Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Convention

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

Who can be a delegate to the DSA National Convention?

Any DSA member in good standing may be a delegate to the convention. Delegates are selected from DSA local chapters or if there is not a functioning chapter in your area a member may be an At-large delegate. Local delegate elections are conducted by the local DSA chapter.  In practice it is very easy to become a delegate to the convention. The national office will accept any self-nominations to be a delegate and forward them to a local chapter if appropriate.  Members who are YDSers are considered part of the nearby DSA chapter if they live in the same area, or if there is no local DSA group then YDSers should nominate themselves as at-large delegates.

Do I have to be a delegate to attend the convention?

DSA conventions are open to the public. Any member or non-member may attend convention events as a non-voting, non-speaking observer provided they pay the required registration fees.

Exactly where and when will the convention be held?

Venue: Antiochian Village, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923, east of Pittsburgh.

The convention will open at 9:00am Friday, November 13 and close at 3:00pm Sunday, November 15. We recommend people arrive the evening of Thursday, November 12.

Will there be special convention events or events on any other days?

There will be a casual welcome reception in a suite at the venue with snacks provided on Thursday evening, November 12. On-site registration will also open Thursday evening.

Can family members participate in convention events?

Delegates’ family members are welcome to participate in convention events. Family members will have to pay the posted observer fees if they are not delegates. We can provide child care and/or children’s programming, with advanced notice, which you can do during the registration process.

When do I have to decide by?

Since travel is involved, the sooner, the better. Most local chapters elect delegates in September. If you decide to go at the last moment it may still be possible to serve as a delegate by filling a vacancy, however, the early bird registration rate ends in mid-October.

How do I nominate myself to be a delegate?

Contact your local DSA group, or contact the national director by phone, mail or email, (info (at) dsausa.org).

What does it cost to be a delegate?

All delegates to the convention are responsible for their own travel costs and the convention fee, which covers food, lodging and registration for all days (there is no cost difference in how many days you stay). All delegates’ membership dues will have to be up to date by the time the convention opens.

Are there any programs to offset these costs?

YES, listed below.

1)      Travel Share

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.

2)      Sharing Hotel Rooms

The national office can arrange for people to have roommates with someone of the same gender identity if you choose a roommate registration rate but do not request specific roommates. Note your interest when you register or contact the national office directly at info (at) dsausa.org or (212) 727-8610.

3)      Scholarship Support from National DSA

The deadline for the convention scholarships has passed. You can put still apply, but we can only award scholarships if more money is raised. This fund prioritizes helping young people, but low income members of any age may also apply. Delegates may request the scholarship application form from the national office directly at info (at) dsausa.org or (212) 727-8610. To contribute to the scholarship fund, click here.

4)      Scholarship Support from Local DSA

Local DSA chapters are responsible for doing everything possible to fundraising and subsidize low-income delegates’ participation.

How will I find out about convention resolutions, rules, and other important convention business?

Any delegate, local or member may submit a resolution to be considered at the convention. They should be submitted by October 25 to resolutions (at) dsausa.org. Please ask for the resolutions template if you do not have it, otherwise your resolutions will be rejected. All proposed resolutions are posted on the convention page of DSA’s website. Delegates will be emailed convention materials as we near the convention.

You can find a copy of the rules here.

Is there any mechanism for pre-convention discussion among the delegates and other DSA members?

Local chapters are encouraged to have meetings to discuss convention issues in October. Additionally, delegates will be added to a moderated discussion email list.

What about transportation from the airport?

The convention venue is about an hour from the Pittsburgh airport. Please use this carpool and taxishare interest form to self-organize for travel from regional transportation hubs. DSA staff will NOT be coordinating carpools. We will help with an online travel board.

What about driving to the Convention?

You will not need a car for convention events. Parking at the venue is free. Please see below for a convention carpool for traveling from the regional airport, bus stations, and train stations.

The Antiochian Village
201 St Ignatius Trl, Bolivar
PA 15923

Find it on google maps here!

If you are flying to Pittsburgh International Airport or taking a bus to Pittsburgh note that buses and trains leave from Pittsburgh to a small town called Latrobe, PA, which is 25 minutes by car away from Antiochian Village. 

Arriving from Pittsburgh International Airport, if You are Taking a Bus:

There are no direct buses from the airport to the Antiochian Village. However, if you arrive via plane you can take bus 28X from the airport to Downtown Pittsburgh, and then transfer to either of the transportation options that are listed below. The bus will stop at Liberty Avenue/Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, from here, you can walk to either Greyhound or Westmoreland Transit Bus Stops. The closest Westmoreland bus stop is Strawberry way/Grant Street. Information about bus route 28X can be found here. The bus costs $3.75 (you must have exact change)

Alternatively, if you are more than one person you can take a taxi from the airport to Downtown, which will amount to approximately $45.

