National Convention October 25-27 - Come Out Swinging: Socialism in the Age of Obama

Registration Information

Registration Deadline:

Register ASAP – remember, this convention is earlier in the year than in past years. Registrations after October 16th cost $220. You must reserve your room BEFORE October 10th.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION NOW!

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Why Attend?

Why Build a Democratic Socialist Organization?

Red-baiting is the battering ram that corporate America wields when even the smallest democratic reforms threaten its power. Too often, even progressives distance themselves for fear of being squashed. To erode that power and build toward a truly just economy and society, we build a visible socialist presence within grassroots democratic movements and with a credible socialist voice in policy debates.

Over the last two years, we have continued renewing and revitalizing our organization to meet the challenge of making the socialist tradition relevant to the twenty-first century United States. We have grown our membership, and new DSA locals and YDS chapters have organized.  

But we have much more work to do.  Our message has never been more important.

Attend the convention to:

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Speakers and Programming - Updated

Confirmed Speakers:

David Bacon - Immigration writer and photojournalist for TruthOut, The Nation, The American Prospect, and others.

Clayborne Carson - Professor of history at Stanford University and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

Steve Early - Author of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor and Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home.

Angie Fa - Recruiter for the National Nurses United and California Nurses Association,  Asian American Studies teacher, former member of the San Francisco School Board and former Chair of the DSA Youth Section.

Tom Hayden - Former California state senator and one of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society.

José La Luz – DSA vice chair and veteran trade unionist, worker educator and human rights activist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the convention? Check out our frequently asked questions page!

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Contribute to Scholarships for Youth and Low Income Members

Redistribute to help DSA youth, student, and low income members attend the national convention! The economy is worse than ever for young people and the unemployed, and your support can make all the difference in building the future of our movement.

Click here to donate to the convention scholarship fund.

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Volunteer at the Convention

The convention is a huge undertaking and we always need more volunteers! If you are able to volunteer, click here to sign up.

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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 82 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 47 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

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

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.

Instructor:

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

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.

 

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 19 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.