Tuesday, 11/21 (7:00 p.m.): Labor and Tenant Organizing Discussion: Spadework – On Political Organizing (In person at 1916 McAllister)
Wednesday, 11/22 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): What is DSA? (In person at 1916 McAllister)
Friday, 11/24 (12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Office Hours (In person at 1916 McAllister)
Wednesday, 11/29 (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): HWG Reading Group: Mean Streets (In person at 1916 McAllister)
Thursday, 11/30 (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.): HWG Presents: JenBo! “How to Get Housed in SF.” (In person at 1916 McAllister)
Check out https://dsasf.org/events/ for more events.
Events & Actions
Labor and Tenant Organizing Discussion Tonight: Spadework – On Political Organizing
Hey comrades! 🌹
Labor and Tenant Organizing comrades will be hosting a discussion of the article “Spadework: On Political Organzing” by Allyssa Battistoni this evening (November 21st) at 7:00 p.m. at 1916 McAllister. ⛏️
🍕Eat pizza, sip beverages, and talk about doing and sustaining “spadework:” the critical and meaningful, often difficult, generally unsexy, sometimes frustrating, day-to-day work of organizing! ☎️
How Do People Get Housed? 📚
Is San Francisco set up to actually help people exit homelessness and get into housing? What resources exist, and are they accessible? And how long does this whole process take? Join DSA SF member and City Hall worker, Jenbo, as she attempts to untangle the arcane bureaucracy of different city departments, nonprofits, outreach teams, shelter and housing systems that make up the City’s response to the homelessness crisis.
Join this Homelessness Working Group-hosted event on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. at 1916 McAllister. Dinner will be provided!
Submit Your Nominations for Chapter Leadership!
Hello, comrades! We are now opening nominations for chapter leadership! Please fill out this form if you would like to nominate yourself or a comrade for a leadership position!
Leadership positions for the following chapter bodies are up for chapter-wide elections:
- Labor Board (5 seats)
- Electoral Board (5 seats)
- Mutual Aid Priority Leadership (3 seats total, 1 vacant)
- Chapter Coordination Committee Co-Chairs (2 seats)
- Education Board (3 seats)
- Ecosocialists Committee Co-Chairs (2 seats)
- Tenant Organizing Working Group Co-Chairs (2 seats)
The following chapter bodies will be holding internal elections, which will be ratified by the chapter:
- Homelessness Working Group Co-Chairs
- AfroSocialists & Socialists of Color Committee Co-Chairs
Elections and ratification votes will be held at our December chapter meeting!
From Team Dean
It’s been a minute, but here is the latest:
- We helped shut down shady “COVID-testing” sites around town. These testing sites preyed on vulnerable people, with operators not wearing gloves or masks and often not sending people their test results. We want our constituents and all people to get testing from a safe and trustworthy source and we are pleased that this scam is being shut down.
- Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s Charter Amendment, which would have put the Mayor on the hook directly for increasing transit fares and parking meter rates/hours, has been withdrawn. Our office has been in dialogue with various comrades on this measure, and we wanted to make sure people were aware that this item will not appear on the March 2024 ballot.
- On November 29th, the Board of Supervisors will be voting on the Police Staffing Charter Amendment. Initially introduced by Supervisor Matt Dorsey, it is now sponsored by Supervisor Ahsha Safai. The measure will create a fund to be used to give new police officers $75k sign-on bonuses, amended such that it requires a new tax or source of funding to be implemented. However, as worded, if we create a new progressive, radical tax on the wealthiest people in our city, money raised could be required to go to this police bonus fund instead of things like affordable housing, rent subsidies, education, or other crucial things our city needs. We encourage comrades to reach out to the Board of Supervisors via email (email@example.com) or phone and let them know how you feel about this proposal.
Finally: this week, our office will be off from Wednesday through Friday, which means we will need to cancel in person office hours. However, please reach out to Melissa H. or Will S. on Slack (or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) if you want to check in on City Hall matters this week and we will try to schedule an appointment!
Behind the Scenes
The Chapter Coordination Committee (CCC) regularly rotates duties among chapter members. This allows us to train new members in key duties that help keep the chapter running like organizing chapter meetings, keeping records updated, office cleanup, updating the DSA SF website and newsletter, etc. Members can view current CCC rotations.
To help with the day-to-day tasks that keep the chapter running, fill out the CCC help form.
Feedback? Questions? Something to add?
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