News & Updates

Letter To The IOC

September 13,  2017 Dear  Members  of  the  International  Olympic  Committee, Today you are announcing a decision that will fundamentally and detrimentally alter the course of the lives of many Los Angelenos. Sadly, the heaviest cost will be paid by the most vulnerable: the homeless, the poor, immigrants and communities of color. You’ll do so under the guise of “Olympic spirit”, national pride, and athleticism. You’ll make grand statements about how the Olympics will bring jobs, economic stimulation and fund youth sports programs. But what you won’t talk about are the tens of thousands of people who have been dispossessed of their homes and communities in Tokyo, Rio, and Sochi as a result of the Olympics. Or how many billions of public dollars have been diverted from the city coffers of Montreal, Barcelona, and Athens to pay for the cost overruns.  You won’t talk about the billions of dollars that will pour into the IOC, benefitting its grotesquely wealthy and elite members and the billions more that will land in the pockets of its privileged and opportunistic cohorts and business associates. You won’t talk about the trail of devastation that is the alloy of the Olympic  gold. Continue reading

DSA-LA Prison Abolition Working Group Statement on LAPD Drones

The DSA Los Angeles Prison Abolition Working Group emphatically condemns the Los Angeles Police Department’s attempt to acquire drones for their Special Weapons and Tactics division (SWAT). While LAPD officials continue to insist that these drones would only be deployed for ‘special circumstances’ such as search and rescue, history clearly shows that military equipment acquired by the LAPD is predominantly used to occupy and oppress low-income communities of color in South LA, East LA, and Skid Row. In addition, President Trump's recent lift on the ban on military gear to local police has the community worried that drones are just the beginning. In order to be sure of LAPD's refusal to condone military police, they should attempt to distance themselves from Trump's much looser standards. Armed or not, drones are weapons of war-- to normalize them as a presence in our communities will further empower the most militarized police force in the nation, while enhancing a data collecting surveillance state that fosters an environment of fear, trauma, and violence. They are an instrument of the billion dollar military and prison industrial complex that devastates millions of lives across the globe, and which the LAPD plays a major role in here at home. Given their long record of corruption, misconduct, murder and ‘mission creep’, the LAPD does not have the trust of the community to acquire any more weapons or funding-- on the contrary, their behavior should be grounds for having far less.  Continue reading

DSA-LA Bylaws: Timeline & FAQ on Proposed Revisions & Expansions

Since our May election, one of the interim Steering Committee's top priorities has been the collaborative development of policies that aim to strengthen our organization and embody our commitment to transparent, democratic decision-making and the safety and inclusion of all of our members. The Steering Committee is currently piloting a full set of procedures and organizational guidelines, and we’re excited to share these proposed policies with the full membership over the next several weeks. The next weeks will offer a number of opportunities for members to ask questions and provide feedback on these policies both online, and in-person, followed by online votes.  In October, we’ll hold a formal vote to incorporate this set of proposed policies into the DSA-LA bylaws. We’ve developed this timeline and FAQ to ensure clarity and transparency throughout this chapter-wide decision-making process. We’re looking forward to working together in this next phase of building and strengthening our chapter together, and invite you to reach out with any questions! Continue reading

DSA Los Angeles Endorses Public Bank LA

DSA Los Angeles has formally adopted an endorsement of Public Bank LA, with 97.1% of voters in favor of the endorsement. The Climate Justice Committee's proposal that DSA Los Angeles officially endorse and move to work in coalition with the Divest LA campaign, as well as the related Public Bank LA campaign that has evolved from it. Continue reading

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