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.

And the fight to repeal Costa-Hawkins presented opportunities for DSA-LA, too: we could connect with tenants around LA, raise the collective consciousness of our shared social and political role as members of the working class, and build our organizing capacity—a requirement if we ever want to become capable of making meaningful change happen in our massive city.

So how have we done? Has our collective commitment matched our ambitious political goals over the past six months?

Since the Convention, we’ve put in an impressive 500+ canvassing shifts. Over two dozen members have built the skills necessary to lead canvasses, and we’ve knocked on approximately 10,000 doors across LA County— in Echo Park, Hollywood, Koreatown, Northeast LA, North Hollywood, Palmdale, Pasadena, Westlake, and the Westside.   

We’ve amplified our powerful message in compelling videos. We’ve hosted three forums in partnership with allied organizations where we articulated our demand for a true Right to the City and shared conversation with community members. At the state-level, we’ve been active participants alongside our partners in the Housing Now Coalition, and we’ve been part of unprecedented coordination with other California DSA chapters in support of Proposition 10, issuing this powerful statement that outlines Proposition 10 as a step in our fight to ultimately decommodify housing.

As members of the working class, our collective interests lead us to struggle. We’ve seen this struggle for Proposition 10 and against the capitalist ruling class confronted by voter intimidation, rent gouging, and craven disinformation campaigns financed by billionaires.

We should be proud of what we’ve contributed to this struggle over the past months. But we should feel a responsibility to do more. As nearly 1,500 organized socialists in a city where undecided and unlikely voters could mean the difference between victory or defeat, we have to do everything we can. That means phone banking (remotely and with our coalition partners), canvassing, and asking all of your comrades, neighbors, and community members to join you in the fight for Proposition 10.

Comrades, it’s just 13 days before the November 6 election. Let’s collectively make these 13 days our most committed ones yet. See our complete list of final Prop 10 efforts through Election Day below:

Phone Bank with South Central LATU & ACCE
Wednesday, October 24 / 6:30 to 9 p.m.
ACCE Office at Mercado la Paloma
3655 S Grand Ave #250, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Click here to RSVP

Phone Bank with UC Student Workers Union
Thursday, October 25 / 6:30 to 9 p.m.
UAW Office at UCLA
921 Westwood Blvd, Unit 225, Los Angeles, CA 90024 
Click here to RSVP
*Note please bring a laptop or tablet if you can*

Westside Canvass with the UC Student Workers Union
Sunday, October 28 / 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mar Vista Recreation Center
11430 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Click here to RSVP

Palmdale Canvass with Americans for Democratic Action and the Green Party
Sunday, October 28 / 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SAVES - 1002 E Avenue Q12, Palmdale, CA 93550
Click here to RSVP

Hollywood Canvass
Sunday, October 28 / 3 to 6 p.m.
De Longpre Park - 1350 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Click here to RSVP

Westlake / Pico-Union Canvass
Sunday, October 28 / 3 to 6 p.m.
MacArthur Park - Alvarado & 7th, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Click here to RSVP

Special Edition Halloween Phone Bank & Art Party
Wednesday, October 31 / 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Echo Park residence
RSVP for address

All Out For Prop 10 Weekend - Citywide Canvass
Saturday, November 3 / 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
See links for locations and to RSVP: Echo Park, Hollywood, Northeast LA, North Hollywood, Palmdale, Pasadena, Westlake/Pico-Union, Westside

All Out For Prop 10 Weekend - Phone Bank Day
Sunday, November 4 / 1 to 6 p.m. — come anytime!
Location TBD
Click here to RSVP
*Note please bring laptop or tablet if you can*

Monday, November 5 / 5 to 9 p.m.
Location TBD
Click here to RSVP
*Note please bring laptop or tablet if you can*

Virtual Phone Bank & Text Bank
Anytime / Anywhere!
Click here to RSVP and we will send you the relevant links to get started on your own