Working Groups

Brooklyn Housing

With less than two months until New York's rent laws expire, The Brooklyn Housing Working Group’s campaign for Universal Rent Control is heating up! They have been working with tenants and housing organizations across the city to pass a rent control platform consisting of 9 unique bills by June 15. To build support for the campaign, the working group has already held citywide events such as a rally, march, and vigil in Harlem, and a direct action at Hudson Yards. They have also been leading canvasses for Universal Rent Control in Central and North Brooklyn.

Their next canvass for URC will be held in Bushwick on Wednesday, May 1. To help, RSVP here. Those who can’t make it need not worry - the working group will be holding canvasses every Monday and Wednesday in North Brooklyn.

On Tuesday, May 14, NYC-DSA members and hundreds of tenants from across the state will flood the Capitol in Albany to demand state legislators support universal rent control. Reserve a FREE spot on the DSA bus here.

Reach them at: bk.housing@socialists.nyc

Brooklyn Electoral

The Bernie Sanders presidential race is gaining full steam on the national level, and the Brooklyn DSA Electoral Working Group is preparing for local mobilization. On Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th they will be holding Bernie Organizing Meetings across Brooklyn to develop a plan of action.  

Sign up for the most convenient meeting below:

May 7th North Brooklyn Meeting - RSVP here

May 7th Central Brooklyn Meeting - RSVP here

May 8th South Brooklyn Meeting - RSVP here

Reach them at: bk.electoral@socialists.nyc

Debt & Finance

The Debt and Finance Working Group’s public banking campaign is gaining momentum! They have been conducting “roadshows” to promote the issue within the local DSA branches, and  working with a team of finance and legal professionals to ensure public banking policy proposals stay aligned to DSA’s priorities.

The working group's credit union subcommittee continues to research the feasibility of creating a credit union that will serve as a financial institution for DSA members and their families, while remaining true to DSA’s socialist principles.

Additionally, the working group has been developing a proposed plank for DSA, Worker Control of the Economy, which articulates a vision for socializing the financial system and empowering workers to fight economic oppressors. Along with other contributors, they presented the plank to DSA membership at the April 16 Town Hall, and they continue to work with citywide leadership membership to further develop this bold, creative platform.

At the April 2019 general meeting, the Debt & Finance Working Group held a teach-in regarding the impact of the economic sanctions against Venezuela.

Reach them at: debtors@socialists.nyc


Immigrant Justice Working Group

On April 17th, the Office of Court Administration (OCA) announced that they would be barring ICE from arresting people in NY courthouses without a warrant, one of the primary goals of the ICE Out of Courts campaign!

The victory is a testament to the power of organizing. But the ICE Out of Courts campaign continues, as the OCA order doesn't cover the area surrounding the courthouses, which are  also a common location for ICE arrests.

They have also been co-canvassing with the Queens Electoral Working Group for the candidacy of Tiffany Cabán, and the ICE Out campaign, and started a training effort for members interested in sponsoring immigrants seeking asylum.

The next working group meeting is May 13th, at the CUNY Grad Center at 365 5th Ave, room 5414 6:30PM.

Reach them at: immigrant.justice@socialists.nyc

Tech Action

The Tech Action Working Group is currently crafting a federal-level socialist tech platform to help guide the 2020 conversation.

Join the planning process by contacting tech.action@socialists.nyc