Week of January 18th, 2020
The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is still very real— it’s surging to record levels in Los Angeles, the US, and the world.
We need to be extra vigilant and mitigate the risks of infection, particularly for those who are older or who have pre-existing conditions. For the sake of our collective health, please remember to wear a mask when you leave your home, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. This pandemic has shown us that the health of one is the health of all so we all need to take responsibility for our common well-being.
There are some easy ways to safely stay connected to the chapter, such as: signing-up on the front page of our website to receive our weekly newsletter, checking the calendar on the site for upcoming virtual events, and joining DSA-LA’s Slack.
DSA-LA COMMITTEE ELECTIONS —
VOTING BEGINS TOMORROW
If you are a DSA-LA Member in Good Standing, keep an eye on your inbox for a ballot to arrive beginning tomorrow. If you do not see a ballot by Wednesday, it may have gone to spam. If it is not there, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
In the meantime, check out the Candidate Statements here.
NOTE: Due to a change in bylaws, all members will be eligible to vote for leaders of all committees. Even if you are unable to regularly attend committee meetings, you can still have a say in who the leaders of the chapter are!
Join the DSA National Day Of Action: No To War On Yemen Car Caravan
Sunday, January 24th @ 3:00PM-4:00PM
DSA has joined an international call to protest the war on Yemen. As such, DSA-LA will cohost a car caravan around the consulate of Saudi Arabia with CODEPINK!
The Saudi coalition has been bombing and blockading Yemen for almost six years now, creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The U.S. has supplied the Saudis with critical material and logistical support throughout the war, ensuring that the conflict continues as long as it continues to profit American contractors and weapons manufacturers.
Locks On My Block: A New Campaign From NOlympics-LA and the Anti Eviction Mapping Project
Having just gone public for more than $100 BILLION during a pandemic, “distinguished” Olympic partner Airbnb is incentivizing the commodification of neighborhoods while catering to wealthy tourists and pricing residents out of their communities.
Launching this Tuesday, January 19th, NOlympics-LA and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project have built an organizing tool called LOCKS ON MY BLOCKS to report & track illegal Airbnbs in our city. For tips on how to spot illegal Airbnbs and more context on Airbnb’s effect on gentrification & displacement, head over to locks.netlify.app. And please help spread the word on a local neighborhood organizing level!
Donate To Elect DSA-LA Members To Neighborhood Councils!
DSA-LA’s Neighborhood Council Project seeks to create collective power within the Neighborhood Council system to hold City Council accountable to the demands of the working class. The 99 Neighborhood Councils serve as an advisory board to the city, but most current Neighborhood Council representatives advocate for policies that hurt the working class, unhoused individuals, and people of color. This project intends to change that and to create a city that is capable of meeting the needs of every community.
Your donation will be used to purchase flyers, door hangers, and social media ads to win Neighborhood Council seats across the city. With as little as $5, you can help us reach 25 voters!
If you would like to donate to a specific candidate, please submit their name and Neighborhood Council. Otherwise, funds will be distributed equitably according to need.
Quick & Dirty Internet and Comms Security Basics
TODAY, Monday January 18th @ 5:00PM-6:00PM
Communication is key for organizing any type of event, and today, making sure this is done in a secure manner is equally important. By going over some basic internet and communications security practices, we can help each other build safeguards and better habits to talk and share information. We will go over a few simple steps for better internet browsing, alternative forms of chat, and learn some easy and quick practices to help safeguard our communications. Hosted by the Mutual Aid Skill Share Subcommittee.
Street Watch New Member Intro / Introducción de Miembrxs Nuevxs
Thursday, January 21st @ 5:30PM-7:00PM
Through Street Watch, we connect with our unhoused neighbors in an effort to alleviate the systemic pressures they face from the police, the city, and property owners, and empower their voices in the policy making process. We also seek to engage with those who view housing inequality and the criminalization of poverty as normal or immutable to shake them from their complacency, and encourage them to organize with us and join us in demanding a society that provides a dignified home for everyone. Join our new member intro to learn more about how we organize and how to get involved with supporting your unhoused neighbors!
A través de Street Watch, nos conectamos con nuestrxs vecinxs sin vivienda en un esfuerzo por aliviar las presiones sistémicas que enfrentan por parte de la policía, la ciudad y lxs propietarixs, y empoderamos sus voces en el proceso de formulación de políticas. También buscamos involucrarnos con quienes ven la desigualdad en la vivienda y la criminalización de la pobreza como algo normal o inmutable, para sacarlxs de su complacencia, y alentarlxs a que se organicen con nosotrxs y se nos unan para exigir una sociedad que brinde un hogar digno para todxs. ¡Únete a nuestra introducción de nuevxs miembrxs para obtener más información sobre cómo nos organizamos y cómo participar en el apoyo a sus vecinxs sin vivienda!
A Panel On Union Reform For Union Reformers
Thursday, January 21st @ 6:00PM-8:00PM
Amid the devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, labor has an opening to lead a mass movement towards a just recovery for the working class. Yet this is also precisely the moment when organized labor is at its weakest, after decades of corporate attacks and neoliberal policymaking–and for UAW members, a pivotal moment for the future of our own union.
How can workers turn the tide that has for decades decimated organized labor in the US? How can workers rebuild a powerful labor movement to fight back against austerity? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the models proposed for building worker power?
Join DSA-LA’s Labor Committee and UAW 2865 for a moderated discussion with labor organizers from UAW, CTU, CWA, and Bargaining for the Common Good about union reform and the future of labor.
Champagne Socialism: A Leftist Hollywood Drinks Night!
Friday, January 22nd @ 8:00PM-9:30PM
DSA-LA Hollywood Labor is proud to present Champagne Socialism: a leftist Hollywood drinks night! Join workers from across the industry for a fun, low-key space to discuss the worker’s struggle in Hollywood!
Whether you’re new to DSA, a longtime member, or have literally never heard of us before, if you’re interested in making a Hollywood that works for its workers–and meeting other leftists in the industry–this is the event for you!
Neighborhood Council Platform Town Hall
Friday, January 24th @ 12:00PM-2:00PM
DSA-LA is running our members for Neighborhood Councils and we’re writing a platform for them to bring socialist demands to City Hall and our neighborhoods.
We want to discuss how can LA city hall spend resources in your neighborhood to make people’s lives better?
There will be a short presentation on socialist electoral platforms and then open forum discussion for comments and ideas. Bring ideas! Your own, or ones you’ve heard. Please keep speaking time to 2mins. in length.