Statement of Solidarity on the Murder of Marielle Franco

March 15, 2018

On the night of March 14, 2018, Marielle Franco, a member of Brazil's Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and a city councillor in Rio de Janeiro, was brutally murdered, along with her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. All the evidence so far available, even that reported by the press, suggests that this was a politically motivated assassination.

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Recap: February 2018 General Membership Meeting

At our first general meeting of the year, more than 150 East Bay DSA members came together and voted to launch a campaign to repeal a statewide anti–rent control law and approve a new set of bylaws for the chapter.

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Recap: Labor Notes Fundraiser

The Labor Notes Fundraiser on January 20, sponsored by East Bay DSA and local labor unions, was a huge success! With more than 120 attendees, we raised more than $6,400! All proceeds will go to travel scholarships to send local, young, low-income workers to Chicago for the Labor Notes Conference April 6–9.

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Recap: January Medicare-for-All Canvass

On Saturday, January 13, about 130 comrades of all sizes, shapes, and hairstyles streamed into Oakland's historic Omni Commons meeting hall. The building, which began as a meeting place for an independent garbage collection co-op in the 1930s, was the staging ground for the latest iteration of East Bay DSA's Medicare-for-All canvassing effort. It began with a series of rousing speeches.

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Proposed Revisions to Bylaws Now Available

The Bylaws Committee has completed its proposed revisions to the East Bay DSA chapter bylaws. Our current bylaws are provisional, which means that we all need to revise and vote on them again this spring.

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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


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

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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