The Spark that Lights the Fire: Tenants' Rights Victory, DSA San Francisco Style

JUNE 5, 2018: The Democratic Socialists of America, San Francisco Chapter is proud to announce that San Francisco has passed the first ballot measure in the nation to establish a universal right to counsel to any tenant facing eviction.

Proposition F, backed by DSA SF, passed in the June 5, 2018 election 56% to 44%. Facing down corporate landlord associations, realtors, and the S.F. GOP, the new, young branch of DSA powered the bold measure with mass mobilizations and volunteerism. The proponent, staff, volunteer core, and primary funders of the Yes on F campaign are all DSA members, and the chapter made winning right to counsel its major priority.

 Democratic Socialists of America’s SF Branch Wins First Electoral Victory with Yes on F

With over 700 dues-paying members locally, and 35,000 nationally, the DSA has proven to be a formidable force in politics.While the establishment focused on an unexpected mayoral race, the grassroots focused on fighting for tenants' rights at the point where tenants have historically had the fewest rights: when facing eviction.

For Yes on Prop F, over 100 DSA members volunteered over 1,000 hours to Yes on F. Dozens walked San Francisco's neighborhoods to distribute literature and knock on doors. And even more members participated in phone and text banking across almost 400 logged hours. DSA brought in just under $90,000 in donations for Yes on F with no assistance from special interest, corporate developer, or real estate money. Though endorsed by a broad spectrum of organizations and electeds, the campaign was fueled by individuals and organizations outside the political establishment of San Francisco.

DSA SF worked with allies including the SF Tenants Union, Neighbors United, Housing Rights Committee, and the Anti-Displacement Coalition. The Yes on F campaign was entirely grassroots, with volunteers and members of these groups providing essentially all of the labor for the campaign. 

DSA's victory with Proposition F rides on a wave of electoral victories for DSA nationally.Though not by any means a purely electoral organization, DSA San Francisco plans to run candidates from its membership without the support of the establishment in local elections in the future. Jason Prado, DSA member and major donor to Yes on F, continues, "The people of San Francisco deserve politicians and policies that represent their best interests, not the wealthy individuals and corporations who flood elections with cash. The grassroots power represented by DSA puts us at the forefront of the movement to bring San Francisco a new form of politics, one that serves the people."

Photo: In November 2016, about 3000 protesters gather around San Francisco's International Hotel, to protest forced eviction of the mostly elderly Filipino tenants on 848 Kearny Street, Manilatown. Photo by Nancy Wong.

 

 

July 2018 NPC Live Stream

July 21, 2018

July 21-22 is the fourth meeting of the current National Political Committee, taking place in New York, NY. DSA members can watch a livestream of the meeting, which will be put online in real time.

The Saturday session will be livestreamed beginning at 9AM ET/8AM CT/7AM MT/6AM PT and ending at 6PM ET/5PM CT/4 PM MT/3PM PT. The Sunday session will be livestreamed beginning at 9AM ET/8AM CT/7AM MT/6AM PT and ending at 2PM ET/1PM ET/12PM MT/11AM PT.

This stream will be limited to DSA members. To check that every person interested in watching is up-to-date with their dues, we ask that you RSVP for access to the livestream.

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New Member Call, July 22

July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

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You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

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Talking About Socialism: Create Your Own Rap

July 25, 2018

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9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PST

This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA’s webinar or from other sources. Prepare for conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. 

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New Member Call, August 12

August 12, 2018

August 12, 2018

7:30pm ET/6:30 CT/5:30 MT/4:30 PT

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You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

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