All committees are led by members working together as volunteers. If you would like to get involved with these or start one of your own, just reach out.

Affordable Housing Committee

We aim to help the community gain housing that is affordable to low-income and to working people. Before 2020, both rents and house prices were rising, and longtime residents being forced to move farther and farther from the city where they work—a hardship for people and a disaster for the the environment. Currently, the health and economic crises are making rent payments impossible. We are working to support the Ithaca Tenant Union’s campaign for a rent freeze.

Trickle-down does not work. Increasing the supply of affordable housing will require some combination of public ownership, public financing and regulation.

Meetings are irregular, based on needs and local events. If you’d like to work with us, email ithacanydsa@gmail.com or attend a monthly general meeting.

Electoral Committee

DSA is a big-tent socialist organization, not a political party. Our electoral committee plans how best to support local and state politicians who will work to implement socialist projects.

Ithaca DSA’s members have recently held training workshops on local election rules and practices. We’re collaborating with potential candidates and building towards a stronger, better and more inclusive left.

Meetings are irregular, based on our members’ availability. If you’d like to work with us, email ithacanydsa@gmail.com or attend a monthly general meeting.

TV & Radio

Ithaca DSA has a weekly tv program titled “Ithaca DSA Presents,” a 1/2 hour talk show covering local, national and international politics, economics and labor. DVDs can be borrowed from the Alternatives Library in Anabel Taylor Hall on the Cornell campus, and some recent videos are online at ithacadsa.blogspot.com. Ithaca DSA Presents airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 p.m. Time Warner Channel 13 in Tompkins County.

Our members also produce a half-hour program on WRFI Community Radio called The Inquiring Socialist. The program airs at 6:30 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays. See wrfi.org to hear recent episodes.

Anti-Capitalist Reading Group (ARG)

The Anti-Capitalist reading group bring local leftists together to engage with ideas in a lively and open environment. The groups are valuable intellectual spaces that cut across organizational boundaries.

Our own reading group has discussed topics including:

  • The ABCs of socialism
  • Questions of violence in revolutionary movements
  • The Paris Commune
  • The Rojava Revolution in Syria
  • The year 1968 and various radical and revolutionary movements of the time

Participants help select monthly readings and start the conversation by presenting their own take on the literature. Find out when the next meeting is by joining the Google group at jacobin-reading-group-ithaca@googlegroups.com.

Abolition Committee

Our mission is to dismantle oppressive state institutions and replace them with community based alternatives and de-commodified universal public goods.

Note: This committee is currently on hiatus. However, our members are working to reorganize the group Decarcerate Tompkins County.

Other Opportunities

We’re currently looking for members to lead a working groups on Medicare for All, to coordinate with YDSA on local campuses, to contribute to our social media platforms, and more. If you have a passion or talent to contribute, we’ll support it.