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By the People.
For the People.

We are building working-class power both in and outside of City Hall to organize our community around human prosperity, not corporate bottom lines.

Putting Our Community First

Santa Cruz was once deemed "The Leftmost City," celebrated as a "deviant case" from the typical real estate and development interests power that permeates the United States. 30 years on, that vision of Santa Cruz has all but vanished: ever-increasing rents, pervasive housing insecurity, and dwindling community culture have been the consequence of a city council controlled by establishment Democrats–and by proxy–the real estate industry.

Now, more than ever, we need to build socialist organization that is not beholden to Democratic Party donors and capitalist class interests. That means building worker power! Tenant power! Student power! Community power!

While capitalism concentrates wealth and power in the hands of the few, socialists want collective, democratic ownership of our economy and decision-making power in the hands of workers— not private individuals or the state.

Upcoming Events & Actions

This Month
January
26
9:00 pm

DSA SC and Empty Home Tax Signature Gathering Event

Come join your comrades at the Empty Home Tax booth for an hour or two to collect signatures at the Downtown Farmers Market. Get a quick training, pick up a packet, and collect some signatures! The Market is located in the parking lot on the 700 block of Cedar St.
January
27
12:00 am

2022 YDSA Conference Fundraising Training

https://actionnetwork.org/events/2022-ydsa-conference-fundraising-training
January
27
5:30 pm

Conversations on Extractivism in a Post-Pandemic World

NEW STRATEGIES: EXTRACTIVIST CORPORATIONS, COMMUNITIES, AND THE STATE IN A POST-COVID WORLD
Zoom. RSVP for link here: https://bit.ly/ExtractivismEvent

Description:
The struggles of social movements and communities against extractive multinational corporations have stalled or cancelled major projects, threatening company profits. In response, corporations have developed new strategies to undermine the opposition to their projects. Join us for a panel discussion with leading academic and policy researchers on these new strategies that extractive industry corporations have developed to secure and expand their operations despite organized resistance to mining, drilling, and other megaprojects.

Panelists
Anna Zalik: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, York University
Jennifer Moore: Associate Fellow of Global Economy, Institute for Policy Studies
Maiah Jaskoski: Associate Professor of Political Science, Northern Arizona University
Fernando Leiva: Professor of Latin America and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Background:
Over the last few decades, resistance to mega-projects has grown in Latin America, especially to projects related to mining and other forms of resource extraction. In response, extractive companies have developed a set of increasingly complex strategies and discourses designed to sway the public opinion on their side and influence governments' decisions and state institutions. From the production of counternarratives through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the integration of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to generate social acceptability, some multinational extractivist corporations
January
28
2:00 am

EcoSocialist working group meeting

The Ecosocialist working group organizes to fight capitalism and build local power for climate, environmental and multi-species justice. 

Email: ecosocialism@dsasantacruz.org

January
29
5:00 pm

DSA SC and Empty Home Tax Signature Gathering Event

Come join your comrades at the Empty Home Tax booth for an hour or two to collect signatures at the Westside Farmers Market. Get a quick training, pick up a packet, and collect some signatures!The Market is located at the corner of HWY 1 and Western Drive.

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