Working Groups

Debt and Finance

The Debt and Finance Working Group held OC Elections in June. Congratulations to Joshua R. who is newly elected to the OC! Josh joins James O., Ramon P., Stephanie L., Steven M. who were re-elected, as well as Glenna G. and Jenny Z. who were elected earlier this year.

On July 23, the working group held a roundtable discussion on the intersection between public banking and housing justice. The meeting included perspectives from Cea Weaver (Housing Justice For All Coalition) on housing and finance issues, Oksana Mironova (Jacobin) regarding community land trusts, and State Senator Julia Salazar.

On August 3, several OC members tabled at the Vernon House annual Family Fun Day in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. We distributed debtor resource sheets and talked with residents about their debt & finance concerns. We’re looking forward to returning in the fall to run a debtor organizing workshop and hope to continue building our debtor organizing campaign. 

We will be holding our next general meeting in September. Details tbd.

If you are interested please email debtors@socialists.nyc to get involved!

Ecosocialist

Congratulations to Andrea G. and Arnav M., who have joined the Ecosocialist Working Group organizing committee! 

In August, the working group voted to join two statewide coalitions: the Energy Democracy Alliance, and a newly forming group currently consisting of New York Communities for Change, Food and Water Watch, Sunrise, and NYPIRG. 

On August 24, the group held a canvass with about 20 people in the Rockaways, where they talked about the Green New Deal, public utilities, National Grid, and the rate case hearings. Community members were responsive, interested in learning about the Green New Deal and excited by the public power project. The working group received 45 petition signatures, with some residents promising to call or pressure Donovan Richards, the area’s City Council Member. For the past month the group has also been meeting with elected officials across the City about our campaign, and will continue to do so into September.

On September 3, The State Senate and Assembly Committees on Energy and on Corporations will be holding a public hearing investigating the blackouts Con Ed caused this summer. The hearing will be held at 250 Broadway on the 19th floor in room 1923, and the working group is trying to turn out as many people as possible, and potentially hold a rally before then. Testimony is by invitation only, but they are currently reaching out to various electeds, including AM Carroll. If someone would like to meet with him or help with elected outreach, please contact climate@socialists.nyc. The following day, September 4, there will be a NYC Council hearing on Con Ed.

On September 17, the working group will be holding a town hall at Brooklyn College in connection with their Public Power campaign, and will be holding canvasses in the lead-up to the event. 

The working group is holding a Public Power campaign strategy planning September 8. For details, email climate@socialists.nyc for more info. 


Immigrant Justice

On August 6th, the working group hosted a heavily-attended Know Your Rights training addressing trends in ICE enforcement and what to do when interacting with ICE or witnessing an ICE enforcement action. The following week saw a huge turnout for the Close the Camps action that the working group endorsed, and working group members were among the 100+ people who were arrested while blocking traffic on the Hudson River Parkway outside of the Homeland Security Investigations office. 

At the national DSA Convention in Atlanta, Immigrant Justice was able to put out a resolution in favor of open borders on the consent agenda, where it was adopted as part of the DSA’s national platform. Working group members have also prepared a presentation about open borders and would be happy to present at your next branch meeting. For more information, email immigrant.justice@socialists.nyc

The working group has endorsed an ongoing campaign to evict ICE from the Starett-Lehigh building, as well as a series of Know Your Rights workshops, at Senator Julia Salazar’s office on Sept 25th, Oct 9th, and Oct 23rd. 

On September 14th, the working group will be participating in another Close the Camps action. To become involved, email immigrant.justice@socialists.nyc

The group is always looking for more people who may be able to help sponsor detained asylum seekers for release from detention. Email to learn more. 

Religious Socialism

The Religious Socialism working group is holding a pre-labor day picnic Sunday, September 1, at McCarren Park (Driggs Ave and Lorimer). Find more information here and RSVP here.