News & Updates

DSA-LA Response to DNAinfo & Gothamist Shutdown and Statement of Support for LA Times Union Drive

Billionaire Joe Ricketts decided to shut down DNAinfo and the Gothamist network of local news sites (including our local LAist) earlier this week in retaliation for the successful union drive by workers at those publications. This is a blatant and disgusting example of union busting, and a stark reminder that bosses will do whatever it takes to crush workers, independent of any regard for the social or economic value of their work. The DSA-LA Labor Committee stands in solidarity with the writers at DNAinfo and Gothamist who had the courage to assert their right to form a union, and extend our thanks to those journalists who saw DSA’s continuing historic rise as the important story that it is, and covered the work of our chapter and our sister chapters nationwide accordingly. It is through their hard work that these sites were able to reach, in Ricketts’ own words, more than 9 million people per month. It was their hard work that led Ricketts to spend “low seven figures” on acquiring the sites in the first place. Continue reading

DSA-LA on JVP's Deadly Exchange

DSA-LA’s Prison Abolition Committee, Immigration Justice Committee, and NOlympics Working Group stands in solidarity with Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles and the Deadly Exchange campaign, a campaign to end police exchange programs between the U.S. and Israel. As we work toward dismantling the U.S. carceral state, the largest on the planet, we include U.S. policing, prosecution and criminalization. The U.S. police system is one that engages in racist, oppressive violence often targeted against people of color in the name of “security.” Every impoverished black and brown community in the country is under the occupation of these forces, ones that terrorize, harass, oppress and degrade. In 2016, the LA Police Department led the nation in fatal shootings for the second year in a row. The LAPD has war gear including grenade launchers, assault rifles, military helicopters, and mine-resistant armored vehicles. They are currently in the process of acquiring drones. “Predictive policing” techniques, introduced by former LAPD Chief Bratton, were developed as anti-insurgency methods by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan (StopLAPDSpying.org) Continue reading

Socialist Day School

On Veterans’ Day weekend (November 10-11), DSA-LA’s Political Education Committee will be hosting the first Socialist Day School event in Los Angeles. More than just a series of lectures and panels, the purpose of this forum is to encourage thoughtful discussion and debate whilst expanding our organization’s collective understanding of socialist concepts, histories, and strategies. By providing members and non-members alike with an opportunity to learn about socialist analyses of power, as well as the meaning and history of Democratic Socialism in the context of American history, we aim to broaden and deepen the conceptualizations among socially conscious individuals of what is not only fathomable but also achievable in the current political framework.   Continue reading

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 about DSA-LA leadership positions in this blogpost), please fill out the below forms, which are managed by your elected Nominations Committee: Continue reading

Statement on Costa Hawkins Repeal

While socialism recognizes that the right to housing is universal and guaranteed regardless of economic conditions, under capitalism shelter is a commodity used to maximize profit at the expense of human need.  The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prioritizes the profits of landlords, developers, and the financial institutions that lend to them above California residents and their basic right to shelter. As one part of the larger struggle for housing justice, Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles (DSA-LA) supports efforts to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, by Assembly Bill 1506 (Bloom), a statewide popular ballot measure, or otherwise.  Continue reading

Response To Rendon’s Movement of SB562 to a Select Committee

The Speaker of the State Assembly has called for a select committee to determine the future of SB 562, The Healthy California Act, which was developed and introduced to institute a single payer system for California in order to insure all California residents receive equitable health coverage and care. The Speaker has said, “It’s not a question of debating whether we move towards health care for all--it’s a matter of choosing how best and how soon.” Like the California Nurse’s Association, we are concerned that the Speaker is using this as an opportunity to avoid the advancement of SB562 while appearing to advocate universal healthcare. Unless this committee will allow for an open discussion and development of a single payer option without co-pays, this is a step backwards. Continue reading

DSA-LA Street Watch

  DSA Street Watch is a DSA-LA Housing & Homelessness Committee initiative that seeks to protect the civil and human rights of unhoused people across LA County and increase public knowledge of housing and homelessness issues through a variety of direct engagements. These include but are not limited to: The tracking of encampments and encampment sweeps; consistent outreach to empower encampment residents by informing them of their rights, gather information regarding rights violations or harassment, and offer resources such as legal aid; educate surrounding business owners, property owners, and other housed residents to discourage them from calling law enforcement or sanitation on encampments; and legally observe and record video of law enforcement and sanitation encampment sweeps to ensure that unhoused people's rights are not being violated. As our profit-driven housing crisis continues to escalate, DSA Street Watch will stand with our unhoused neighbors in order to fight to end the criminalization of poverty and accelerate a socialist movement for housing as a human right and full access to public spaces. Continue reading

Local Officer Elections & Call for Nominations Committee

The interim Steering Committee’s six-month term will be coming to an end at the end of November.   This post serves to call for applications for the Nominations Committee (the body responsible for overseeing and facilitating the chapter’s upcoming Local Officer election (Art. VII, Sec. 1)), outlines the Local Officer roles that need to be filled, and details the timeline for the Local Officer election overall.   Continue reading

Committee & Working Group Platforms Have Been Ratified!

Over the last few weeks the Committee and Working Groups have been working tirelessly to draft platforms that not only have overwhelming support amongst their Committee and Working Group members, but the chapter as well! It is with immense joy that we announce that all the Committee and Working Group platforms have been ratified by the chapter with at least 91.9% approval from voters.  Continue reading

Healthcare Committee Platform

Join the Healthcare Committee! Mission Statement: The DSA-LA Healthcare Committee seeks to achieve a socialist health care system, clear from profit motives, as a human/moral right for all. In the immediate future, our committee advocates for a single-payer distribution system covering all residents of California, funded through progressive taxation for all medically necessary services, including: doctor, hospital, emergency room, vision, dental, mental health, long and short-term care, reproductive care and any other indispensable health requirement. Medical supply and prescription drug costs would be better controlled and available to anyone in need. Patients would gain choice of provider and facility while medical practitioners would establish autonomy over care for patients. We seek to focus on attaining this systemic goal at both the local and federal levels. Continue reading