DSA at the People's Summit


The People's Summit is a unique opportunity for members of the Democratic Socialists of America to join allies in building a lasting progressive infrastructure beyond the 2016 presidential elections. We will be joining the National Nurses United, Working Families Party, People's Action, Progressive Democrats of America, People for Bernie, United Students Against Sweatshops, and many more in Chicago this June 17th to 19th.

Check out the event on Facebook, too.

Helpful Summit Details


DSA was the only socialist group invited to be an original convener of the event. We cannot stress enough that this is an excellent opportunity for us to network with groups representing millions of Sanders supporters who are newly open to socialism. In addition, the conference will break down into regional groups to discuss how to extend Bernie’s “political revolution” well beyond the campaign at the local level. DSA wants to play a role in building a stronger grassroots Left coalition that will continue to flourish in the future.

For more information on the People's Summit, please check out the conference webpage and feel free to contact us at info(at)dsausa.org.


DSA Member-Only Friday Gathering at the McCormick Place

10:00-10:30:        Welcome to Chicago and Icebreaker 

DSA National Director Maria Svart will led this session.

10:30-11:20:        What is Democratic Socialism and Why Our Vision of Democratic Socialism?

An introduction to DSA’s politics and why our perspective matters to larger debates in progressive politics.


11:30-12:20:         Anti-Racist Coalition Organizing and Democratic Socialist Strategy

This workshop will offer participants a brief history of the relationship between democratic socialists and antiracist progressive politics, stressing the importance of strengthening these ties, and will offer practical lessons DSAers can use in their own chapters to build relationships with activist organizations representing working- class and poor communities of color.

LUNCH – We're providing snacks, but Starbucks is the only lunch option nearby (The Labor Working Group will have a 30-45 minute meetup during lunch)

1:30-3:00:            Mapping Racially, Ethnically and Class-Diverse Communities to Participate Effectively in Campaigns

This participatory workshop will explore 1) how to map the key communities of color in a given area, the key issues those communities are organizing around, and the key organizations of working-class and poor folks working on those issues, and 2) how to effectively participate in multiracial, multi-ethnic, and multiclass coalitions. We will draw on examples and involve participants in analyzing their own communities and experiences.

3:00-4:00:            You Made It!: Participating as a DSAer at the People’s Summit

Special Event: Fundraiser for Debbie Medina

4:00-5:00:            Debbie Medina Fundraiser

Join DSA member and Democratic candidate for New York State Senate Debbie Medina and guest speakers as we support her candidacy, which is a national priority for the Democratic Socialists of America. Don't forget to bring your checkbook!

For the rest of the weekend's program, click here.


To register as a DSA member, click here. The sliding scale is $50 to $200. Scroll until you see "Get Tickets" on the upper right.

To register as a YDS student member, click here. The registration fee starts at $25. Scroll until you see "Get Tickets" on the upper right.

Please also fill out this form to let DSA know you are coming. The registration process is not handled by us, so we will not immediately know which members have registered.

You can donate to the conference scholarship fund when you register, too.


We have arranged lower cost housing options for students and youth. Please contact yds(at)dsausa.org for that information.


We have limited housing and childcare scholarships.

To apply for housing subsidies, click here. Please note, we have very limited free housing and can subsidize some dorm rooms.

To apply for childcare subsidies, click here. 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.

June 17, 2016 at 10am - June 19, 2016
McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States
Google map and directions
David Duhalde

Will you come?

Feminist Working Group

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

DSA Webinar: Turning Members into Leaders

December 28, 2016
· 20 rsvps

Are you starting a new group? Or have you been doing most of the work for your longtime group? Has it been hard to keep new people involved or get them to take responsibility? But suddenly everybody wants to jump in at the same time! Learn how to mentor new leaders and make sure they have all the information and tools they need to succeed.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

NOTE: This training is at 9:00pm Eastern (8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific). Please RSVP.


  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy.

In Leadership Development you will learn:

The proven steps to developing the leadership skills and commitment of more members:

  • identifying potential leaders
  • recognizing what each one brings to the group
  • asking people to volunteer
  • giving them specific tasks
  • supporting them in their efforts
  • creating opportunities for new leadership
  • following up.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for local leaders who will lead campaigns in their chapters.
  • 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 think you can't do it by computer, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  • You can participate in every workshop or just attend once in a while.
  • Workshops will generally be on a weekends or evenings.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Monday.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

January 19, 2017
· 62 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.  8:30 PM ET; 7:30 PM CT; 6:30 PM MT; 5:30 PM PT.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 10 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.

Full film available on Vimeo.