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Template:TOCnestleft Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America is affiliated to Democratic Socialists of America. Their group is verified by Twitter.

National Conference delegates

Intersectional Socialists for Black Liberation

DSA taking over Neighborhood Councils

Help DSA Elect More Socialists to LA’s 99 Neighborhood Councils!

Taking over the Dems

Help DSA-LA Take Over ADEMS!

2021 DSA-LA National Convention delegate election


Delegate election team Hannah Kessel, Jordan Ekeroth, Nick Hahnemann, Peter Phillips.


Aaron Korn-Warner, Abdullah Farooq, Abril Dozal, Alex Wilensky, Alexander W., Alissandra Valdez, Andre Arguelles, Andrew Lewis, Anthony Guzman, Ariadne L., Arielle Sallai, Aura Vasquez, Barry Eidlin, Benina Stern, Betsy Ures, Bitta Sharma, Cindy Gaete, Courtney Quinn, Daniel Lee, Daniel Dominguez., Denis P. Recendez, Denise F., Erin O'Neal-Robinson, Farzana Wakil, Felix., Forrest Danger, Francisco Cendejas, Gary H., Haley Potiker, Hannah Kessel, Hannah Klein, Hector A., Hugo S.M., Jack Suria Linares, Janet Hurtado, Jason Smalls, Jenny Morataya. Jeremy Bowditch, Jess M., Johnny Echavarria, Jordan Ekeroth, Katie H. Chan, Kellen Dane, Kyle Scott, Lauren Buisson, Leone Hankey, Leslie Chang, Lilian Delmi, Maikiko James, Marc K., Marissa Ayala, Marlin Medrano, Meagan Day, Michael Novick, Michael Stenovec, Miguel Camnitzer, Nat R., Nick Ballard, Nicky Martin, Olga Lexell, Paige G., Shota Vashakmadze, Preeti Sharma, Rafael Jaime, Ricky G., Scott Carpenter, Sean Broadbent, Shakeela Shah , Shiu-Ming Cheer, Staci O'Neal-Robinson, Steve Couch Susheela Narayan, Sydney Ghazarian, Tal Levy, Violet Carne, Zack W., Zarinah Williams


Angie S. , Crysta Song, Edgar Ortiz, Greg Gabrellas, Jed Parriott, Jimbo H., Jon T., Lane McFaddin, Maria S., Mark Masaoka, , Michael Lumpkin, Ryan Andrews, Samuel Sukaton, Shota Vashakmadze, Tiana McKenna[1]


Mass Action candidates

Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America Mass Action candidates for Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America national convention delegates were Abdullah Farooq, Barry Eidlin, Betsy Ures, Erin O'Neal-Robinson, Greg Gabrellas, Hannah Kessel, Hannah Klein, James Saucedo, Jessica Bourque, Meagan Day, Michael Lumpkin, Michael Stenovec, Nicky Martin, Paul Zappia, Rafael Jaime, Ryan Andrews, Ryan Andrews, Shota Vashakmadze, Staci O'Neal-Robinson, Steve Couch.

Working with UTLA to 'build a new socialist society'

In Oct 2018, the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America teamed[2] with United Teachers Los Angeles to teach Communism: "Today, the potential to build a new socialist society in our time is greater than it has been in decades, and this is part of our work together." Here is an excerpt:

"DSA-LA’s Political Education Committee is proud to present a Class on Class. This study series examines a selection of foundational concepts and inquiries, with the goal of more deeply grounding our collective struggle in rigorous socialist analysis.
"The Class on Class is comprised of four distinct modules which conceptually build on one another. Each module features a selection of readings and initial discussion questions, as well as an in-person component where a short presentation is followed by ample opportunity to discuss, dissect, and debate these concepts in facilitated group conversations.
"So, if this is your first time reading Marx, Luxemburg, Bhattacharya and others — we welcome you! If you’re already well-acquainted with these concepts — welcome back. Today, the potential to build a new socialist society in our time is greater than it has been in decades, and this is part of our work together.
Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America works with United Teachers Los Angeles to teach Marxism

Supporting LA teachers strike

According to Los Angeles Daily News journalist Ariella Plachta, every day this week, Carley Towne, 25, has pulled herself out of bed in the morning dark to walk a 7 a.m. picket line at Venice High School for two hours before heading to work. The bespectacled staff member of left-wing activist organization Code Pink is not a teacher, a parent nor a former L.A. Unified School student.

