Neighborhood Meetings are part of DSA-LA’s Neighborhood Solidarity Program—our chapter’s campaign to strengthen and grow socialist organization by uniting with our neighbors through tenant organizing, mutual aid work, and political study. This and all other South Bay Neighborhood Meetings are open to new and long-time comrades who live in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, Alondra Park, Carson, and West Carson.
Our third Neighborhood Meeting will build on discussions and projects outlined in last meeting — including tenant organizing work alongside our own neighbors. We’ll also spend time mapping and discussing major development projects (and associated struggles) in the area.
Continuing our study of Class Struggle and Socialist Strategy across different terrains, our study topic for this meeting will be Socialist Struggle for Decommodified Goods, grounded in the 21 pages of recommended readings below.
Labour Wants to Free Us From the Market, by Saoirse Gowen (she/they) (Jacobin Magazine, 2019) This piece goes over decommodification through the lens of government intervention and how universal programs—specifically the NHS—can be used to take public goods out of the market.
Decolonial Feminist Economics: A Necessary View for Strengthening Social and Popular Economy by Natalia Quiroga Diaz (Viewpoint Magazine, 2015) Along with presenting some different forms and features of solidarity/popular economies, the reading contextualizes them with examples from South America focusing on a decolonial and feminist perspective.
Seven Ways to Build the Solidarity Economy — by Emily Kawano (Open Democracy, 2018) A brief explanation of some ways individuals can foster a solidarity economy.