Working Agenda for 2015 Convention

This is the working agenda for the 2015 DSA convention and is subject to change.

Thursday

3 to 10: Open Registration

6 to Midnight: Welcoming Reception!

  • Meet other delegates and attendees while snacking
  • 8 to 9:30 Optional Session: So it’s Your First Convention

Friday

8 to 9: Breakfast and Registration

  • Optional Session over breakfast: So it’s Your First Convention (short version)

9 to 9:15: Ice Breaker

9:15 to 9:30: Welcome and Opening of Convention

  • Nature of and Goals for Convention
  • Review Schedule
  • Explain Voting Procedures

9:30 to 9:45: Respectful Conduct Guidelines

9:45 to 10: Resolutions Committee

10 to 10:30:  Reports

  • National Director, Young Democratic Socialists, National Political Committee, and Secretary-Treasurer

10:30 to 10:45: Break

10:45 to 12: Why is Our Socialism Intersectional? 

  • 10:45 to 11:15 – Panel
  • 11:15 to 12 – Breakout Discussions

12 to 1: Lunch

  • 12:30 to 1 – Optional Gender Meetings:
    • Self-Identified Womens’ Caucus
    • Self-Identified Mens’ Ally Group

1 to 1:15: Break

1:15 to 3:30: Socialist Strategy Discussion, Part 1

  • 1:15 to 1:45 - Overview of Strategy Discussion
  • 1:45 to 3 - Breakout Discussion
  • 3 – 3:30 - Reportbacks

3:30 to 4: Break

4 to 5:15: Panel: Putting Socialist Theory to Work in DSA’s #WeNeedBernie Campaign

5:15 to 6:15: Dinner

  • 5:45 to 6:15 – Optional Sexual Identity Meetings
    • LGBTQ Caucus
    • Straight Allies Meeting

6:15 to 7:30: Free Time – Opportunity for Working Groups and Caucuses to Meet

7:30 to 8:30: Panel and Breakout discussions: Socialism Across Generations

8:30 to Midnight: Free time

  • 9 to 11: Bonfire

Saturday

8:15 to 9:15: Breakfast

  • 8:45 to 9:15 – Optional Racial Identity Meetings
    • People of Color Caucus
    • White Allies Meeting

9:15 to 10:15: Socialist Strategy Discussion, Part 2

  • Panel and plenary on different themes of the document
    • Electoral Politics
    • International Strategy

10:15 to 10:30: Break

10:30 to 12: Workshop Sessions

  • Recruiting New Members
  • Connecting Bernie Work with Racial Justice
  • Introduction to Democratic Socialism
  • Strengthening Your Local Chapter

12 to 1: Lunch

  • 12:30 to 1 – Optional Class Meetings
    • Self-Identified Working Class Caucus
    • Non-Working Class Allies Meeting

Note: Deadline to submit National Political Committee candidacy statements is 1:30 PM on Saturday

1:00 to 2:15: Socialist Strategy Discussion, Part 3

  • Debating and voting on amendments

2:15 to 2:30: Break

2:30 to 3:30: Resolutions Plenary, Part 1

  • Debate International Resolutions and others, time permitting

3:30 to 3:45: Break

3:45 to 5:15: Workshop Sessions

  • Changing Our Internal Culture
  • Sanders Best Practices Workshop
  • Young Democratic Socialists Breakout
  • Building a New Local Chapter
  • Online to Offline Organizing

5:15 to 6: NPC Voting and Break Before Dinner

6 to 8: Dinner, Awards, and Fundraiser

8: Democratic Presidential Debate Watching Party (if we get the live feed)

Free time, musicians jam, etc.

Sunday

8 to 9: Breakfast

  • Optional Disability Caucus - 8:30 to 9

9 to 10:30: Workshop Sessions

  • Non-Eurocentric Socialism
  • Writers Workshop
  • Socialist Feminist Theory and Practice
  • Why and How to Build DSA While Doing Sanders Work

10:30 to 10:45: Break

10:45 to 11:45: Resolutions Plenary, Part 2

  • Vote on Resolutions not covered in part 1

11:45 to 12:45: Lunch

  • NPC results announced

12:45 to 2: Strategy Discussion, Part 4

  • Final vote and discussion

2: Closing

  • Final Remarks and Internationale!

Film Discussion: When Abortion Was Illegal

March 26, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Directed by Dorothy Fadiman, When Abortion Was Illegal (1992, nominated for an Academy Award, Best Documentary Short Subject) reveals through first-person accounts the experiences of women seeking abortion before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973. We are one Supreme Court nominee away from a return in many states to back-alley abortions. Join Amanda Williams, Executive Director of the Lilith Fund, to discuss challenges to reproductive justice and abortion access. (Lilith Fund funds abortions for women in need in the Central and South Texas area.) Learn about how to participate in April Bowl-A-Thons to raise funds for low-income women. View the film here for free before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

March 30, 2017
· 26 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.  9:30 PM ET; 8:30 PM CT; 7:30 PM MT; 6:30 PM PT.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 50 rsvps

Historian John D'Emilio's presentation will do 3 things: Provide a brief explanation of how sexual and gender identities have emerged; provide an overview of the progression of LGBT activism since its origins in the 1950s, highlighting key moments of change; and, finally, suggest what issues, from a democratic socialist perspective, deserve prioritizing now. John co-authored Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, which was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that ruled state sodomy laws unconstitutional. 1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Peg Strobel, peg.strobel@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 29 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. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT. Here's a blog post about PHIT.

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

April 04, 2017
· 52 rsvps

Join Rahel Biru, NYC DSA co-chair, and Joseph Schwartz, DSA Vice-Chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement.  9 PM ET; 8 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 6 PM PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Joseph Schwartz, schwartzjoem@gmail.com.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Feminist Working Group

April 12, 2017
· 13 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 elections.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

DSA New Member Orientation Call

April 16, 2017
· 6 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 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 9 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. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.