked in the Nazi-run 1936 Olympics and inspired the Nazis to invent their own fiery tradition—the running of the torch. These allusions to fascist violence felt particularly egregious at an event benefitting and celebrating the NFL, an entity that tolerates misogyny and punishes those who speak out against racism, and hosting a team whose very name celebrates colonial violence and white supremacy. Continue reading

Join AfroSocialists, Racial Justice Committee and Sanctuary City at Taste of Soul

On October 21st, over a quarter million members of Southern California's African American and diverse community will converge on Crenshaw Blvd for Taste of Soul, one of the biggest street fairs in the country. DSA's Afrosocialist Caucus, DSA-LA's Racial Justice Caucus and the Sanctuary City Working Group invite you to help us infuse social action into this event rife with corporate ads and sponsors. We're looking forward to showing up full force and presenting democratic socialism to a group of people underrepresented in DSA. Continue reading

Vote Now: DSA-LA Mission Statement & Organizational Priorities

At our last chapter meeting, the DSA-LA Steering Committee presented a proposed mission statement and set of organizational priorities, which will be used to guide leadership and chapter decisions going forward. After taking chapter feedback in breakout groups at the meeting as well as online, we're presenting the revised Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities for chapter-wide ratification. Continue reading