Like the 100 to 150 other members of Democratic Socialists of America and International Socialist Organization who have showed up to schools every day this week in support of the L.A. Unified teachers strike, she’s simply a devoted socialist.

Members of DSA Los Angeles, part of an organization that has emerged in national politics as the burgeoning progressive wing of the Democratic party with robust New York City and Chicago bases, have become some of the most visible non-education-related participants in the teachers strike that has thrown LAUSD’s near 900 schools into disarray.

For many of these mostly millenial age anti-capitalists, in full swing Friday morning leading a “solidarity forever” tune on the banjo and supplying teachers with free burritos, this “fight for the soul of public schools” at the center of national attention is a rare and meaningful opportunity to act on their leftist politics in real life.

“Their demands are aligned with what we believe,” said Towne over blaring picket chants and car horns. She cites grassroots organizing and regular text reminders as reason for the group’s consistency in numbers.

“These 30,000 teachers deserve a wage that allows them to live in their city, but they’re also going on strike for a truly public education system and schools rooted in their community. It runs the gamut of things we want to do in as socialists.”

As part of the Reclaim our Schools coalition of organizations to support the United Teachers Los Angeles strike, DSA has deployed around 100 members to North Hollywood High School, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools and Venice HS every morning of the strike.

Along with ISO and in partnership with Reclaim our Schools, members made headlines after raising over $30,000 to bring taco trucks to the picket-lines in a “Tacos for Teachers” GoFundMe campaign, and have joined marches to district leaders’ doorsteps including Superintendent Austin Beutner and school board President Monica Garcia.

For the past five days, a staunch majority of UTLA-represented LAUSD educators have been on strike – picketing in front of schools and marching downtown – making demands for both improved conditions in public schools and higher wages the district says it cannot afford.

On paper, predominant issues include high class sizes and the need for full-time support staff like nurses, counselors and librarians. Not on the negotiating table but central to the dispute between LAUSD and its teachers union is the expansion of the charter school industry in recent years.

Independent charter schools, in which around 112,000 Los Angeles students are enrolled, are privately managed but publicly funded. While advocates say they give students more alternatives, critics allege their unregulated proliferation has undercut neighborhood public schools and led to a vicious cycle of district underfunding.

Since Thursday, the parties have been back in closed-door negotiations at City Hall, with some moderation help from Mayor Garcetti’s office. They plan to continue negotiating through the weekend.

Why would staunch socialists throw their weight behind this teachers strike?

“We believe in having a voice in public institutions. In L.A. Unified, it’s a fight about public education and the front lines of a battle between public schools and charter schools,” said Max Belasco, one of the main organizers of DSA’s efforts during the strike.

Ideologically, democratic socialists advocate raising the minimum wage, securing a national health system and right-to-strike legislation championed most famously by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and freshman member of Congress Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (D-New York).

In broader strokes, they seek “radical transformation” of governmental and economic structures to reflect the will of workers and consumers – a race and class based ideology with a well-documented appeal to millenials.

DSA in cities across the country reflect socialism’s newfound popularity with a glaring generation gap – that is, organizations are populated predominately by twenty-somethings and sixty-somethings but little in between.

Belasco contended that for many members, whether they’re university students, working people with flexible schedules or taking time off to support, this is their first time experiencing a picket line.

“Many millenials also aren’t members of labor unions and so they don’t know the experience. I think they find that not only is it a really powerful sign of solidarity but its also very personally transformative.”

But just because Ocasio-Cortez is wildly popular doesn’t mean every teacher striking for lower class sizes and a full-time nurse feels comfortable picketing next to an ideologue aiming to take down capitalism.

Venice High teachers said few colleagues here and there expressed distaste for the far-left ideology, but finding a critic of the supporters proved difficult.

“Certainly some aren’t into it and many aren’t politically engaged,” said DSA LA member Ari Huber. But “you’d be surprised” by how much interest he’s heard from teachers in joining the group, he said.

“When I talk with a teacher and I explain what DSA is about democratic control over the economy and you put it that way, they say ‘wow that’s really logical.’”

Campaign director with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, coalition partner of Reclaim our Schools Rudy Gonzalves said DSA is one of the groups that have “come through” for the union during the strike.