Renting a Car:

The prices for renting a car in Pittsburgh starts from around $110 for three days dependent on which car rental service you use and which car you decide to rent. If you decide to rent a car, please be aware of the fact that most car rental services in Downtown Pittsburgh are closed on Sundays, so you will not be able to return the car on the Sunday. Most are not open after lunchtime on Sunday, which means you'd have to miss convention programming. An alternative to rent the car from Downtown is to rent it from the Airport, where most car rental services are open on Sundays as well. NOTE: If you are interested in carpooling from the airport, you will need to fill out the online carpool survey and we will connect you with other delegates so you can arrange for carpools. Car rental services have different daily extra fees for additional drivers and young drivers. Most services charge extra when you rent a car as a young person under 25!

Arriving from Pittsburgh City Centre, if You Are Taking A Bus:

MORNING: Greyhound operates a bus route from Pittsburgh to Latrobe a little town 25 minutes from the Antiochian Village. It stops at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, where you can try to coordinate carpools with our online ride board. Buses depart twice a day:

Greyhound
Thursday 12th November
Friday 13th November
Departure
06.15 AM and 10.30 AM
06.15 AM and 10.30 AM
Arrival
07.35 AM and 11.50 AM
07.30 AM and 11.50 AM
Cost (One-way)
$20-26
$20-26
Tickets

Station Address: PITTSBURGH INTERMODAL STA 55 11TH ST Pittsburgh, PA 15222

EVENING: Westmoreland Transit operates a bus route from several stops in Downtown Pittsburgh to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe four times a day. NOTE: The latest you can arrive to Pittsburgh on both days is around 04.30 in Downtown in order to catch the latest bus!

Westmoreland Transit
Thursday 12th November
Friday 13th November
Departure From 03.40 PM to 05.10 PM four times a day From 03.40 PM to 05.10 PM four times a day
Arrival 05.25 PM to 06.55 PM four times a day 05.25 PM to 06.55 PM four times a day
Cost $6 $6
Tickets Fare paid on the bus. More info here. Fare paid on the bus. More info here

If you are arriving to Pittsburgh by Bus, you will most likely be traveling with either Greyhound or Megabus. Greyhound drops you off at Pittsburgh Intermodal Station and Megabus drops you off at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre. Both locations are in close proximity of one another (approximately 0.3 mile), as well as the Westmoreland Transit bus stop at East Busway/Penn Station, so you will be able to walk to either Greyhound or Westmoreland Transit easily. The bus stops are highlighted on this map:

Pick-up Address: One Oxford Centre, Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (This is the Federal Reserve address, which is the stop listed on the website.)

MapOfPittsburgh

Arriving from Pittsburgh City Centre, if You are Taking the Train:

If you, for whatever reason, arrive to Pittsburgh early in the morning you will be able to take the train to Latrobe. Have you arrived to Pittsburgh via bus with a Greyhound or Megabus you will be dropped off at the Convention Centre or the Pittsburgh Intermodal Station. Near by, is the Amtrak Train Station from where you can take a train to Latrobe. 

Amtrak
Thursday 12th November
Friday 13th November
Departure
07.30 AM
07.30 AM
Arrival
08.21 AM
08.21 AM
Cost
$11
$11
Tickets

Purchase Here

Getting Back:

On Sunday November 15th, Greyhound is the only company that operates a bus route from Latrobe to Pittsburgh. It departs twice that day:

Greyhound
Sunday 15th November
Departure
04.30 PM and 07.25 PM
Arrival
05.55 PM and 08.25 PM
Cost
$22-27
Tickets

When arriving to Pittsburgh you will once again be close to the Megabus and Greyhound drop off location (see map). If you are going to the airport, bus 28X will be running every 30 minutes until 11.08 PM. NOTE: If you are catching a plane out of Pittsburgh it cannot depart any sooner than 08.30 PM, because the earliest arrival from Latrobe in Downtown Pittsburgh via Greyhound is at 05.55 PM!

Amtrak
Sunday 15th November
Departure
06.31 PM
Arrival
08.05 PM
Cost
$11

Carpooling and Taxisharing from the Pittsburgh Airport, Bus Stations, and Train Stations

Staff cannot coordinate local carpools nor regional ones. We can, however, help you connect with fellow travelers that are coming in to Pittsburgh (via the airport or bus stations) or Latrobe (via the bus to train stations). Please fill out this form to let us know your travel plans and where/when you will be coming from and arriving/leaving. With this information, we can help you connect with other convention attendees to make plans on your own to rent cars, share taxis, carpool, and possibly reserve a Blue Van (depending on interest).

Taking a Taxi from Latrobe

Veteran's Cab Company can take you from both Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and the Amtrak train station. You can reach them at 724-537-7708. They recommended reserving a cab at least a day in advance. They estimate the costs is about $40. To the best of our abilities, we can help coordinate taxi shares from both transportation hubs the convention center.

Feminist Working Group

December 14, 2016
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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 election.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
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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.

Full film available on Vimeo.