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.
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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.
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
Google map and directions