Registration Information

Register ASAP.

Our convention this year will be at a private retreat hotel outside a major city because we want to build a strong DSA community and give us the opportunity to focus on our Socialist Strategy and strengthening our socialist organizing skills.

Registration this year is ALL INCLUSIVE, unlike in past years where food and lodging was not included and delegates had to arrange and pay for that on their own. We encourage anyone with sticker shock to compare their overall spending at past conventions, and they will find that this is comparable or less.


Venue: Antiochian Village, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923, east of Pittsburgh.

The venue is accessible for people in wheelchairs.

We also plan to provide children’s programming and/or subsidies for parents to arrange for childcare back home, but need to know soon whether anyone may bring children so we can begin arrangements.

Registration Rate Per Person (early bird rate ended October 21st)

Registration is on a sliding scale. Delegates can save money by rooming with up to four roommates. We worked hard to subsidize the low-income registration rate and encourage people to use it only if they have real financial need.

Includes convention fees as well as food and lodging. If in a shared room, you can request roommate(s) or we can do our best to match you up with roommate(s), of the same gender identity.

  • $200 - with 4 other people in a room with 3 beds
  • $285 - with 3 other people in a room with 2 beds
  • $445 - with 2 other people in a room with 3 beds
  • $475 - with one other person in a room with 2 beds
  • $550 - own room and own bed (single room) - waiting list at this time

Travel Share Cost

Delegates to the convention participate in a mandatory travel share program that is intended to equalize or offset transportation costs. Delegates can choose which option to use:

  • One pool is basically for people who fly and the equal cost will be calculated at convention.

  • One pool is basically for people who commute locally, drive or take the bus or train, or use frequent flier miles. They will cover their own expenses and above that pay a fixed travel fee of $75 to the convention.

Delegate, Alternate, or Observer?:

Convention delegates are selected by DSA chapters. Members not in chapters may run as at-large delegates to the convention. Delegate vacancies can be filled up until the convention. YDS members are considered part of a chartered DSA chapter if their campus address is within the DSA chapter’s jurisdiction; otherwise, YDS members are at-large. Anyone can attend the convention as an observer (an attendee without speaking or voting rights).

Financial Support:

DSA chapters should fundraise to lower costs for delegates. There is financial aid, and childcare information, available from DSA. Please contact the national office for either at info (at) or (212) 727-8610.


The convention opens the morning of Friday, November 13 and ends Sunday afternoon at about 3:00PM, November 15.

For those flying we urge you to arrive on Thursday evening, and plan to depart the hotel no earlier than 2:00pm Sunday. We will do our best to facilitate car-pooling or a shuttle from the Pittsburgh airport.

We will have an informal welcome gathering on Thursday evening at the venue.

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How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <> 607-280-7649.

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