Reflection & Photos: Socialist Organizing Weekend 2014

The 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend took place in Bolivar, PA between August 7-10. Over 54 YDS and young DSA members, current members and newcomers, were able to attend, making SOW14 one of the largest attended summer leadership retreat in recent YDS history. Attendees took part in over a dozen workshops, plenaries, and self-organized meetings including "Intro to Marxist Thought," "Building Better Leaders," "Advanced Online Organizing," and more. Attendees also took part in planned social activities, providing attendees with opportunities to network and have fun! Femi Agbabiaka, newly elected member of the YDS-CC, reflects on his time at SOW14 below.

When I made the decision to attend the YDS summer conference in Bolivar, PA, I had no idea what to expect. In the weeks beforehand I was working so much that I nearly forgot that I was going to the conference until a few days before hand. What I found there was revolutionary... Read more

Never before had I been around a group of people my age so dedicated to democratic socialism. There were a variety of sessions on topics ranging from project management to intersectionality, all helping me to strengthen my rhetoric and put my critique in a sound foundation of socialist theory. More rewarding than that however, was the conversations that happened outside of sessions. I got to interact with people from all over the country, and develop a greater sense of solidarity with fellow YDSers. Most importantly, I got to absorb the collective knowledge of organizing tactics from YDSers with long , and will be using that experience as I head back to school in the fall.

Femi Agbabiaka (@femiagbabiaka) is an at-large member of the YDS-Coordinating Committee and founder of the YDS chapter at University of Missouri, Columbia.

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)