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Democratic Socialists of America is on the look-out for future leaders of the left. We are currently looking for young, motivated democratic socialists to organize and lead active Young Democratic Socialists chapters at their high school, colleges and universities. As a YDS Leader, you will make connections with fellow, like-minded YDS members from across the nation who share your ideals and vision of a society that puts people over profit.

Fill out the interest form here: YDS Leader Form

(Optional) Earn academic credit as YDS Leader: We understand that starting a student chapter takes time, and we want to do everything we can to help our strongest leaders benefit from their volunteer time. In special cases, eligible students can apply to earn academic credit from their college/university as a YDS Leader. Simply indicate during your chat with National Staff that you may be interested, and we will reach out to you regarding next steps. Curriculum for academic credit available upon request.

Questions? Contact the YDS National Organizer: yds(a)

Volunteer at the DSA National Office: Studying in the New York City area? Interested in volunteering at the DSA National Office? We can work with you and your academic institution to make sure you receive academic credit for your time. Contact yds(a) for more information.

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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)