New Directions in Feminism

Opening Plenary of Beyond Capitalism: Activism and Ideas for the Next Left, the 2014 winter student conference of the Young Democratic Socialists

This opening plenary is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below. If you'd like to learn more about the rest of the conference please email

Mikki KendallFeaturing writer and activist Mikki Kendall

The feminist movement in the US is split. On one side are those committed to an intersectional analysis and the full struggle for women's economic and social liberation. On the other are those who have embraced a neoliberal worldview that prioritizes the voices and agendas of professional, mostly white, women. In the last few years, the leveling impact of social media has raised up new (and sometimes not so new) voices that are challenging the corporatization of feminism. Yet many questions remain for those who want to rebuild an intersectional feminist movement. How should activists organize both online and in the streets? What new institutions do we need to build? What models can we draw from in the past?

Join us for a conversation featuring writer and activist Mikki Kendall and socialist feminist activists Peg Strobel and Amber Frost. The plenary is free and open to members of the public, and is cosponsored by the Young Democratic Socialists and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

When: 7pm - 8:30pm, Friday February 14th
Where: Henry Winston Unity Hall at 235 W. 23rd Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011 (near the 23rd St Station on the C, E, 1, F, and M trains)

Mikki Kendall is the co-founder of the Hood Feminist blog and she co-runs The Angry Black Woman blog. She also created the popular hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. Mikki’s writings on the intersection of class, gender, and race have been featured in The Guardian, Salon, Ebony, Essence, xoJane and other publications.

Amber Frost is a writer for the blog Dangerous Minds and she is also a member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America. Amber most recently interviewed former members of Pussy Riot.

Peg Strobel is a Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois Chicago. She has written about the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union and serves on the National Political Committee of DSA, including chairing DSA’s Socialist Feminist Team.

*You do not need to RSVP if you have already RSVPed for the YDS conference.*

February 14, 2014 at 7pm - 8:30pm
Henry Winston Unity Hall
235 W 23rd St
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
United States
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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)