Statement by Rich Ruff
Position: Support

A duty of the socialist is to feed the hungry whenever possible; we have the capacity to do so, so we must.

The F4S campaign represents an affirmation of one of the fundamental principles of socialist philosophy – from each according to ability, to each according to their need – and not only should it be implemented, but there should be more where it came from.

This proposal proposes a relatively small-scale operation: provide a platform by which 15+ comrades can provide groceries for a small group of people – 50 families – in a single neighborhood – Huntington Park – in the city for a single year. We can – we SHOULD – do so much more than this, but we must start somewhere.

The F4S campaign addresses and satisfies all our chapter priorities. Others have explained how to a more comprehensive degree; here is yet another perspective:

Our chief focus is the Prop 10 campaign and housing justice, and food insecurity is a critical component of this issue. Here are just some studies outlining the relationship:

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3958143/
(2) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.00278.x
(3) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1051137703000329
(4) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11524-010-9535-4
Addressing food insecurity and working to ameliorate it is part of housing justice. The scale to which F4S would do this is just the beginning; it is the very least we can do.

The second chapter priority involves developing and implementing organizer training. Executing the F4S proposal would effectively require at least 15 people to develop a whole host of organizational skills, from community outreach to logistics and transportation, which they would then pass on to the rest of the organization. It would build up a small cadre of incredible organizers – and we should start there, and do more still.

The third chapter priority involves developing DSA-LA’s presence in Los Angeles County. The F4S proposal would develop a fixed and steady presence in a part of the city where we currently have next-to-none. The F4S campaign will be working with local groups and community institutions, who have already expressed interest in what we can provide. It is only one neighborhood – but we must go there, and grow!

Right now, we have a plan to do all these things and possibly more! We can help people who need it. It will cost us, but it is a cost we should be prepared to absorb. After all, is that not what is meant by “from each according to ability, to each according to their need”?

To those who say that even if implemented it would fail: what is lost? Whatever money raised, certainly. Yet community bonds are not so easily broken. The organizers we could train, the community institutions we could forge ties with, the people we could help – it will have mattered! It will have not been for nothing.

No matter what, at the end of it, 15 comrades will have fed 50 families for a year. If you think that sounds small, you’re right! It is the very least we can do.

If we were a truly radical organization, we could do so much more than this.

Thank you for your time; socialism will win.