East Bay DSA campaigns are getting some attention. See what the media has to say about our work.
"That is a common refrain among Socialists, too. 'We are in favor of increased urban housing density,' says Robbie Nelson, a member of the East Bay DSA who serves on its housing caucus. 'It's dishonest for people to claim that the left doesn't want those things. The point is, if that program of densification is controlled by capitalist developers and landlords, only the rich have access to those conditions, and the working class and poor get pushed out to car-dependent suburbs.' When the long-term goal is the 'decommodification' of housing, bowing to developers' expectations of return-on-investment does not feel like a step in the right direction."
San Francisco's Civil War, Henry Grabar, Jun. 28, 2017
"Hosts Hannah Allison, Jhari Der-Hill and Maria Svart speak with East Bay DSA activist about their work around Medicare for All, give updates on preparation for the DSA 2017 convention, and answer crowd-sourced questions from DSAers."
"Democratic congressman John Conyers reintroduced his single-payer bill in the House earlier this year. And most importantly, activist groups are organizing with muscle and creativity throughout the country."
Five Lessons from Trumpcare's Collapse, Adam Gaffney, Mar. 27, 2017
In These Times
"The power of single payer as an organizing tool seems to hold true across the nation. As with many DSA chapters, the East Bay DSA has seen a spike in membership since the election, and much of the new energy is being channeled into the push for single payer. The chapter sends hundreds of volunteers each month to canvass on behalf of the Healthy California Act, which would create a state single-payer system."
The Surprising Cross-Partisan Appeal of Single-Payer Healthcare, Theo Anderson, May 22, 2017
"And I know the East Bay chapter of DSA, Oakland and Berkeley, they've already started, they're out canvassing and getting people to sign petitions and what not. So their membership is canvassing, they're organizing canvasses, they're recruiting volunteers, and they're developing relationships with people in the community by talking to people and recruiting them."
If the Question Is Trump, the Answer Might Be DSA, Noah Berlatsky, Mar. 21, 2017
Shadowproof and MintPress News
"Jeremy Gong is the co-chair of the East Bay chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The chapter is part of the Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC), a statewide coalition spearheaded by the California Nurses Association (CNA), which fights for a single-payer healthcare system.
"'It is essential that, as socialists, we fight to decommodify goods and services that address basic needs, like health insurance, housing, education, clean water, and food,' Gong said. 'These should all be guaranteed to everybody as a human right, not traded on the market like any other commodity, or sliced up and means-tested as are Medicaid or food stamps.'"
Activists Mobilize For Universal Health Care As Republicans Propose Limiting Coverage, Roqayah Chamseddine, Mar. 13, 2017
Activists Push For Single-Payer Health Care As Republicans Dismantle Obamacare, Roqayah Chamseddine, Mar. 15, 2017