Between the election and ongoing working group efforts, this has been another busy month for our chapter.
Enjoy these updates from our chapter officers and active working groups.
The DSA Ventura County Steering Committee
PS: Hello and welcome to the 15+ new members who joined us in October!
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Working Group Meeting
Monday, November 16
Working Group Meeting
Thursday, November 19
Saturday, November 21
Coffee with Comrades
Saturday, December 4
Hi there! I’m Keith, the chapter chair. This month, I worked closely with the statewide DSA Yes on Prop 15 campaign. With the help of a few DSA VC members who took time to volunteer, the phonebanks went off without a hitch and had some amazing speakers. Throughout the campaign, we made over 300,000 calls to voters across California with the CallEvo dialer! While there are still millions of ballots to be counted before we know the fate of Prop 15, win or lose, we built an incredible foundation for future campaigns alongside fellow California comrades.
Born out of this amazing work, leaders from these chapters across the state have been discussing the formation of a statewide California DSA organization. Some chapters have drawn up individual resolutions around this and I plan to bring these samples to our next Steering Committee meeting to discuss what our own resolution might look like. Expect more information on this in our next chapter meeting. Drop me a line on Slack or the chapter email if you have any questions or concerns!
Howdy. I’m Rae, the chapter secretary. This month I spent a lot of time online. I helped the working groups begin listing their meetings and events on the chapter calendar. This should help all members and allies by making chapter work more accessible.
I also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to coordinate with other DSA chapters across the state of California to push for Yes on Prop 15. By working together, we were able to magnify each individual chapter's contribution. I look forward to working with other chapters in the future, as we push California's legislature to take on statewide issues like single-payer healthcare, workers rights, and COVID relief.
Hello. I’m Michelle, the chapter treasurer, and fellow aquascaping enthusiast. A couple of things: (1) Working groups can now request funds through a special google doc we have. We recently reimbursed funds for the garden bed project our Mutual Aid working group is doing.
(2) Our new fiscal year started back in summer, when the new officers were elected. I have submitted our IRS 990-N tax form for our last fiscal year, and have filled out two other reporting forms called the RRF-1 and CT-TR-1 (that are newly required) to the State of California’s Department of Justice.
Working Group Reports
We are participating in the DSA National membership drive that began on 10/1 -- and has been extended until 11/14 due to it’s great success. So far, over 11,000 new members have joined DSA nationally since the start of the drive. Another 1800+ lapsed members have renewed their dues. Our chapter has referred 6 new members.
There is still time to participate. The next 150 people to recruit 3 new members will get a limited-edition DSA hat, and the next 1000 will also get some special swag. You’ll be able to demonstrate your participation and pride building a mass socialist organization!
DSA Ventura County is also giving away some special prizes to our chapter members! The first member to recruit 3 new members, and the 1 member at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the drive will win your choice of a sweater/hoodie, two shirts, or a flag from the DSA store. Sign on here: http://dsausa.org/recruit
In efforts to express our views to the general population in Ventura County, an email was sent to news outlets and local elected leaders expressing our disappointment with the City of Oxnard Amazon deal -- allowing Amazon to build a huge distribution facility on precious agricultural land, with the main objective of obtaining mostly non-living wage jobs. Outgoing city of Ventura Council member, Christy Weir, and Ventura County Supervisor Elect District 5, Carmen Ramirez replied with support for our views.
An email touting our Mutual Aid working group efforts has also been finalized and will be sent to news outlets soon. Additionally, the Defund The Police letter written and sent out by request of our Police Oversight working group was published in the Ventura Breeze.
Finally this month, we created a list of 2020 Election Talking Points for members to reference when communicating with non-members about the potential outcomes of the elections.
Join the slack channel: #wg-outreach
New to DSA? Interested in meeting other members?
Join us for Coffee with Comrades!
11:00AM-1:00PM | Saturday, December 5 - and every 1st Saturday following the chapter meeting!
Our Mutual Aid working group is gathering supplies and preparing to build its first garden beds at the Restore Ventura community orchard in Ventura. We will be planning the build parties at the next Mutual Aid Meeting, which will take place Thursday, November 19, 6:30-7:30PM (RSVP).
With election season behind us and COVID-19 cases ramping back up, we need all-hands on deck to build our mutual aid presence and help our community develop the capacity for true resilience, independent of the state and of capital-sponsored charity.
Join the slack channel: #wg-mutualaid
Want to get involved?
Mutual Aid Working Group Meeting
6:30PM-7:30PM | Thursday, November 19
Sign up to volunteer: https://forms.gle/ufH4acmKsKN7th9n7
Our healthcare working group has started collaborating and sharing ideas with other DSA healthcare working groups in CA. We will have statewide meetings every other month that are open to all members. The next one will take place in January. We plan to start sharing resources and building off the work we are all doing. We are stronger when we work together.
