Chicago DSA Campaigns
Following the lead of the Black Abolitionist Network, Chicago DSA is running a campaign to defund the Chicago Police Department by 75% and reinvest those funds into healthcare, education, housing, and other essential public programs.
In 2020 the Chicago Police Department was budgeted at 1.8 billion dollars, 40% of the City’s annual operating budget. By comparison, the city only allocated 4.8% of the 2020 budget to infrastructure and only 3.4% on community services.
Policing and incarceration have become, to borrow a phrase from abolitionist scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore, “a catchall solution to social problems”; we need direct investment in communities instead. By directly addressing the root causes of violence in our city, we can meaningfully address harm and build towards a Chicago that provides prosperity and dignity for all.
DemocratizeComEd is a people-powered campaign for democratically controlled energy in Chicago. We're fighting for an elected utility board, public control of profits, aggressive renewable energy, fairer rates, and green jobs to maintain the grid.
ComEd is Chicago’s electricity provider, and their contract with the city is up for renewal in 2020. For the first time in 30 years, we have a chance to take control of our energy future. By turning ComEd into a municipal utility controlled by the people of Chicago, for the people of Chicago, we can increase clean energy, get fairer rates, and put profits back into our community rather than into shareholders’ pockets.
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Lift The Ban is a statewide effort advocating for economic well-being and stability for Illinois’ families through repealing the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997, and establishing rent control for Chicago residents.
The Lift the Ban Coalition consists of more than 30 groups that believe rent control is a necessary first step in taking back power from wealthy developers, curbing gentrification and displacement, and tackling Illinois’ housing crisis.
The CDSA Lift the Ban campaign focuses on canvassing neighborhoods, lobbying local and state politicians and educating the public to build the movement for housing justice.