This is a democratic organization. That means we make the rules. More than nearly every other institution in our lives, we have the power to change our chapter. This responsibility means every single DSA member should feel pride in our achievements this last year and should feel a drive to improve our chapter this next year. The time to reflect and set intentions for next year is the convention this weekend 6/11-6/12, 12PM-4PM each day. We will be choosing our three priority campaigns for the next year, out of four possible choices. Those choices are:
- Ballot Measure Continuing Priority
- Building Worker Solidarity and Developing Labor Organizers
- A Better DSA Is Possible
- Free Muni Full Service
We will also be ratifying our committees and working groups for ’22-’23 and will be electing a new slate of leaders. You can find the candidates’ statements of purpose here.
Our ask is that you attend at least part of the convention this weekend. Now that our convention is hybrid online and in-person, it is more accessible than ever to participating in shaping your chapter to win democratic socialism.
Solidarity, DSA SF Comms Committee
🌹 Wednesday, 6/8 (7:00 p.m.): Venezuelan Feminists Tour (in person at 518 Valencia)
🌹 Thursday, 6/9 (7:30 p.m.): Learn more about the Starbucks union drive (Zoom)
🌹 Saturday, 6/11 (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.): DSA SF Chapter Convention – Day 1 (Zoom and in person at 518 Valencia)
🌹 Sunday, 6/12 (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.): DSA SF Chapter Convention – Day 2 (Zoom and in person at 518 Valencia)
🌹 Sunday, 6/26 (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.): Educational Event: A Socialist Answer to the Housing Crisis (Zoom)
Venezuelan feminists living under U.S. sanctions speak out tomorrow at 518 Valencia!
Sanctions as a weapon of war are always most keenly felt by those who are most vulnerable – not billionaires with yachts. This Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at 518 Valencia, we’ll have a very special opportunity to hear from three Venezuelan feminists about their experiences living under US sanctions – how those sanctions impact women and children, and how we as socialists can build our solidarity with Venezuelans. This event will be moderated by Carolina Morales.
Interpretation services will be provided during the event. This is a unique opportunity for people in the U.S. to hear directly and in person from Venezuelans who are impacted by the sanctions – it’s a meaningful experience you won’t want to miss! Be sure to register here ahead of time. Please note: masks will be required for this event.
About our guests:Mónica is a professor and arts administrator who writes a weekly column. Anggie is a Wayuu activist and educator on Indigenous, sexual, and reproductive rights. Yolimar is an industrial engineer and is part of the internationalist brigade of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Venezuela.
Come hear DSA and YDSA members from SF and Santa Cruz talk about their union drives, and find out how you can get involved in Starbucks organizing and labor solidarity efforts! This is a critical time for us to continue to build lasting, durable labor power here in the Bay Area and throughout the nation – don’t miss it! This is a Zoom meeting, and will take place on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. PST.
DSA San Francisco Ecosocialists Affirm and Support Indigenous Sovereignty, Decolonization, and Palestinian Liberation
In light of recent turmoil within national bodies of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) concerning Palestinian Liberation and the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement; in light of the release of the recent Climate Change 2022 IPCC report; and in light of the recent IDF murder of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, the DSA San Francisco Ecosocialists feel compelled to make our position clear on BDS and the liberation of Palestine: The fight for climate justice and the fight against imperialism are not at odds, but are inextricably linked.
As Ecosocialists, we understand Indigenous sovereignty and Palestinian liberation are two sides of the same anti-colonial coin. They are the twin fights: Indigenous sovereignty demands landback and Palestinian liberation demands the right of return. This is why “Decolonization, demilitarization, and international solidarity” is one of the DSA’s Green New Deal principles, held in equal standing with decarbonization; public power; and fighting environmental racism, racial capitalism, fossil capitalism and every other profit-driven illness on Earth. Earth suffers from overheating and ongoing erasure like those of us who are colonized do. We will not be erased. We are still here.
Join DSA SF’s Empty Homes Tax signature captains on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. PST for the third installment on the socialist answer to the housing crisis! This time we will be focusing on a series of articles on housing justice and related issues.
What has been the impact of privatizing affordable housing resources? What can we learn from the organizing efforts of Metro DC DSA’s Stomp Out Slumlords? Or the expropriation initiative in Berlin?