UFPJ Rally in Washington D.C. - January 27, 2007

The Young Democratic Socialists were proud to participate in United for Peace and Justice’s January 27th 2007 rally for peace in Washington, DC. Over 20 YDS members and friends joined together representing several states, 2 chapters, and American University. At this critical time in the national debate on the Iraq War, YDS and others recognized the need to send a message to the Congressional representatives whose election victories were based in large part to the anti-war vote. To end the war sooner than later requires coordinated work between different currents in the peace movement as exemplified at the UFPJ march.

Solidarity was also shown as YDS joined with other peace activists both before and after the march. Democratic Socialists of America (YDS’s parent organization) and YDS marched jointly for the first time in years at a major rally. YDS and DSA met up with fellow National Youth and Student Peace Coalition members at the Department of Education. Afterwards, several dozen DSA and YDS members joined for a gathering of appetizers and bonding at a local restaurant. YDS’s active participation in both youth coalition and multi-generational work symbolizes more of the unity that is needed in the peace movement.

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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)