Celebrate a legend the right way

69 years ago today, a Stalinist agent dealt a fatal ice-pick blow to the back of Leon Trotsky's head. Tragic yes, but undoubtly an awesome way to go. This is probably the proper time for a thoughtful assessment of a great man's life and legacy.... so someone please hop on that, while I honor Leon Trotsky the right way.


Recipe stolen from Sanford and Son

Grady: "Here is some vodka and prune juice." Lamont: (takes a sip and spits it out immediately) "Vodka and prune juice!?" Grady: "I call it a Trotsky."

Yes, you may not have the confidence to walk up to an attractive cashier with nothing but a bottle of prune juice and a wrinkled five dollar bill, but I know for a fact most of the readership of The Activist have copious amounts of vodka laying around and have nothing better planned tonight than a 9 o'clock date with Rachel Maddow.

So step up to the plate and drink up to do your part in the battle against the bureaucratic caste enthralling deformed workers' states everywhere (it's also a great recipe for warring against your liver). Side effects include explosive diarrhea and the urge to stand on street corners hawking "revolutionary" newspapers. You might also start yelling at your significant other about the class composition of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

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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)