In addition to our geographically-based branches, NYC-DSA has a handful of campaign working groups that are coordinating NYC-DSA's work on specific issues. All members are encouraged to join a working group. To join a working group, email info [a] socialists.nyc.
The Climate Justice Working Group is concerned with building an environmentalism for the working class. We work with coalitions fighting for legislation that seek to push the boundaries of traditional environmentalism and climate politics beyond the narrow focus on the environment as a separate sphere from human social life. We are currently working with a coalition of labor unions, community groups, and grassroots climate activists called NY Renews to ensure that New York state passes the most progressive climate legislation in the country in 2017. We are also engaged in a number of research and writing projects on local and statewide policy and organizing that will help guide our future work.
The Electoral Working Group is focused on recruiting and supporting socialist candidates for local office. It also is developing educational resources that explain how local and state government work, so that socialists can be better equipped to participate in elections, and building a field program so DSA can effectively support our endorsed candidates.
The Housing Working Group is fighting to make housing a human right in New York City. The group is fighting to bring down the cost of housing and strengthening tenant rights by expanding rent protections and building more public and truly affordable housing. In Brooklyn, members of the the Housing Working Group are working in a coalition with the Crown Heights Tenant Union and other community groups to stop the redevelopment of the Bedford Union Armory into luxury housing, and instead develop it as 100% affordable housing controlled by the community. Campaigns are being developed in Queens and the Bronx/Uptown as well.
The Immigrant Justice Working Group is currently collaborating with local immigrant justice organizations to strengthen the local Sanctuary Movement, to fight for workers’ rights, and to combat Broken Windows policing practices that contribute to the criminalization of immigrants. As socialists, we believe all people deserve a dignified existence, no matter their citizenship status. Therefore, we reject the scapegoating of immigrant communities and the criminalization of undocumented residents. We affirm the rights of immigrants to remain and thrive in the location of their choosing and we will fight against anti-immigrant sentiments that have terrorized immigrant communities.
The Racial Justice Working Group is working in the Communities United for Police Reform campaign to pass the Right to Know Act in New York City. The Right to Know Act would give people more rights when they are stopped by police.
The Socialist Feminist Working Group seeks to fight the oppression of cis women, trans people, and gender nonconforming people on a local and national level by focusing on economic and social issues. The working group fights for economic policies that equitably redistribute wealth and resources, and for overturning traditional gender roles. Our main campaign right now is fighting to pass the New York Health Act, a bill that would provide single-payer healthcare throughout New York state.
The Strike Solidarity Working Group is organizing NYC-DSA members to support strikes, contract campaigns, and other labor actions in the region.