When will I be able to get the vaccine?
Privatized Healthcare System Leads to Fractured Vaccine Rollout
As of this writing, only 27% of California’s vaccines have been administered, putting it at the bottom of the states. Every delay in vaccination costs lives and pushes back the day when we can finally emerge from our shelter. So why is it going so agonizingly slow, especially in a city like San Francisco which prides itself on being tech-savvy and logistically efficient?
Read more in the SF Independent Journal’s story about the vaccine rollout process in SF.
DSA Member Alex Lee Elected to Represent California State Assembly District 25
Alex Lee was elected in November to represent District 25 and its 460,000 residents. As the youngest member of the assembly, at just 25 years old, and the only openly bisexual assemblymember, he is a candidate who has based his campaign around bringing a voice to the unheard. After surviving a nine-candidate primary election last March, Alex won his district by 73 percent of the vote, including part of the Silicon Valley. He ran as a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and did not accept corporate campaign contributions.
In this interview, Assemblyman Lee shares experiences from his campaign, his first actions in office, and more.
Dean Preston Weekly Office Update, Week of January 22nd, 2021
- Extending the Eviction Moratorium
- Prop I Budget Follow Through on the 27th
- DSA SF Members Chris Arvin and Emily Algire Appointed to Citizens’ Advisory Councils
- UCSF Parnassus Expansion – Regents Must Delay
- Article on Dean’s Fellowship Program Published in The Activist
Have an idea or want to schedule a meeting between your caucus or committee and Dean’s office? Write either PrestonStaff@sfgov.org or email@example.com with details, mention you’re with DSA, and they would be happy to set up a meeting with you.
Events & Actions
January Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, January 27th, 6:15-8:30 pm
Our next chapter meeting will be this Wednesday, January 27th, at 6:15 pm. Join us to hear what our committees and working groups have been up to and how you can get involved. You’ll also have a chance to take part in the discussion of a Statewide Single-Payer Healthcare Campaign, the Afrosocialists Working Group Charter, a Temporary DSA SF Electoral Strategy Commission, and much, much more! You can RSVP for the Zoom meeting here. If you have any questions or concerns about voting eligibility, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Socialists on the Job: A Cross Generation Conversation, Wednesday, January 27th, 4-6 pm
In the 1970s, many left organizations encouraged their members to get traditional (however they chose to define that) working-class jobs. They hoped to play a part in amping up class struggle, leading fights against bosses, and replacing bureaucratic union leaders. They also hoped to recruit workers to socialist politics and to transform groups rooted in the student movement into groups rooted in the working-class.
As a result, a few thousand former student radicals got jobs as miners, auto workers, steel workers, truck drivers, railroad workers and phone company technicians. Others took the same class-struggle outlook with them as they became public employees, such as teachers, social workers, or public transit workers.
Join DSA for a discussion with a few who participated in that process as they discuss their experiences, what they learned from them, how their groups were affected, and what lessons there might be for a new generation of radicals looking for ways to make their jobs places where they can fight for democracy, workers’ power, and socialism.
The Socialist Awakening by John Judis
“The Socialist Awakening” by John Judis is one of a number of recent books considering the questions of imagining socialism in the modern world. We will take up this short book in three sessions on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Reading discussions for this text will resume on February 2 and February 16. If interested, please register in advance. Persons new to socialism and/or DSA welcome.
In Case You Missed It
DSA SF Member Updates a Classic
Missed Tyler B.’s performance at our October DSA SF meeting? Not to worry.
Check out this version of Phil Och’s song “Love Me, I’m a Liberal,” updated for San Francisco in 2021, by DSA SF member Tyler B.!