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!

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
· 44 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.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
· 12 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
· 9 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
· 3 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 check out their short 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: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 2 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.