Submissions - Read All About 'em!

By The Activist Editorial Committee

Newspaper boys in St. Louis, 1910 /

In the week in a half since we published a call for submissions, we have received several new articles. That’s great! Unfortunately, we realized that we omitted several critical pieces of information from that posting.

First of all, our initial word limit was much too low. One of our own editors published a piece which spans over 900 words. So we are revising our suggested word count to between 500 and 1000 words. Note the use of “suggested.” These are not absolute limits. We do not want to read a piece that’s argument has been painfully contorted to fit an arbitrary word count. However, if you find it impossible cut your article down to a reasonable size, or alternatively can’t think of more than three sentences worth saying, The Activist may not be the right venue for your piece.

If you really love an idea but are having trouble making it work, don’t give up! Send us an email at with a summary of your article. We are more than happy to work with writers to make sure they publish their very best work. One of the core functions of The Activist is to serve as an avenue for young socialists to improve their writing. We want to help! To that end, we edit all submissions with a critical eye, picking apart your argument and structure. Please do not be offended if we respond to you article with a laundry list of suggested changes. We at The Activist want each and every submission to be as high quality as possible before being published. After all, nothing can ever truly be removed from the internet.

Finally, please do not smother us in dead white men. Theory is great in small doses. A thousand words about Marx and Hegel is suffocating and unlikely contribute anything new. Give us something interesting, something colorful, something offbeat. What is happening in your community? We want to hear what your chapter has been up to. We want to know what is happening in your neighborhood, your town, even if there is no connection to the YDS or DSA. We are interested in your experiences, your travels, your thoughts. Critique the latest hit song from a feminist perspective. Analyze this summer’s big blockbuster with a socialist lens. Blast supposed leftist politicians or celebrities for being fakes or sell-outs. But remember, Marxist polemic is formulaic and often irrelevant. Try to stay fresh.

Looking forward to editing your submissions,

The Activist Editorial Committee

P.S. Everything published on this blog is solely the author’s opinion, unless specifically noted otherwise.

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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)