Report from Jobs with Justice Annual Convention

Jobs with Justice is a growing network of local coalitions of labor, student, community and faith-biased organizations committed to struggle with working people for social justice. Jobs with Justice Coalitions exist in well over 40 cities and 30 states and have continued to grow in recent years. They recently hosted their annual convention in Providence, Rhode Island. The gathering, which included both YDS and DSA members, united young student activist with veterans from the union movement. YDS staff and volunteers distributed copies of The Red Letter and spoke to participants about our participation in the Student Labor Week of Action and immigrant rights activism, which included our work in concert with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Participants befriended one another and gained valuable experiences about organizing tactics. The conference focused on encouraging young activists to become leaders on their respective campuses and communities’ capable of rallying other students to fight in solidarity with workers and other exploited people.

The conference wasn’t all talk. Like true activists, participants boldly took to the streets to march on the Rhode Island State House. Member organizations demonstrated against Rhode Island’s reactionary immigration policy, which has effectively turned hard-working state law enforcement and social service providers into immigration enforcements agents.

Coalitions such as Jobs with Justice demonstrate the power of unity. Diverse coalitions bound together under the common banner can build progressive movements better than they ever could have done alone. YDS is proud to be a part of the struggle for social justice and dignity for all. In the coming years we hope to only increase our visibility and participation in this struggle.


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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)