Here’s what High Peaks DSA is currently working on. If you’d like to get involved in one of these campaigns, feel free to reach out through our Contact page.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid
Mutual aid is defined as “cooperation for the sake of the common good.”
We’ve created a mutual aid fund to assist those in need throughout the North Country and Adirondack region. Our fund aids all requestors, while prioritizing those who have been most affected by this crisis.
The coronavirus outbreak has exposed many of the massive flaws in our capitalist economic system. Tens of millions are losing their employer-based health insurance. Many are struggling to pay rent, while the government refuses to cancel rent in New York and across the country. Essential workers continue to do their jobs for poverty wages, despite inconsistent government and employer protections. Our more vulnerable neighbors are unable to access the delivery services they depend on for groceries and other essential services.
Check out our mutual aid webpage to learn more about our campaign.
Fill out this form if you’re need in aid.
Visit our GoFundMe if you’d like to donate to our mutual aid fund.
Fill out this form if you’d like to volunteer.
Crisis Pregnancy Center Response
On March 4, 2020, the Saranac Lake Development Board approved a site plan for the Adirondack Pregnancy Center (APC). The APC is a crisis pregnancy center — an anti-choice, anti-abortion organization masquerading as a legitimate healthcare facility.
Like other crisis pregnancy centers, the APC is being established within walking distance of the town’s Planned Parenthood. The APC is connected to shady outside organizations, such as Heartbeat International and Extend Web Services, which have been caught exploiting visitors’ personal data.
The Democratic Socialists of America are staunchly pro-choice. We believe healthcare is a human right, and that abortion is healthcare.
To learn more about this campaign and the actions we’re planning, read our official statement on the Adirondack Pregnancy Center.
Justice For All
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department. Three other officers watched and did nothing as Floyd said, “I can’t breathe.”
Widespread police brutality is just one result of our systemically racist criminal justice system.
Black Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by the police than white Americans. African Americans are incarcerated at five times the rate of white Americans. The incarceration rate of African American women is twice as high as that of white women.
Check out the NAACP’s fact sheet to learn more about racial disparities in our criminal justice system.
In response to the murder of George Floyd and police brutality nationwide, High Peaks DSA helped organize a protest in Saranac Lake.
We’re currently circulating a petition to get the Saranac Lake Police Department to explicitly condemn police brutality and adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards abusive policing.
Visit our webpage to read the petition and fill out the form if you’d like to sign it!
High Peaks DSA For Fred Balzac
High Peaks Democratic Socialists of America and Fred Balzac commit to work together through the September 15th Village Board election and beyond for progressive reforms—for the benefit of all Saranac Lake Village residents and the region’s environment.
Check out our press release to learn more about Fred Balzac and why we endorsed his candidacy.
Fill out this form to volunteer for the High Peaks DSA for Fred Balzac campaign!