SLO Democratic Socialists of America

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SLO Democratic Socialists of America is a San Luis Obispo affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.

Action plan

Mitchell Park is usually a place where SLO residents gather to relax and play. But on the first Wednesday of every month, it's also a hub for the city's nascent socialist movement.

The park is where members of the SLO Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) hold their monthly general meetings. The SLO DSA has been in existence for less than a year, but its members are already planning to take on two of the city's most pressing issues, affordable housing and homelessness.

"There really has not been a strong voice for working-class people or people who are vulnerable and marginalized in SLO," said Grant Helete, a member of the SLO DSA. "We really want to provide that voice for them."

The 25-year-old said the group, which currently has about 15 regular members, wants to tackle SLO's problems from a left-wing perspective. In the case of housing, the group will push for rent control in the city and support for Proposition 10, a state ballot initiative that would allow local governments to adopt rent control ordinances. Helete said the SLO DSA would also campaign for renters' rights, public housing, and a citywide tenants' union.

The group plans to call for the city to decriminalize poverty and homelessness in SLO. That includes working to abolish what they believe are discriminatory anti-homeless ordinances, such as SLO's ban on car camping. Members also support issues embraced by the DSA's national organization including a Medicare for all health care system, free college education, and dismantling the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"We think we can advocate for these types of positions that others won't," Helete said.[1]

A Conversation With Mayor Heidi Harmon


A Conversation With Mayor Heidi Harmon, Hosted by SLO Democratic Socialists of America.

Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PDT

Mitchell Park, 1050 Buchon St, San Luis Obispo, California 93401.[2]

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