Working Groups

We are an intersectional organization with many areas of focus.

  • Alternative Emergency Response

    The Alternative Emergency Response working group consists of DSA and non-DSA community members dedicated to establishing a countywide 24/7 non-law-enforcement emergency response program in Santa Cruz. We envision mobile crisis response vans consisting of a medic and a crisis counselor, trained and experienced in the mental health field, being dispatched through 911 to address non-violent mental health and social service-related crisis calls. The millions saved in public safety spending and emergency room and ambulance costs would be invested in housing and social services. 

  • Communications & Editorial

    We develop and publish content to various media, including our local journal Santa Cruz Left. We collaborate with other working groups to make sure they get the resources they need for getting their message out. We also manage communication within the group regarding upcoming meetings and actions.

    We are currently meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 5:30pm-7:00pm.

  • Ecosocialist

    The Ecosocialist Working Group organizes to fight capitalism and build local power for climate, environmental, and multi-species justice. We work to spread an understanding that capitalism and imperialism must be fought against to cultivate the health of our planet and all of its beings, and we do so through public information campaigns, agitprop, literature, mutual aid, and direct actions. It is not enough to de-carbonize; we must also de-capitalize and decolonize.

    In Santa Cruz, our work connects to a wide range of campaigns: working on housing justice (including for the unhoused), fighting against gentrification, and opposing the over-policing of the city is all integral to the environmental health of our city. Struggling for a Green New Deal, locally and nationally, means opposing a green capitalist future. We promote socialist ideas at Earth Day and climate strike events, and regularly hold radical education events.

    Our working group meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 6pm (with the first meeting of every month on zoom). All are welcome to join.

  • Electoral

    The electoral working group is focused on doing work to influence election and policy outcomes via organizing around elections and direct action.

  • Labor

    We organize working people so they can make revolutionary demands.

  • Member Engagement (MEWG)

    We are a working group aimed at recruitment, welcoming, retention, and engagement of potential and current members. All are welcome (even brand new members!). You are free to come just to see what we’re about too.

  • Migrant Justice

    The Migrant Justice Working Group brings a socialist/anti-racist/anti-imperialist perspective to the fight for justice for all undocumented people in the US. We organize in our region,  collaborating with other local groups, to support the demands of the national DSA Immigrants' Rights WG: End the Deportations, Free the Detainees, Legalization for All.

  • Mutual Aid (a.k.a Love Boat)

    The Mutual Aid Working Group meets weekly to distribute food, hygiene and first aid supplies to the unhoused community in Santa Cruz. Working from a theory of mutual aid, we aim to build networks of social solidarity between the housed and the unhoused to effectively combat anti-homeless politics and meet essential needs.

    In the spirit of mutual aid, we seek not only to address the symptoms of homelessness but to confront its systemic causes. We devote time to organizing campaigns around issues that affect the unhoused community in group strategy meetings as needed.

    Please email us if you are interested in joining our working group.

    We currently meet every Sunday at 10 am. Please email dsaloveboat@gmail.com for information on the current meeting place.

  • Political Education

    We read and discuss socialist theory to help inform our political strategies.

    We are currently meeting on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month, 6-8pm.

  • Racial Justice

    We work to dismantle the structures which undergird white supremacy and racial capitalism through ongoing efforts like the abolition of police and prison.

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