From DSA Santa Barbara <[email protected]>
Subject [DSA SB] May Chapter Meeting, Organizing as Workers, Renters
Date May 18, 2020 10:43 PM
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Join DSA Santa Barbara for our chapter meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm as we focus on building worker power in our local context

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** This Week: May Chapter Meeting - Building Worker, Renter Power in Santa Barbara

THURSDAY, May 21 @ 6pm - 7pm
Join DSA Santa Barbara for our chapter meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm as we focus on building worker power in our local context. We will discuss our organizing efforts around housing and labor during the COVID crisis and invite members to get involved with our coalition partners in setting up a local cooperative. We’ll also take some time in groups to discuss our labor, share opportunities for solidarity, and consider DSA’s role in assisting workers as we continue to build our capacity. We hope to see you there!

Time: May 21, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 969 1598 0959
Password: 010114


** 4 Actions You Can Take Today for Workers
Across the country, workers are struggling. Public workers are fighting back against cuts and service workers are getting organized. Here is how you can help:
* Email City Council at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) to urge them to adopt and ratify contracts agreed earlier in the year for bargaining units representing the lowest paid positions at the City.
As the City looks to manage a difficult budget possibly without Federal assistance, continued pressure will likely be necessary to make sure public programs aren’t cut and workers aren’t the first on the chopping block. In one of the richest cities in the world, there must be an alternative source of revenue other than cuts to the sanitation and wastewater workers that are currently keeping us safe. Make your voice heard and fight back against austerity!

* DSA National’s Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC) is launching a campaign in coordination with rank and file postal workers to pressure congress to bail out essential public services and secure the workers jobs. This campaign is moving quickly in anticipation of Congress going back into session. To sign on and purchase postcards to send to congress, please visit [link removed]

* The DSLC has also launched a national project to teach chapters how to organize laid off restaurant workers in their area. We’re helping chapters set up local restaurant organizing campaigns that can fight for immediate relief in the short term, and organize around a longer term vision to reshape the entire industry so it works for workers. Go here to get involved and view resources: [link removed]

* Help save the USPS! Learn more at [link removed]

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Upcoming chapter meetings are on the third Thursday of the month. NEXT month's meeting will be June 18.

** Get Involved / Take Action:
* Want to help make PG&E public? Join the statewide organizers fighting to make it happen in a very important call tonight, Monday, May 18 at 6pm. Link to join the Zoom call:
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Meeting ID: 763 8771 1627
Password: 5DN57c
Sign up to plug into the campaign here: [link removed]

* Join our working group for organizing labor in Santa Barbara. Biweekly meetings, Tuesdays at 6pm. The next one is tomorrow, Tuesday May 19.
Link to join the meeting: [link removed]
Meeting ID: 951 5747 0999
Password: 121034

* Join the new SB DSA LABOR ORGANIZING channel on WhatsApp to connect, and look for the next meeting sometime next week:
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* For now, general COVID response calls are on hold. Get involved in one of many important efforts and campaigns!

* The new Santa Barbara Tenant's Council is getting more attention and growing quickly! Join DSA members and other local renters fighting for housing justice in solidarity against poor landlord, illegal evictions, discrimination and more. Weekly meetings are Sundays @5:30pm via Zoom. Worried about rent, or abusive landlords? Connect with the tenant organizing channel to get more information:
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* Help us phonebank Bernie supporters to join DSA SB! Bernie Sanders has endorsed DSA as an organization to get involved in to continue the political revolution! Send us an email ([email protected]) if you're interested in helping us:
+ Phonebank local Bernie supporters
+ Plan new "Intro to DSA" events

* Interested in taking on more leadership in the chapter? We need you! Join our next open steering meeting - 5/25 @ 6pm. Reach out to us for call info, we look forward to talking.

* Volunteer to help set up and manage new technologies that will improve member engagement, communication, and day to day organizing. Reach out and let's talk!

** Join our Communications Channels via WhatsApp - Reminder: our community agreements apply in virtual space.
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Now more than ever, it's important to be in closer, digital contact with other organizers. SB DSA uses an optional digital platform for sharing info, discussions within working groups, coordinating last minute volunteer requests and more. This is a great first step for anyone wanting to get more involved as an ORGANIZER or VOLUNTEER.
1. First, install WhatsApp to your mobile device ([link removed]) (download here) ([link removed]) and set up your account. There is also an app available for desktops (Mac and PC). Open the app and set it up with your phone number.

2. After WhatsApp is set up, click this link to join our default Chapter Chat ([link removed]) . Welcome! We can help you get set up if you have any technical difficulties

3. Join additional channels:
+ Labor Organizing ([link removed]) ( NEW )
+ Tenant Organizing ([link removed])
+ COVID-19 SB Response Organizing ([link removed])
+ Climate Justice ([link removed])

Contact us if you would like some help getting set up (Text: 805-881-3081 / or send us an email) (mailto:[email protected]?subject=WhatsApps%20assistance&body=Your%20message%20here.) .

** Building a better future
The pandemic won't stop us from organizing together or fighting to build a Santa Barbara that works for Santa Barbarians.

In solidarity,

DSA Santa Barbara


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