News & Updates

Sustaining Socialism for All in 2018

In the weeks leading up to DSA-LA’s inaugural Annual Convention, the Steering Committee launched the first of what will become periodic chapter-wide fundraisers to sustain our work, aptly named “Sustaining Socialism.” Our members banded together to donate and promote the fundraiser culminating with an in-person event at Rockwell Table and Stage directly following the Annual Convention. We set an ambitious goal for ourselves, hoping to raise $6,000 to help sustain the work of our chapter and support long-term strategic planning. Steering is thrilled to announce that between the online fundraiser and the in-person event, our chapter raised a grand total of $6,936.02! By raising almost $1,000 more than our goal,  our chapter is in a stronger position to fund our work and embark on the ambitious political projects encapsulated in our three chapter resolutions. Continue reading

Statement of Solidarity with Burlington and Exposition Tenants

DSA-LA stands in solidarity with the tenants from Burlington Ave. (Westlake) and Exposition Blvd. (South Central) resisting the mass evictions being carried out by the respective slumlords Lisa Ehrlich and Chung Suk Kim (and his daughter Gina Kim, who is representing the family in court). Hundreds of tenants across these buildings, almost all low-income and Black or Latinx, are displaying incredible courage and building off the momentous victory of the tenants and Mariachis at 1815 E 2nd St in Boyle Heights, who won the right to stay in their homes after a year-long struggle. DSA-LA will support and struggle with these tenants, through both media campaigns and direct actions. Continue reading

Why We Bowled: DSA-LA Demands Reproductive Justice

By members of our Healthcare Committee, Socialist Feminist Reading Group, and NOlympics Working Groups On April 21, DSA-Los Angeles participated in the National Network of Abortion Funds Bowl-a-Thon at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. Our team, The Bowl-Sheviks, comprised of fifteen awesome women from our chapter (along with another awesome woman from the Bay Area), set a fundraising goal of $7000 to be met in one month and ended up raising an astounding $7826 thanks to their hard work and our awesome donors. Continue reading

Watch: History of American Socialism, Episode 1

Even though America's political landscape is shifting, socialism isn't something new or alien in American life. It has been with us longer than jazz, basketball, or even most of the states. In "American Socialism, Part 1," we'll look into the origins and history of socialism in the United States. Continue reading

First Annual Convention Recap

Last weekend was a major milestone for DSA-LA. Over 200 members gathered at Friendship Auditorium for our first-ever Annual Convention, helping launch the highest legislative body of the local with a tradition of enthusiastic political discourse and comradely debate. Over the course of the day, we democratically amended our governing documents and set priorities for the coming year, passing chapter resolutions for the first time to guide our collective work. And we even finished 45 minutes early! Continue reading

DSA-LA May Day 2018: How to Join Us

In 2017, DSA-LA mobilized over 200 members to join workers in the streets of our city to demand justice in our communities for all people, regardless of race, gender and gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs, class, or age, and against forces seeking to further disrupt our communities by continuing the entrenchment of wealth in the hands of too few. In recognition of the importance of International Workers Day in the long history of our movement, and as a major organizing milestone in our own chapter, we ask you to join us at 12 p.m. this Tuesday, May 1 at the Northeast Corner of S Hill St & W 6th St (near Pershing Square), even if you are scheduled to work. Click here to RSVP. Continue reading

Assembly District 45 Special Election Voter Guide

Why is there an election on April 3? This special election was triggered when former AD-45 Assemblymember Matt Dababneh stepped down from office in December 2017, after details of past allegations of sexual harassment (specifically, allegations of chasing a Sacramento lobbyist into a bathroom and masturbating in front of her during a group trip to Las Vegas) came out in the press. Dababneh denied the allegations, but still stepped down. Continue reading

How to Vote For Steve Dunwoody This Tuesday

The Assembly District 54 Special Election is on Tuesday, April 3! Are you ready to vote? DSA-LA formally endorsed Steve Dunwoody in the race for the 54th Assembly District in February. Now the time has arrived to endorse Steve at the polls: Vote on Tuesday, April 3! Continue reading

Shut It Down: #HollywoodLabor Statement on the Cancellation of LA Weekly Essentials Event

The #BoycottLAWeekly Campaign Is Only Beginning Last year, the LA Weekly — one of America’s most read and highly acclaimed alt-newspapers — was purchased by a shadowy cabal of right-wing developers and businessmen from Orange County called Semanal Media. The new owners decimated the staff, firing 90% of their employees and busting their union. They also destroyed the Weekly’s reputation as a subculture news source by installing Brian Calle, a Trump supporting, self-described “free market enthusiast,” as editor in chief. Continue reading

Statement in Opposition to SB 827 - Luxury Development for the Rich, Displacement and Dispossession for the Poor

Summary The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Los Angeles Housing & Homelessness Committee, San Diego Housing & Homelessness Working Group, San Francisco Housing Committee and Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, Long Beach Housing Committee, and Sacramento Housing Committee oppose the proposed state-level legislation Senate Bill 827. Despite the most recent amendments (as of March 1, 2018), the bill continues to put forth a flawed market-based, trickle-down approach to housing production and allocation — predicated on the actions of developers and landowners whose profits depend on scarcity, class inequality, and racial injustice. We believe that this bill will intensify gentrification and displacement, and thus we join a growing movement of progressive grassroots organizations across the state that criticize SB 827. Continue reading
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