East Bay DSA campaigns are getting some attention. See what the media has to say about our work.
"'Politics is about identity whether we like it or not now,' said East Bay DSA organizer Jess Dervin-Ackerman, who worked as a digital organizing manager at NextGen Climate during the 2016 campaign. 'For me, it's about the issues. So when we go out and talk about single payer -- we chose that issue for a reason: it will help mostly working people and marginalized people more than everyone else.'
"When I asked her colleague at the East Bay chapter, Jeremy Gong, how DSA planned to persuade Democrats that socialism could advance the ball on what many identify as social issues, he pointed to abortion -- and sought to frame it as a fundamentally economic one.
"'There is a false dichotomy between identity and class that has been leveraged by liberals (like those in the Clinton campaign),' Gong said. 'We can say that abortion is legal, but unless they are free and universally provided, so people don't have to drive very far to get them, like they do in places like Texas, then they are not actually guaranteed.'"
Democratic Socialists are taking themselves seriously. Should Democrats?, Gregory Krieg, August 8, 2017
The Daily Beast
"'We decided that we should actually just start building a base and start developing our members into good organizers,' Mary Virginia Watson, a member of the East Bay chapter, told The Daily Beast. 'We also looked at it as a leadership development program as well.'
"The first canvas held by that the East Bay chapter featured about 25-30 people, according to Watson. The next one brought in some 200 people. East Bay DSA said they ended up getting some 1,600 people to pledge their support for single-payer and are still active in the recruiting and door knocking efforts."
The Democratic Socialists of America Are Dreaming Big but Acting Locally, Gideon Resnick, August 7, 2017
"'We need a concrete political campaign that people can plug into immediately,' Ari Marcantonio, an organizer with the East Bay DSA told members in a speech closing out the convention. 'A door they can knock on, a conversation they can have with their neighbor about the shared fight for medicare for all and how we as working people are going to fight together to liberate ourselves from the private insurance industry oligarchy.'"
Chicago Just Hosted The Largest Democratic Socialists Convention In Years, Aaron Cynic, August 7, 2017
"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."
"East Bay DSA's commitment to campaigning for SB562 is a tactic in service of a larger strategy to build good internal structures in our burgeoning group and effective organizing skills among a new generation of grassroots leftist activists. We also seek to strengthen ties between socialists and the labor movement — in this case the women-led and substantially non-white nurses' union — and win reforms that will strengthen the power of the working class."
How Socialists Can Fight for Single Payer, Meagan Day and Keith Brower Brown, Aug. 2, 2017
"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
"'Are y'all ready to crush the private health insurance industry? Are you ready to make healthcare a human right in America?"
"These questions from Ari Marcantonio, a single-payer organizer for the East Bay chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), were met with raucous cheers at the organization's national convention in Chicago this weekend."
The First Priority for the Resurgent U.S. Socialist Movement? Single-Payer Healthcare, Miles Kampf-Lassin, August 7, 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