“They don’t come to our meetings and try to impose a strategy or ideology,” he said Friday. “We’re trying to really work with everybody with a common vision of what we want our schools to be.”[3]

DSA-LA Moving Forward

Statement by Committee Leadership and Membership of Agitprop, Climate Justice, Healthcare, Housing & Homelessness, Immigration Justice, Labor, Membership, Mutual Aid, NOlympics LA, and Prison Abolition Committees


It has been a difficult and painful two weeks for our chapter. Our Steering Committee’s decision to handle a grievance by reducing suspensions recommended by a third party has caused serious damage to our chapter’s well-being and influenced a subsequent wave of contention and hurt throughout. Harm has been caused to individual members, comrades have disaffiliated from the organization, DSA-LA’s reputation has been endangered, and a direct impact has been made on our important committee work.

We're all frustrated, sad, exhausted, angry, disappointed, and grappling with feelings of personal responsibility. We may not have answers at this moment but maybe we can be more accountable to ourselves and to one another by considering what roles we’ve played in getting here. Let’s work together to move forward instead of identifying specific problems or naming solutions at this time. Steering’s decisions to remove an individual from our chapter, resign as chapter leaders, and hold new Steering Committee elections are material steps forward but they will not solve everything. We need to make ongoing commitments to work together and share the responsibility of creating an organization where we want to belong.

It’s imperative that we remember that we, the membership, are who make DSA-LA. The work we’ve been doing is just as important today as it was a week ago. We have the power to build a healthy organization. In this time of grief, the signatories of this statement pledge to organize and fight for the issues that galvanize us. We invite every member to join us.

The DSA-LA membership will soon elect a new Steering Committee and then host our recently postponed Convention. We are committed to ensuring a safer, more democratic chapter and will work to find the appropriate integration of the Steering Committee into the Misconduct Policy. We’re committed to amending the Misconduct Policy through the appropriate channels delineated in the bylaws. We don't yet know what that looks like but we are committed to doing the work to make things better. This is only the first step on a long road toward healing our chapter and toward becoming a truly inclusive, liberatory space.

There is also the necessity and integrity of our chapter work and political programs. We have a school board election to win. We have brake lights to fix. We have the Services Not Sweeps campaign that kicked off last week. We have labor solidarity campaigns we have promised to do alongside struggling workers. This work is just as vital as the work we must do to become the comrades we claim to be. There is a city and a society that needs us to be those comrades now. We must continue our organizing in Los Angeles alongside the work related to our internal chapter culture in the wake of this crisis. As committee leadership and committed membership, we intend to start picking up those pieces now.

The work is the lens that will help us solve this. We can't separate it from everything else that's happening or use it as an excuse to avoid dealing with conflict and oppressive behaviors. We can’t address those behaviors in isolation from the larger project we've all committed to or claim that we need to figure this out before we can get back to work. We have a responsibility to continue with this work and we have an equal responsibility to address the issues within our own internal culture that are a threat to that work.

This will be a hard journey but together we have built an organization that in two years has become a fixture of the LA Left. We cannot allow it to break apart now. Although we are weaker after the revelations of last week, we refuse to allow the work that so many comrades have poured into making a legitimate voice for socialism in Los Angeles to collapse. It is our continued duty to ensure that not only do these politics survive but that they are better than before.

We have come too far to stop now. We hope you’ll join us in building a better reality.

In Solidarity,

Elected Leadership


Helping asylum seekers


Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles January 2 2019

DSA-LA members are in Tijuana providing support to refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. Not everyone can render aid directly, but we can all talk to friends and family, colleagues and neighbors, local and national representatives. Help us send more volunteers: https://cash.me/$DSAImmigration

