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?

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 54 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. Watch the film prior to the discussion. 9ET/8CT/7MT/6PT/

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
· 21 rsvps

Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.


Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 5 rsvps

Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 13 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 4 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.