San Francisco DSA is funded and run by our members. Our chapter structure consists of an elected Steering Committee made up of five elected officers and numerous committees and working groups focused on various types of work both internal and external.
DSA SF’s Healthcare working group fights for equal healthcare access for all. Private, for-profit healthcare creates and exacerbates systemic inequalities, and we must work to eradicate them. We’re supporting efforts to create a single-payer healthcare program in California with the Campaign for a Healthy California, and we’re building a grass-roots effort to build support and awareness of it. Through this fight, we’ll express how deprivatizing healthcare can create better and more just outcomes for all, and how we can do it with other needs as well.
The mission of the DSA SF tech committee is to bring together engineers, technical workers, educators, and community members to organize around the intersection of technology and socialist action.
We recognize that technology provides the economic basis for our society, and that the tech industry exploits worker labor in service of capital. We also recognize that technical innovation provides the opportunity to liberate labor, and the fruits of innovation can be distributed to the benefit of society.
In service of this vision, the DSA SF tech committee will provide technical expertise, advocate for worker power in the tech industry, and organize community members to use tech to build democratic socialism. We are responsible for creating and maintaining technical tools for the San Francisco chapter of DSA, including maintaining the chapter website, facilitating chapter communication, and serving as a resource for all committees and working groups within the chapter. In critiquing the tech industry as an expression of capitalism, we will explore how tech work could be performed under socialism.
The DSA SF Local Political Research and Advisory Committee is committed to:
- Working to develop a shared diagnosis of the economic, social, and political conditions in the City.
- Providing DSA SF with clear, accurate, and actionable information for political work in San Francisco.
- Informing DSA SF’s work by supporting electoral campaign research.
If this sounds like your idea of fun, join us! We especially need your help if you are active in multiracial and women-led / women-majority organizations. “A revolution that isn’t feminist isn’t worthy of the name.”
The Discourse Committee’s mission is to amplify socialist voices, viewpoints and opinions within the political discourse and debate of San Francisco. Its initial objectives are: (1) to serve as a research, writing, and editing resource or “hub” for DSA SF members on topics affecting or touching upon socialist politics; (2) to operate and edit the San Francisco Phoenix as an independent publication, a platform for a diverse set of socialist viewpoints and opinions; and (3) to monitor the wide variety of non-socialist publications within San Francisco for matters of interest to the chapter.
An important part of this strategy is working with chapter members to facilitate writing by those who may not have experience writing for larger audiences, but who wish to have their voices heard.
The Outreach Committee is involved in recruitment, retention, and strategic organizing and alignment (Solidarity work) with other activist groups/labor groups/protests. Our outreach work includes social media, design and printing of outreach materials like fliers, zines and posters. We work jointly with the Education Committee on educational outreach materials.
The DSA’s Homelessness Working Group has three goals: outreach to those in need, research-led direct action, and public education. Please join us in lending assistance to people without homes, determining ways to help them get permanently housed, and combating the capitalist ideology of poisonous individualism and lower-class oppression.
The Housing working group seeks to handle the following competencies and goals:
(1) Engaging in local politics with the approval of the chapter and WG members to push anti-speculative and pro-tenant initiatives that work toward our long-term goal of 100% social, democratically planned housing.
(2) Organizing with coalition partners as part of the broader chapter strategy to build power on the left, oppose commodification, promote housing as a human right, and radically democratize planning, decisions, and ownership of housing.
(3) Actively promoting leftist and anti-capitalist policy ideas for housing equity and racial + class justice.
Socialist Feminism is the recognition that capitalism is a barrier to women’s liberation, and patriarchy is a barrier to human liberation – so we aim to fight both! We reject a vision of feminism that is based purely on lifestyle, that glorifies female CEOs and military leaders while ignoring the suffering of their employees or people dying under their bombs.
DSA SF’s Socialist Feminism Working Group (SocFem) is a safe place for women, trans, and non-binary folks (and our cis male allies) to talk about the issues that impact us and our community, educate ourselves through readings and consciousness-raising, and work on projects that amplify non-male voices. Some events we’ve worked on recently include co-hosting a panel about socialist feminism, engaging in direct action via rallies and protests, fundraising for reproductive justice services, and collaborating with coalition partners to perform mutual aid in our community.
SocFem meets the second Wednesday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) of the month.
The role of the Education Committee is to help guide members of DSA SF and the public in learning about the history of socialism, socialist ideologies, and how socialism applies to the concerns of our community. Our projects include:
- Holding short presentations / discussions (“Red Talks”) at monthly meetings on topics of interest.
- Facilitating reading groups that meet regularly to discuss socialist readings as chosen by the group.
- Curating electronic resources and a physical lending library for our membership and the public.
- Organizing educational events which engage our membership and the public in conversations about capitalism and socialism.
The purpose of this committee is to facilitate the amicable resolution of grievances arising among DSA-SF members or groups and to promote development of stronger interpersonal relations and healthy communication strategies vital for building a peaceful, socialist community.
The CR-Group will hold ongoing workshops to develop our members’ skills at peer counseling guided by principles of restorative justice, conflict de-escalation and general counseling best practices. The CR-Group is comprised of members with various levels of relevant prior experience; some are prepared to begin offering peer counseling to parties who seek immediate help and who understand that we are still developing our skills. Team members will always counsel in pairs at their level of comfort while continuing to gain skills through our various readings and training workshops.
If you need structured, confidential comradeship and a safe, informal path toward the de-escalation & resolution of conflict within the DSA SF chapter, please submit a conflict resolution request form.
The Labor Organizing Committee is dedicated to supporting and building the workers’ movement in the Bay Area. Our objectives are:
- To build coalition with and defend existing labor unions
- Support democratic and leftist rank-and-file movements within workers’ organizations
- To train DSA SF members to organize their own workplaces and carry out campaigns to build the labor movement.
The committee’s mission shall be to implement DSA SF’s chosen electoral strategy and coordinate its work in electoral politics:
- Provide recommendations to the chapter on electoral endorsements and other matters concerning electoral strategy (with decisions to be made by an in-person vote of the chapter in accordance with the bylaws).
- Build systems and capacity to support ballot initiatives and eventually leftist candidates.
Justice Committee seeks to reduce and replace the current system of criminalization, policing, judgement, and incarceration with alternatives that recognize our common humanity and equality. Join us as we organize various legislative and mutual aid projects in furtherance of these goals, including:
- Bay Area wide brake light fixing events in heavily policed communities to both provide a service to our neighbors and to limit interactions between our communities and the police
- Organizing to keep SFPD from adding Tasers to their deadly arsenal
- Organizing against a bicycle chop-shop bill that would further the oppression of the unhoused and marginalized population in SF
- Mutual aid direct actions at jails
- Legislative and direct action bail reform
- Anti-death penalty work
Climate and Environmental Justice
DSA-SF’s Climate and Environmental Justice committee believes we must fight for a just and equitable society that provides everyone with the right to a clean, healthy, and democratically-controlled environment: an ecosocialist society.
– Advise the DSA-SF chapter and committees on environmental issues at the city, regional, state, national, and international level, and collaborate with them to ensure DSA actions and policies advance a climate and environmental justice agenda.
– Prioritize and support marginalized communities in their/our fight for environmental justice, as climate & environmental justice must include racial and economic justice.
– Prioritize workers’ power and control over the means of production so that no one must choose between their livelihood and the health of their environment.
We’re currently working on supporting divestment by joining the SF Public Bank Coalition and pressuring the SF Retirement Board; fun, outdoor mutual aid projects; housing and environmental contamination in Bayview, and other projects. Join us!