Working Groups

Brooklyn Housing

With rent laws set to expire in June, the Brooklyn Housing Working Group has been heating up its Universal Rent Control campaign and needs all hands on deck!

The group will be holding two upcoming canvass events in Brooklyn for Universal Rent Control:

Saturday, March 30, 11am in North Brooklyn - Register Here

Saturday, April 6, 11am in Central Brooklyn - Register Here

There will also be a tenant march on Thursday, April 11th, at 5:30pm at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

For people interested in getting involved, email bk.housing@socialists.nyc

Brooklyn Electoral

On Wednesday, April 11th, the Brooklyn Electoral Working group will be hosting “How The Left Was Won,” a comedy show in support of the NYC-DSA PAC. The event will feature Eudora Peterson, Lorelei Ramirez, Peter Smith, Arti Gollapudi, and Emmy Blotnick. RSVP here.

The next monthly working group meeting will occur on Thursday, April 11th at the First Unitarian Church in Downtown Brooklyn. These meetings are a great place for anyone new to the electoral working group to learn more about future work planned by our different sub-committees (like Bernie2020). RSVP here.

Debt & Finance

In March, The Debt & Finance Working held elections to fill two open seats on its organizing committee. Congratulations to Jenny Z and Glenna G!

The working group is making progress in its push for public banking, both by promoting the issue internally within DSA and by making the project a reality in New York. Within DSA, the working group has held several meetings to discuss public banking, and has begun its "roadshow" to promote the issue within the branches. Debt & Finance has also been working with legislators and community leaders (including the Public Bank NYC Coalition), and is optimistic in making public banking a reality in New York this year. Debt & Finance has been researching public banking to ensure that the policy proposals included (e.g., accountability to the public, ethical investment mandates, etc.) are in line with DSA’s priorities.

The Debt and Finance Working Group credit union subcommittee is working to create a financial institution that will serve DSA and finance worker co-ops. The subcommittee is currently developing a member survey and white paper, and is continuing research and dialogue with existing co-ops.

Debt & Finance’s next general meeting will be on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm at 256 W 38th Street, 12th floor, in Manhattan. For more information, contact debtors@socialists.nyc.

Healthcare

The Healthcare working group’s interim organizing committee, which has successfully launched the citywide pressure campaign and brought NYC into the national Medicare for All campaign, will be stepping down this month to welcome a newly elected organizing committee.

As part of the ongoing Medicare for All pressure campaign, the working group has met with a number of local representatives, asking them to either support single-payer or sign a pledge that states that they support single-payer and nothing less. They are now phasing into canvassing, as winning single-payer will require a mass movement that invites all of the working class to become involved.

On March 11th, Healthcare held a town hall meeting that featured single-payer champion Michael Lighty. The town hall provided not only a moment to discuss the political fight for Medicare For All and the ways in which it’ll transform lives, but also a chance to stand in solidarity with the New York State Nurses Association during their ongoing contract negations for safe staffing ratios in our hospitals.

Healthcare is currently in the process of developing Medicare for All canvassing field leads in a number of branches. Please check the DSA calendar and facebook for updates in the coming weeks on both canvasses and public facing educational events.


Immigrant Justice

On March, 20th,The Immigrant Justice Working Group partnered with the Queens Electoral Working Group to canvass for Tiffany Cabán's Queens District Attorney candidacy and the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act in the New York state legislature, which bars ICE from making arrests in New York courthouses.

As part of the ongoing ICE Out of the Courts campaign, Immigrant Justice will be starting a calling campaign to support passage of the Protect Our Courts Act, starting with DSA members in the districts of three NYC state senators and one assemblymember's district.

The next working group meeting will be on Monday, April 8, 6:30PM at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave, Room 5409.

Socialist Feminist

The Socialist Feminist Working Group recently elected a new organizing committee, and are excited that the majority of the new OC is made up of new members, which bodes well for leadership development within the group.

The working group is partnering with comrades in the Labor Branch to organize strike support for NY nurses if they strike in early April. They are also in conversation with the newly formed Staten Island branch to try and help support their development, and possibly help them connect with citywide socialist feminist campaigns.

Their Socialist Feminist trivia night was a big success, and they are hoping to build on it with future trivia and game nights.


Media

The Media Working Group, humble producers of this email and online publication, are excited to host their first meeting of the year, on April 2nd from 7-9 at the Sixth Street Community Center, (638 E 6th St.) Guest speakers will be hosting a discussion on workplace & freelance organizing for media workers, and what the future of digital media looks like in a rapidly changing world. There will be breakout group discussions by discipline, as well as for Red Letter and RPM, so all who are interested in contributing their writing/web/art/digital media skills are welcome to attend and hear about the multitude of projects we’re working on!