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) dsausa.org or (212) 727-8610.

Schedule

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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Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch (9pm Eastern)

October 04, 2016 · 11 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

So you are now a member of DSA, but there is no local chapter where you live. You are thinking of starting a local chapter, but you're not quite sure how to do it.

In Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch you will learn:

  • how other locals got started in recent years
  • how to find out who is already a member
  • the importance of a comrade
  • how to recruit new members
  • the importance of a mentor
  • how to become a recognized organizing committee
  • how to become a chartered local
  • what works best to bring new people in.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

Instructor:

  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

October 19, 2016 · 25 rsvps
DSA New Member Orientation

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

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