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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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.