Committees, Working Groups, & Caucuses

San Francisco DSA is funded and managed by our members. Our chapter structure consists of a Steering Committee made up of seven elected officers, and numerous committees, working groups and caucuses focused on various types of work both internal and external. We also vote on chapter priorities each year.

AfroSocialist Committee

afrosoc@dsasf.org

It is the local chapter of the National AfroSocialists Caucus. It is majority POC, all are welcome.

Chapter Coordination

coordinators@dsasf.org

The Chapter Coordination Committee (CCC) is dedicated to helping grow and mobilize the membership of the chapter; from the person on the street to activist. We do this through:

  • Outreach: Newsletter, social media, events, calendar
  • Onboarding: Setting up every new member with an active member and getting them plugged into projects
  • Community: Running Intro to DSA, General Meetings, and creating spaces for comrades to get to know each other and interact
  • Democracy: Making sure elections are run fairly and that the chapter is informed

If you care about how DSA is run and your fellow comrades, or just want to learn how to be a better organizer please contact us to get involved.

Conflict Resolution

conflictresolution@dsasf.org

The purpose of the Conflict Resolution (CR) committee is to offer structured, informal paths to de-escalation and resolution of conflict within the DSA SF chapter. We provide facilitated mediations as well as individual meetings with members who request support. CR works to promote the development of stronger interpersonal relations and healthy communication strategies vital for building a peaceful, socialist community. Please note – we are not associated with or involved with any grievance or disciplinary processes.

The CR group is comprised of volunteers with various levels of experience in counseling. We are engaged in ongoing education around restorative and transformative justice, conflict de-escalation and general counseling best practices so we can learn how to best support our community. Those interested in joining the Conflict Resolution team are encouraged to email us and/or attend our monthly meetings to learn more about how to join our team and become a CR counselor.

To learn more about our services please visit our webpage: https://dsasf.org/conflict-resolution/

To receive support in resolving a conflict or addressing an issue, please submit a request for a meeting with our CR counselors by visiting this webpage:  https://dsasf.org/request-conflict-resolution/

Communications

comms@dsasf.org

The Communication Committee’s mission is to amplify the chapter’s actions for an external audience, driving recruitment and engagement through various media, especially social media.

Ecosocialism

ecosocialist@dsasf.org

The Ecosocialist 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!

Education

education@dsasf.org

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. If you are interested in presenting a topic for one of our Red Talks, fill out our Red Talk proposal form.
  • 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.

Healthcare

healthcare@dsasf.org

The mission of this committee is to support the DSA’s goals by agitating, advocating, and organizing for a comprehensive universal healthcare system that is accessible to all, regardless of employment, income, or immigration status.

Homelessness

homelessness@dsasf.org

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.

International Solidarity

international@dsasf.org

The International Solidarity Organizing Committee, or ISOC, works to build anti-war and anti-imperialist movements in the working class and oppressed communities. Its work includes:

  • Conducting political education about the historical development and current dynamics of US imperialism and how the international community is impacted.
  • Building partnerships with diaspora communities, coalitions, and other movements working on international solidarity issues.
  • Organizing with at-large members to attend mass mobilizations locally.
  • Collaborating with the national-level DSA International Committee on specific campaigns that also reflect our chapter work.

Justice

justice@dsasf.org

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

Labor

labor@dsasf.org

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.

Tenant Solidarity

tenantsolidarity@dsasf.org

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgency of supporting tenant organizing. Across the country, tenants are facing the prospect of being evicted during a pandemic as unemployment applications spike in historic numbers. States and cities have announced eviction moratoriums, but even the most expansive moratoriums only prevent eviction during the crisis; at some point, those moratoriums will end. We must promote and support all tenants’ efforts to stay in their homes even after the state of emergency has ended. Capitalism is the cause of our housing issues. Mass organizing is the way forward. Help DSA SF organize to build and leverage tenant power!