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DSA Night School Returns

The East Bay DSA chapter will restart its official political education efforts with a bi-weekly night school beginning in February. The school is open to all East Bay DSA members. Members from other chapters or non-members will be considered based on available space.

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Summary Report: East Bay DSA Mobilizer Pilot Program, Sep. 2017–Jan. 2018

Background

The mobilizer pilot, approved in September 2017 by the East Bay DSA Local Council (LC), directed the Internal Organizing Committee (IOC) to pursue a three-month mobilizer program and an accompanying evaluation. This is a summary of evaluation findings. The pilot began in late Sep. 2017. Although the initial evaluation plan involved interviewing cohort members and control groups, this plan was changed due to limited capacity for the head mobilizer assigned to cutting lists. This evaluation is principally based off of survey responses from mobilizers in late December, reports from head mobilizers on regular check-in calls, and feedback from mobilizers at a December program meeting.

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Join the Brake Lights Campaign

The Brake Lights campaign is a coalition project led by Bay Area DSA chapters and community members to defend people of color against predatory policing and bridge gaps in our community through substantive interactions and conversations. Beyond fixing brake lights, the campaign seeks to diversify and grow our movement through conversation and concrete acts of solidarity that will increase our capacity to organize within our neighborhoods and ability to connect with others engaged in struggle against the prison-industrial complex. The next event is planned for February 24 in the South Bay. To get involved, email us at abolition_edbsa@riseup.net


Local Council Statement on Holding Closed Meetings

Open Local Council (LC) meetings have been largely inaccessible to our wider membership, and because of the amount of business we have to get through, we rarely have time to hear from all assembled members (and often can only hear a few comments from LC members, for that matter). We've heard from members that the experience of participating in LC meetings in this format is frustrating, as the format and time constraints don't allow for workshopping ideas or having in-depth, back-and-forth conversations. Moreover, the number of members that attend LC meetings is generally quite small (between 3 and 15), and therefore cannot faithfully or democratically represent the sentiments of our more-than-900 strong general membership as a whole. Because the format isn't intended for deep discussion, and so few people are able to weigh in, we realized we needed a better way to discuss upcoming proposals with interested comrades.

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East Bay DSA Expresses Strong Support for AB 1506

Co-chair Mary Virginia Watson, on behalf of the East Bay DSA Local Council, sent a letter today to California State Assemblymember David Chiu expressing strong support for Assembly Bill 1506 to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Assemblymember Chiu represents California's District 17 and is the chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

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East Bay DSA Venmo Account Change

The East Bay DSA Venmo account has changed. The new account name is EastBayDSA (no hyphen).

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Recruiting Comrades to Mobilize and Be Mobilized

With the three-month pilot of our mobilizer program coming to a close, we're looking for a new batch of engaged, enthusiastic comrades with active listening skills to help build community with socialists in your neighborhood, support comrades in your area, and motivate members to be more active in our chapter!

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Reminder: Renew Your Dues

Comrades, it is that time of year when many of us joined DSA after Trump was elected. The surge of interest in socialist politics in general and our beautiful organization specifically is incredible. But this mass enthusiasm also poses a huge organizing challenge: It means that in the coming months, many of us will need to renew our membership. Being independent means we don't take any money from corporations, government, or the 1%. We are funded by the dues of working people so that we can fight for our liberation as working people.

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Fall 2017 Socialist School Recap

Around 50 comrades enrolled in the Fall Socialist School, which ran for four evening sessions at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in North Oakland from October 21 through November 13. The classes were well attended — between 30 and 40 members were present at each of the classes.

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Event Recap: The Fight for Medicare for All

On Tuesday, November 28, East Bay DSA hosted The Fight For Medicare For All at the California Nurses Association in Downtown Oakland. Comrades and members of the community filled the CNA auditorium to learn about the single-payer model and what DSA is doing to build power and grow a grassroots movement demanding Medicare For All in California and across the nation

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