Tents Aren't Enough

By C.R. Mills Mayor Darrell Steinberg recently announced he wants to put up three large tents in Sacramento to provide shelter for homeless people. Steinberg described the structures, which can each fit 200 people, as temporary, a step on the road towards receiving city services and ultimately permanent housing. Yet without a parallel effort to build thousands of affordable homes throughout the region, these tents simply provide a way for city leaders to push a major public problem out of sight without actually addressing it. Continue reading

Sacramento DSA 2018 Endorsements

On April 29th the Sacramento DSA general membership engaged in 8 hours of candidate interviews and deliberation of electoral strategy. The end result is a slate of four candidates that reflect the values of the chapter and that we believe will make strides toward the democratic socialist world we want to create.     Continue reading

DSA Sacramento Stands in Solidarity with Striking UC Workers

  Highly-paid executives at the University of California continue their austerity march, driving down wages and exploiting racialized poverty on campuses and medical centers. AFSCME 3299, the largest union at the University of California, has been negotiating for a year and is at an impasse. AFSCME will be joined in sympathy strikes by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Union of Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE-CWA 9119). Pickets will be held across 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, and various clinics and laboratories throughout the state. With 53,000 workers in all, this will be the largest strike in the history of the University of California. Continue reading

Not One More: A Statement on Stephon Clark

Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old father of two, was murdered by Sacramento Police on March 18, 2018. Shortly after his death, Sacramento PD claimed that Mr. Clark fit the description of a man armed with a “toolbar” breaking windows and that they mistook his cellphone for a firearm. Stephon Clark was pursued with military grade aviation vehicles and murdered over broken windows — private property was once again deemed more valuable than a father of two, a partner, a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend, a man. Continue reading

The False Argument Against Rent Control

By C.R. Mills Facing massive rent increases, tenants throughout Sacramento want and need respite from the brutal housing market. They’re being forced out of their homes and out of the city, leaving behind broken social bonds and holes in the communities they belonged to. Rent control offers an affordable public policy solution to their woes. Continue reading

Luxury Development for the Rich, Displacement and Dispossession for the Poor

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego oppose the proposed state-level legislation Senate Bill 827. Despite the most recent amendments (as of March 1, 2018), the bill continues to put forth a flawed market-based, trickle-down approach to housing production and allocation — predicated on the actions of developers and landowners whose profits depend on scarcity, class inequality, and racial injustice. We believe that this bill will intensify gentrification and displacement, and thus we join a growing movement of progressive grassroots organizations across the state that criticize SB 827. Continue reading

How Can Voters Trust Ami Bera?

By James Jackson Jr. Ami Bera, Democrat for District 7 of California in the House of Representatives, has a terrible record for a medical professional presenting himself as a progressive. Continue reading

What’s going on with labor unions?

On February 26th, the dreaded Janus vs. AFSCME case was argued before the US Supreme Court. The decision that follows has the potential to undo public sector unionism as we know it and cause wages, benefits, and workplace safety standards to plummet everywhere. Continue reading

A Statement on the Turkish Aggression Against Afrin by the Rojava Solidarity Committee

Sacramento DSA Rojava Solidarity Committee condemns the latest Turkish aggression against the Kurdish canton of Afrin in Rojava (Syria). Continue reading

Interview: Cal Nurses Public Policy Director Michael Lighty on the Fight for Universal Healthcare in California

By C.R. Mills Universal healthcare came remarkably close to reality last June in California. Senate Bill 562 passed the State Senate, a major feat for legislation that would create a publicly owned and operated system providing comprehensive healthcare services to all state residents. Continue reading