DSA at Left Forum 2009


The annual Left Forum, the successor to the Socialist Scholars Conference, will be held this weekend, Friday, April 17- Sunday, April 19, at Pace University, which is across Park Row from City Hall. DSA will be sponsoring three panels, and we urge all members to attend.

Saturday, 10 a.m., room TBA

Author Meets Critics: A Discussion of Joseph Schwartz's "The Future of Democratic Equality: Rebuilding Social Solidarity in a Fragmented America"

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak - Director, Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University
Stephen Eric Bronner - Politics, Rutgers University
Corey D. B. Walker - Africana Studies, Brown University
Joseph Schwartz (Author/Respondent) - Political Science, Temple University
Michael Hirsch (panel chair) -- Democratic Socialists of America; New Politics

Sunday, 3 p.m., room TBA

Democratic Socialist Responses to Stagnation, the Wall Street Collapse and the World Economic Crisis

Teresa Ghilarducci - Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis,  New School for Social Research
Mark Levinson - Chief Economist, UNITE HERE
Robert Fitch - Sociology, Long Island University
Michael Hirsch (panel chair) -- Democratic Socialists of America; New Politics

Full info. on the conference, including a listing of all panels, fees and directions, is available at www.leftforum.org

God’s Economics: Is an Ethical Economy Possible?
Sponsored by the DSA Religion & Socialism Commission Maxine Phillips (Chair) - executive editor, Dissent Magazine Juanita Webster (Chair) - Black Radical Congress Gary Dorrien - Union Theological Seminary Reinhold Niebuhr Prof. of Social Ethics Rabbi Michael Feinberg - director, NY Labor/Religion Coalition Rev. Earl Kooperkamp - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem

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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)