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Housing is Healthcare: San Diego Emergency Demands

Emailed 4/16 to Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Attorney Mara Elliott, Councilmember Barbara Bry, Councilmember Jennifer Campbell, Councilmember Christopher Ward, Councilmember Monica Montgomery, Councilmember Mark Kersey, Councilmember Chris Cate, Councilmember Scott Sherman, Councilmember Vivian Moreno, Council President Georgette Gomez, Supervisor Greg Cox, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Jim Desmond

Endorsing organizations:

  • Democratic Socialists of America – San Diego
  • Otay Mesa Detention Resistance
  • San Diego 350
  • San Diego Tenants United
  • Standing Up for Racial Justice – San Diego
  • Student Housing Association at UC San Diego
  • Sunrise Movement – San Diego
  • The Travelers Club
  • Think Dignity
  • UCSD Green New Deal
  • Unión del Barrio

We are calling on San Diego leadership to immediately enact emergency […]

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Mutual Aid in San Diego: Why Here, Why Now?

What is Mutual Aid?

Mutual aid is an organizational strategy with the goal of building the strength and resilience of a given community through the reciprocal exchange of goods and/or services. The core value that undergirds mutual aid projects is one of reciprocity, as opposed to charity, where aid typically flows only in one direction. 

The practice of mutual aid has existed since hunter-gatherer societies, where individuals within a collective unit provided various skills to contribute to the success of the whole. In a more modern context, mutual aid structures have been built in times of crisis, hardship, and when existing civic institutions have withdrawn from a given community. Some more recent examples of mutual aid can be found in […]

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San Diego COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Preparedness Resources

As we face an unprecedented pandemic in our communities, it’s vital that we empower ourselves with information and resources to be able to provide support and solidarity to our comrades and communities. As socialists, we recognize that our power comes from our ability to stand together and support one another in times of uncertainty. 

Below you’ll find resources and mutual aid projects that have sprung up to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways for you to plug in and provide support as well.

DSA San Diego Libertarian Socialist Caucus COVID-19 Mutual Aid Grocery RunClick here to sign up to be a volunteer shopper, to get grocereies delivered, and/or to request monetary aid.

DSA San Diego Libertarian […]

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Moving to online meetings in light of COVID-19

Good evening comrades,

DSA National has issued the following statement that includes guidance for local chapters: Now is the Time for Solidarity: DSA National Statement on COVID-2019. Local officials have also asked that large gatherings be canceled, postponed, or moved online.

Sunday’s General Assembly Meeting

Tonight, your Steering Committee voted to conduct two online meetings on Sunday in place of the New Member Orientation and General Assembly Meeting, starting at the same times, following an amended agenda. These meetings will be online-only – no one will be at Unite Here.

Our new General Assembly meeting agenda will focus on the COVID-19 epidemic, indlucing discussion of the national statement, local impact and strategy, mutual aid, and what this means for […]

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DSA San Diego Calls for a Publicly Owned Gas and Electric Utility in San Diego

This week, DSA San Diego submitted the below letter to the City of San Diego in response to their Request for Expressions of Interest in the city’s Franchise for Electric and Gas Services, calling for a publicly owned utility for gas and electric services in San Diego.

This letter was submitted as a part of DSA San Diego’s campaign for energy democracy in San Diego County.

Re: Request for Expressions of Interest for Gas & Electric Services (1/21/20)

Dear Mr. Lee Friedman, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Council President Gomez, and Members of the San Diego City Council,

While most Americans receive power from private companies, most utility companies in the United States are publicly owned. The largest is the Los Angeles […]

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March 3rd, 2020 Primary Voter Guide

Democratic Socialists of America San Diego’s Electoral Working Group has published the following voter guide for the March 3rd, 2020 California primary elections. You can download a printer-friendly version here.

  • These are pragmatic voting recommendations, NOT endorsements.
  • Candidates endorsed by the chapter are presented in RED BOLD TYPE
  • Important races are presented in Bold Type.
  • A * indicates that DSA-SD has not made a recommendation in the race.
  • Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

US President:

  • *US President: DSA has endorsed Bernie Sanders

US Congress:

  • 49th Congressional District: Mike Levin
  • 50th Congressional District: JOSÉ CORTÉS, chapter-endorsed
  • 51st Congressional District: No recommendation
  • 52nd Congressional District: Nancy Casady, history
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Statement in Solidarity with the Protests in India

The San Diego chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America condemns the discriminatory and fascist turn of the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in India, and the working and oppressed people struggling against this fascist regime. The Hindu nationalist BJP government plans to implement a National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in the country and has prepared for that with the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). These policies are a step towards the stated goal of the BJP to convert India into a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu Nation) and to further discriminate against and marginalize the Muslim and other religious minorities in the region. As DSA San Diego […]

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Urgent Call For Action Against A U.S. War On Iran

Our chapter voted to endorse national DSA’s statement on Iran:

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) emphatically opposes a U.S. war with Iran. In light of the U.S.’s act of war against Iran, putting the two nations close to the brink of war, DSA calls on all members and chapters to mobilize against yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.

On January 2, 2020, the U.S. military assassinated, on Iraqi soil, Iranian General Qassim Suleimani. Such a move is an act of war, and escalates an already tense military situation in Iraq and Iran. In addition to recklessly endangering millions of lives throughout the Middle East, yesterday’s action violates the War Powers Act, the U.S. Constitution, and international law.

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Rojava Solidarity Statement

The Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, better known as “Rojava,” is a self-proclaimed Internationalist Commune representing the liberation movement of both women and workers in the region.

We pledge our international solidarity to the people of Rojava against Erdogan and reactionary nationalism in their struggle for autonomy and self-determination!

(DAWG) The Direct Action Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America, San Diego, wholeheartedly condemns the imperialist aggression(s) committed against the Kurdish people and their allies. These atrocities include: summary killings, bombings of civilians, and extrajudicial violence against activists and political dissidents within Turkey, but also expanding to those affected by the multi-ethnic diaspora.

We recognize that this application of democratic confederalism requires an international show of […]

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Support El Comedor

This #Giving Tuesday, DSA San Diego asks you to make a gift to El Comedor, an autonomous migrant-run kitchen in Tijuana that serves meals and provides other resources to asylum seekers and people in need. The collective that runs this kitchen, Contra Viento y Marea, was born out of the self-organization of caravan members during the siege of Benito Juarez in December 2018.

The Central American exodus of 2018 and the caravans that followed brought a number of asylum seekers to Tijuana. The US and Mexican governments have been coordinating to flout international asylum laws and criminalize migration – they do not allow asylum seekers to present themselves at ports of entry and instead funnel them into an illegal […]

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