News & Updates

Pledge Your Solidarity With Workers This Black Friday

The origin of “Black Friday,” the name given to the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving, has often been thought to be a reference to the first day of the year that retailers can expect to record a profit in their ledgers, or in other words, “be in the black.” In reality, an earlier usage of the term can be traced back to the 1940’s, when The Philadelphia Enquirer noted “Black Friday” was a common term used by local police officers to describe a day marked by endless traffic gridlock, chaos in commercial centers, and a day of grueling labor for retail workers that would often pull them out of their Thanksgiving festivities early to prepare for shopping the next day. Continue reading

Local Officer Election Results 2019

The Nominations Committee is proud to announce the results of this year's Local Officers election. Below are the names of the candidates who will make up the 2019 Steering Committee and the new YDSA Coordinator. Thank you to everyone who ran, attended the Candidate Forum, and voted. The Nominations Committee worked to run a fair and transparent election, and wish everyone who's been elected the best of luck during their year-long term.  Continue reading

Interim Branch Policy and Branch Coordinator Application

Link to Policy: https://goo.gl/xsLNwoLink to FAQ: https://goo.gl/z8iQa8Call for Branch Coordinator Applications: https://goo.gl/2vfCDD The 2018 DSA-LA Annual Convention passed the “Building DSA-LA Across All Los Angeles County” chapter resolution, formally establishing “branches” as a new entity within the chapter. Our chapter voted to create branches to advance our collective goal of building an independent, socialist political bloc that represents the full diversity of LA County. Given the size of DSA-LA’s geographic jurisdiction, building branches is aligned with our commitment to grow our chapter, expand geographic representation to accurately reflect our region, and foster deeper engagement with all members. As our chapter grows, we’re are committed to growing strategically—to expanding our reach while preserving unity in mission, to increasing our numbers while deepening connections and engagement with existing members. One way we’ll do this is by prioritizing a reboot of our mobilizer program, and by ensuring that branched Local meetings are paired with periodic opportunities for the entire chapter to come together. It’s up to all of us to build DSA-LA into the the political organization we need—consider supporting this work by familiarizing yourself with our branch policy, attending monthly branch chapter meetings and advancing our chapter-wide goals within your own branch, or applying for leadership as a Branch Coordinator by November 7th (FAQ here and application here) Continue reading

The Final Countdown: On Proposition 10

At our chapter’s first Annual Convention in April, we voted to join the fight for Proposition 10 as a way to challenge the unilateral control that capitalist private property relations hold over nearly every aspect of our lives. Winning Proposition 10 would not only offer the chance to mitigate the brutality of capitalism in a city where the median renter spends nearly half of their income on rent, but the passage of Proposition 10 would have the potential to spark many simultaneous fights against landlords and developers all across California. Continue reading

2018 General Election Voter Guide

Hello, and welcome to the DSA-LA Electoral Politics committee’s voter guide to the 2018 general elections!   Download it as a nifty PDF!   There’s a lot to vote for this year, so we decided to do the research on every race on the ballot (OK, almost every race) so you could know who and what you’re voting for when you mark those little dots in the polling booth. Given the huge number of races in LA county, we decided to create a cheat sheet with our recommendations—many of those represent “lesser evil” calculations, and in some cases, there simply isn’t anyone else to vote for. Continue reading

Steering Committee Nominations

STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS! This month, DSA Los Angeles will be holding elections for the next Steering Committee term, which begins at the end of the month. Nominations are officially open today. If you're interested in running for any Steering Committee positions, or for the YDSA Coordinator position (full details below), please fill out the below forms, which are managed by your elected Nominations Committee. If you are nominating yourself, the nomination form includes two open-answer questions, which will be posted alongside the list of candidates as a candidate statement. You may also fill out the form to nominate another member for a position. Continue reading

The Need For Mutual Aid In the Face Of Environmental Crisis

One of the many pernicious ways that capitalism manifests its contradictions is the despoliation of the earth. Built into capitalism’s DNA is the necessity for constant growth, and the extensive networks of production and distribution that have been built to support this growth are based on sources of energy that are either directly derived from fossil fuels or generated by burning fossil fuels, with few exceptions. The well-touted consequence of this endless thirst for oil and energy is the warming of the climate, which contributes to climatic, political, and social destabilization all over the world, and has an outsized impact on the global South on populations that, because of the already-extensive economic inequality generated on a global level by capitalism (superintended by the United States and its corporations and financial institutions), are already extremely vulnerable. This leads to environmental disasters that largely impact poor, working-class people of color who have no means of restitution. Continue reading

Local Officer Elections & Call for Nominations Committee

It’s that time of year again — time to elect a brand new set of Local Officers — the DSA-LA Steering Committee and the YDSA Coordinator! But before we elect the Local Officers we need to elect a Nominations Committee. So we present: Continue reading

DSA-LA Prison Abolition Committee Statement in Support of the Nationwide Prison Strike

WHEREAS incarcerated and formerly incarcerated members of the working class called for a Nationwide Prison Strike in the United States from August 21 to Sept 9, 2018;WHEREAS the prison industrial complex and the police exist to secure the power of a white supremacist, capitalist state through violent arrest, incarceration, forced labor, and torture; WHEREAS Los Angeles County is home to the largest incarcerated population in the US, the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world;WHEREAS a resolution affirming “the eventual goal of…[the] abolition of prisons” was passed via the consent agenda at the 2017 DSA National Convention, such goal being central to the liberation of all members of the international working class;Be it RESOLVED, the Los Angeles Local of the Democratic Socialists of America endorses the Nationwide Prison Strike, pledges our support, and commits to future organizing towards prison abolition. Continue reading

In Memorium: Aris Anagnos

In  recent years, DSA-LA has spent a lot of time focusing on the growth of our organization. What is not stated enough is how our members would not be here if not for the people who kept our organization alive before the membership surge in 2016, who nurtured and built DSA so that we could seek refuge in it. Continue reading