Committees


Want to learn more about our work or join us in our efforts? Below are all the teams and initiatives we’re involved with. We also have a dedicated Need Assistance page for anyone who could gain from these resources.

Steering Committee

Orange County DSA is funded and democratically run by our members. The chapter is guided by a Steering Committee that is elected annually.
  • Obeydah D. – Chair
  • Byron L. – Vice-Chair
  • Eric N. – Secretary
  • Sarah L. – Treasurer
  • Yousuf A. – At-Large
  • Jensen W. – At-Large
  • Nina B. – At-Large
  • Morgan T. – At-Large
  • Jeremiah L. – At-Large
  • Shannon G. – At-Large
  • Alex H. – At-Large
  • Ben M. – At-Large

Electoral Politics Committee

Contact: electoral@ocdsa.org

The Electoral Politics Committee exists to identify, support, and run political candidates who will use elected office to create a more egalitarian, democratic society that works for the benefit of the many, not the few. In the future, the Electoral Politics Committee also hopes to organize ballot initiatives to create and support progressive legislation that serves the people. This committee generally meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 4 pm. Join us!

Seeking a campaign endorsement? Fill out the OC DSA candidate questionnaire and follow the listed directions to submit your application for consideration. 

Defund the Police Working Group

Contact: defund@ocdsa.org

The Defund the Police working group works with community partners in Orange County to reduce the carceral and policing footprint that causes harm, reduces safety, and drains resources away from promoting care, safety, and strong communities. To better inform our work, our Abolition Study Group meets to discuss select readings or videos about police and prison abolition. 

Political Education Committee

Contact: ocdsareads@gmail.com

The Political Education Committee organizes reading groups on various topics related to democratic socialism. Past topics include ‘How We Get Free: Socialist Feminist Futures,’ ‘Socialism 101,’ and ‘Socialism 102.’ If you would like to join a reading group, organize a new reading group, or join the Political Education Committee, write an email using the contact email above.

Mutual Aid Committee

Mutual aid is about helping each other out when we are in need. The Mutual Aid Committee’s goal is to address material needs in solidarity with our community. One way we do this is through our Solidarity Fund:

Solidarity Fund

Donations: FreeFunder Page or Paypal Page

We gather money and goods and give them out to anyone in need. We also offer grocery pick-up and drop-off for anyone at high risk of getting COVID-19.


Affiliated Groups and Coalitions

These groups operate outside of OC DSA. However, we have strong ties and have worked together in solidarity.


Stop the Musick! Coalition

Website: www.stopthemusick.net

Stop the Musick is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to decarceration in Orange County. Our goal is to oppose the reopening and expansion of the empty Musick jail in Irvine, which would add more than 2,000 beds to Orange County’s current jail capacity and cost more than $288 million to construct and over $61 million annually to operate. Our vision is to reduce the jail population, stop the expansion of the carceral state, increase alternatives to incarceration, and build housing-first and care-first models in Orange County. We believe in a community that invests in public safety and community wellness through care, not cages.


OC Bail Fund

Website: www.ocbailfund.org

The Orange County Bail Fund pays bail bonds for those who cannot afford to. We do not turn people away, regardless of the crime they are charged with or any past charges. We don’t believe in incarceration, period. We want to liberate as many people as possible. We work towards a world without the cash bail system and the Prison Industrial Complex. The OC Bail Fund was established May 31st, 2020, by members of the Orange County Chapter of DSA. Soon after, members of SoCal Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) joined us to make a more permanent fund. Find the intake form here for assistance paying bail, or contribute to the OC Bail Fund’s PayPal.