To the president, president pro tem, and members of the San Diego City Council,
On Tuesday, May 25, you will cast your votes on the proposed energy and gas franchise agreements with SDG&E, shepherded by Mayor Todd Gloria. As we have requested in communications across multiple media and as you’ve heard from hundreds of our members, the Democratic Socialists of America San Diego chapter urges you to vote no. Those of you who have already committed to vote against the agreement – we respect and appreciate your conviction. To those who are not yet decided, we urge you to consider the inescapable contradictions posed by signing a 10-20 year binding agreement with an […]
It’s important to note the documents/social media in question are run by an independent group, some not even affiliated with our chapter. We have no authority to remove the Instagram or any other document not released on official DSA channels. – – – –
In recent days, the leadership of the Democratic Socialists of America-San Diego (DSA-SD) has been informed of allegations of online harassment between members of our organization and members of the San Diego Tenants Union (SDTU). SDTU has attracted members from many external organizations in its pursuit to build tenant power, including a significant membership from DSA-SD. As we take all accusations of harassment seriously, an immediate internal inquiry into the matter was launched.
The Mayor’s office is pushing forward a plan that would mean 20 more years of SDG&E – a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a multinational fossil fuel conglomerate – as the utility with exclusive rights to provide San Diego’s electric and gas services.
Under SDG&E, San Diegans pay the highest rates for electricity in the continental US, while SDG&E rakes in hundreds of millions in profit per year. With SDG&E as our utility, there is no chance of San Diego taking the decisive action required to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Thankfully, City Council can put a stop to this deal. This is where you come in – we need YOU to send a message to your council member, […]
The City of San Diego’s 50-year franchise agreement with SDG&E for electric and gas services is set to expire in June. This is a once-in-a-century opportunity to change the direction of San Diego’s energy future, to turn away from a private company owned by a fossil fuel conglomerate, towards a publicly owned and operated utility responsive to the people’s demands for lower utility bills, climate justice, and clean energy.
We don’t want a new franchise agreement with any private company – so we need our City Council members to vote NO on any bids, and to start working on establishing a public energy utility immediately!
Join us Sunday, March 7th at 2 pm PST to kick off DSA’s “Pass the PRO Act” campaign, along with Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything, Jamaal Bowman, squad member and US Rep for NY-16, and Sara Nelson, president of AFA-CWA, and other special guests.
The “Protecting the Right to Organize” (PRO) Act reverses decades of corporate assaults on our labor rights, like so-called “right to work” laws, clearing the way to an expanded labor movement with power to transform the economy and protect our planet. We will only win this sweeping pro-worker legislation by making bold demands and putting the pressure on policymakers to stand up to corporate interests. We need all hands on deck […]
This Thursday, December 17 at 10 am newly elected Council President Jennifer Campbell has called a special meeting to open the electricity and gas franchise agreement bids that her predecessor refused to docket due to a deeply flawed process. We encourage all members and supporters of our public power fight to please call in to offer your public comment.
Phone in Testimony After the meeting begins at 10 am, when the Clerk introduces either the item you would like to comment on or the comment period for, Non-Agenda Public Comment or Closed Session Public Comment, follow the instructions within the “Public Comment Instructions” by dialing the number below to be placed in the queue.
On Saturday, December 12, DSA San Diego will join more than 20 DSA chapters in a Fight for Our Lives coordinated action to 1) highlight establishment Democrats’ failure to support the working class and 2) advance our real solutions that have broad popular support. We’re fighting for a COVID-19 and economic recovery response that centers the working class and can serve as a launchpad for the decade of the Green New Deal.
Establishment Democrats, like our very own Scott Peters, have consistently failed to support broadly popular policies that benefit the working class, and now they’re blaming the left for the center’s losses. This action is designed to help shift the national narrative and put the failure on Peters, […]
The 2020 election is nearly over. We don’t yet know what the outcome will be in terms of which candidates will win or lose. Nor do we know if Donald Trump will accept a likely defeat or if there will be political violence if he loses. We do know that the election is supposed to mark a conclusion. An unalterable decision has been made which the American people must accept as an objective fact.
Indeed, it’s the main purpose of our political institutions to present the people with things they can’t change. The institutions decide and the people ratify. This point has been made more bluntly in 2020 than in most years. Reactionaries have been given control of the Supreme […]
On Wednesday, November 4th DSA San Diego is mobilizing its membership to participate in A March for All Black and Brown Lives! While there’s still uncertainty regarding what will happen during and after the November 3rd election, we’re expecting a large crowd and lots of energy, so let’s show up strong as a chapter to meet the moment! Wear your DSA t-shirt and your mask and meet up at San Diego Civic Center Plaza at 5:00 pm.
The purpose of this digest is to bring all of our comrades up to speed on the work here in Housing Justice, especially those who have been away for a while, or those who wish to get involved!
If you wish to get involved, drop a message in our Slack channel #wg-met-housing-justice or message our current Housing Justice Working Group chairs. You can attend our weekly tenant organizing check-ins at 6:00 PM on Mondays – see the slack for details. We’ll train you!
Earlier this year, the Housing Justice working group was revived with an orientation towards the “base building” strategy, according to the ratified project proposal here. As the project progresses, we try to always keep a handful of […]