Convention 2015

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.

 

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Working Agenda for 2015 Convention

This is the working agenda for the 2015 DSA convention and is subject to change.

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November 13, 14 and 15 in Bolivar, PA outside Pittsburgh

Why Build a Democratic Socialist Organization?

Bernie Sanders said it best: "Nobody in the White House, no matter how good he or she may be, can address the issues facing working families and the middle class without an active, organized, politically conscious grassroots movement." 

And it's not just about the White House. The institutions in our government as well as our economy are run by an unaccountable few, without transparency or democratic input. It is time to demand  that these institutions put people over profit.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Convention

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about the convention and especially travel to convention.

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Travel FAQ

DSA Convention Travel Information

The convention will be held in Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. The address for the convention is:

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl.

Bolivar, PA 15923

Mandatory Travel Share

Participation in DSA conventions includes participating in one of two travel share options. This mandatory travel share program is intended to equalize or offset transportation costs. Delegates can choose which option to use:

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

Driving to the Convention

You will not need a car for convention events. Parking at the venue is free. Please click this link for a for a convention carpool for traveling from the regional airport, bus stations, and train stations. The National Office is NOT organizing local carpools. This carpool form is for regional travel from major transportation hubs.

The Antiochian Village

201 St Ignatius Trl

Bolivar, PA 15923

Find it on google maps here!

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2015 Convention Resolutions

Below are the resolutions that have been submitted for approval at the 2015 DSA Convention.

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Convention Scholarships

Click here to contribute our scholarship fund to bring low income and young folks to the convention!

The deadline for travel scholarship applications has passed. You can still apply here, but please know we can only give if new funds are made available.

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Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 45 rsvps
The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion. Watch the film prior to the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
· 9 rsvps

Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.

 

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 4 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.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 8 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
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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.