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!

LGBTQ Conference Call

February 20, 2017
· 45 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming an LGBTQ 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.


DSA New Member Orientation Call

February 22, 2017
· 53 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; 6pm MT; 5 pm PT.  

What Is DSA? Training Call

March 03, 2017
· 29 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.

Feminist Working Group

March 07, 2017
· 15 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.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 2 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. 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,
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt,, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 20 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.