DSA at the People's Summit 2017

***UPDATE: The Priority Deadline for registration has passed; you can go ahead and register now and we'll do our best to make sure you can attend, but we can't guarantee that you'll get a ticket.***

The People's Summit is a unique opportunity for DSA members to join allies in building social movement infrastructure for the long-term. We'll be joining National Nurses United, United Students Association, Food and Water Watch, People's Action, People for Bernie, and many more in Chicago from June 9th - 11th. Check out the event on Facebook, too.

We'll have a DSA Pre-Conference and Training on Friday June 9th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to improve your organizing skills and to meet other DSA members from across the country!


Friday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
DSA Pre-Conference

Friday, June 9th (evening)
People's Summit begins with workshops and entertainment

Saturday, June 10th
People's Summit workshops, plenaries and entertainment

Sunday, June 11th
People's Summit events in the morning, DSA members travel home in the evening

Registration - Deadline May 1

The registration form has four parts:

  1. the registration for attending the People's Summit as a DSA member,
  2. the registration for attending the DSA Member Pre-Conference and Training during the day on Friday June 9th,
  3. the housing application, and
  4. the application to be on the DSA Host Committee for the Event.

Once you have completed our internal DSA form (above), you MUST also register for a ticket through the People's Summit using this form.


Housing Subsidy Application
Please note, we have very limited free housing and can subsidize some dorm rooms.

Childcare Subsidy Application
We do not provide on-site care. This is a limited scholarship to cover childcare back home.

Getting to the People's Summit Site

McCormick Place, which is located on 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616, is the site of the People's Summit.

McCormick Place provides excellent directions on how to get there by motor vehicle and public transportation.

The venue is 1.25 hrs from Chicago O'Hare International Airport either by driving or public transportation. The closest L lines (the subway system) are the Green line's Cermak McCormick Place station and the the Red Lines's Cermak Chinatown station. Check out the Chicago Transit Authority's website to helpful tips on getting around.

How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.

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