DSA-LA is organized into many distinct “Local Subgroups”. Local subgroups organize around particular issues, skills, or campaigns, and are where the bulk of the chapter’s political work is planned and executed.
From the Bylaws: “Committees are bodies essential to the character of the Local, and may be organized around common skills, institutions, or issues. The Steering Committee or the Local may establish best practices and procedures for the democratic operation of Committees.”
Committees exist to allow some members to focus their work on specific areas. Most committees focus on developing policy, coalitions, and strategies around specific issues. They will sometimes propose campaigns that all members can participate in, whether or not they are part of that committee. Some committees are open to all members, others have their members appointed or elected. All committees have the primary goal of supporting the chapter as a whole, and their members and decisions are accountable to decisions made by the membership of the chapter.
Administrative Committee (AdCom) is a standing committee of DSA-LA that exists to fulfill core administrative work and assist elected leaders in making the chapter run smoothly. The committee is to work according to the direction of Steering Committee and its appointed liaisons. AdCom members are appointed by Steering Committee and are tasked with helping coordinate the various core chapter working groups, including Communications WG, Events WG, Finance and Fundraising WG, Operations WG, and Rose Buddies WG. Members interested in being appointed and onboarded to one of the working groups should contact AdCom to learn about current needs and opportunities.
Climate Justice Committee
- Email: climatejustice(at)dsa-la.org
The Climate Justice Committee of DSA-LA recognizes the current moment as a historical apex; one that must end with the dismantling of capitalism as well as the reconstitution of society and its relationship to the Earth. In our dedication to a politics that places people and the planet before profit, the Climate Justice Working Group of DSA-LA will work to agitate, educate and organize on the local, state and national levels for an ecosocialist future in which democracy and equity are united with sustainability.
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The Electoral Committee of DSA-LA exists to help the chapter gain the power and knowledge necessary to work towards and realize its various goals using the existing power of the state as channeled through elected office.
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- Email: electoralpolitics(at)dsa-la.org
- The electoral committee has 5 members, all of whom are elected by the chapter membership. Non-elected members can still work on and support Electoral projects.
Finance and Fundraising Committee
- Email: treasurer(at)dsa-la.org
Healthcare Justice Committee
- Email: healthcare(at)dsa-la.org
The DSA-LA Healthcare Justice Committee seeks to achieve a socialist health care system, clear from profit motives, as a human/moral right for all.
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Housing & Homelessness Committee
Given Los Angeles’s persistent housing crisis and capital’s return to the city’s urban cores, we do not view housing access and protections, rising rents, land speculation, environmental degradation, and homelessness as discrete issues. Rather, they are bound intimately together, each amplifying the others and creating stark, tangible manifestations of the ways capitalism displaces and dispossesses our communities.
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Immigration Justice Committee
- Email: immigrationjustice(at)dsa-la.org
The Immigration Justice Committee fights to organize and support the self-organization of immigrant communities as a central struggle in the larger fight against capitalism.
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Know Your Rights & Political Education – Immigration Justice Resources
The Committee is dedicated to developing worker consciousness and solidarity, both within our chapter and among the greater Los Angeles community. At the national level, the Committee also works in conjunction with the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC), a network of DSA committees, working groups, and other bodies that formally interacts with other organizations that belong to or support the labor movement.
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#HollywoodLabor is a subcommittee of the DSA-LA Labor Committee. Comprised of a small group of workers who currently make their living in the entertainment industry, #HollywoodLabor includes rank and file union members and unrepresented workers, freelancers, actors, writers, editors, technicians and directors. #HollywoodLabor organizes events that address industry issues and workers’ needs, and aims to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing, and advocating to shift industry standards and workplace policy throughout Hollywood.
Mutual Aid Committee
Mutual aid is a voluntary exchange of resources and services for the mutual benefit of all people involved. It involves comrades coming together to work as equals for the common good by assessing what people need and what people can provide. Mutual aid projects come from and are run by the community rather than nonprofit workers, foundations, or charity programs created by the ruling classes. No one is made to feel inferior for receiving help, as it is fundamentally an organic and egalitarian social relationship, not a material one based on hierarchy, and everyone provides what they can rather than separating into “givers” and “receivers.”
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- Email: politicaleducation(at)dsa-la.org
Capitalism has taught us that a society structured around an endless quest for profit and the pursuit of individual self interest is natural; as socialists, we identify capitalism as the artificially imposed set of relations that it is. The Political Education Committee seeks to challenge what is understood to be “common sense” under capitalism and offer ongoing opportunities to expand our collective understanding of socialist concepts, histories, and strategies.
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