From Sanders to the Grassroots Program



4:00 to 6:00 PM: Venue opens for registration
6:00 to 7:00 PM: Dinner
7:15 to 9:00 PM: Opening Plenary
Where Goes the Political Revolution on Campus: Presentations from College Students for Bernie, Student Labor Action Project, and the Young Democratic Socialists.
9:00 to 11 PM: First Icebreaker and Recreational Time


8:00 to 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 to 10 AM: Second Icebreaker and Conference Rules
10 AM to 11 AM: Plenary
Socialist Vision Today: Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin magazine, and Joseph Schwartz, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
11:10 AM to 12:30 PM: Workshop Block #1
  • Power Mapping and Strategic Campaign Planning: Student Labor Action Project
  • Understanding Electoral Politics: Young Democratic Socialists and College Students for Bernie
  • International Socialism: Representatives of different global socialist organizations
12:30 to 2:00 PM: Lunch and Free Time
2:00 to 3:30: Plenary
Fighting the New And Rising Right: Bill Fletcher Jr., author and trade unionist, and Maria Svart, DSA National Director
3:30 to 3:45 PM: Break
3:45 to 5:15 PM: Workshop Block #2
  • Police Brutality and Capitalism: A representative from Black Youth Project 100 and Aaron Goggans, core organizer with BLM:DC.
  • Socialist Feminism: Chris Riddiough, former National Organization for Women & Chicago Women's Liberation Union leader and current Vice-Chair of Democratic Socialists of America
  • Sanders, Social Democracy, Socialism, and Students: Young Democratic Socialists and College Students for Bernie
5:15 to 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 to 8:00 PM: Plenary
The Labor Movement and Economy Today: Larry Mishel, President of Economic Policy Institute and Student Labor for Action Project leaders
8:00 to 10 PM: Candidacy Statements of the YDS Coordinating Committee (voting is for DSA dues-payers only) and Presentations on Activist Agenda Items (open to all participants)
10 PM to Midnight: Group Party


7:00 to 9:00 AM: Breakfast
7:00 to 9:30 AM: Check-Out
9:30 to 11:30 AM: Workshop Block #3
  • Recruitment and Leadership Development: Student Labor Action Project
  • Best Chapter Practices: Young Democratic Socialists
  • Environmental Socialism and Your Campus: Young Democratic Socialists
11:30 to 12:30 PM: Elections Results and Final Group Unity Discussion
12:30 to 1:30 PM: Lunch and Goodbyes
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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)