Working Agenda for 2015 Convention

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


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


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


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.


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!

What Is DSA? Training Call

May 30, 2017
· 57 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 95 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. 9 ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 27 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.

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

June 13, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Join Bill Barclay, Chicago DSA co-chair, and Peg Strobel, National Political Committee and Feminist Working Group co-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. 9:30 PM ET; 8:30 PM CT; 7:30 PM MT; 6:30 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 Bill Barclay,
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt,, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 7 rsvps

Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
· 5 rsvps


Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.