DSA Panels at Left Forum

This weekend DSA presents several  panels at the Left Forum Conference in New York City. The Left Forum opens Friday March 19, with a dialogue led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and closes Sunday, March 21, with an address by Noam Chomsky. The conference is held at Pace University in lower Manhattan (Gold & Spruce Sts., just off Park Row). DSA will have a table at the conference, and all DSA members and friends attending the conference are encouraged to stop by the DSA table, especially during the conference social hour from 7:00PM to 8:00PM on Saturday, March 20. The conference has hundreds of panels spread over the three days. DSA's panels are scheduled as follows:

The Fiscal Crises of the States 12:00-1:50 PM Sat. March 20 Location: Student Union sponsored by Democratic Left Maria Svart (Chair) - National Political Committee, DSA Michael Hirsch - Democratic Socialists of America; New Politics Magazine James Parrott - Associate Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute

Toward a Second [Economic] Bill of Rights 3:00-4:50M Sat. Mar. 20 Location: W503 Michael Hirsch (Chair) - New Politics; Democratic Left Bill Barclay - Chicago Political Economy Group Joseph Schwartz - Political Science Dept., Temple University; Vice-Chair, Democratic Socialists of America
Progressive Religion and the Fight for Democracy 5:00-6:50 PM Sat. March 20 Location: W510 sponsored by: Religious Socialism, Journal of DSA Religion and Socialism Commission Rev. Peter Laarman (Chair) - Executive Director, Progressive Christians; Contributing Editor, Religion Dispatches Rev. Luis Barrios - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY;  Associate Priest, St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Harlem Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou - Sr. Minister, Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church; Fellow-in-residence, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Tricia Sheffield - Assistant Minister for Administration, Middle Collegiate Church

7:00-8:00 PM  March 20 social hour: gymnasium  Visit the DSA Table

Sunday March 21 10:00-11:50 AM
Chinese Students & Workers Organize at the Grass-Roots Location: E325 sponsored by Talking Union, DSA's Labor Blog Marc Blecher (Chair) - Politics and East Asian studies, Oberlin College Paul Garver  - Co-editor, Talking Union blog; National Political Committee, DSA Manfred Elfstrom - Program Officer, International Labor Rights Forum

You must be a Left Forum conference registrant to attend these panels. Online registration is closes tomorrow, but you may register at the door.

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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)