Our main priority is getting a local Medicare for All Resolution passed, and getting involved in HealthyCA (a nonprofit group pushing for single payer in CA). We want to become well versed on Medicare for All talking points, so that we can easily discuss it with anyone who may be opposed to a public option. It will become a topic of discussion at our next meeting -- myths vs facts, & answering top questions about Medicare for All. Please join us. We will love to have you!
If you’d like to get involved, join us on the Healthcare Justice slack channel, or sign up on our DSAVC website to get involved. You can also reach out to Jude or Michelle to learn more.
Join the slack channel: #wg-healthcarejustice
Want to get involved?
Healthcare Justice Working Group Meeting
7:00PM-8:00PM | Monday, November 16
Most recently, a resident of Ventura County was killed, Thursday evening November 5th, by the VPD. Details are still trickling in but it seems as though the police shot Javier Magana as soon as he exited his vehicle after a car chase. No de-escalation efforts have been reported. In response, community members and groups (BLM, SURJ, DSA) have come together to discuss what we can do. See our slack channel for updates. VC Star’s coverage of the event.
We’ve learned that the VPD is planning on putting together an oversight group of sorts. We don't have many details. However, this is an opportunity we felt we needed to jump on ASAP for two reasons: 1. Any body tasked with monitoring police behavior should not come from within the police & 2. Historically, Citizen Review Boards and other similar groups have very little power to do anything about police misconduct and are often very police friendly.
Due to this, our most immediate goal is to put together a list of demands for a Community Oversight group. We need to ensure this group, if created, exists outside the reach of the police and is staffed by members of the community that are committed to Restorative Justice. See our slack channel for links to our demands/ideas.
Other Items on the docket are:
- Immediately & ongoing: Creating and strengthening our relationships with local activists groups.
Immediately (though not a priority given the time constraint): combing through police contracts and budget documentation so as to offer the city council recommendations how areas where budget cuts to the police could occur. Contracts between VPD & the City of Ventura renew sometime in December.
- Here you can find copies of the current contract VPD has with the city
- Anyone who likes crunching numbers and digging through data would be a great help on this project.
Near future: ridding our schools of SRO's
- Studies show that the presence of SROs do nothing to reduce anti-social behavior or prevent crime in schools. It merely targets students who are different and is an integral link in the school-to-prison pipeline.
- Oxnard Union High School students have been actively working on this lately. Here is their anti-Imperialist News Letter. This is a big goal and will require us reaching out to parents, teachers, and the teachers' union.
- Long term: In collaboration with our community, build & implement, with funds appropriated from the police, an alternative to cops being dispatched for calls concerning: mental health, homelessness, drug addiction, & domestic disturbances, etc.
Want to get involved?
Join the slack channel: #wg-policeoversight
Our elections working group is tired, but proud. At the moment, Proposition 15 is trailing in the vote count, but there are still enough ballots to count that the margin could swing in our favor. Regardless of outcome, DSA members across California have a lot to celebrate - together we made over 300k calls to voters to share our message of class struggle and corporate greed. Thank you to everyone who volunteered - making calls, connecting callers, providing tech support and links in the zoom, joining car caravans, and attending in-person rallies.
Locally, endorsed candidate Carmen Ramirez won her race for Ventura County Supervisor in District 5! California Oil companies spent over $100k on campaign literature, consulting and web-based advertising to try and elect Carmen’s opponent - Tim Flynn. Thanks to work from local activists and progressive voters, Ventura County has bested toxic corporate interests. We look forward to working with Carmen to realize environmental justice for all Ventura County residents.
Join the slack channel: #wg-elections
Ready to get started on the Midterm?
New Leaders Welcomed
Do you have a vision for the future of DSA electoral work in Ventura County? The elections working group is looking for new members to lead our efforts. If you’re interested, inquire below, or reach out to a chapter officer on slack.
We did not have a reading group meeting this month, but we certainly had a lot to read. In preparation for the election, members shared some amazing readings and pamphlets about safety and security. Checkout General Infosec 101 and Protesting: Know Your Rights.
Join the slack channel: #readinggroup
Join us for our next Reading Group meeting!
𝙄𝙣 𝘿𝙚𝙛𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜: 𝘼 𝙍𝙞𝙤𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙃𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙐𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙡 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝗯𝘆 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘆 𝗢𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗹
Chapter 1: The Racial Roots of Property
11:00AM-1:00PM | Saturday, November 21
For our members on slack, we encourage y'all to checkout slack statuses!
A status is a message that lets others know what you’re up to. To set a status:
- Click on your profile picture anywhere you see it in slack.
- Click ‘Set a status’ or ‘Update Your Status’ (the exact option varies by menu)
If you’ll be off slack for a few days and would like to let others know, you can quickly set your status to 🌴 Taking some time off Slack.
- Select 🌴 Taking some time off Slack from the suggested options.
- By default, this will set your status through the end of the day (resetting at midnight).
- You can set a custom end date/time by clicking where it says Clear After: Today.
Want to get involved?
Join the slack channel: #wg-tech