Sanctuary City Working Group

"According to Promise Li, a member of the Sanctuary City Working Group of the Los Angeles chapter of DSA, since its inception in mid-February of this year, has secured major victories for sanctuary policies. The group was formed by a group of DSA-LA organizers who are intent on connecting the immediate fight for sanctuary cities to the larger struggle for a just and democratic society.
"In March, the group planned and executed its first action – staging a protest at Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s election night celebration. By March, four months had passed since Trump’s election, and Garcetti had still refused to pursue sanctuary policies. The mayor had also refused to meet with the dozens of immigrants’ rights activist groups working towards sanctuary policies under the ICE Out of LA coalition. DSA-LA aimed to use direct action to pressure the mayor to pursue concrete sanctuary policies that would prevent federal immigration authorities from collaborating with local law enforcement officials.
"Hundreds of activists joined DSA-LA outside Garcetti’s celebration venue to protest his inaction, and some DSA-LA members were able to interrupt Garcetti during his victory speech on multiple occasions. As Garcetti’s security forcibly removed DSA-LA members, the socialist organizers began to chant “ICE out of LA!” This action was widely covered by local media, from the Los Angeles Times to Variety magazine. And just two weeks after the DSA-LA action, Garcetti signed Executive Directive No. 20, a progressive executive policy document that begins to address some of the problems that immigrant rights groups in Los Angeles had been trying to bring up to the mayor for years.
"The scale and effectiveness of the Garcetti action drew the attention of local immigrants’ rights organizations and workers’ centers. Since March, our members began to support community partners like the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) to continue plugging in DSA-LA members to local actions and rallies for immigrants’ rights. One of those is the ongoing ”Free Romulo” campaign, waged in support of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, whose detainment by ICE agents right after dropping off his daughter at school in Lincoln Heights attracted international coverage. Eventually, the working group members were invited to the planning meetings of the ICE Out of LA coalition, composed of Los Angeles community members, immigrants’ rights organizations, legal advocates, and workers’ centers, devoted to fighting deportations and criminalization of immigrant workers. Participation with the coalition has allowed the group to develop closer connections with these community partners, through which we are able to learn more about the different fronts and tactics to combat anti-immigrant policies.
"Since the Garcetti action, the working group has met weekly to develop organizational and theoretical capacity. In addition, members of the working group attend and participate in planning meetings with the ICE Out of LA coalition. These activities allow us to continue developing a socialist analysis of the sanctuary movement in the Left, researching relevant policy and local, state, and federal bills, and devising other actions and public events to support the efforts of undocumented immigrants and our community partners.
"The group learned about the promising sanctuary policies in California State Senate bills introduced by liberal politicians like State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon – which however were subsequently revised to protect only a fraction of those the politicians claimed to defend. An example is California State Bill 6, or the Due Process for All Act, which would require California to pay for legal representation for those fighting deportation in court with a statewide Justice Fund. Under pressure from centrist Democrats and conservatives in the state senate, the architects of this bill rewrote it to deny access to this legal representation fund for immigrants with criminal records, subsequently renaming the bill “Expanding Due Process Act.” The Los Angeles City Council and the city’s Board of Supervisors followed suit, revising their LA Justice Fund bills to unjustly exclude countless more immigrants from the basic human right of due process.
"Senator Kevin de Leon also introduced SB-54, another progressive piece of legislature that risks suffering the same fate. The original version of the bill would have dampened coordination between local enforcement and ICE by preventing local and state police from sharing information with ICE when they release any undocumented immigrant from detainment, regardless of the immigrant’s criminal status. But by April 3, when the State Senate approved the bill, SB-54 had been watered down so that this measure would apply only to undocumented immigrants who had not been convicted of an unreasonably long list of “serious” crimes – regardless of the time already served or the dates of those crimes.
"With pressuring de Leon in mind, our most recent action was a teach-in right outside UCLA’s Moore Hall, where de Leon was invited to speak at the “Moving Forward in Education” symposium, an event hosted by UCLA’s chancellor to discuss how to counter the Trump administration’s repressive policies. The teach-in featured speakers from organizations encountered by the group in the past months, including NDLON, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), UCLA Chicana/o Studies department, UCLA’s Student Labor Advocacy Project (SLAP), DSA-LA’s Housing and Homelessness committee, our own Sanctuary City Working Group, and other undocumented student activists. Our teach-in, coordinated with a successful disruption by SLAP inside the event, attracted the attention of de Leon himself, who came out and personally offered to speak with the group further on the issue of the state bills.[5]

Yes on 15 Back to School Phonebank

Ryan Andrews August 28 2020·


Join DSA-LA and YDSA🚨TOMORROW🚨for our Yes on 15 Back to School Phonebank ft. guest speakers Carlos Callejo, Cal Poly Pomona student and YDSA member, Wade Kyle, UTLA Political Action Committee of Educators (PACE) Chair, and Arlene Inouye, UTLA Secretary and Bargaining Co-Chair!

