Winter 2014 Red Letter

Click on the image above to download a pdf of the Red Letter!

YDS activists have a critical role to play. On our campuses and in our communities we are working with students, workers, and community members to educate, agitate, and organize for a better society.

Going into 2014 we have a lot to be proud of, starting with our summer leadership retreat, which brought together 40 YDS activists for a weekend of political education and activist training.

Since then we have been hard at work. For example, at Lindsay Wilson College in Kentucky YDSers organized a discussion about cuts to food stamps, the attack on low-income people, and steps they could take on campus to help those in need. At Temple University, students are starting to plan how to organize with the grad student union as it goes into contract negotiations. On page 2 you can see more about our campaigns.

In October, 25 YDSers and young DSAers attended DSAā€™s national convention in Oakland. And we have new chapters popping up across the country, including new organizing committees at Lamar University in Texas and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

We have a lot planned for 2014. But this is an opportunity to reflect. So check out our work this past fall by clicking here or on the image above to download a full copy of the Winter 2014 Red Letter!

Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where:Ā 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidentsā€™ 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 timeā€”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)