News & Updates

Finance & Fundraising Committee: Goals and Call for Interested Members

To support our ambitious political goals and fulfill our mandate to maintain and grow chapter funds as outlined in our Organizational Priorities, the DSA-LA Steering Committee is opening up a call for interested members to formally join a Finance & Fundraising Committee through the end of 2018. Continue reading

Rude Awakening for Eric Garcetti: Why We Crashed the Mayor’s Mansion

This Saturday morning Los Angeles’s occasional mayor, Eric Garcetti, was rudely awoken by a contingent of DSA Los Angeles members who were — and still are — truly disgusted with his conduct and recent statements. Even though he identifies as the “tip of the spear” of the resistance, Garcetti’s positions on many issues is closer to Trump than it is to his own set of alleged progressive values. Under Eric Garcetti’s leadership, White Supremacy continues to reign in Los Angeles. Led by members of the Housing and Homelessness Committee and NOlympics LA, the group protested outside the Mayor’s mansion in Windsor Square and called out Garcetti for a litany of toxic policies, statements, and positions he’s recently rolled out regarding housing, homelessness, criminalization, and immigration: Continue reading

Immigration Justice Committee Statement on the Need to Abolish ICE

We, the Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles (DSA-LA) Chapter, Immigration Justice Committee demand the abolition of ICE, the immediate reunification of detained families, the halt of any detentions or deportations, and for the immediate resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions & Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. DSA-LA’s participation in today’s “Families Belong Together Mass rally & March,” is intended to show solidarity with undocumented peoples from all across the country. Our participation does not condone the march’s humanization of the police or its attempts to discourage dissent. Continue reading

The Truth About Criminalization & Homelessness In Garcetti's LA

This is a film culled from DSA-LA’s Street Watch team about what our locals leaders say is happening on the streets versus the reality: relentless harassment and shakedowns by city agencies against the unhoused. If this isn’t barbarism, what is? Continue reading

DSA-LA Statement of Solidarity with Sex Workers

In April, President Trump signed two bills, together called SESTA-FOSTA into law: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), and the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). While proponents of these bills say they are meant to protect victims of human trafficking in the sex trade, a functional analysis of both show that they delineate no material difference between coercive trafficking and consensual sex work. Instead both bills further endanger sex workers themselves, in place of attacking and dismantling human traffickers and their systems. Continue reading

LAPD Does Not Spell HOPE: A DSA-LA Statement on the 2018 Homeless Count

“The way the city treats us out here, it feels like genocide.” — anonymous unhoused Angeleno in Echo Park, recently deceased.* Los Angeles County is releasing their estimate of the number of residents that are unhoused. We at the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles believe that this number is absolutely unconscionable — it should be zero. As the homeless population of Los Angeles is disproportionately Black and Latinx, this crisis represents the continued, systemic racialized violence that should not be tolerated in a supposedly progressive city like ours. Earlier this year, the Department of Mental Health reported that 831 unhoused Angelenos died in 2017, mostly due to treatable medical conditions. How many will die in 2018? One thing is certain: County and City leadership are actively making this ongoing humanitarian crisis worse by further criminalizing, harassing, and banishing homeless individuals, all while publicly claiming that they are working to help them. We demand that Mayor Garcetti and City Council immediately place a moratorium on all quality-of-life arrests and citations, and redirect all resources allocated for LAPD homeless outreach to fund permanent supportive housing. Continue reading

DSA-LA Electoral Politics Committee Primary Voter Guide

Hello, and welcome to the DSA-LA Electoral Politics committee’s voter guide to the elections on June 5, 2018. Click here to read the complete guide, and check out a cheat sheet for the races below. There’s a lot to vote for this year, so we decided to do the research on every contested race on the ballot 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 pertinent to LA county, we decided to create a cheat sheet with our recommendations—many of which represent “lesser evil” calculations. Only Gayle McLaughlin for Lieutenant Governor and Steve Dunwoody for Assembly District 54 have been endorsed by DSA-LA as a whole, so please don’t take these suggestions as the recommendation of the entire chapter—these are just what a few dedicated DSA members in the Electoral Politics committee came up with after hours of researching the races through a pragmatic leftist lens. Continue reading

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