Ryan Andrews is with Yunyi and Nina Eliasoph, Arlene Inouye, Sarah Squirm, Noriko Nakada, Alberto Saavedra, Rocio Rivas, Jenny Chung, Phylis Hoffman, Erika Feresten, Michael Lumpkin, Jorge Castaeda, Elizabeth Untalan, Kristina Meshelski, Brian Dionisi, Pilar Schiavo, Haley Potiker, Anabel Nevarez Ruvalcaba, Ezra Pugh, Jason Boxer, Mark Masaoka, Douglas McBride, Tal Levy, Abigail Gutmann-Gonzalez, Aisha Stars, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Barry Eidlin, Keith Brower Brown, Ankur Patel, Jesus Hermosillo, Jenni Chang, Brenden Gallagher, Alex Kliner, Charlotte Ariel, Meagan Day, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, Lucia Garcia, Michelle Antoinette Boley, Alejandro Pina, Vanessa Castro Scott, Anitra Wetzel, Jim Smith, Steve Seal, Fernando Ramirez, Nicky Martin, Michelle Ching, Bill Barclay, Jamie Penn, Xavier Santos, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Marc Bender, Casey Ramirez, Kat Nathalie, Annaly V. Medrano, Hannah Klein, Peter Mathews, Bill Barrett, Gabe Gabrielsky, Alan Minsky, Reggie Wong, Armin Mah, Cyn Huang, Janet Hurtado, Robert Mejia, Imani Beckett, Erika Alvarez, Juan Gutierrez, Angelica Duenas, Will Shattuc, Daniel Dominguez, Rosa Diaz, Henry Huerta, Mario Valenzuela, Josh Smith, Hannah Kessel, Diane Hirsch-garcia, Carlos Amador, Alex Wolinetz, Karla Aviles Griego, Ben Hauck, Alyssa Stonoha, Marlin Medrano, Melissa Arredondo, Marc Baca, Jordan Greenslade, Joel Greenfield, Kyle Gregory, Leslie Simon, Jasmine Ivy, Sean Broadbent, Cheng-Sim Lim, Hae Min Cho, Hai-ching Cheah, Marcy Winograd Maikiko James.

2021 Local Subgroup Officer Elections

We’re pleased to announce the final candidate list for the 2021 Local Subgroup Officer Elections.

Agitational Propaganda Committee Co-Chair (2 will be elected)

Climate Justice Committee Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Electoral Committee At-Large (5 will be elected)

Healthcare Justice Committee Co-Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Housing & Homelessness Committee Co-Chair (2 will be elected)

Immigration Justice Committee Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Labor Committee Co-Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Mutual Aid Chair (At least 1 will be elected)

Coordinator (At least 1 will be elected)

Administrator (At least 1 will be elected)

NOlympics Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Political Education Committee Chair (2 will be elected)

Coordinator (2 will be elected)

Prison Abolition Committee Communications Coordinator

2021 LA DSA leadership






2020 LA DSA leadership


At Large Steering Committee

Recording Secretary

Communications Director


YDSA Coordinator

Central Branch

Valley Branch

Westside Branch

Unsuccessful candidates included:

Supporting Bernie working group

In July 2019 Over 25 members in good standing of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America submitted a proposal to form a new working group to support Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential primary campaign to DSA-LA’s Steering Committee by way of regular processes.

They were Kyle Gregory, Steve Couch, Katrina Bergstrom, Marlin Medrano, Gabe Gabrielsky, Olivia Gamboa, Jorge Gamboa, Staci O'Neal-Robinson, Erin O'Neal-Robinson, Casey Ramirez, Erika Alvarez, Victor Alvarez, Alex Wolinetz, Ezra Pugh, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Simone Baptiste, Arun Ravendhran, John Seeley, Barry Eidlin, Tej Bhakta, Ryan Andrews, Eric Pierce, Jonathan Koch, Angelica Duenas, Alice Brown, Jeanna Harris, Francisco Cendejas, Robert Nelson, Marguerite “Peggy” Renner, Nancy Kim, Josh Goodman, Amy Clark, Paloma Nafarrate, Wendy Ruiz, Charles Du.[7][8]

Bernie 2020 Working Group supporters


Katrina Bergstrom July 27 2019·

DSA-LA members!

