Electoral Politics Committee
The Electoral Politics 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.
It’s astounding how much the political discourse has shifted in recent years. Six years ago, it would have been shocking to call yourself a socialist, or to advocate for radical ideas like single payer healthcare, liveable wages, and not destroying our planet. In March of 2020, Bernie Sanders won LA County by a landslide. Nine month later, Nithya Raman and Konstantine Anthony won more votes than any candidate prior for their respective city council seats. “As California goes, so goes the nation” might be a cliche, but Californians are fed up with racial capitalism and the rest of the country isn’t too far behind us.
We think a reality in this country is that many people understand and conceptualize power through electoral politics. There are many ways to build power and challenge the status quo. While there are limitations of electoralism, electoral organizing is a key strategy for us as socialists to keep pressure on our elected officials at all levels of government, and hold them accountable to working people.
The Electoral Politics Committee is the part of DSA-LA that boosts candidates and policies that fight for and inspire working class people, and can help bring more people into our movement. Electoral politics is not the only approach for dismantling racial capitalism, but it is an entry point for working people to get involved in our movement, through which we organize together for a better world.