Last Saturday, October 7, 2017, East Bay DSA held the first meeting of its reading group based on China Mieville's October.
On October 2, more than 140 East Bay DSA members came together at the Humanist Hall to hear from and discuss endorsing two candidates for state office. Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) members Jovanka Beckles and Gayle McLaughlin addressed our membership, responded to our questions, and asked for East Bay DSA's early endorsement in the 2018 elections. Our membership will meet again on October 29 to vote on endorsing Beckles and McLaughlin, details coming soon. We encourage all our members to attend that meeting and vote!
Attention: The next local council meeting date has been changed! The meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. with location to be determined. There will not be a local council meeting on October 15. Thanks for your patience as we work out event scheduling!
On August 20, our newly empaneled Local Council (LC) met for the second time (read the full minutes). Thirteen LC members were in attendance along with about 40 observers, comprising members of our chapter, visitors from other chapters, and members of the community at large. We came together to share information about our new structure, the work the various committees have been doing, and the vision for the future of our organization.
Published August 12, 2017
On August 10, DSA's Interim Steering Committee (ISC) stated that it would be investigating Danny Fetonte's conduct in the recent National Political Committee (NPC) election, specifically regarding his nondisclosure of police union work. On August 11, Fetonte issued a statement of his own, in which he clarified his employment history and accused the ISC of lacking "moral courage" and a "backbone."
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.
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.