You should have received a link last night to vote for the creation of DSA-LA’s Bernie 2020 Working Group - please vote YES today!

Voting is open for one week. ... See More — with Alex Wolinetz, Amarnath Ravva, Zenaida Huerta, Angelica Duenas, Olivia Gamboa, Shawnee Badger, Wendy Fagioli Ruiz, Marlin Medrano, Bobbie McGowan, Joshua Smith, Henry Huerta, Ezra Pugh, Lisa Kendall, Jeanna Harris, Kristina Meshelski, Nick Roth, Erika Feresten, Tina Fredericks, Jeanine Rohn, Jane Demian, Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla, Andrew Swetland, Aaron Balanta Holloway, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Josh Goodman, Isaac Lieberman, Ankur Patel, Sophie Eupp, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Chris Roth, Taiji Miyagawa, Symone Baptiste, Gabe Gabrielsky, Reed Heisley-Shellaby, Rachel Miller, Jack Suria Linares, Jeremy White, Mason Mineo, Gabbi Pierce, Rebecca Prediletto, Don Ward, Mark Masaoka, Rachel Reyes, Jessica Salans, Nina Eliasoph, Francisco Cendejas, Una Lee Jost, Paul Song, Don Irwin, Chris Myers, Charles Du, Eugene Pesikov, Katrina Bleckley, Kat Valentine, Rob Quan, Jenni Chang, Tom Pike, Evan Geary and Maikiko James.

'winning radical legislation - single-payer healthcare, housing justice'

In February 2018, the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America hosted "an interactive discussion about winning radical legislation involving single-payer healthcare, housing justice and other socialist ideals" sponsored by the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America's "Political Education and Healthcare Committees."

The event featured Adam Gaffney and Harold Meyerson, who was described as a "longtime socialist leader; noted editor and columnist; DSA NPC 1977-1991; former Honorary Vice Chair, DSA."[9]


According to the Facebook invitation, the following attended the event:[10]

NOlympics LA

NOlympics LA, spearheaded by the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America chapter, takes the anti-Olympics movement to its logical conclusion: there is no such thing as a good Olympics.

In the face of a housing crisis, widespread homelessness, and police violence, they argue hosting the Games would further exacerbate those issues for the benefit of the already wealthy and elite. And that's the best case scenario.

DSA members Anne Orchier and Jonny Coleman (a journalist), are two of the organizers for the NOlympics LA working group.[11][12]

2019 DSA-LA National Convention Delegates Candidates

DSA-LA has 47 delegate spots available and have received 69 candidate submissions. Due to the large number of candidates and slots, this ballot is using Approval Voting rather than block voting: vote for as many candidates as you feel comfortable representing DSA-LA at the convention. Voting will close on June 15th at 11:59pm. Should delegates be unable to attend the convention for any reason, they will be replaced by delegate alternates in order of votes.

Nominations Committee April 2019

Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America newsletter April 2019


Thank you to everyone who stepped up to run for the Nominations Committee and to everyone for participating in the vote (155 people total). We have the results, and the three members that will oversee the election for the new Steering Committee are:

The rest of the results:

Nominations Committee

Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America Nominations Committee, in October 27 2017 was comprised of Maureen McDermott, JC Edualino, and Aaron Korn-Warner. [15]

2020 Steering Committee candidates

At-Large Candidates

Recording Secretary

Communications Director


YDSA Coordinator

2019 new Steering Committee


Here are your official candidates for the 2019 DSA -LA Steering Committee. They include nominees for the (six) At-Large Officers, Recording Secretary, Communications Coordinator and Treasurer. You can learn more about the candidates, including their candidate statements, on the DSA-LA website.

