The results are in! East Bay DSA has a new Local Council thanks to the democratic efforts of our general membership and our many event volunteers.
This past Sunday we held our first General Meeting since January. The afternoon kicked off with speeches from our Local Council members (formally known as Executive Committee chairs). Jeremy Gong made a case for the deliberative work of building a sturdy organization for the long haul. We're not just reacting to Trump, he argued. Trump is a symptom, capitalism is the disease, and only a mass organization of socialists and the working class can overcome it. This moment is unprecedented but, as the third largest socialist party in American history, we are part of a long historical tradition.
At the East Bay DSA Executive Committee (ExComm) meeting on March 12, 2017, the ExComm voted unanimously to endorse the Vision for Black Lives (V4BL) Policy platform. The full text of the endorsement is available in the East Bay DSA's Commitment to Ending Racism and Capitalism.
At our January new member meeting, Molly told her story of coming to East Bay DSA and how she was empowered to step up and lead.
We encourage all new members and curious non-members to come to our next new member meeting on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library. It's the best place to learn more and get connected with our committees and campaigns.
Last Saturday, 160 people took part in East Bay DSA's Single-Payer Healthcare Campaign Kickoff event in Oakland. Our goal was to mobilize support for The Healthy California Act, or SB 562, a single-payer healthcare bill that would provide comprehensive medical coverage to all Californians, including undocumented immigrants.
Yesterday was the beginning of something big. We at the East Bay DSA were blown away by the success of the soft kick-off for the California Single-Payer Health Care campaign. With our big campaign canvassing event coming up on February 25 (check it out on Facebook!), we took a day to train 35 of our members to be volunteer canvass leaders among our broader membership.
Hi everyone, just wanted to tell you a little bit about East Bay DSA's presence at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) protests last weekend.
We became aware on Saturday that there were several detainees being held at SFO as a result of Trump's executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ensuing protest at SFO was a two-day marathon, and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) retained a presence at the airport at all times.
On Friday, February 3, more than 200 people filled the California Nurses Association headquarters to attend a panel called "Resisting Trump in California." The panelists included our own East Bay DSA co-chair Jeremy Gong, editor and founder of Jacobin Magazine Bhaskar Sunkara, and Stephanie Schwartz of the International Socialist Organization. Each gave a brief talk about tactical approaches to opposing Trump from the Left, with an eye toward California as a crucial and viable region of resistance.
We have a housing crisis in the Bay Area. East Bay DSA is forming a housing committee to fight for housing access! Fill out our East Bay DSA Housing Campaign Interest form for more information on what we're doing and how you can plug in!
We just emailed out the candidate statements for the upcoming election on Saturday. Please check your email for further details! If you didn't receive the email, please get in touch with us at email@example.com so we can get you a copy of the statements and make sure that you're on our chapter mailing list.