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.

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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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LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 66 rsvps

Historian John D'Emilio's presentation will do 3 things: Provide a brief explanation of how sexual and gender identities have emerged; provide an overview of the progression of LGBT activism since its origins in the 1950s, highlighting key moments of change; and, finally, suggest what issues, from a democratic socialist perspective, deserve prioritizing now. John co-authored Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, which was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that ruled state sodomy laws unconstitutional. 1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Peg Strobel, peg.strobel@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 30 rsvps

Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT. Here's a blog post about PHIT.

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

April 04, 2017
· 81 rsvps

Join Rahel Biru, NYC DSA co-chair, and Joseph Schwartz, DSA Vice-Chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement.  9 PM ET; 8 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 6 PM PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Joseph Schwartz, schwartzjoem@gmail.com.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

What Is DSA? Training Call

April 05, 2017
· 7 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Feminist Working Group

April 12, 2017
· 27 rsvps

People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the elections.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

April 16, 2017
· 16 rsvps

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.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 10 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.