Steering Committee at-large

Recording Secretary

Communications Coordinator


2019 executive candidates







DSA-LA 2018 Local officer election results


Results released November 2017;[18]

Communications Director


Recording Secretary

YDSA Coordinator

At Large Officers

DSA-LA'S Steering Committee, 2017



Council candidates


Jessica Salans and Sylvie Shain are "two progressive candidates running for Los Angeles City Council District 13. Currently, there are members of DSA-LA working on both campaigns..."[19]

Healthcare Committee, DSA-LA


Healthcare Committee, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 30, 2017;[20]



Climate Justice Committee, DSA-LA


Climate Justice Committee, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 30, 2017;[21]


Other Members

Racial Justice Caucus - DSA-LA


Racial Justice Caucus - Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017;[22]





LGBTQ+ Caucus, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017;

Online meeting space for DSA-LA's LGBTQ+ Caucus![23]



Socialist-Feminist Caucus, DSA-LA


Socialist-Feminist Caucus, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America, closed Facebook group, as of August 22, 2017;[24]



Executive Board 1989

According to Los Angeles Left October 1989, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America's Executive Board consisted of Ben Dobbs, Brad Jones, Barbara Hooper, Claire Kaplan, Bob Niemann, Paul Schimek, Harold Meyerson, Steve Tarzynski.

Membership boost

In 1990/91 DSA gained over 150 new members in the last six months in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, bringing the LA membership to over 500.[26]

Ganz meeting

On March 17, circa 1990 Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America and the Socialist Community School organized a meeting at the Los Angeles Workmen's Circle with Marshall Ganz, Director of the Organizing Institute.

Ganz was described as in an advertising leaflet as;

Come and engage in a lively discussion about the future of the democratic party and the strategy for progressive activists working within the Party.

Forthman talk

Professor Will Forthman spoke to the Valley DSA January 28, 1991, on the War in the Middle East. His talk was followed by a film on CIA activity in the earlyfifties when the CIA helped overthrowthe Iranian government of Mohammed Mossadegh.[27]

DSA Council support

In 1991 the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America local supported two winning candidates for the Los Angeles City Council — Mark Ridley-Thomas and Ruth Galanter.[28]

Backing Jackie

In 1993 Los Angeles DSA was active with endorsements and campaign work in Los Angeles City Council races. The local was especially supportive of the candidacy of Jackie Goldberg, a progressive, openly gay former school board member.[29]

Olney meeting

On September 18, 1993 Peter Olney of the Service Employees International Union Local 399 addressed the local's fall membership meeting, on defending immigrant workers.[30]

Socialists "challenge for power" in Los Angeles

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On March 11, 1998, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America leader Steve Tarzynski wrote an email to another Los Angeles DSA leader Harold Meyerson.

Tarzynski listed 25 people he thought should be on an "A-list" of "25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or "eminent persons" who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power."

Tarzynski listed himself, Harold Meyerson, Karen Bass, Sylvia Castillo, Gary Phillips, Joe Hicks, Richard Rothstein, Steve Cancian, Larry Frank, Torie Osborn, Rudy Acuna, Aris Anagnos, Abby Arnold, Carl Boggs, Blase Bonpane, Rick Brown, Stanley Sheinbaum, Alice Callahan, Jim Conn, Peter Dreier, Maria Elena Durazo, Miguel Contreras, Mike Davis, Bill Gallegos, Bob Gottlieb, Kent Wong, Russell Jacoby, Bong Hwan Kim, Paula Litt (and Barry Litt, with a question mark), Peter Olney, Derek Shearer, Clancy Sigal and Anthony Thigpenn.

Included in a suggested elected officials sub-group were Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gloria Romero, Jackie Goldberg, Gil Cedillo, Tom Hayden, Antonio Villaraigosa, Paul Rosenstein and Congressmen Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman and Maxine Waters.

Tarzynski went on to write "I think we should limit the group to 25 max, otherwise group dynamics begins to break down....As i said, I would like this to take place in a nice place with good food and drink...it should properly be an all day event."

New beginning

In 2010 Democratic Socialists of America set out to re-launch its Los Angeles local, dormant since the late 1990’s. A kick-off public meeting aiming to renew socialist activism took place on July 25th at the Workmen’s Circle building in West Los Angeles.

Jack Rothman was asked by national DSA to be the volunteer local organizer. With 300 dues-paying members in the area, and with the "dreadful, downwardly spiraling politics in California these days, it’s high time for an organized democratic socialist presence on the Los Angeles scene."

San Diego Democratic Socialists of America "has given priceless assistance to their Los Angeles big sister in getting organized". Virginia Franco and Herb Shore, members of DSA’s National Political Committee and its Local Development Committee who live in San Diego, sparked the Los Angeles start-up through phone calls, visits, and advice.

"Our kick-off meeting was a splendid event. 65 people – more than any of us expected – turned out. We had to put out more chairs, twice". Peter Dreier, distinguished writer, scholar, and activist from Occidental College delivered the keynote address.

