"Some call it socialism. I call it the Sermon on the Mount"

I was around ten years old when my father and I arrived late to Ted Kennedy’s speech. I caught a glimpse of the senator and with his entourage waiting to enter the room as we rushed to our seats in the union hall. The light beaming from the auditorium shined on Kennedy. This only magnified his mythic image in my eyes.

He may have given a stump speech. For me, it was hearing decades of political history encapsulated in less than an hour. Kennedy remarked on meeting a construction worker who confronted the young candidate on never working a day in his life. The patriarch of Hyannis Port was startled by the comment. The laborer quickly added “you haven’t missed a thing.”

Kennedy was a complex figure. A troubled man in his personal life, but beloved by millions. A wealthy and privileged member of the ruling class, yet one who was reviled by conservatives of all economic backgrounds. A stalwart liberal who stood on the right side of many issues, but a politician ready to work for compromises with his Republican colleagues in the senate.

When Michael Harrington was dying, Democratic Socialists of America organized a celebration of his life. At the event, Kennedy famously said of Harrington’s beliefs: “Some call it socialism. I call it the Sermon on the Mount.” These two old Irish-Americans, while choosing remarkably different paths of public service, could still find common ground in their progressivism via their Catholic upbringings.

Ted Kennedy was my senator for the past several months. I’ve found my neighbors are still speaking of him in the present tense. It seems many are still surprised he is gone despite his long illness. Only time will tell how we’ll go forward without our liberal lion.

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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)