DSA San Diego holds a number of events throughout the month. Each event is organized by our steering committee, a branch committee, a working group, or a caucus.
- Steering committee: Members elected annually to manage the chapter’s affairs for one year.
- Branch committee: Members permitted by the chapter to meet due to shared geography, language, or non-DSA affiliation.
- Working group: Members permitted by the chapter to organize externally in the chapter’s name.
- Caucus: Members permitted by the steering committee to use the chapter’s communications to schedule meetings.
Below you will find a brief description of each branch, working group, and caucus of DSA San Diego.
North County Branch
Our North County branch is composed of chapter members from the northern half of San Diego county. The North County branch’s monthly chapter meeting is held in Vista, California.
Direct Action Working Group
Our Direct Action working group (“DAWG”) is about going directly into the community and agitating against the capitalist class, the landlord class, and their cronies in the State. The working group helps coordinate and facilitate other organizations and groups in their struggles against imperialism, settler colonialism, and against those who which to keep them in that position. DAWG has three areas of activity: mutual aid to comrades in need, direct action in the community (actions, rallies, protests, demonstrations), and security and self-defense for events.
Ecosocialist Working Group
Our Ecosocialist working group (“EcoSoc”) advances ecological perspectives within the chapter by highlighting the capitalist, imperialist, and systemic oppressions that cause and exacerbate ecological crises. The working group is focused on ensuring that the transition to socialism in the United States is based upon sound ecological principles, while bearing in mind the historic and contemporary inequities imposed by society, and the working group hosts a committee pursuing public ownership and control of San Diego’s energy infrastructure, replacing the investor-owned power monopoly, SDG&E, whose fifty-year monopoly contract expires in 2021.
Electoral & Healthcare Working Groups
Our Electoral and Healthcare working groups hold combined meetings to discuss potential progressive and socialist state reforms, and to develop campaigns that pressure elected officials into supporting single-payer healthcare, expanding legal protections for historically oppressed groups, increasing affordable housing supply, and reducing income inequality. The Electoral working group additionally develops campaigns in support of candidates and ballot initiatives, and produces our chapter’s electoral voting guides. Current projects include the promotion of Medicare for All and involvement within the Bernie Sanders electoral movement.
Housing Justice Working Group
Our Housing Justice Working Group seeks to help our chapter build working class power to fight against the landlord class; to decriminalize and end homelessness in San Diego; and promote a vision of universal, socialized housing. We are working to build the base of support for socialist politics by strengthening and expanding the current working class institutions of power, like the San Diego Tenants Union. We believe that socialism can only be achieved by organizing the working class, and in doing so, building a base of support for socialism in the future.
Libertarian Socialist Caucus
Chapter members promoting libertarian socialist ideals by organizing popular assemblies and operating our chapter’s mutual aid table.
Revolutionary Marxist Caucus
The Revolutionary Marxist caucus is a home for revolutionaries in DSA San Diego. Building a revolution starts in organizing the masses, and leads to the overthrow of the capitalist ruling class. The revolution means decolonization, Black liberation, Queer liberation, women’s liberation, and the liberation of the working classes worldwide. The caucus focuses on organizing the unorganized and developing class consciousness by joining communities in their ongoing struggles, agitating and educating for the development of working class power independent of the bourgeois.
Mental Health Caucus
Chapter members interested in discussing the corrosive impact of capitalism upon our collective and individual mental health.