Dreier, who was on the original DSA National Executive Board, held the audience in rapt attention on the topic of “The Inside/Outside Strategy” – which has guided DSA’s political thrust since the days of Michael Harrington. We had the good fortune of a second key address by National Director Frank Llewellyn, who trekked down (and back) from the Netroots Nation Conference in Las Vegas to participate in our event. He sketched a picture of the DSA national program for the audience, including its newly issued Social and Economic Bill of Rights.

25 people volunteered to join a committee to organize next steps.[31]

Film series

“The local’s birth was hard work,” says Chair Carol Newton, “but an ambitious effort was made to give it real meaning by writing a thoughtful statement of purpose for the bylaws, one that will inspire our efforts in the future.”

While working on local development, the Los Angelenos DSAers presented a film series, moderated by Jack Rothman, Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Public Affairs. After they screened “Harlan County, USA,” directed by Barbara Kopple, about organizing a coal miners’ union in the 1930s, Kyle Arnone of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment led a discussion for 18 attendees. Next was “The Corporation,”with a discussion led by Professor Howard Sherman, a progressive economist and former head of the economics department at UC Riverside. Last up was “Howard Zinn:You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.” John Marciano,a professor emeritus at Cortland State University who led the discussion, had worked directly with Howard Zinn and is noted for his teaching of historian and activist Zinn’s book The People’s History of the United States.[32]

"The Left and the 2016 Elections"

"The Left and the 2016 Elections" was sponsored by the LA branch of Solidarity: A Socialist-Feminist, Anti-racist Network

Co-sponsored by the LA branches of: Democratic Socialists of America, Socialist Party USA, Socialist Alternative.

It was held at the Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA, Sunday 31 January 2016, and was organized by : Gabe Gabrielsky.

Panelists were Charles Fredricks from the LA chapter Democratic Socialists of America , Michael Brown from the LA Branch of the International Socialist Organization, Hannah Zuckerman from the LA Branch of Socialist Alternative, Mimi Soltysik, Socialist Party USA candidate for President of the United States and Gabe Gabrielsky from the LA Branch of Solidarity: A Socialist-Feminist, Anti-racist Network, and moderated by independent activist Sarah Mason.[33]

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Hannah Zucherman, Gabe Gabrielsky, Janet Ann Young, Michael Bray, Robert Pond, Michael Pugliese, Dani Radek, Michael Brown, Liz Avendano, Sarah Mason, Matt Owen, Randy Childs, Henry DeGroot, Keyanna Celina, Arturo Sernas, Hanna Renee, Yvet Jacqueline Perez Enciso, Fernando Ramirez, James Robertson, Stephen Kemp, Martabel Wasserman, Mimi Soltysik.[34]

Meeting RSVPs


DSA-LA 2ND CHAPTER MEETING, AFSCME District Council 36 , 514 Shatto Pl , Los Angeles, CA 90020

DSA-LA’s 2nd Official Chapter Meeting of 2017 will be held on April 15th from 12-3pm. The meeting will feature reports from committees and working groups along with campaign updates and announcements.

  • The Healthcare Committee will present an important seminar on the Healthy California Act - SB 562. Learn how we all can effectively fight for guaranteed healthcare.
  • The May Day Working Group will present an update on the planning and organizing for the May Day March & Rally.
  • The Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) will present the elections and nominations process for the newly formed 9-person Steering Committee.

RSVPs included Virginia Cotts, Paul Knechtges, Cameron Towne, Carl Listberger, Vida A, Thomas Hoffman, Robert Phillips, Shuvang Bhattarai, Teresa Barros, Sam Forman, Anita Anderson, Marissa Perez, Benjamin Master, Felipe Caceres, Andy Garcia, Anne Orchier, Austin Chanu, Ivan Chu, Brett Banditelli, Carol Newton, Aaron Doyle, Jason Netek, W. Gabriel Selassie I, Liska Ostojic, Alex Moyer, Ryan Langrehr, David Massey, Thomas Hollingsworth.

Demand Medicare For All in California


Demand Medicare For All in California (Senate District 30) Public · Hosted by Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles.

Friday, April 7 at 2 PM - 5 PM PDT

700 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037-1210, United States.[35]

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