News for the East Bay's diverse, working-class majority.

Brought to you by the Democratic Socialists of America, East Bay chapter.

East Bay DSA
September 01, 2020

We can afford to get rid of bus fares — permanently

Our public bus service is facing cuts of up to 30%. But we need to expand public transit — and make it fare-free, as AC Transit Board candidate Jovanka Beckles proposes.

August 18, 2020

The AC Transit board election is a fight for the future of public transit

The pandemic and looming budget cuts threaten the future of public transit in the East Bay. Jovanka Beckles is running for AC Transit Board on a platform of free, safe, and environmentally sustainable public bus service.

July 31, 2020

OUSD’s reopening plan puts everyone at risk. Teachers are fighting back.

The Oakland school district is threatening to reopen on Aug. 10 without adequate provisions for student safety and technology needs. Now teachers in OEA are bargaining for the lives of students, families, and teachers.

June 22, 2020

It’s time to kick police out of Oakland schools for good.

Oakland has one of the only school police forces in the country. The Black Organizing Project is leading the charge to abolish cops in OUSD.

June 22, 2020

One union’s century-long fight for justice

On Juneteenth, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union organized a shutdown of all West Coast ports. The action is of a piece with the union’s radical history.

June 21, 2020

Oaklanders demand: Defund the police, refund the people

Oakland’s scandal-ridden police department has long sucked up money that could be going to public services. Community members are demanding that the city gets its priorities straight.

June 18, 2020

Don’t buy Jack Dorsey’s philanthropy hustle

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has publicly supported Black Lives Matter and pledged money to support Oakland schools. But Dorsey’s wealth has come from displacing Black and working-class residents and undermining public services.

June 15, 2020

Save the Richmond Public Libraries

While the Richmond police take 40% of the city budget, libraries that were once vibrant community centers endure cut after cut. A budget vote this week could save the libraries.

June 05, 2020

It’s (way past) time to redistribute obscene police budgets to schools, hospitals, and buses

The cost of policing is exacted first and foremost in the damage to Black lives—and second in an enormous drain on public resources. Every dollar spent on police is a dollar not spent on schools and city services.

June 04, 2020

Students say it’s time to “disrupt” to stop police brutality

On June 1, student organizers drew thousands of people in Oakland to protest the murder of George Floyd by police. Youth took the stage and sent a powerful message to the world: they demand justice and they aren’t backing down.