2019 National Convention

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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

First Draft Convention Schedule (added 7/15)

Final details to be published soon
7pm-10pm Evening welcome reception
9:00AM Opening Plenary 
Resolutions and Debate
Resolutions and Debate
Breakouts for training workshops and speaker panels
Dinner on Own and/or Breakouts for self organized time, workshops, and panels
Evening social events
9:00AM Plenary
Resolutions and Debate
Resolutions and Debate
Solidarity Celebration and Fundraiser
NPC Voting
Dinner on Own and/or Breakouts for self organized time, workshops, and panels 
9:00AM Resolutions and Debate
Closing Plenary ending by 2:00PM 

Updated Convention Rules (updated 6/24)

Please read the convention rules passed at the April 2019 National Political Committee meeting and revised as of June 5.

Extension of Deadline to Submit Amendments to Resolutions and Constitution/Bylaws Changes to Tuesday, July 16

UPDATE: The deadline to submit amendments to Resolutions and constitution/bylaws changes has been extended. Any member or group of DSA members in good standing may submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes through Tuesday, July 16. Please use this form to submit amendments to resolutions or constitution/bylaws changes for debate at the 2019 National Convention.

You can find the text and cost estimates of resolutions submitted here. Two new resolutions have been added to the Resolutions Compendium, #74 “Bernie Policy Recommendations” and #89 “In Support of Just Cause.”

You can find the text and cost estimates of proposed constitution and bylaws changes here. The deadline to propose changes to the DSA national constitution or bylaws was May 2. You can find the current DSA constitution and bylaws here.

Registration, Housing and Travel

Information about rates and how to make arrangements for attending the Convention is here. Please note that the hotel booking deadline was extended to Monday, July 8, 2019. You can find Metro Atlanta DSA’s local guide here.

Scholarship and Travel Share Waiver FAQ (updated 7/10)

You can find a scholarship and travel share waiver FAQ, including deadlines and scholarship distribution process information here. The deadline to apply for scholarships was Sunday, 6/23. Additional information about travel share was emailed to delegates on Tuesday, July 9. You can find that information here.

Self-Organized Time Application – Due Tuesday, July 16

Please fill out this form to request self-organized time at convention! We will have space Friday evening and Saturday evening for one hour and a half.

Self-organized breakout meetings can be used for meetings of regional, ideological, identity, or issue based groups. Priority for breakout meeting space will be given to national committees, commissions, and working groups, then distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 16th. This will allow us to allocate based on AV needs. For those who apply by the 16th, we will confirm whether and when you have breakout time by Monday July 22. Any remaining spaces after that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Save the Date: Straw Polls on Proposals

Stay tuned! On July 12th, the committee will release the first of two straw polls to delegates that will be used to identify proposals for the Consent Agenda and to prioritize proposals for debate on the Convention floor.

Preconvention Zoom calls to Discuss and Debate Proposals July 16 – 25

The Resolutions & Amendments Committee is organizing a series of Preconvention Zoom Calls for members to discuss and debate proposals for the Convention. Please register in advance! Each call will be two hours long. You can also check out an expanded list of the proposals that will be discussed on each call here. All calls will be recorded, so if you can’t make these times, don’t worry. Everyone who RSVPs will receive a recording of the call.

At-Large Delegate Elections

Voting for at-large delegates 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:

You can find a description of NPC member responsibilities here and more info about the NPC election here.

Simplified Convention Budget (updated 7/12)

You can find a simplified budget as of 7/1 for the National Convention here.

Convention Expense Breakdown Based on Total Projected Expense of $846,376. Pie Chart: Food 44.0%, Solidarity Food Scholarships 22.0%, A/V 13.0%, "Cushion" for Unforseen Expenses 9.7%, Snack/Coffee/Care Bags 4.5%, Travel Fund for International and Other Guests 1.9%, Security 1.9%, Printing 1.5%, Parliamentarian 0.6%

Income vs. Expenses Based on Projected Budget of $846,376. Bar chart: Travel Share Payments 50000, Registration Fees 156000, Solidarity Funds 175000, Projected Expenses 846376


Apportionment Ratio

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 were 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.

Important Dates 

July 12 Deadline for National DSA to send a temporary roster of delegates and alternates to delegates, alternates, locals, national commissions and DSA officers
July 14
NPC candidates Zoom forum #3
July 16 Extended deadline to submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes
July 16 Deadline to Apply for Self-Organized Time
July 16-25 Preconvention Zoom calls to Discuss and Debate Proposals
July 17 Deadline for delegates to submit travel share costs (form emailed to delegates 7/9; scholarship recipients exempt)
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
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
June 23
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
June 30
NPC candidates Zoom forum #1
July 1 All registration closes
July 7 NPC candidates Zoom forum #2
July 8 Extended deadline to book hotel


Other Logistics

We will have an accessibility committee, travel scholarships, and child watch. More info coming soon!