A Special Announcement


In case you didn’t already know, my name is Sean Bailey, and I’m the new Managing Editor of The Activist. I took over a few months ago from Jake S., and I’ve been slowly transitioning into my post. 
I wanted to take a moment or two to write about some changes that are taking place this year with The Activist. The changes I will discuss today are by no means the only ones, rather, they’re a few immediate, important updates to the structure and workings of The Activist. 


Firstly, I’m announcing the appointment of two Deputy Managing Editors: Paul Goodspeed and Jake S.
Jake resigned from the post of Managing Editor, but has still been incredibly helpful; he’s edited articles, managed the administration of documents, and helped with coordination between contributors and myself. I recognize that he is a busy man, and I want to give him respite from his duties at The Activist, but I by no means want to lose his expertise and incredible work ethic.
The second Deputy Managing Editor is Paul Goodspeed. A frequent contributor to The Activist, relatively well-known member of YDS, and incredible intellectual and writer, Goodspeed was one of the first people I came into contact with when I started heading The Activist. He and I have a synergy that I want to tap into in a more official way.
The duties of the Deputy Managing Editor are to assist in the editing of articles, communication with contributors, and formatting of posts to the blog. I’ll still be doing the lion’s share of the work; I don’t want to take time away from Paul’s writing or Jake’s busy schedule. These two men will simply be in an advisory and assisting position.
Secondly, I’m today announcing the formation of an Editorial Board. Consisting of 15-20 people who have shown themselves to be consistently good writers, the Board is a group that collectively stays abreast of current events and publishes relevant original articles and longform content regularly on The Activist.
I’ve been in soft contact with a few people that regularly contribute to The Activist to request their presence on the Board, but I would like to solicit outside applications. If you know you’re a good writer, if you like reading the news and interpreting it from a socialist perspective, and if you’d like to be a part of something like The Activist, please contact me personally. My email is mailforspb@gmail.com and my Twitter is @theonesean. I’ll announce the list of members of the Board as the end of the month nears.
Thank you for reading, and if you take one thing from this, let it be this: if you see any changes in the coming months, they will be for the better. None of these proclamations from on high will affect the normal articles from YDSers. In fact, we have an article from Paul Goodspeed that will be posted this afternoon. 
Sean Bailey is a senior at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the Managing Editor of The Activist.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)