Save the date! Our 2019 DSA National Convention will be held August 2nd-4th in Atlanta, Georgia.
The national office will include general interest convention updates in the monthly Dispatch and in occasional member emails. If you are a DSA member in good standing, and want to receive more frequent and detailed National Convention update emails, you can opt-in for those here.
Table of Contents
- Updated Convention Rules
- Registration, Housing and Travel (updated 6/18)
- Scholarship and Travel Share Waiver Information (updated 6/21)
- At-Large Delegate Elections (updated 6/10)
- National Political Committee Elections for 2019-2021 (updated 6/23)
- Apportionment Ratio
- Postponing the DSA Political Platform Process
- Important Dates
Updated Convention Rules
Please read the convention rules passed at the April 2019 National Political Committee meeting or view the slideshow we shared on a national zoom call and presented at the preconvention conferences.
Registration, Housing and Travel
Scholarship and Travel Share Waiver FAQ (updated 6/21)
At-Large Delegate Elections
Voting for at-large delegated ended 6/2. Elected delegates were notified by email on 6/7. More information, including the results and voting process, is available here. The candidate nomination period closed May 10.
National Political Committee (NPC) Elections for 2019-2021
The nomination period for NPC candidates ended June 16th.
We will hold three NPC candidate forums on Zoom. Each call will feature a different group of candidates. Members will receive a form to submit questions in advance. Each call will be two hours long. These calls will be recorded. You can RSVP at the links below:
- NPC Candidates Zoom forum: Session 1, Sunday, 6/30 5pm ET/4pm CT/3pm MT/2pm PT
- NPC Candidates Zoom forum: Session 2, Sunday, 7/7 5pm ET/4pm CT/3pm MT/2pm PT
- NPC Candidates Zoom forum: Session 2, Sunday, 7/14 5pm ET/4pm CT/3pm MT/2pm PT
In 2019, chapters will be able to send one delegate to the national convention per every 51 members in good standing. The NPC has apportioned 100 at-large delegate seats for members who are not in a chapter. At-large members and members of Organizing Committees are eligible to run for one of the 100 at-large delegate seats.
Postponing the DSA Political Platform Process
At their April 2019 meeting, the NPC decided to postpone development of a political platform and instead propose to the 2019 convention a resolution calling for a two-year long process to develop a political platform for DSA to debate and adopt at our 2021 convention. You can read more details here.
|By June 23||Locals must report convention delegate election results to national DSA, including delegate contact information and requests for full or partial relief from travel share requirements|
|By June 23||Compendium of proposed resolutions and constitutional/bylaws amendments released|
||Any member or group of DSA members in good standing may submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes through July 9
|June 23||Scholarship application deadline|
||NPC candidates Zoom forum|
|July 1||All registration and hotel booking closes|
|July 7||NPC candidates Zoom forum|
|July 9||Deadline to submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes|
|July 12||Deadline for National DSA to send a temporary roster of delegates and alternates to delegates, alternates, locals, national commissions and DSA officers|
||NPC candidates Zoom forum|
|July 19||Deadline for challenges to the credentials of any delegate or alternate to be submitted to national DSA|
|By July 26||Final convention program released|
|Passed Deadlines for Reference
|February 1||Delegate apportionment ratio was decided, with a target number of 1,000 delegates|
|By March 1||National DSA sent a call for at-large delegates|
|March 1 – May 10||Nominations for At-Large Delegates|
|March 2 – May 2||Any member or group of DSA members in good standing could propose changes to the DSA national constitution or bylaws through May 2|
|By April 2||National DSA informed locals of the number of delegates apportioned to them|
|April 2 – June 2||Any member or group of DSA members in good standing could propose political or organizational resolutions through June 2|
|May 12 – June 2||National DSA held at-large delegate elections, through June 2|
|April 2 – June 16||NPC nomination period. Deadline for NPC nominees to complete candidate questionnaire was June 16|
|April 2 – June 18||Locals elect delegates and alternate delegates, through June 18|
|June 18||Deadline for chapter delegate and alternate delegate elections|
|June 20||Early Bird registration deadline|
We will have an accessibility committee, travel scholarships, and child watch. More info coming soon!