New and long-time comrades who live in the Westwood and West LA area are invited to our third Neighborhood Meeting. These 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.
Our study topic for this meeting will cover Socialist Struggles for Decommodified Public Goods. Totaling ~21 pages, the following set of recommended excerpts and articles provide a foundation for discussion on social strategy in workplace organizing:
Labour Wants to Free Us From the Market, by Peter Gowen (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 thm 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.