This year’s event comes at an unprecedented time for socialism in the United States. Polls show the growing popularity of democratic socialism and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign among people under 35. This conference will provide a crucial opportunity to discuss how we can continue to build an organized socialist voice to meet this rising tide of potentially game-changing support.
Equally important, this student gathering will offer a critical opportunity for socialist student activists to talk about the growing national anti-racist campus movement. Students are mobilizing direct actions at levels not seen at universities for decades. Socialists need to coordinate their strategy to play a productive and proactive role in our own schools and in solidarity efforts for racial justice. “Generation Left” will provide such a planning space on a national level.
YDS16 Working Schedule
We do not have an official program yet, but our guests can expect events to start on Friday, February 12th at 6 PM and end on Sunday, February 14th around 2 PM. Saturday and Sunday events will likely start around 9 AM. Our workshops are also currently in development, but we planning the following topics:
- Building on Bernie: What Comes Next?
- What is Democratic Socialism?
- Fighting the Right
- Democratic Socialism for Beginners
- YDS in Action
- Student Movement Today
- Gender and Sexuality
- Electoral Politics
- Socialist Feminism