New YDS Chapter at Butler University

If you have been searching the left side of the political map at Butler and feeling alone, maybe you did not spot the tiny island called Butler Young Democratic Socialists.

For several weeks, black and white posters have boldly asked students who pass through Jordan Hall and Atherton Union, “Could you be a socialist?”

Six students and two adults, including former Butler professor Jim Wolfe, attended the first meeting of Butler YDS. Sophomore Dakota Manuel, the club’s founder sat in the center of a classroom surrounded by a colorful spread of pamphlets. He invited everyone in attendance to discuss what she thought socialism is.

YDS is genuinely interested in critically examining issues like classism, racism and anti-homophobia. The group is a radical idea for Butler.

“I marvel at how there’s no real progressivism at Butler except for on the staff,” Manuel said.

With YDS, Manuel hopes to “demystify what socialism is and try to clear up the misconceptions.”

Manuel hopes to work in tandem with other organizations on campus to host discussions on a variety of topics that interest more than the liberal side of Butler’s campus, including “the African-American experience in America, the experience of women and identity politics in general.”

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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)