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!

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

April 24, 2017
· 46 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming a Queer Socialists Working Group. This call will cover a discussion of possible activities for the group, its proposed structure, assigning tasks, and reports on the revision of DSA's LGBT statement and on possible political education activities. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.


Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 55 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.


Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.


DSA New Member Orientation Call

May 06, 2017
· 52 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.  2 pm ET; 1 pm CT; 12 pm MT; 11 am PT.  

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 18 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.