Special Meeting: South Central & Inglewood Branch Debate

Sunday, August 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles are holding a Special Meeting to present and debate the establishment of a South Central & Inglewood Branch on Sunday, August 23rd @ 3-5pm! At the conclusion of the meeting all members in good standing will be sent a ballot to vote on whether to establish the branch. The ballot will remain open for 1 week.

Our chapter has grown to 3,000 members! Considering our growth, it is imperative that we pay sufficient attention to organizational and membership development, so that we may emerge from social distancing as robust an organization as possible. DSA-LA’s lack of organizing on the ground in South Central LA + Inglewood misses out on the potential to organize in historically Black communities facing gentrification. Forming a South Central LA & Inglewood Branch is an important next step in activating inactive members, growing DSA-LA’s membership, and expanding DSA-LA’s influence broadly. 

This is not a gentrification project. The establishment of this branch has been a Black-led project, with the central commitment of respecting the enormously influential BIPOC-led work in South Central & Inglewood. Our goal is to support the work of community organizers who have been working in South Central for decades. South Central & Inglewood have been the heart of some of the most important mass-movements of today, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. DSA-LA members in South Central & Inglewood must learn from these movements without ever co-opting them. We also recognize that Los Angeles has an ugly history of segregation through redlining and structural racism. Our role as socialists is to dismantle these colonial oppressive barriers with a commitment to anti-racism and class solidarity. 

The member petition that was submitted regarding the establishment of this branch can be read here.


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Join DSA-LA's AfroSocialist Caucus for a Virtual Panel about "Urban Renewal" & the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Sunday, 6/14 @ 2pm PST!

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Zerita Jones
Baldwin Leimert Crenshaw Local, Los Angeles Tenants Union

Damien Goodmon
Crenshaw Subway Coalition

Marques Vestal

Historian, UCLA


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